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Nightlife is not a main (or even ancillary) attraction at Machu Picchu, where the elevation, sun and wind sap the energy of even the most prolific hikers. You’re most likely to find visitors calmly sipping a Peruvian pisco sour or two at a hotel bar before tucking in early for a pre-dawn wake up call — seeing the ruins at sunrise is more important to many tourists than going late into the night. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend visiting Aguas Calientes. It’s the town at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located and there are a number of locally owned and operated restaurants and bars there. Dancers head for the only club, Wasicha, and there’s a small, lively bar at Indio Feliz restaurant. Other cafes and restaurants lining Avenida Pachacutec, the main drag of the city, may stay open late if there’s a crowd.