Cocalmayo (Hot Springs) to Machu Picchu: 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.
2 Days: Soak in the hot springs of Cocalmayo on the way to explore the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.