Santa Teresa Hot Springs
The Santa Teresa hot springs are the most beautiful in Cusco. They are immersed in nature, on the banks of the Urubamba River and at the foot of the mountain.
A unique experience to enjoy during your trip to Cusco, where you can relax your body and mind while contemplating the native landscape.
The hot springs of Santa Teresa are located in Cocalmayo, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco.
The thermal complex, located at an altitude of 1,600 m.s., is built on the foothills of the mountain and the banks of the Urubamba River.
A unique space, in which visitors enjoy a pleasant moment immersed in the warm waters of Santa Teresa while contemplating an unparalleled natural beauty.
The hot springs in Santa Teresa are made up of three pools of different sizes and depths, which are supplied with medicinal water that varies between 40ºC and 44ºC.
The medicinal waters have healing properties to treat skin ulcers, bone pain and rheumatism.
The pools of the Santa Teresa hot springs are surrounded by nature. Its bottom is composed of soft sand and it is surrounded by rocks, vegetation, the sound of the Urubamba River and the mountain.
Near the pools, there are jets of cold water coming from the Uripata lagoons, which provide a very pleasant sensation. And a whirlpool system.
The Hot Springs in Santa Teresa are fully equipped with bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms, soccer fields, camping space, coffee bar, kiosk (where the visitor can buy food and drinks) and a viewpoint.
It is a very pleasant place to rest after visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu, the Inca roads, Choquequirao and other tours in Cusco.
The hot springa are open every day of the year, almost 24 hours a day. This, allows you to enjoy the starry nights inside the pools, which is amazing since the stars are reflected in the crystal clear water as if it were a mirror.
Chemical composition of the water of the Santa Terresa Hot Springs:
The thermal baths of Santa Teresa differ from the other hot springs in Peru for their crystal clear waters.
The thermal waters of Cocalmayo or Santa Teresa are composed of minerals such as calcium, sodium, bicarbonate, sulfate, magnesium, among others.
TRAVEL ADVICE! Don’t forget to bring a repellent to your visit to the Santa Teresa Hot Springs.
Nature offers us a unique in these medicinal waters, but also presents the typical insects of the jungle areas. With a repellent you will avoid small midges bites.
¿How to get to Santa Teresa Hot Springs?
The hot springs of Santa Teresa (or Cocalmayo) are at kilometer 135 of the former Cusco – Quillabamba railway line, on the left bank of the Urubamba River.
To get to the hot springs from the city of Cusco you can choose to do it by bus, bicycle, motorcycle, train or quad.
By Bus from Cusco to Santa Teresa
You must go to the Cruz del Sur bus terminal – Santiago, in Cusco City.
There, take the bus that goes to the district of Santa María. This trip (Cusco City – Santa María) has a duration of approximately 5 hours.
Once in the town of Santa María, take a taxi (or another transport) to Santa Teresa. The duration time is approximately one hour.
Having reached the town of Santa Teresa, walk for 20 minutes to the hot springs or take a taxi whose journey takes only 10 minutes.
By train from Cusco City to Santa Teresa
You must go to the train station of San Pedro, in Cusco City, and get off at the end of the route, at the hydroelectric power station.
From there you must to take a taxi, combi or walk to the Plaza de Armas de Santa Teresa. From here, take some means of transport to the Santa Teresa hot springs (this last trip takes approximately 10 minutes). While if you want to do it walking, it will last approximately 20 minutes.
If you want to reach the hot springs of Santa Teresa from the hydroelectric power station, you should know that the trip will take you approximately 2 hours.
By bicycle or motorbike to Santa Teresa
Some tour operators offer bike tours as part of their Adventure Tourism program. These trips last 4 days (approximately).
They begin in the city of Cusco towards Ollantaytambo. Then to the reserve of Abra de Malaga, located at 4.350 m.s. surrounding the snowy Urubamba and continue to the district of Santa María.
The next day, a stop is made in Santa Teresa where it is enjoyed during the night of the Hot Springs.
The tour ends in Aguas Calientes to visit the ruins of Machu Picchu the next day.
This tour is also done by motorcycle, whose duration of the tour is less.
The best time to visit Santa Teresa Hot Springs
The best time to go to the Hot Springs of Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo) is during the months of April to October.
Santa Teresa in recent years has grown a lot due to the investments that have been made in accommodation, restaurants and other tourist services.
Price of the entrance to Santa Teresa Hot Springs – Cocalmayo
The Santa Teresa hot springs prices belong to the tariff of 2018.
Foreign adult ……………………… S/. 10
National adult …………………….. S/. 5
Local adult ………………………………… S/. 2.50