explora Sacred Valley


explora Sacred Valley

About explora Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado)

Location: Sacred Valley, Peru. On a remote farm surrounded by mountains, explora Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado) offers guest over 20 activities to discover the region either on foot or by bicycle. Guides introduce travellers to the area’s unique geography and Andean culture. After a day of exploring, guests can replenish with excellent local cuisine matched perfectly with wine before retiring to one of the 50 rooms overlooking the corn plantation and mountains. explora Sacred Valley offers a beautiful pool area and sauna, and spa treatments are available in the restored seventeenth century colonial house.

Why explora Sacred Valley

Excursions for all

Weaving, explora Sacred Valley, Peru

explora Sacred Valley offers excursions for all fitness levels and interests. Hiking, walking, biking and overland excursions are available and your guides will recommend excursions perfect for you.

Experienced Guides

Guide Sacred Valley, explora Sacred Valley

explora Sacred Valley guides are passionate and professional with a deep understanding of the region. They love what they do and sharing their home with travellers from all over the world. All the guides speak excellent English.

A Meeting Point

A meeting point, explora Sacred Valley, Peru

explora Sacred Valley accommodates travellers from all over the world who are passionate about nature. This is a place where friendships blossom and memorable experiences shared.

Exceptional Cuisine


You will enjoy excellent local cuisine at explora Sacred Valley made from locally sourced produce and recipes. This minimises the need to import food reducing the impact on the environment.

Modern Architecture

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The modern design and well planned communal areas make explora Sacred Valley feel like a relaxing home away from home. Each room has views of the surrounding fields with the towering mountains as the backdrop.

Everything is Included

Picnic, explora Sacred Valley, Peru

To ensure you have a relaxing, immersive holiday everything at explora Sacred Valley is included. Excursions, meals, beverages, transport and accommodation is taken care of so you can enjoy your holiday.


Standard Room, explora Sacred Valley

There are 44 standard rooms available at explora Sacred Valley. Each is 40 square metres with a view of the corn fields and mountains. The rooms have a king or twin bed configuration with an en-suite including a shower and bathtub with jets. Enjoy luxurious toiletries, robes and slippers.

Suite explora Sacred Valley, Peru

There are 6 Suites at explora Sacred Valley. Each is 52 square metres with views of the corn fields and Mountains. The rooms have king or twin bed configuration and a sitting area. The bathroom has a bath with jets and shower as well as luxurious toiletries, robe and slippers.

Excursions explora Sacred Valley


This hike begins by at the colonial downtown of Maras. After crossing the village, the trail descends among potato fields to the community’s salt mines.
Duration: 2.75hrs, Distance: 6.5km, Max Altitude 3371masl.

Cinco Lagunas

This walk begins at an isolated community in the heights of the Andes, at 4000 masl. From there, the trail goes up to a broad pass from where you have breathtaking views of teh snow-capped Sawasiray and other snowcapped peaks. A gentle descent takes you through a ravine with plenty llama and alpaca herds, passing beside several lagoons that reflect the large snowcapped peak in the background and the yellow-colored mountains.
Duration: 4.5hrs, Distance: 9.5m, Max Altitude: 4300masl

Pisac Trails

In the morning you will start your hike from the highlands and descend potato fields and cross pampas where shepherds look after their herds. Enjoy lunch with a beautiful view across the valley then descend from the mountains to the remains of Pisac. The guide will use one of the alternative routes to access the back of the remains, which provides for a unique view.
Duration: 6hrs, Distance 5.8km, Max Altitude: 3871 masl


In the first part of this exploration, walk over tracks only used by llama and alpaca shepherds. Hike past two lagoons at 4000 masl. During the second part of the hike, you will explore the mountain slopes following watercourses with breathtaking views to the valley. Hike through farmland, corrals and houses of farm communities before reaching a colonial adobe church.
Duration: 5hrs, Distance: 11km, Max Altitude: 4242 masl


This mountain walk follows tracks used by local shepherds among lagoons serving as water deposits to sustain the area’s rural lifestyle between the valleys of Lamay and Pisac. Old mountain trails, mild slopes, fantastic views, and friendly local farmers invite travelers to relax, walk calmly, breathe deeply and enjoy different perspectives and colors.
Duration: 5hrs, Distance 10.6km, Max Altitude: 4396 masl

Read more on this excursion here.


