Santa Teresa (Peru)
Santa Teresa offers an alternate, cheap way of getting to Machu Picchu, not to mention amazing thermal springs.
Daily buses run to Quillabamba from the Santiago terminal in Cuzco (7-8 hours, ~ 4US$) via Santa María.
Hike to Machu Picchu (four hours).
Visit the amazing Aguas Thermales de Cocalmayo - entrance 5 soles, shared taxi to there 3 soles per person.
- Hospedaje El Sol, Av. Calixto Sanches G-6, ☎ (084) 637158 / 940 877506 / 984 754864. Built after the earthquake, with clean rooms with flat TV, Wi-Fi and private showers. The owner is super friendly and can organize cheap transportation for you. If he likes you, he can even make you a super simple breakfast for free, which is not officially included. There is also a small shop next to the entrance, which he operates. 60 soles for double with private bathroom.
- Choquequirao - Take a taxi or bus to the end of the road then hike for several days and finish in Cachora or Huanicapa.
- Machu Picchu Pueblo - Hike to the hydro electric plant and catch the train (2 hours) or hike all the way (4 hours). In the morning you can also take a shared taxi to Hydroelectrica for 5 soles per person with locals who are boarding the 7:45 train.