Santa Teresa District

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Santa Teresa
Country  Peru
Region Cusco
Province La Convención
Founded October 11, 1957
Capital Santa Teresa
 • Mayor Marcos Reynaldo Vargas Contreras
 • Total 1,340.38 km2 (517.52 sq mi)
Elevation 1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Population (2005 census)
 • Total 7,399
 • Density 5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zone PET (UTC-5)
UBIGEO 080908

Santa Teresa District is one of ten districts of the province La Convención in Peru.[1]

Santa Teresa, Peru is situated 6.5 km northwest of Machu Picchu and is at the axis of several important routes leading to this archeological centre, including alternative paths ways to the ruins (previously the railway was the only means of reaching Machu Picchu). In 1998, a landslide completely buried the town and destroyed that bridge that connected it to Machu Picchu and Cusco. Since then, the people of Santa Teresa have been a true example of what determination, hard work and a fighting spirit can do to resurrect a community. Now, nine years and many political battles later, they have seen the completion of the bridge that reconnects them with Machu Picchu and allows them to take their produce to markets in Cusco. The town has eagerly waited for this moment and is excited to serve those who come their way as they make their journey to the Lost City of the Incas.

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  • Inka Magik helping with environmental activities and schools in Santa Teresa

Coordinates: 13°07′47″S 72°35′55″W / 13.12972°S 72.59861°W / -13.12972; -72.59861