One of the nicest excursions while you’re in Aguas Calientes is hiking to the Mandor Valley. Round trip will probably take about 3 hours, depending on how much time you spend wandering around or taking time out to sit and take it all in. It’s worth it to bring a picnic and enjoy the space. Once you get to the gardens, located on the right hand side. After entering, you can spend as much time as you like, appreciating the many native plants and flowers, as well as the several waterfalls on the property.
Located throughout are various places where you can stop and sit at a covered bench to appreciate the scenery and have a rest. And, as with so much of the area, to simply stop and live in the moment. One of the rest stops even allows you a direct view of Huayna Picchu.