The Thermal Baths of the district of Santa Teresa are in Cocalmayo, to the southwest of the province of the Convention 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 a 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.
At the bottom of the piles there is soft sand and around the pools you can contemplate rocks, vegetation, the sound of the river and the mountain. The thermal baths of Santa Teresa are fully equipped with toilets, showers, dressing rooms, soccer fields, space for camping, cafeteria, kiosk for the supply of food and drinks and a viewpoint. It also has a hydromassage system.
It is a very pleasant 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 amazing 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.
HOW TO GET TO SANTA TERESA?
To access the hot springs there are several alternatives of the City of Cusco: by bus, bicycle, motorcycle, train and 4 × 4.
Bus: You should go to the land terminal of Santiago. Take the bus that goes to the district of Santa Maria. From here take a taxi or a means of transport to Santa Teresa and walk for 20 minutes to the thermal complex or take a taxi for S /. 10 (Nuevos Soles) for the journey lasts only 10 minutes.
Train: Head for the train station of San Pedro, in Cusco, get off at the end of the route (at the hydroelectric power station). From here take a taxi, 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. For the genealogy it lasts 4 days, from the city of Cusco to Ollantaytambo, then to the reserve of the Abra de Málaga, located at 4,350 m.s.n.m. Surrounding the snowy Urubamba and continue until the district of Santa Maria. The following day the trip continues until Santa Teresa where it is enjoyed during the night of the Hot Springs. The tour ends in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu the next day.
This excursion is also done by motorcycle, in this case the duration of the tour is shorter.
The best time to go to the hot springs of Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo) is during the months of April to October. Santa Teresa in recent years has grown considerably due to the investments made in accommodation, restaurants and other tourist services.