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Santa Teresa Trek
Santa Teresa Trek

Santa Teresa Trail

The Santa Teresa Trail is also called the Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu. 


Biking, hiking, using a zip line, bathing in hot springs: this fantastic 4-day-trip to Machu Picchu is an exciting adventure and increasingly more popular. 

The tour starts with a bus ride from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, an old  Inca village in the Sacred Valley. The only direct connection from Ollantaytambo through the narrow Urubamba valley to Machu Picchu is the railway. The street climbs up into the hills, reaching its highest point at the Malaga mountain pass (4350 m). Here the bus starts descending, from the cool and barren mountain tops of the Andes down into the subtropical regions of the rain forest, passing banana-, papaya- and other jungle plantations. The bus ride ends in the evening in the small town of Santa Maria. Alternatively, you can get out of the bus and cycle down from the lofty heights of the Malaga pass. 


The seven hour long hike from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa takes us through tropical forests, valleys, past rivers, small villages, coca-, coffee- and fruit plantations. In the afternoon, we take a break and you can relax in the hot springs of Santa Teresa. 

On the last part of the way to Aguas Calientes we cross adventuresome bridges and use an improvised zip cable to get over the Urubamba river to the hydroelectric power station. If you rather not use the zip line, you can hike up to Llactapata on an old Inca path and reach the power station from there on foot. 


In the afternoon, a train to Aguas Calientes stops at the “Hidroelectrica”. It is also possible to reach the town below Machu Picchu by foot in 2 hours. The small path winds itself along the river and sometimes the railway line, past exotic trees with oranges and bananas, waterfalls and the occasional farm house. 




We book and organise tours for local prices in and around Cusco only for language students on our Spanish or Quechua Programme.  



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