Welcome to Santa Teresa

In the tiny center, most buildings are prefabricated emergency-relief shells and, strangely, the most permanent construction is the puzzling Plaza de Armas statue. The real attractions are a few kilometers outside town – the Cocalmayo hot springs and the Cola de Mono zipline are both worth the time and effort required to get to them.

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$495 Walking & Biking Tours

Premium Inca Jungle Trek: 4-Day Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Pispitayoc (Biking and Rafting): Following hotel pickup, you'll travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you'll travel through picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes until reaching the mountain Abra Malaga. From here, you'll embark on a 3-hour mountain bike ride. Pass through rural villages, rivers, reaching the area Huamanmarca. Later the private bus will take the group to Santa Maria, where you'll expereince white-water rafting rafting. Those that didn’t book the rafting tour, will go with an assistant guide in our private bus to Santa Rosa, after this you'll walk until arriving at the lodge La Choza. The bus will later take the rafting group to Santa Rosa for a hike to the ecological lodge La Choza, located in the village Pispitayoc. Day 2: Pispitayoc (Familiar House):  Santa Teresa (Trekking) After walking along the river, you'll start climbing. On your way, you'll see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, etc. In this area it is possible to see many types of plants, orchids, and birds. You'll observe the beauties of the high forest which is a paradise of biodiversity in the Inca jungle route. After arriving to the top of the mountain, absorb views of Urubamba Valley. The group descend to the village Qellomayo. After the break, you'll trek for three hours, going through farms, rivers, and waterfalls until arriving at the hot water springs in Santa Teresa. Continue to walk until reaching the town Santa Teresa, where we will sleep at a familiar house. 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. The tour ends in Cusco´s main square.

$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.

$469 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.

$584 Walking & Biking 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.

$1925 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

Pre-departure briefing: Make your own way to Milhouse Hostel in the city center to attend your mandatory pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm one day prior to your trek.Day 1: Depart Cuzco - Hike from Cachora village to Chiquisca (L-D)Get picked up at your hostel early in the morning and drive to Cachora village. Upon arrival, we will be met by our mule drivers and start hiking along the edge of the Apurímac Canyon. Lunch will be served at Capuliyoc followed by a 2-hour winding descent to Chiquisca ending at our campsite near the Apurimac River.Day 2: Hike from Chiquisca to Choquequirao archaeological site (B-L-D)Have an early breakfast and then start a 1.5-hour downhill hike to Playa Rosalinda followed by an uphill hike leading to Santa Rosa to have lunch. The hike will continue ascending to Marampata village. After a challenging 3-hour trek you'll reach your campsite overlooking the Choquequirao ruins.Day 3: Hike from Choquequirao to Maizal camp (B-L-D)See Choquequirao in the early morning and explore this 'lost Inca city'. Afterwards, you'll hike to Pinchaunuyoc archaeological site. From Pinchiyoc Unu, reach the campsite, Maizal. Day 4: Hike from Maizal camp to Yanama camp (B-L-D)After an early breakfast, you'll ascend toward Paso Victoria. The pass is a good place for a break. After crossing the pass, you'll descend to the village of Yanama for lunch and free time to relax in the afternoon. Day 5: Hike to the Totora community via High Pass (B-L-D)Start hiking to a high pass at and then cross over Yanama pass at with beautiful views of snow-capped Andean peaks. You'll descend to the Totora community to camp.Day 6: Hike to Sayahuaco & Transfer to Santa Teresa town (B-L-D)Continue the descent to the Totora River and stop at Sayahuaco for lunch. After lunch, take a transfer to Santa Teresa town (for the night. Here you can relax in the hot springs before dinner if time allows (own expense).Day 7: Hike from Santa Teresa town to Aguas Calientes (B-L-D)Today, take an easy hike over rolling hills along the Vilcanota River towards the Hydroelectric station for lunch. Another 3-hour hike will bring us to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy dinner.Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu - Return to Cuzco (B)Catch one of the first buses (at 05:30 am) to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approx. 2-hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the site by yourself. You'll your guide in Aguas Calientes, which can be reached by bus or on foot, to receive your train tickets for the return trip. Have lunch, take the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco arriving back around 10:30pm. Drop-off at the Plaza San Francisco.

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