This is the highest-altitude exploration offered in the Sacred Valley. It begins at 3900 masl and gradually climbs up to 4687 masl through a pastureland highly isolated from the rest of the valley. The trail includes several lagoons, some with turquoise water, and others with transparent water, allowing travellers to learn about high-mountain water ecosystems. This exploration requires prior acclimatisation.
Duration: 6.5hrs, Distance: 12.4km, Max Altitude: 4687 masl

Huchuy Qosco

This excursion offers breathtaking views to lagoons at different altitudes, to the farmlands of Chinchero and to the valleys. To reach the remains of the Huchuy Qosqo Palaces, it goes down an Inca trail. Once in the remains take a rest in the gardens and enjoy the view towards Sacred Valley. This excursion requires prior acclimatization.
Duration: 8hrs, Distance: 17.5km, Max Altitude: 4335 masl

Saqsauwaman y Cusco

The trail crosses the mountains that separate the Sacred Valley from Cusco and reaches the Town Square of the Inca’s imperial city. This road simulates the journey followed by the Incas and Spanish conquerors more than 500 years ago. Before completing the excursion, there is a guided tour to the huge walls of the Saqsaywaman and its archaeological and ceremonial centers. Recommended for travelers in good physical shape and prior acclimatisation.
Duration: 6.5hrs, Distance: 14.5km, Max Altitude: 4281 masl


This walk takes you through the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The trail passes through the old main gate and over cobblestone streets framed by narrow water channels. After visiting the village, climb to the archaeological site to see its terraces, the ceremonial center and the Royal Building.
Duration: 3hrs, Distance: 4.7km, Max Altitude: 2885 masl


The walk winds through orchards and communities so you can admire the rural landscape and its culture. This excursion offers panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and its snowed capped peaks. It is a nice walk to acclimatise and get an understanding of the area’s geography.
Duration: 2.5hrs, Distance: 6.1km, Max Altitude: 3733 masl

Huertos de Yucay

The excursion 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 view points and crop fields.
Duration: 2.5hrs, Distance: 5.7km, Max Altitude: 3022 masl


The walk starts in a livestock community. After quickly exploring the village continue on to a lagoon surrounded by mountains. This is a remarkable place to take photographs. Walk around part of the lake’s shoreline to ascend through farmer’s paths up to the hills, where you will have a panoramic view of the farmlands. From there, walk down to the archaeological complex of Chinchero. This excursion allows you to appreciate the identity of Cusco’s architecture, which merges Inca and colonial elements.
Duration: 3.5hrs, Distance: 5.1km, Max Altitude: 3883 masl


This excursion is an opportunity to discover one of the area’s most puzzling and isolated Inca remains. The walk takes you through the Patacancha valley, with views to the river. The hike begins in Ollantaytambo, steadily ascending through a verdant trail along local farm houses and orchards. The Pumamarca remains pose a conundrum to archeologists and explorers: their origins and functions are still unknown. Additionally and since construction techniques somewhat differ from the Inca tradition, it was presumably built in an earlier period.
Duration: 3.5hrs, Distance: 6.1km, Max Altitude: 3427 masl

Gato Andino

Depart by van toward the Argentinean border in central Andes where you will hike through remote and colorful landscapes. Walk through unusual rock formations and highland salt flats with views of the mountains. Return to the hotel by van.

La Verónica

This hike at a high altitude takes you through a private reserve aimed at preserving highland forests and endangered birds. Depending on the season, you can enjoy two different experiences. In the dry season, the snow-capped Verónica and the mountains surrounding it are the main attractions. During the rainy season, views may be obstructed by clouds, but then the ground steals the limelight: moss cushions; lichen and mushrooms covering the hills’ slopes shine bright due to the moisture.
Duration: 3hrs, Distance: 5.3km, Max Altitude: 4418 masl

Colores de Huaypo

During this excursion, you will gain insight into the daily life of local communities. You will pass local shepherds, farmers plowing or collecting potatoes, mules loaded with products, small adobe villages and families engaged in small husbandry. Between November and May, the landscape is lush green and humid, while from June to October the setting features are ochre, red and yellow. Lunch is served beside a lagoon and the last span of the route takes you to at an altitude from where a broad 360° panoramic view can be enjoyed.
Duration: 5.5hrs, Distance: 13km, Max Altitude: 3751 masl


The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, from where it continues to the colonial town of Maras. You will see architecture from both Inca times and the colonial conquistadors. Afterwards, the trail descends to the bottom of the Sacred Valley and goes through the Maras salt mines. The track crosses barley and potato fields and other crops.
Duration: 6.75hrs, Distance: 14.3km, Max Altitude: 3732 masl

Read more on this excursion here.

Cuesta del Sapo

From the heights of the Sacred Valley’s slopes descend over a track in good condition. The road to the bottom of the valley offers very interesting views of the mountains and the Urubamba River. Once downhill, continue riding along the river through an area of cornfields and orchards and densely packed Inca terraces.
Duration: 3h, Distance: 19.3km, Max Altitude: 3510 masl

Urubamba River

The road used for this exploration goes down the south side of the Urubamba River, a quiet area of cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Duration: 3h, Distance: 32.4km, Max Altitude: 2996 masl


The exploration begins in the heights of the pampas and then descends over a vehicle road among Quechua communities and farmlands with views to the Sacred Valley and Pisac. In the afternoon, the ride goes follows the south side of the Urubamba river among cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th century.

