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 for the 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

ItineraryDay 1: CUSCO - HUYRO Stop At: Conde Travel, Cusco, Cusco RegionAll passengers will be picked up from their lodging and brought to our central meeting point where we will eat breakfast together as a group. We will then begin our trip toward Abra Malaga Mountain at 4350m. When we reach our main pass, we will begin our 3-hour descent on top scale mountain bikes with safety equipment through a paved road, passing rural villages, rivers, and streams before reaching Huamanmarca. Here you can purchase water and snacks if needed before we leave for the town of Huyro. In Huyro, we will enjoy our exquisite lunch and drop-off our things at the eco-lodge where we will be staying the night. Once our lunch is over our private bus will take the group to Santa María, where we will start our rafting trip. There we will meet our guides who will brief us on safety and the different positions we will need during the trip. Once the rafting is finished the group will return to the town of Huyro to our eco-lodge for dinner and rest for the dayDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Cochapata LodgeDay 2: HUYRO - INCA JAIL - COCALMAYO(HOT SPRINGS) - SANTA TERESAStop At: Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Santa Teresa, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast, our private transportation will take us to the starting point of the Inca Trail where we start walking for approximately 4 hours through the high forest among the abundance of flora and fauna. In this area it is possible to see many types of plants, orchids, birds and other wild animals. We will witness the mysterious beauty of the high forest, a paradise of biodiversity in the Inca jungle. During our trip we will see the archaeological center of Inca Carcel where the Incas punished people who did not comply with the rules of the Inca society. We will listen to deeper history of this famous site from our guide, and recharge before we begin our trek once again. We will continue our walk through the Inca road to toward our exquisite and nutritious lunch made by a local community with fruits and tubers native to the area. Once our lunch is over, we will continue our walk towards the hot springs of Cocalmayo where we will relax our muscles and enjoy snacks and drinks. After we have enjoyed ourselves, our private transport will take us to our lodging in the town of Santa Teresa.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Cajamarca HostelDay 3: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas CalientesStop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionThe next morning, after a good breakfast, we will head toward the nearby zip lining location. Here, we will experience different zip lining routes, cross a suspension bridge, and do some light rock climbing. After this activity, the bus will bring us to Hidroélectrica where we will enjoy our lunch. We can relax here for a while, then continue onto the route toward Aguas Calientes. We will walk for about 3 hours and along the way you will encounter beautiful waterfalls, different wildlife, next to the beautiful Urubamba river. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. After dinner, you are free to explore the city of Aguas Calientes.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Condor Palace or Vista Machu Picchu according availabilityDay 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – CuscoStop At: Plaza San Francisco, Cusco, Cusco RegionWe will rise early at 4:00am to begin our climb toward Machu Picchu. The trek will include a challenging 1 hour and half ascent toward the ancient citadel. After arriving at the entrance around 6:00am to meet our guide, our group will enjoy a privately guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel. After the tour, you will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own. According to the departure time of your bus, given to you by the tour guide before the tour, the group will descend toward Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo where everybody will be picked up and transferred to Cusco. The group has to be at the train station at least 30min before departure. The trip will finish in the square of San Francisco, Cusco.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$690 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m) (L/D) Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Cusco RegionToday we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our 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.Duration: 18 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip.Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m) (B/L/D) Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Cusco RegionWe will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay (6,267m) and Humantay (5,900m). (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for approx. 100 - 120 soles). From the pass, 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 2,900 meters.Inclusions: 1N Camping, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (22km, 9-10hrs)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a campsite in Challhuay or ColcapampaDay 3: Trek to La Playa & Transfer to Santa Teresa Town (1,700m) (B/L/D) Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we 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 (1,700 meters), our camp for the night, with a warmer climate. After a rest, we 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! Inclusions: Car La Playa - Santa Teresa Town, 1N Camping, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (15km, 5.5hrs)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Camping overnight in Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters)Day 4: Trek to Hydroelectric Station & Aguas Calientes (B/L/D) Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Cusco RegionAfter having breakfast at 8:00 am, our 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 slight uphill walk where we will finally have time to relax, recharge our batteries and get ready for our visit to Machu Picchu. Dinner at a local traditional restaurant. *Optional bus transfer from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station is available for an extra cost.*Optional train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes is available for an extra cost.Inclusions: 1N Aguas Calientes 3* Hotel, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (18km, 6hrs)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Aguas Calientes 3* HotelDay 5: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)Stop At: Machu PicchuWe will catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb the optional Huayna Picchu Peak inside the archaeological site (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Return by train to Ollantaytambo and take a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place (if you haven't already heard it all during the Salkantay Trek). Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure. Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.Inclusions: Round trip Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo, Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco, 2-Hour Machu Picchu Guided Visit, Meal 1B. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$499 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: CUSCO- SANTA MARIA: BIKING AND RAFTINGStop At: Inca JungleOur transportation will pick up around 8:00 am (Time to be reconfirmed). After 3 hours approximately by bus, we will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga (4,350 meters), around 11 am, where we 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 1:30 pm. 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.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Santa Maria Homestay.Day 2: SANTA MARIA-SANTA TERESA: TREKKINGStop At: Inca JungleAfter a delicious breakfast, we will begin our first day of the trekking course to Santa Teresa at 6 AM. The first 2 hours of our tour is an ascent, but there will be several stops in order to learn a bit more about the rich variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the region we are in.One of these stops will be a family house where we will rest for 20 minutes and supply ourselves with more water and some regional tropical fruit. After resting for a bit, we will cross to the section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machupicchu with the city of Vilcabamba. Here, our guide will explain a bit more about the history of the Incas, as well as the system of communication that existed during that time. At this point, we will also see one of the most impressive views in all of the Huancarccasa Canyon. Afterwards, we will descend to the small town of Quellomayo where we will stop to eat lunch and rest in the near-by hammocks. We then continue 2 more hours on foot to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the naturally heated water of the baths. After bathing,Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Santa Teresa Home StayDay 3: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES: TREKKING AND ZIP LINE)Stop At: Inca Jungle, Cusco, Cusco RegionAfter breakfast, we will begin the trekking course to Aguas Calientes at approximately 7 AM. We will walk for 3 hours in the Aobamba Valley until we reach the Intihuatana sector, where we pass to government control post and continue the trek. Lunch will be included along the path and we will have the opportunity to see a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of the surrounding mountains Machupicchu and Haynapicchu. Here you also have the opportunity to see an astronomical sundial used by the Incans, as well as other constructions such as the Incan citadel of Machupicchu. After 3 hours of walking, we will arrive in Aguas Calientes alongside the train tracks that lead to the small town.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.Day 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCOStop At: Machu PicchuThis last day starts very early. We will wake up at around 5.00 am have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:1.- It is well worth the effort to get up early as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sun rise over Machu Picchu.2.- Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars. Of course he will also take you to the classical view point (sacred Rock Hut), this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole inkan city. After that if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu. From the top of Waynapichu you have an absolutely stunning and breathtaking view of the complete Machupicchu area. It takes 1 hour to climb Waynapichu and 1 to 1 ½ hours (depending if you want to make a detour to the great cavern) to return down. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.Usually we hiking back down to Aguas Calientes around 1:00 pm. if you go down early enough, you can have lunch (it is not included but it can be added up to the package), visit the hot springs in town, go to a museum, or shop at the artisan market. We will take our train ride at 18:20 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 10:00 PM.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$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 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

