Welcome to Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa's makeshift feel persists thanks to its repeated flooding, including a landslide in February 2015 which washed out the only bridge into town. Thus vulnerable to the elements, Santa Teresa struggles to position itself in tourism. In the tiny center, most buildings are prefabricated emergency-relief shells and, strangely, the most permanent construction is the puzzling Plaza de Armas statue.

If you are planning to go to Machu Picchu from here, carefully plan your timing with trains or walking the tracks, as tickets can only be purchased same-day. Machu Picchu usually sells out in high season. Avoid visiting in rainy season when landslides can strand travelers.

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$495 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Premium Inca Jungle Trek: 4-Day Tour

Day 1:Cusco – Huyro (Biking and Rafting) (Coffee Tour) After breakfast, we will travelling through picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes until reaching the Abra Malaga Mountain(4350 m.a.s.l.). We will depart, descending on top scale mountain bikes for 3 hours going though rural villages, rivers, orchards and streams reaching the Huamanmarca where if we want we can buy water and snacks to finally reach the town of huyro where we will enjoy our lunch once our lunch is over our private bus will take the group to Santa María, place where we will start the rafting part once the rafting is finished the group returns to the town of huyro.  Day 2:  Huyro - Pasto Grande - Inca Jail - Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa  (TREKKING).After breakfast, our private transportation will take us to the PASTO GRANDE where we start walking for 4 hours along a high forest observing small coffee and cocoa plantations and fruit trees among the abundance of flora and fauna. Almost reaching the top is the archaeological center of Inca Carcel where the Incas punished people who did not comply with the rules of the Inca society, our guide will provide detailed information about this place in this place we can also rest and recharge energies Once we recharged the energies we continue our walk through the Inca road to the community of pumachaca where our lunch made with fruits and tubers awaits us. We continue our walk towards the hot springs of Cocalmayo, finally our private transport will take us to our lodging in the town of Santa Teresa. Day 3: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (Zip Line and Hiking):  Continue to explore the roads less traveled and start from the town Santa Teresa. The passengers that reserved in advance will enjoy the zip line, the rest of the group continue until reaching the Hydroelectrica, where the whole group will rejoin. After a short break, the journey continues along the great Inca jungle, going through waterfalls, coca and coffee farms until arriving at the town Aguas Calientes. The group will be taken to the hostel around 4 pm. At night, head to a restaurant to have a great dinner and have a briefing about the trek to Machu Picchu. Day 4: Auguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Walking and visit to sanctuary)The group go to Machu Picchu, following an ascending route through the high forest, where you'll have the chance to see the sunrise depending on speed. The private guide will shows you the sanctuary for aprox. 2hrs, later the group will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on their own. The passengers that reserved the climbing to Huayna Picchu will have their adventure. In the afternoon the group will descend walking to Aguas Calientes, to rest or to buy souvenirs until the hour of departure of the train towards Ollantaytambo. Arrive late at night, around 12.30 am.

$669 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Salkantay Trek to Michu Picchu 5-Day Small-Group Trip

Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp - 9 mi/14 km (L,D)Start with a pickup between 5am-6am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where to make final preparations and double check the equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take you to Soraypampa (3,920m) where you will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (about 1.5 hours) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Your first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature. Have dinner and go to sleep early.Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp - 14 mi/22 km (B,L,D)After breakfast at 6am, you'll begin a 4-hour hike located halfway between Salkantay mountain on the right and Humantay on the left. The views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here. After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900m.Day 3: Trek to La Playa & Transfer to Santa Teresa Town - 9 mi/15 km (B,L,D)After breakfast trek through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today you will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700m) your camp for the night. You have the option to visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa town (extra cost) and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water, a real treat after 3 hard days of trekking.Day 4: Trek to Hydroelectric Station & Aguas Calientes - 11 mi/18 km (B,L,D)After having breakfast at 8am, the last day on the trail will take us from Santa Teresa (1,700m) along a relaxing path for 3 hours to reach the hydroelectric station (1,880m) where a box lunch will be served. From here Aguas Calientes (2,010m) is another 3 hour walk where we finally have time to relax and recharge your batteries, getting ready for a visit to Machu Picchu. Enjoy dinner at a local traditional restaurant.Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)Catch one of the first buses (5:30 am) to Machu Picchu to appreciate the 'Lost City of the Incas' in the early morning light. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and then spend time exploring the citadel on your own. In the afternoon we will return by train to Ollantaytambo and take a tourist bus to Cusco. You will be dropped off at Plaza San Francisco.

$499 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cusco to Machu Picchu 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Rafting

DAY 1: Cusco - Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)Our transportation will pick you up around 8:00am (time to be reconfirmed). After 3 hours approximately by bus, we will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga (4,350 meters), around 11am, where will start our descent on mountain bikes, descending for about 3 hours, passing through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams, reaching the town Huamanmarca around 1:30pm. From here our private bus will take the group for 30 minutes to the town of Santa Maria. After a short break, we will begin the rafting trip for the next 2 hours, encountering class III and IV rapids, always accompanied by a professional safety kayak to watch over the group until leaving the river. DAY 2: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa (Hiking)Wake up call around 6:00am for a typical breakfast while immersed in nature, then departing for our trek, walking along the banks of the river before climbing for 30 minutes, eventually meeting up with the original Inca trail. On our way we will see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, and an abundance of flora and fauna such as birds and orchids. This ecosystem belongs to the high montain forest and is one of the richest in biodiversity in the tropics. At the highest point we will have a view of the valley of the lower Urubamba River. From here we descend about 2.5 hours until arriving at the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest we will continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls and rivers until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs.DAY 3 : Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (Hiking, Zipline)We will start our day around 7am to continue exploring the Urubamba River valley. Those who reserved in advance will be able to zipline in Santa Teresa. Afterwards our bus will take us to the area known as the hydroelectric. Here we will break for lunch before catching the short train ride through the final stretch to the town of Aguas Calientes below the mountain of Machu Picchu. DAY 4: Machu Picchu - CuscoOur final day will begin very early. We will wake you up around 5am for breakfast and then take one of the first buses up to the mountain Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at its finest at dawn. The Inca city is quietest very early in the morning and with the best lighting for fantastic pictures and enchanted views of the surrounding landscape. There will be a short guided tour around the city to explain some of its history and visit the most important features. Finishing the tour you will have free time to continue to explore. In the evening we will return by train to Cusco.