Inca Tracks

During the morning, this excursion consists of 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 the biking starts at the pampas and the trail descends down through Quechua communities and farmlands, with views to the Sacred Valley and Pisac.
Duration: 6hrs, Distance: 24.7 Max Altitude: 4263 masl

Huaypo Views

This excursion crosses the farmlands of Chinchero, visiting vegetable gardens, small farms and villages that shape this landscape. It takes you to the remains of the Moray experimental crop center, the colonial town of Maras and its Inca salt-mines. It finishes with a descent through narrow routes to the Urubamba River. This excursion is recommended for travellers in good physical condition, experienced in mountain biking and with prior acclimatisation.
Duration: 7hrs, Distance 36.5km, Max Altitude: 3710 masl


This exploration shows the best of Cusco in one day. Descend from the fortress of Saqsaywaman down to the temple of Corincancha, on which the Santo Domingo convent was built, crossing the alleys of the colonial quarter of San Blas. Enjoy lunch in the main square. In the afternoon continue walking through Cusco with your guides. You can visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the San Pedro Market, and some Art Galleries or the hundreds of souvenirs stores.
Duration: 11.5hrs, Max Altitude: 3700 masl

Valle de la Papa

This excursion will take you to one of the most fertile areas in the Sacred Valley. The journey begins towards the Quinsacocha lagoon, a sublime site that features the typical Cusco puna landscape. Going downhill, cross the el Valle de la Papa and visit the Quechua community of Chahuaytire, a place with an ancient textile tradition where you will learn about natural dying and back strap loom techniques. The trip ends with a visit to the stunning archaeological center of Pisac, a city built on a mountain with hundreds of remarkable hanging farm terraces on its slopes.
Duration: 9hrs, Max Altitude: 4050 masl

Machu Picchu – Inti Punku

In this full day excursion available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, travel to the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural feats of the Inca civilization and a wonder of the world.

This itinerary begins at 07:30, heading from the Hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station, located about 45 minutes from explora. At 08:50 take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Arrive at the station at 10:30 and head to the bus that will take you to Machu Picchu. Enter the Sanctuary at 11:30. From there, begin your walk towards Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, the ancient checkpoint to enter the citadel and the beginning of the Inca Trail from Machu Picchu. This trek is a 1.5 km climb at a leisurely pace and the difficulty level is very low. From Puerta de Sol, we have a unique view of the whole sanctuary. After completing the trek around 14:30, begin your tour of Machu Picchu’s most emblematic landmarks.

You will have a light lunch provided by explora while you are there.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, our exploration to Machu Picchu starts at 09:00, as it does not include the hike to Inti Punku.

*Subject to availability. The excursion to Machu Picchu combines explora services with third-party services due to site restrictions. You must have confirmed this excursion with the reservation team at least 50 days prior to your stay. The schedules and duration times are estimated and may vary depending on the number of people on each route.

Machu Picchu

In this full-day expedition, travel to the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural feats of the Inca civilization and a wonder of the world. This version of the expedition to Machu Picchu takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It does not include the trek to Inti Punku.

The itinerary begins at 09:00, heading from the Hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station, located about 45 minutes from explora. At 10:30 take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Arrive at 12:10 and take a bus to Machu Picchu. The entrance to the sanctuary itself is scheduled for around 13:30. Walk through this magical place for approximately three hours. Around 17:00 leave Machu Picchu and head to the station to take the train back. Upon arrival at 21:00, you will be greeted with a delicious dinner.

You will be provided with a light lunch by explora to eat while you are there.

*Subject to availability. The excursion to Machu Picchu combines explora services with third-party services due to site restrictions. You must have confirmed this excursion with the reservation team at least 50 days prior to your stay. The schedules and duration times are estimated and may vary depending on the number of people on each route.


This route first takes us to Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city”. From there, we will travel to the archaeological site of Moray, a laboratory of experimental farming where different microclimates are used to grow crops. From there, the trip continues to Maras and a large lagoon, an ideal place to take a stroll and have lunch. After lunch head to the town of Chinchero. The road crosses several fields where you will see farmers working or looking after their animals. In Chinchero, visit the archaeological site and its enigmatic constructions. Then visit the terraces of Zurite and enjoy the views they offer.
Duration: 10.5hrs, Max Altitude: 3860 masl

For more information on explora Sacred Valley and to start creating your tailor-made itinerary, call 1300 784 794 or email contact@satc.com.au.