Flourishing mountains tower above this small town, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. If it hadn’t been for the railway coming through, it would have been lost amidst the expanse of green. Far above, the ruins of Machu Picchu are hidden between the mountains. If you’re aching in the morning after a long hike, head up the hill to one of the thermal baths for S/.10.00. They get much more crowded and colder later in the day, so be sure to come early. The many massage parlors offer services at reasonable prices. Gift shops and restaurants line the railroad tracks, although since everything is imported into town, prices are much higher here than elsewhere in Peru. Since it’s inevitable you’ll have to eat sometime there, try the wood-fired pizza that many restaurants serve. The only attraction other than Machu Picchu itself is the museum about half-an-hour’s walk from town. Along the way, there’s a butterfly sanctuary and botanical garden, and the museum provides a lot of information and perspective that a lot of people miss out on.

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