New to the renowned explora collection is explora Valle Sagrado, on the banks of the Urubamba River between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Dedicated to its commitment to bring travelers rewarding and culturally immersive travel experiences in privileged locations, explora has crafted an environmentally responsible hotel in collaboration with the Peruvian Institute of Archaeology so as to preserve the ancestral and cultural heritage of its location. Here, next to the tiny village of Urquillos, in one of the region’s most remote ancient corn plantations, the hotel was built around four ancient Inca terraces in a secluded hacienda. From here, guests have access to the many of the valley’s most important Inca settlements and the iconic geography of the region that has long attracted explorers and world travelers.
With views that invite exploration, explora Valle Sagrado’s 50 guest rooms and common areas overlook the Andean mountains and vast cornfields of the Sacred Valley, some of which are still harvested by local townspeople. The rooms are arranged in four private bays, and call for withdrawal from the temptations of everyday life. To that end, there is no television, minibar or WiFi in the rooms – instead, each is a peaceful and quiet oasis from which to reflect after a long day of exploration.
The biggest draw of explora Valle Sagrado is undoubtedly its opportunities for Sacred Valley exploration, so modern distractions – television, WiFi – do not exist here. Rates are conveniently inclusive, so there’s no worry over extra fees for airport transportation, meals, drinks or explorations. The lovely Pumacahua Bath House will be available to all guests at the end of October, for massages, swimming and sauna respites. The house originally belonged to a Peruvian independence hero, the Inca Mateo Pumacahua and contains a wonderful collection of colonial frescoes.
Days are filled with discovery at explora Valle Sagrado – exploring traditional towns, untouched by globalization, delving into impeccably preserved archaeological sites and hiking to the Huaypo lagoon plateau. Half- and full-day options are available and all are led by well-trained guides. Often, there’s the chance to interact with local people as one visits potato orchards, salt fields, terraced farms and local textile artisans. Trips to Cusco and Machu Picchu can easily be arranged.
Designed to provide sustenance for days of hiking and exploring, dining at explora Valle Sagrado is both healthy and lightweight. Authentic local flavors and high-quality ingredients are craftily transformed into delicious meals – all included in the hotel rate – that will long linger in guests’ memory. Meals are matched by lovely wines from an excellent wine list, there will be an additional premium list available to guests.
Explora Valle Sagrado is one hour and fifteen minutes from Cusco and two and a half hours from Machu Picchu. At an altitude of 600 meters below Cusco, the lodge’s location aids in the process of acclimatization and reduces the chances of altitude sickness.