I took the bus then the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also called “Aquas Calientes” or “Warm Waters” for the town’s natural hot springs) for the night before my visit to the ruins themselves. The town has a bum rap — people say it’s noisy, messy and ugly. I guess they’re right, but I liked it anyway.
It has some wonderful fountains and sculptures that show the strength of the Inca culture here, plus I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, no matter where you are in the town, you can hear the mighty Urubamba River and are surrounded by the mountain sides which rise almost completely straight up. They’re dizzying to look at.
The inside of the train car. The skylight windows allow for some great views, especially at night, more on that in another post.
Another sun and a scene of Machu Picchu in bench.