Aguas Calientes, which means hot waters in Spanish, is often referred to as Machu Picchu Town. It became popular in the 20th century when the railroad was constructed through the mountains. Most tourists arrive by train from Ollantaytambo, all wanting to visit Machu Picchu, located just a few miles away.
The town itself is not very large, and most visitors there are hikers and back packers who completed the Inca Trail. For those less amtious, buses travel up the mountain and back on a continual basis. Today more than 1500 tourists arrive by train every day, all wanting to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Though Aguas Calientes exists solely for tourism, I wanted to photograph the daily life, far away from the restaurants, shops, and massage parlors that line every street.