Cocalmayo (Hot Springs) to Machu Picchu Travel – 2 Days
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.
Short Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
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|