The Thermal Baths of Santa Teresa are in Cocalmayo, southwest of the Convention’s province in Cusco. Access to the thermal baths is at kilometer 135 of the former Cusco – Quillabamba railway line, on the left bank of the Urubamba River, and at the height of 1600 m.s.n.m.
Built on the slopes of the mountain and the shores of the Urubamba River, the thermal water complex has three pools of different sizes and depths, which have medicinal water that varies between 40ºC and 44ºC.
The thermal baths of Santa Teresa differ mainly from the other springs of Peru by crystalline waters. These medicinal waters possess properties to treat cutaneous ulcers, bone pain, and rheumatism.
In the thermal baths, you can also submerge under the jets in the rays of the lagoons Uripata, which provides a comforting sensation.
Soft sand is at the bottom of the piles, and around the pools, you can contemplate rocks, vegetation, the sound of the river, and the mountain. The thermal baths of Santa Teresa do fully equipped with toilets, showers, dressing rooms, soccer fields, space for camping, a cafeteria, a kiosk for the supply of food and drinks, and a viewpoint. It also has a hydromassage system.
It is a charming place to rest after long treks, as are Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.
The thermal baths are open 24 hours a day, and you can enjoy the starry nights inside the pools, which is fantastic as the reflections are reflected in the glass water as if it were a mirror.
Income is S /. 10 for foreigners and S /. 5 for nationals.
There are several alternatives to the City of Cusco: bus, bicycle, motorcycle, train, and 4 × 4.
Bus: You should go to the land terminal in Santiago. Take the bus that goes to the district of Santa Maria. Take a taxi or a means of transport to Santa Teresa and walk for 20 minutes to the thermal complex or take a cab for S /. 10 (Nuevos Soles), for the journey lasts only 10 minutes.
Train: Head to the train station of San Pedro in Cusco, and get off at the end of the route (at the hydroelectric power station). Take a taxi and start to make the road to the Plaza de Armas de Santa Teresa. Then return to take a taxi (for S /. 10 Nuevos soles, approximately), and in ten minutes, you will reach the thermal baths. Another option is to take a 20-minute walk to the thermal complex.
Bicycle: Some tour agencies offer bicycle tours as part of their Adventure Tourism program. The genealogy lasts four days, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, then to the reserve of the Abra de Málaga, located at 4,350 m.s.n.m. Surrounding the snowy Urubamba continues until the district of Santa Maria. The following day, the trip continues until Santa Teresa does enjoy the Hot Springs night. The tour ends in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu the next day.
This excursion does also done by motorcycle; in this case, the tour duration is shorter.
The best time to go to the hot springs of Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo) is in April to the former. Santa Teresa, in recent years, has grown considerably due to the investments made in accommodation, restaurants, and other tourist services.