The 1.5 hour train ride is scenic ride if you are on the right side! It follows the Urobamba River. The only way into Aguas Caliente is by train, so there are no cars or tuk tuks there! It is built on the hillside and is made up of stores, restaurants, and a few hotels. We stayed at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Rooms were in different buildings on the hillside. Debby & I got a room at the edge of things without a view. She wasn't impressed. It's okay because we wouldn't be staying in the room much anyway.
Kathleen has gotten very sick, like I was in Madagascar with a fever and all. She hasn't been joining us for meals and isn't joining us today, but is staying in her room.
It was raining when we got to town and when we got on the bus that goes up many switchbacks to the ruins. After our buffet lunch, the rain stopped and we enjoyed going through the ruins of Machu Picchu seeing the clouds, then the sun! Very impressive site - huge too!