Cocalmayo Hot Springs and Alternative Machu Picchu (2 Days)
Experience Inca history and culture as you visit Machu Picchu and the Cocalmayo Hot Springs. Meet locals and enjoy delicious traditional food.
Number of Travelers
Price Per Person
2 - 7
8 - 14
15 or more
Soak in the Cocalmayo Hot Springs and Discover Machu Picchu
On this Cocalmayo Hot Springs and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour, go off the beaten track to experience the history and living culture of the Inca people. In addition to visiting sacred temples, you will also get to know the local people as you visit an Andean house and hear various Incan myths. You’ll also get to sit back and relax in the medicinal thermal waters of Cocalmayo. To top it all off, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. Join us for two incredible days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas!
Take a dip in the Cocalmayo Hot Springs
Enjoy traditional Andean meals made by a local “Mamacha”
Explore the stunning archaeological site of Machu Picchu
Appreciate local flora and fauna as you hike in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night Start and end location: Sacred Valley of the Incas Availability: Year-round
Day 1 – Discover an Ancient Temple, Soak in Hot Springs, and Hike to Aguas Calientes
5:30-7:00 am – You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and transported to the Pachar Community. Discover a ceremonial site and examine the amazing stone carvings. Learn about the Inca symbols and Andean myths.
7:30-8:30 am – Visit the house of a local family to experience the Andean lifestyle first-hand and learn how they survive in this hostile environment.
8:30-11:30 am – Drive for 3 hours through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, appreciating fantastic views of the mountain scenery, passing through various microclimates in Cusco’s surroundings.
11:30 am-12:00 pm – Explore the Ancient Temple of Wamanmarka and learn about Andean culture and the history of the sacred site.
13:00-14:30 pm – Relax in the Cocalmayo Hot Springs.
14:30-15:30 pm – Enjoy a tasty, homemade, Andean-style lunch. Local “Mamacha” Señora Margarita will make the meal for you using fresh, local ingredients. We recommend the fresh trout with French fries.
15:30-19:00 pm – Go by private transportation to the hydroelectric station, the starting point of your hike. You will trek for 3 hours to the town of Aguas Calientes. Along the way, you can spot a variety of butterflies, orchids, and wild flowers.
19:00 pm – Rest in your hotel in Aguas Calientes and enjoy a restaurant meal (at your own expense).
Day 2 – Experience the Stunning Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu and Explore Aguas Calientes
4:50-5:20 am – Enjoy breakfast at the hotel (orange juice, milk or coffee, sandwiches). Take a bus with private seats to the Stone City.
7:00 am-12:30 pm – Explore an incredible, sacred temple of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise. Then, learn all about the sacred sites from a conventional guide. Visit the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana (Ancient Sundial), and additional ceremonial sites. Enjoy a picnic while admiring the gorgeous scenery.
13:00-14:00 pm – Take the bus to return to Aguas Calientes. Visit the local market to enjoy a tasty, traditional meal of your choice, prepared by an Andean “Mamacha”. If you like, you can choose to eat at a restaurant instead, but that would be at your own expense.
14:00-17:00 pm – Explore Aguas Calientes or relax in the town’s medicinal hot springs.
17:40-19:40 pm – Take the train to Ollantaytambo. Next, travel by private transportation to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
21:30 pm – Arrive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Pick up and drop off from your hotel, private transportation, and train and bus tickets
Guide/interpreter and conventional guide at the ruins
1 night accommodation at a hotel
Entrance to all the sacred sites and Machu Picchu
2 light Andean breakfasts and 2 homemade Andean lunches
Picnic snacks and 1 water bottle
What’s Not Included
What to Bring
Warm jacket (preferably water-proof or water-resistant)
Comfortable hiking shoes
Cash on hand
Machu Picchu is a government-protected archaeological site where only conventional guides are allowed to give information about the history of the ruins. The tour operator is a non-conventional company that works with local Andeans. You will be able to hear different perspectives and draw your own conclusions after hearing theories from both the conventional guide and your local guide.
The tour operator requires a 60% non-refundable deposit to book this tour.
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