Explora Valle Sagrado is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the breadbasket of the Inca Empire. With snow-capped Andean peaks, terraced farmland and intersected by the waters of the Urubamba River, the valley contains extraordinary beauty. And with a stay at Explora, you can discover all its highlights and hidden gems.
In fact, Explora has more than 40 excursions for you to choose from! From the colonial history of Cuzco and the magnificence of Machu Picchu to isolated rural villages. And of course, fascinating archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac. On foot, by bicycle or with a vehicle – there are endless ways to experience this rich cultural region.
Rooms at the hotel combine simplicity and comfort. So you can be sure of a good night’s rest after a day of exploration. With views to the cornfields and mountains and decorated with local materials, the hotel has a true sense of place. And with Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez pushing Andean flavours and traditional recipes, you’ll be experiencing the authentic flavour of the region with every meal.
After arriving in Cuzco you will be picked up by an English speaking guide and transferred to the hotel.
Today you can get settled and walk around the property or get a nice massage at the Spa or use all the facilities that explora has for you! Outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas, all set within a colonial building carefully preserved.
After breakfast you can choose from all the menu of excursions that explora has for you. This hotel has over 30 different ways of discovering the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley and its fascinating Inca heritage. Specially trained by the exploration team, every one of the guides plays a key part in the Explora experience. The guides are highly knowledgeable about each area and have the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification for providing emergency medical care in remote locations. Some areas to visit in the Sacred Valley include Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Zapacto, Moray, Maras, Quimsacocha, Pisac, Cusco, Chinchero, Qenqo among others.
You have another day to explore the region with your specialist guide. Some suggested expeditions include:
– Inca Tracks (Bike & Hike): Take a 6 km walk over a mountain trail with 360º views to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The descent is through potato plantations and pampas where shepherds tend their animals. In the afternoon, biking starts on the heights of the pampas, then going down through Quechua communities and farmlands, with views to the Sacred Valley.
– Pirka (overland): This route first takes us to Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city”. From there, travel to the archeological site of Moray, a laboratory of experimental farming where different microclimates are used to grow crops. From here we continue to Maras and a large lagoon, an ideal place to take a stroll and have lunch, to then follow to the town of Chinchero. The road crosses several fields where we will see farmers working or looking after their animals.
– Paru (hike): This exploration transports travellers to paths where only shepherds pass. There they will walk to more than 3,900masl. Then, following some watercourses, explore the slopes of the mountains and lagoons between ranches of Paru-Paru.
– Huertos de Yucay (hike): The exploration begins at Yucay, the former residence of the prominent Inca rulers Tupac Inca Yupanqui, Huaynacapac and Sayritupac, and abundant crop fields. The trail takes you to the area’s platforms and crop fields.
– Huayna Kolka (bike): After visiting the archaeological site of Machu Kolka, we get on our bikes and begin a descent among trees and adobe houses towards the town of Racchi. There, we pedal in ascent towards the viewpoint of Huayna Kolka to contemplate the valley. We descend by a winding dirt road to Huayllabamba. At this point, we skirt around different crop fields until we reach explora.
– Pumatambo (hike): The first part of the exploration is right through the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Then, we ascend to the archaeological site to get to know its terraces, the ceremonial centre and the Royal House. The second part is a hike through the Patacancha valley, ascending progressively along a path to the vestiges of Pumamarca, one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites in the region.
After breakfast you will be transfer from Explora Sacred Valley to Cuzco Airport for your onwards flight.