$185 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tour to Machu Picchu by Bus with Overnight

DAY 1:  Cusco - Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Caliente - Machu PicchuWe will pick you up at 7:30am and start at 8:00am from Cusco and go through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During the journey we will appreciate different villages and climate change from the Andes to the tropical sites. We will come to Santa Teresa where we enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch, then continue the tour to Hidroelectrica, arriving there at 3:00pm. Next, we will walk for 3 hours and arrive in Machu Picchu town, where we settle in the hostel with private bathrooms and hot water. It is also optional in the evening to go to the hot springs.DAY  2:  MACHU PICCHU - CUSCOThis time we will get up around 4:00am and leave at 4:30am, heading toward the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, walking approximately 1 hour and a half. The goal is to see the sunrise from the Inca site and be the first to arrive. Then we will take in the beautiful Machu Picchu with our professional guide, finishing the tour with some free time for you to explore the site.  Note: There is a possibility to spend one more night in Aguas Calientes paying an extra $30, and returning next day.

$620 Outdoor Activities

4 Day Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu Adventure Sports Tour

Day 1: Cusco - Alfamayo - Huamanmarca - Sta MariaYou will be picked up at approximately 5:00 am. You will be driven through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and dropped off at the 4,316 m. at the highest point of the trail, at Abra Malaga. Here you will change into bikes and biking kit provided (gloves and helmet) and receive a 20 minutes briefing by your tour guide. Then the fun commences¦ freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes, you will not want to catch your breath until the first picnic stop in Alfamayo San Luis, three hours from your starting point. Here you will enjoy your lunch, while taking in the panoramic view. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellent, it’s onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca incan site then we go to Sta Maria to do overnightDay 2: Sta Maria - Cocalmayo Hot Springs - Sta Teresa You will wake up at around 6.30 am and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee. Then you will begin your walk which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at a family restaurant in Santa Rosa where you can relax in hammocks admiring the coca plantations and receive refreshments while being entertained by the monkeys. After a short walk you will reach a traditional Inca Trail, which winds around slopes and drops for approximately half a mile. The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch. From Qellomayo it is a short walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here you can enjoy the hot springs and relax your muscles in these natural settings. After wading in the hot springs you will carry on to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night in a hostel.Day 3: Sta Teresa - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas CalientesYou will wake up and have breakfast at around 7 am. After breakfast you will walk to Colpani with amazing views until you reach the restaurant where you will have lunch at Hidroelectrica. From here it is only about a two and a half hours walk to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuscoyour climb to Machu Picchu begins before the sun is up. Ascend step by step for approximately an hour up the Inca staircase to the formerly lost stronghold of Machu Picchu. A 2-hour guided tour reveals mysteries and poses questions of how the Incas lived and were able to achieve such marvelous feats of engineering. After the tour you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Take your time exploring the wondrous ruins and get that perfect picture before making your descent back to Aguas Calientes. then back to cusco

$584 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking and Hiking

Day 1: Cusco to Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking to Santa Maria VillageAfter a hotel pickup around 6:45 a.m. in Cuzco, drive for 90 minutes to Ollantaytambo, where you'll have the opportunity to purchase breakfast and snacks. After that break, travel about another 90 minutes to the Malaga High Pass, where you hiking and biking adventure starts. After a safety briefing, descend in a 2.5-hour bike ride into the lush, humid jungle. See Huamanmarka archaeological site along the way, and arrive in Santa Maria village around 2:30 p.m., where you'll spend the night at a rustic guesthouse. Explore the village on your own, or upgrade to participate in a 2.5-hour rafting adventure on the Urubamba River's Class III and IV rapids.Day 2: Trek to Santa Teresa VillageAfter breakfast, set off for a day hiking through the jungle mountains. Observe pristine landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, and meet local villagers. Have lunch in the fresh mountain air halfway through the 11-mile (18-km) trek. After arriving at your overnight accommodations in Santa Teresa village, you'll have the option to visit a hot springs for an additional cost or to explore the village on your own.Day 3: Trek to Aguas CalientesIn the late morning, hike for 3 hours down an easy trail along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station. Stop for lunch, then hike 3 more hours to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. Spend the night at a cozy hotel for a shower and good night's sleep. Today you'll also have the option to upgrade with an additional activity: a zipline adventure.Day 4: Machu Picchu, and return to CuscoCatch an early-morning bus to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes to appreciate the citadel at sunrise. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of the site and then explore the mysterious city by yourself. You can also choose to climb Huayna Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes. Explore the local marketplace until it's time to take the train to Ollantaytambo. Then, take a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, arriving at Plaza San Francisco around 10:30 p.m. to end your adventure.