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GENERAL SERVICES

As it is the doorway and entrance hall to the citadel of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes offers the standard services you might need, such as running water, electric power, fixed and mobile phones, radio and TV, internet and exchange offices.

PUBLIC SERVICES

Health
There are two medical centers, only for emergencies, as well as drugstores.

National Police in Peru
There is a police station in Aguas Calientes with personnel trained in civil safety, rescue operations and emergency matters.

Tourist Protection Bureau in Machu Picchu
In Peru there are special services to strengthen civil safety and protect tourists. These services are offered by the town councils, and Machu Picchu is no exception.

AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN


To get to the historic citadel of Machu Picchu the visitor must travel to Aguas Calientes, the nearest village to Machu Picchu (1,700 m above sea level). Trains, as well as helicopters always leave their passengers at this small village before they get to Machu Picchu.

The village is located 2 km from the Puerto Ruinas station and is the place chosen by travelers to spend the night. Trains from Cusco to Quillabamba stop here and there are several buses or vans, which travel to Machu Picchu and Puente Ruinas. This small town has a good number of hotels, hostels and restaurants as well as discos with different prices. A basic menu in Aguas Calientes is $ 3 while a good buffet is $ 20, which means that rates here are higher than in Cusco city. Similarly, hotels and hostels are more expensive here.

Hot Springs
Towards the east, 800 m away from Aguas Calientes, are the famous thermal waters, which give their name to this town. They are sulfur waters at different temperatures, springing from the rocky soil.

The pools in this place are conditioned to serve as thermal baths. The average temperature of these waters is between 38º and 46ºCelsius. Also, there are cloakrooms, restrooms and a small snack bar. Visits are allowed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance is US$ 3.

HANDICRAFT MARKET

The handicrafts market of the Machu Picchu district is one of the most important for production, exhibition and trading of decorative, utilitarian and consumption items, in addition to the handicrafts.

The production areas are located here in Machu Picchu or in its agricultural communities. There are also craftsmen from Cusco, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and other areas displaying their wares.

Colonial or contemporary Inca art finds its expression in most of the products that are on sale or on show. This art can be best appreciated in the following items:

· Carvings and cuttings
· Inca pottery
· Textile and carpets
· Woolen vicuña and alpaca fabrics
· Silverware and jewelry
· Plaster casts
· Repoussé leather items
· Paintings and canvases from the Cusco school
· Straw basketwork
· Antiques

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