$475 Day Trips & Excursions

4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu:Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

ItineraryDay 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Huamanmarca – Pispitayoc (Biking, Rafting)Stop At: Cusco Cathedral, Cusco, Cusco RegionAfter a hotel pickup between 6:30am and 7:00am, We will head on a 1.5 hour ride to Ollantaytambo. In ollantaytambo We stop a short time here you can buy water, snacks,sunscreen,repellent or something else that has been forgotten. Then, we'll continue for 1.5 hour more towards the Abra Malaga High Pass (4,350 meters) where our adventure begins. After a safety briefing, you will enjoy a thrilling 2.5-hour bike ride down into the lush and humid jungle. You will see Huamanmarka Archaeological site along the way, before arriving to Santa Maria village around 2:30pm. After lunch we travel by bus to the town of Santa Maria, where our rafting activity begin in this camp we will receive a briefing for the activity and the safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets.After the rafting adventure, to finish the afternoon the whole group will meet in the hostel where we will dinner and spend our first night surrounded by vegetation, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sound.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local Lodge with basic servicesDay 2: INCA TRAIL TREKKING - HOT SPRINGS (Santa Maria - Santa Teresa)Stop At: Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Santa Teresa, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionWe start the second day of our Inka Jungle Tour at 7:00 am with a delicious local breakfast and a nice cup of homegrown, homemade coffee in the middle of the jungle. We begin trekking around 8:00 am, and after approximately 30-40 minutes we join the original Inca Trail. Along the way you will witness the diverse flora and fauna of one of the richest biodiversity areas in the world. Fruit trees such as pineapple, papaya, banana grow around us, and different species of birds flutter around. After around 2.5 hours of walking, we arrive in Quellomayo village, where we will have lunch and take a rest in hammocks to prepare for the rest of the trip. After the break we continue trekking for around 3 hours, crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (including one we cross in a cable car!). At around 4 pm we arrive at Cocalmayo - better known as the hot springs of Santa Teresa, where we will have the opportunity to take a relaxing, warm bath. Cocalmayo offers several relaxing hot springs, each with its own temperature.After the break at the hot springs we continue walking for about 40 minutes until we reach the town of Santa Teresa where we will stay for a night. (There are taxis available for this last stretch if you prefer, not included). After dinner you will have free time to explore the town, or just relax and take a nap. Santa Teresa offers a variety of local pubs and discotheques where you can enjoy the nightlife, taste typical Peruvian beverages and meet the locals.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hostel with basic services(hot water, wifi, private rooms).Day 3: ZIP LINE - TREKKING (Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (Machu picchu town))Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionToday we have breakfast at 7am.after a good breakfast, we will head toward the nearby zip lining location. Here, we will experience different zip lining routes, cross a suspension bridge, and do some light rock climbing.After this activity, the bus will bring us to Hidroélectrica where we will enjoy our lunch. We can relax here for a while, then continue onto the route toward Aguas Calientes. We will walk for about 3 hours and along the way you will encounter beautiful waterfalls, different wildlife, next to the beautiful Urubamba river. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. After dinner, you are free to explore the city of Aguas Calientes.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hostel (hot Water, wifi, private rooms)Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Trekking)Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco RegionVery early in the morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and then we will take the bus to ascend to Machu Picchu citadel. After 25 minutes climbing we will be on the uphill and there we can enjoy the stunning sunrise.By that time, we will have a brief introduction about the history and architecture of the citadel and also one of the 7 wonders of the world.After that you will climb Huayna Picchu mountain, around one and a half hour, then you will be literally on the clouds. You will be surprised with the sight.It is important to note that the GUIDED TOUR does not include the Huayna Picchu Mountain or mountain machu picchu, you will go by your own because this is just a view point where you can take amazing photos of machu picchu citadel.Once back from Huayna Picchu, the guided tour starts. You’ll be amused with the constructions and temples, as well as, the nature surrounding the place, after the end of the guided tour, you’ll have time to freely explore the magic place by yourself.We’ll be back in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes with time to have lunch, rest or make a last tour in the town. At the end of the afternoon we’ll take the train and the bus back to Cusco.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.