Cocalmayo (Hot Springs) to Machu Picchu Travel: On this short tour, you’ll cross an incredible topographical divide; from the drier, Pacific side of the Andes to its greener western slope and the outer edges of the Amazon Basin. Passing over the icy Abra Malaga (4300masl) you’ll then begin to descend into the rainforest, known as the ceja de selva (eyebrow of the jungle).
Our destination for the first day is Santa Teresa, located at an elevation of 1550masl. Santa Teresa is home to the Hot Springs of Cocalmayo, a set of natural mountain baño termales. It’s a great place to soak and relax after the journey over the Andes.
On Day 2, you’ll take a short trek through a gorge to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) to explore the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. Following your exploration of Machu Picchu, there will be more than enough time to enjoy the evening in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, returning by train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.
Traverse different topographies from the Andes to Rainforest on the edge of the Amazon Basin.
Wash away the dust of the Andes in relaxing hot spring near Santa Teresa.
Hike around the ruins of Machu Picchu, ancient citadel of the Incas and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley, back to Cusco.
If you are interested in doing more trekking to Machu Picchu, check out our Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
This two-day tour has one full day of trekking and the following day is spent exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu. On day 1, you’ll take a train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104 and hike until the sun begins to set, through the sun gate. Where you’ll reach Machu Picchu Pueblo and take an evenings rest in readiness for the second day. On day 2, you’ll awake early to explore the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. Following your exploration of Machu Picchu, there will be more than enough time to enjoy the evening in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, returning by train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco.
Enjoy great views of Machu Picchu at both sunrise and sunset
Trek the last day of the Classic Inca Trail
Enter Machu Picchu through the original Sun Gate used by Inca nobles
Catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu at sunset
Have a full day to explore the Machu Picchu ruins the next day
|Maximum altitude||2732 m / 8964 ft|
|Minimum altitude||2088 m / 6850 ft|
|Distance travelled||11 km / 7 m (to Inti Punku)|
|Hiking time||7 hours|
Breakfast x 1
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 1
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Ollantaytambo
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu is included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
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|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
After a 4-5hr ride from Cusco to Santa Teresa, passing the Abra Malaga, you’ll arrive at the Cocalmayo hot springs. There are 3 different pools with differing heats and cooling showers to wash down in. This afternoon you can relax in the springs and enjoy a great picnic lunch.
You’ll either overnight at the springs, by camping, so you have all afternoon and evening to enjoy the day. Or you can stay and relax in a comfortable Eco Lodge nearby the mountain jungle town of Santa Teresa.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping or Quechua Eco Lodge
In the morning you’ll hike along some train tracks through a gorge, for around 2hrs. Stopping at Aguas Calientes. You’ll take a 25-minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu ruins. (a 25-minutes ride) up to Machu Picchu (2400 m) for sunrise and to enjoy the ruins at a quieter time of day before the crowds arrive.
Your guide will lead you group tour exploration and discovery of the many corners within the enigmatic citadel. Guided tours last on average, around 2-3 hours. After the tour, you’ll still have some time to visit other parts of the ruins that you didn’t get to see with your guide. For example, heading west from the centre of Machu Picchu, the Inca bridge is a 30-minute (2 km) walk along a narrow path. If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu. To climb this mountain, you’ll need to buy a separate permit in advance.
At the end of your visit to Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco, depending on where you’ll be spending the night. On arriving at the final train station, we’ll have a private transport waiting to bring you to your hotel.
(Please note: if you’re taking the train to Cusco, it’s still an hours drive from the train station to the city of Cusco.)