Inca ruins of Machu Picchu-3 
Ten years ago, I traveled with my friend Kelly to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu.  Back then, it was still the road less traveled with few tourist and even fewer places to sleep.  In fact, that might have been my first ¨hostel¨experience, only I don´t think they called it a hostel/hospedaje then.  At that time, there were only two places to stay in Aguas Calientes, our choice was either the nice hotel or the other place.  We picked the other place, which proved to be a bad move.   These days, the small town of Aguas Calientes is home to many restaurants, hostels and hotels, completely over-run by tourists heading to Machu Picchu.  
Mike and I woke up bright an early and were at Machu Picchu by 6:30am to catch the sunrise.