It was build on the slope of the mountain and on the edges of Urubamba River. The thermal water complex has three pools of different sizes and depths, its medicinal water supply varies between 40 º C and 44 º C. It differs mainly from the other hot springs of Peru for its clear waters. These waters have medicinal properties to treat skin ulcers, bone pain and rheumatism.
In the thermal baths also the traveler can be placed under cold jets from the Uripata gaps, it provide a comforting feeling.
At the bottom of the pools there is soft sand and around there are rocks, vegetation, mountains and the sound of the river. Santa Teresa hot springs are fully equipped with restrooms, showers, locker rooms, soccer fields, camping space, coffee, kiosk and a gazebo. It also has a whirlpool system.
Is a nice place to rest after long walks as a tours of Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.
The baths are open 24 hours a day for the people can enjoy the starry nights inside the pools, which is amazing because at the stars reflected in the clear water like a mirror.
The rate for acces S /. 10 for foreigners and S/. 5 for nationals.
HOW GET TO SANTA TERESA HOT SPRINGS?
For accessing to the baths there are several alternatives from Cusco City; by bus, bicycle, motorcycle, train or 4 × 4 truck.
Buses: The traveler must go to the station bus of Santiago. Then take the bus that goes to the district of Santa Maria. From there, take a taxi or shuttle to Santa Teresa and walk 20 minutes to the resort spa or take a taxi for 10 nuevos soles (approximately); this journey takes just 10 minutes.
Train: One should head towards the train station of San Pedro in Cusco, get off at the end (in the power plant). From there take a taxi, combi or continue the journey walking up to the main square of Santa Teresa. Then take a taxi (for S/. 10 approximately) after ten minutes one arrives to the hot springs. Other option is to walk to the resort along 20 minutes.
Bicycle: Some tour agencies offer bike tours as part of their program of Adventure Tourism. Usually, it lasts 4 days; it starts in Cusco and continues to Ollantaytambo. One of the main points of the path is the Abra de Malaga located at 4.350 meters, surrounding the Urubamba Snowy and continues until Santa Maria district. The next day, the tour continues to Santa Teresa, where one can enjoy the hot springs at night. The tour ends in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu the next day.
The same trip is done with motorcycle tours, in this case the journey lasts less.
The best season to go to the Santa Teresa's hot springs (Cocalmayo) is from April to October. Santa Teresa has grown considerably in the last years given to the investments that have been made in accommodations, restaurants and other tourist services.