There is a town at the base of Machu Picchu called Aguas Calientes, named after its hot springs. Recently it has been renamed to Machupicchu Town due to marketing efforts. Its buildings are distinctly Peruvian and it has a small plaza and only a few main streets. The only ways to reach this town is either on foot or by train. There are about 2000 residents and the economy revolves around tourism. It was rainy with mild temperatures during our stay.