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 La Convención Province in the Cusco Region of 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 the bridge that connected it to Machu Picchu and Cusco, however the bridge has subsequently been rebuilt.


The Willkapampa mountain range traverses the district. One of the highest peaks of the district is Kiswar at 5,771 m (18,934 ft). Other mountains are listed below:[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática. Banco de Información Distrital. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  2. ^ Jill Neate, Taken from Mountaineering in the Andes, Peru
  3. ^ - UGEL maps of the La Convención Province and Urubamba Province (Cusco Region)
  4. ^ Conny Amelunxen, South America, Peru, Cordillera Vilcabamba, Pumasillo Group, Multiple Ascents, AAC publications
  • 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