- A stylish, low-slung, lavishly appointed wooden lodge in the beautiful Sacred Valley between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The property sits inside a former hacienda with guest rooms looking out on to Inca terraces, fields of quinoa and corn, and the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Andes.
- The 50 spacious rooms combine simplicity and comfort with views to the cornfields and the mountains.
- All our programs include accommodations, transfers, meals and beverages, and a selection of more than 40 explorations developed by our outdoor team.
- Our explorations take travelers through the colonial history of Cusco and the architectural magnificence of the Incas in Machu Picchu, isolated villages, archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac, to Andean pampas and mountains or Apus, considered by locals as guardians of people and nature.
- Traveling through archaeological Inca sites, following the course of the Urubamba River by bike, visiting Machu Picchu or arriving at a glacier nearby Cusco are some of the explorations carefully designed by explora for its travelers.
- Through more than 40 options to explore, either walking, by van or riding a bike, our travelers discover from traditional villages still untouched by globalization to perfectly preserved ancient traces and lost lagoons in the Andean pampa.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
At the colonial town there is the famous market where inhabitants of different Andean communities come from far and near to sell and barter their products. We cross the bridge to start our bike ride, here, beside the Urubamba River, and continue approximately 40 km along a rural route, crossing the small farming communities of Taray, Lamay, Coya and Calca, where the principal corps are the
famous white maize of Urubamba. The routes we follow are almost all flat, and wind alongside the river which teems with herons, ibis and gulls who also accompany us on our journey. For lunch, we could stop at one of many colonial houses or in the shade of grand
old trees we see along the way.
Our eyes adjusting to spot the glaciers on the eastern cordillera of the Andes, after a few minutes, we find ourselves in an area used only by the few farmers. We continue towards the summit, encountering some steep mountain flanks which require some expertise and skill, but the challenge is well-worth it. At the summit, we once again find paths of the farmers who cultivated different grains on this plateau. We’re now at the highest point of our route only a few minutes from Moray. It’s about 1 pm when we arrive.
We meet in the lobby of Sol y Luna and leave by van to the Piuray Lake, near Chinchero where our ATVs are waiting. After a brief informational orientation on ATV operation and safety, we begin our journey on easy terrain so we can familiarize ourselves with this vehicles. We visit the textile weaving communities of Cuper and Corcor, with their amazing views of Vilcanota mountains. We cross fields to Moray, where we can interact with the inhabitants who farm different varieties of potatoes and other tubers.
The experience of movement is what we offer through our adventure and sports activities, a wide range of entertaining, fun, cultural and emotional activities; which form ties with local inhabitants and make for an unforgettable experience. Kayaking on Huaypo lake surrounded by snowy Andean peaks is all of this.
After a brief you will be ready to start the flight, an experience of a life time. According to weather conditions the takeoff will be done when the wind has the most favorable direction and speed. A success of the flight (about 30 minutes gliding over the Valley) is subject to this factor. If necessary we can try the flight a second time.
The Peruvian Paso Horse combines the virtues of Arabic, Berber and Andalusian breeds. Sol y Luna hosts a daily show demonstrating the elegance of their lilting and gentle gait to the rhythm of the Marinera, an Peruvian dance emblematic of Spanish Criollo traditions.
Sol y Luna invites a group of talented local women to demonstrate textile production, from the untangling of the natural wool fibers, to spinning and coloring with natural dyes made of flowers, roots and herbs according to ancestral techniques and preparation of the loom, as well as the mastery with which this ancient art is practiced.
There is a long tradition of local potters in the area. They will show us the evolution that has taken place both in the designs
they use and their methods of production. Those who attend this interactive workshop will be able to take part with our artisans in the different stages of pottery-making and can take away the piece they will have produced together with the memories of this pleasant experience.
In the relaxed coziness of our Wayra terrace, Sacred Valley’s Cusi Wasi theater company brings to life the myths, ritual and legends of Andean civilization. These gifted performers reveal vibrancy of Quechua culture through their dynamic acrobatics, striking iconography and uplifting music.
Many of our guests wish to appreciate the organic origins of our dishes at Sol y Luna and to learn about their connection to
traditional Andean cooking and culture. This pleasant, relaxed outing with our Chef to a nearby farm and the local market leads into the heart of Peruvian cuisine.
