Explora Valle Sagrado opens a new chapter for the region between Cusco and Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
We’ve had high praise for the explora company based in Chile, with reviews of their properties in Patagonia and Atacama. I experienced a terrific overland travesia with them from Uyuni to Atacama that was one of the most memorable trips of my life.
Now they’ve branched out into the Sacred Valley of Peru with a lodge that brings their adventure activities to an area with plenty to experience. As our contributor Karen said in her intro, this region certainly doesn’t need another luxury hotel or resort. It already has one of the highest concentrations of luxury hotels in Peru, despite the fact that few visitors stick around here very long. Thankfully explora is going after a different market: adventure-oriented travelers who are not trying to check boxes off their list and hit as many sites as possible in a few days.
For anyone who has been to the other properties from this company, the ethos and decor at Explora Valle Segrado will both be familiar. The emphasis is on the surroundings more than the accommodations, on the communal areas more than the guest rooms. The idea is to get guests up and moving, get them mingling, and match their interests with some excellent tours led by great guides.
There are more than 25 half– or full–day excursions available, including hikes, bike rides, and archaeological site visits. Excursions rotate daily to ensure a fresh selection and guests choose the following day’s activities during one–on–one consultations with staff the night before. The explora tour vans and drivers are excellent, which is a good thing since most explorations require at least an hour in transit each way. Most excursions end with snacks and beverages set up al fresco complete with tables and chairs.
You won’t have to sweat the bill when you saddle up to the bar to share stories and photos either. Get a round of drinks for all your new friends because they’re included in the rates. So are meals, all excursions, and ample snacks to take along. Explora is one of the few companies to go all in on avoiding plastic water bottles too: you get your own refillable one to use the whole time then take home if you want.
The WiFi is included, but don’t assume it’s going to work in your room. They really want to keep you from being holed up alone in your room, so it really just works in the public areas.
As you can tell from this description, the “explora way” is not for everyone, but the people it is for will be thrilled by the set-up at this new facility in the Sacred Valley.
See more photos by Eric Mohl and our full review of Explora Valle Sagrado in Peru.