Aguas Calientes is the closest stopover to Machu Picchu, and staying the night at one of the town's hostels or hotels will allow you to catch the first bus to the ruins. The close proximity to Macchu Picchu has encouraged an onslaught of accommodation options to pop up in Aguas Calientes, some good-and some not so good. The cheapest places to stay are to be found along the railroad tracks. These don't consist of much more than a place to lay your head. If you're prepared to spend a bit more, there are a number of places along the river, some with balcony views. There are also a couple of decent lodges, but be prepared to pay a high prices. Rates in Aguas Calientes are relatively higher than in other parts of the region, but can be negotiated down in the low season. Camping is also an option.