A fully interactive session held in the Wayra kitchen, this is a hands-on opportunity to work side by side with our Sol y Luna
chef to prepare and present a three-course meal of traditional Andean dishes, culminating in dining on the fruits of your labor
at our intimate chef’s table.
We kick off this culinary demonstration with the secret to making authentic pisco sours. Take your turn with the carving knife or
simply continue sipping as the instruction moves on to indigenous appetizers like ceviche, duo de ocopas and quinoa soup, followed
by a classic Andean lomo saltado. Along with watching and learning, rest assured this experience involves plenty of tasting too!
Located in one of the Valley’s remotest haciendas, explora Valle Sagrado has views to the mountains that, some time ago, were part of the Inca Empire, and preserves pieces of history going back more than 400 years. The hotel is surrounded by Inca terraces and walls and our Casa de Baños Pumacahua Bath House, where the hotel Spa is located, is a 17th-century colonial mansion that belonged to a Peruvian Independence hero. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu at an altitude of 600 meters (2.000 feet) below the ancient Inca capital city, explora Valle Sagrado offers visitors an in-depth exploration experience from a base hotel immersed in the history of the Incas.
explora Valle Sagrado was designed as a headquarter from where to explore a remote and great destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. All our programs include accommodations, transfers, meals and beverages, and a selection of more than 40 explorations developed by our outdoor team. Our explorations take travelers through the colonial history of Cusco and the architectural magnificence of the Incas in Machu Picchu, isolated villages, archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac, to Andean pampas and mountains or Apus, considered by locals as guardians of people and nature.
The 44 spacious standard rooms and 6 larger suites are coolly designed, all in wood, with dynamic angles and bold latticework. They are airy, high-ceilinged and clutter-free, with plenty of light streaming in through panoramic windows. There are separate bathrooms and shower/whirpool tub rooms with two sinks outside. There are lots of storage and hanging spaces for hiking gear and smarter dinner clothes. The beds are vast, and there’s ample lounge space and a good desk.
Rooms in explora Valle Sagrado combine simplicity and comfort to ensure that our travelers get a good night rest after a day of exploration. With views to the cornfields and the mountains, the rooms are lined in wood and have a welcoming decoration, thus being a unique setting to disconnect and enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
44 Standard Rooms (430 feet²) with views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.
6 suites (570 feet²) with views to the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the valley.
The gastronomic experience in explora Valle Sagrado was developed exclusively by the renowned Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez, owner of the sixth best restaurant in the world, according to The World’s Best Restaurants 2019 ranking. Our cuisine is inspired by the Andes and its diversity of products, ingredients and traditions. Through it, we want each of our travelers to deeply connect with the territory we inhabit and live a unique gastronomic experience in the Valley.
Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez, owner of the sixth best restaurant in the world –according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 ranking– has recently designed the new menu for explora Valle Sagrado. A total gastronomic renovation, both in our restaurant and in the explorations, using Andean ingredients from the simplest to the most elaborate that result in preparations with an identity that honors Andean cooking.
Virgilio Martínez inspired himself in the biodiversity of the Sacred Valley, its history, and the traits of the people who live there, developing a unique menu that unveils the magic of the place in each bite or taste of his food. With natural and organic preparations, the menu seamlessly brings the land to the travelers’ table, both in the hotel and during the explorations, where unparalleled outdoor meals are paired with a carefully thought selection of wines and beverages.
As with other Explora hotels, this is a full-service resort hotel, with an adventure-oriented theme. Guests generally come for a minimum of three nights’ on a full-board basis and are offered a daily menu of activities. The emphasis is on active outings, from easy strolls through agricultural areas and riverside bike rides to full-day hikes up to 4000-metre-plus mountains. Guides are multilingual, expert and very friendly. At the lodge itself, there’s a library, shop, huge communal areas, and a smart bar.
Traveling through archaeological Inca sites, following the course of the Urubamba River by bike, visiting Machu Picchu or arriving at a glacier nearby Cusco are some of the explorations carefully designed by explora for its travelers. Through more than 40 options to explore, either walking, by van or riding a bike, our travelers discover from traditional villages still untouched by globalization to perfectly preserved ancient traces and lost lagoons in the Andean pampa.
There is an outdoor pool.
Pumacahua Bath House
Pumacahua Bath House is a colonial house from the seventeenth century located on one side of the hotel’s corn terraces. Rescued by our restoration and archeology team, it contains the hotel’ Spa where our guests enjoy massages, the swimming pool and saunas.