Magical Peru #23: From Cusco to Aguas Calientes by Train

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Today we depart from Cusco by train to Aguas Calientes, the town which gives access to Machu Pichu!

Aguas Calientes, cuyo verdadero nombre es Machu Picchu pueblo, tiene un origen que se remonta al año 1901. Por su localización geográfica, a escasos 30 minutos en autobús de Machu Picchu, es el lugar a donde llegan los turistas que visitan la ciudad sagrada indígena de Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes es la última estación del tren que sale desde el Cusco. El pueblo ha desarrollado una infraestructura turística y hotelera a todo nivel. Entre los atractivos turísticos más importantes de Aguas Calientes se encuentran los baños termales situados a 800 m del pueblo.

Cusco (often spelled Cuzco) is in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cuzco Province. In 2007, the city had a population of 358,935. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cuzco, its elevation is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 2 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru.

When we first arrived in Peru, we spent a couple of weeks studying Spanish in Lima (please watch the vlog Living in Lima) then we headed to the North of Peru and visited Trujillo, Chiclayo and some archaeological sites, such as tombs, pyramids and ancient cities. On the South of Peru, our first stop was in Arequipa, and then we headed to Chivay and its thermal pools (La Calera hot springs) and the Colca Canyon, to do a canyon tour. Now, we go to the country side: Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Pichu and so on…

— Brasileiro no Peru —
Após passar algumas semanas apenas em Lima estudando espanhol e conhecendo o que a capital peruana tem a oferecer, nós partimos para explorar o país. Começando pela região Norte, fomos até Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol e de la Luna, Chan Chan e o sítio arqueológico da Tumba do Lorde Sipán. Depois, descemos pelo Sul do Perú, em lugares como Arequipa, Chivay, Cânion de Colca, Puno e Lago Titicaca, e terminamos nossa jornada no interior, em Cusco, no Vale Sagrado e em Machu Pichu.

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