We took the 4:30 train from Ollantaytambo so didn't get to Aguas Calientes until after dark and we were only planning to stay the night so we could catch the 5:30 am bus up to Macchu Picchu. It couldn't have been easier to find Wachuma. It was just up the main "street" right by the train station. You basically get off the train and turn right before crossing the river.
Jimmy and Italo greeted us upon our arrival and were really friendly and helpful. :) They showed us on the map where we could go for dinner and checked to see when we'd want our breakfast. Best of all, they helped us w/ a guide for Machu Picchu. We were introduced to Omar and we met w/ him later that evening for a prep talk, it was going to run $20 a person for 2 hours. (Note, when we met w/ Omar the next day, there ended up being 14 other people on the tour. My boyfriend and I opted out of the group, but Omar introduced us to his friend Alain for a private tour, $50 for the two of us for two hours. And Alain was AMAZING)
The rooms were really clean and pretty spacious, there was a TV which we hadn't had in a couple days having come from the Sacred Valley. Bathroom really clean, we didn't get to use the shower. There was a rally of some sort on the soccer fields behind the hotel, but they were done by 9:30, so it didn't bother us. If you're a really light sleeper maybe bring earplugs just in case, but I feel like that's just Aguas Calientes. They do have free coca tea down in the lobby, so that was nice also. And they let us keep our overnight packs there while we went up to the ruins.
I would totally stay here again if I was to do Machu Picchu again. They were a 5 minute walk to the bus line and it was hard to beat the price of $50 a night for 2 people. All the restaurants were just a block away and just a couple minutes up the hill to the hot springs.
Muchas gracias Jimmy y Italo!
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