explora Valle Sagrado , Peru

Sheltered and surrounded by mighty mountains that were once the home to the great Inca Empire, explora Valle Sagrado is located near the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Cusco.

The lodge is situated at 2,800 meters (9,180 feet) above sea level. Common areas include dining room, bar and living room, library/reception area, shop, exploration room. The Spa area includes outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, massage room, steam rooms and saunas, all set within a preserved colonial building. 

explora Valle Sagrado features 50 rooms (Standard and Suite) designed for maximum silence and privacy to ensure a deep rest after a long day of exploration. All our hotel rooms have views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley. In order to withdraw from everyday life, daily activities must be left behind. Thus, our rooms are not equipped with Wi-Fi, television or minibars.

Rooms:

explora Valle Sagrado

Standard Room

44 Standard Rooms (430 feet²) with views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.

explora Valle Sagrado

Suite

6 suites (570 feet²) with views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.

 

explora Valle Sagrado offers guests over 20 exploration activities, either on foot or by bicycle. Guides will take travelers to experience the area’s unique geography and Andean culture in all it richness.

The following explorations are offered and guided by professionals trained at the explora Guide School:


HIKING:

SALINERAS
This is easy hike in which you will visit the colonial town of Maras, and then go down the trail passing through potato plantations and corn fields, into the salt mines.

LA VERÓNICA
During the dry season, visits to snow caped Mount Veronica and the surrounding mountains are the main attraction; it also includes sightings of the Royal Cinclodes. During the rainy season the cushions of moss and the lichens and fungi that cover the hillside glisten with moisture.

CINCO LAGUNAS
This tour entails a walk across the pampa and a tour of the 5 lakes with panoramic views of the snow caped Mount Sawasiray.

AMARU
Set in the Valle de la Papa, the trail begins at two lagoons located more than 4000 meters above sea level. It later descends down the slopes, while overlooking the valley surrounded by various farming communities, and ends at a colonial church built in adobe.

SAQSAYWAMAN / CUSCO
The trail crosses the mountains that separate the Sacred Valley and Cusco. It begins at 4300 meters above sea level, and ends at Sacsayhuaman and Cusco.

INCAÑAN
The route crosses the mountain range of Urupampa from north to south, on a trail that runs alongside one of its highest peaks, the Sawasiray, that reaches 5,818 m (19.088 ft).

BIKING:

CUESTA DEL SAPO
This trail offers views of the mountains and the Urubamba River, it descends through orchards, corn fields and Inca terraces, it is ideal for inexperienced travelers and families.

RIO URUBAMBA
The road runs down into the valley on the south side of the Rio Urubamba, amongst cornfields, old farms, and 19th and 20th-century manor houses.

KENKO
The route descends through towns and fields overlooking the Sacred Valley and Pisac. It continues along the valley on the south side of the Rio Urubamba through cornfields and old haciendas, for 30km.

HUAYPO RUINS
Explore the Chincheros agricultural area visiting orchards, farms, ranches, and towns; passing through Moray, Maras and finishing at the Rio Urubamba.

INKA TRACKS
AM: The trail descends through potato plantations and pampas where shepherds tend their cattle, this will give you the possibility of interacting with the local community.
PM: Starting in Pampa, the road goes down through villages and fields with great views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac.

OVERLAND:

HUAROCONDO
From Casa Pumacahua you will go up to Chinchero. Then continue to Huaypo lagoon and its lookout point. After that you will come across the Huarocondo village while crossing through numerous crop fields where peasants work or take care of their livestock, ending at the Ollantaytambo fortress which we will visit.

VALLE DE LA PAPA
Begin at Kenko, with views down into the valley and Cusco. Then continue to the Valle de la Papa, passing through Pisac and having a picnic on the pampa. You will then visit some of the best textile manufacturers; you will walk through the village and learn about natural dyeing techniques, and loom and waist weaving.

CUSCO
You will see the best of Cusco in one day. You will visit Saqsaywaman and Corincancha on which the convent of Santo Domingo and the San Blas neighborhood were built. You will then offer a visit to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, San Pedro market, some art galleries, etc. on your own or with a guide.

MACHU PICCHU
Full DayThis tour will allow you to visit the famous historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu and return to the hotel to rest. From the train station in Ollantaytambo you will travel to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will board a bus to the entrance of the enclosure. The estimated time for the visit is three hours.

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explora Valle Sagrado

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Travel Tips
Snacks such as nuts, granola, or jerky go a long way, whether for the airplane journey or to share with guides or new friends.
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