Let’s be real. You’re either about to go on, or have just come back from, an epic adventure. You need food! So while you’re in Aguas Calientes, the small town at the base of Machu Picchu, here is where we recommend you eat.
We arrived in Aguas Calientes at just around lunch time. We were tired since we had to get up pretty early to take the train from Cusco, but we wanted to eat before we relaxed in our hostel for the rest of the afternoon. Some friends we had made on the train had read good reviews about the Indio Feliz so we decided to check it out.
Address: Calle Lloque Yupanqui Nº 103, Aguas Calientes
The decorations were bright and festive. It’s a Franco-Peruvian restaurant with a good mix of local and European influences, both in the food and appearance of the restaurant.
We really enjoyed our meal. We started off with a tomato soup that came with a good amount of parmesan cheese. We were pretty hungry, so we didn’t take a picture. But it was good! Then I ordered the trout with garlic cream sauce and my friend had the chicken with mango sauce. Both dishes were really good, but we both agreed that my fish was exceptionally delicious. For dessert we had the chocolate mouse. That was so good we didn’t wait to take a picture either!
Overall we really liked the Indio Feliz restaurant. The cozy atmosphere was fun, the food was yummy, they had a great beer selection, and our waitress was really nice. It’s also off to the side of a main street, so it wasn’t as crowded as some of the other restaurants.
The next morning, we explored the ruins of Machu Picchu. It was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience. And a tiring one. And since they don’t sell food up there (read this for some useful tips to enjoy Machu Picchu) we were pretty hungry. This time, we went for what we love: pizza!
Address: Av. Pachacuteq 6° Cuadra S/N, Aguas Calientes
There was a big contrast between this restaurant and the Indio Feliz. Incontri del Pueblo Viejo was more open and brighter, with a simpler decor.
And the pizza…
It was yummy cheesy goodness. Quite possibly the best pizza I had in Peru. Which was a surprise. Incontri del Pueblo Viejo also sells gelato at the front of the restaurant. We wanted some but we were so tired by that point that we didn’t want to wait for the woman that had temporarily stepped away. We were practically falling asleep at our table!
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We really enjoyed both restaurants. They each had their charm and they both had very tasty food. I didn’t think we would eat such great food in Aguas Calientes, to be completely honest. Since it’s a major tourist destination, I thought the food would be crap and way overpriced. But who knew this tiny town had great chefs?
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by the food at a major tourist destination?
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