- Breath-taking mountainside setting
- Multiple excursions available
- Back-to-basics philosophy
- Swimming pool, sauna, spa treatments
The Explora is located in the heart of Peru's picturesque and mountainous Sacred Valley, famed for its abundance of fascinating Inca ruins, including the iconic Machu Picchu. This characterful property has a down-to-earth feel and is designed to blend in harmoniously with its surroundings. A stay here will suit active, adventurous travellers looking for a base from which to discover the area’s stunning beauty and countless archaeological finds.
There are 44 spacious standard rooms and 6 six suites, all thoughtfully designed to afford maximum comfort, quiet and privacy. All rooms offer stunning views of the mountains whose peaks dominate the skyline, as well as the corn plantations that have long been a feature of the landscape. The hotel has a rustic, 'no nonsense' feel and in keeping with this, rooms do away with distracting modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and television, encouraging guests to focus on the here and now.
To stay here is to explore the Sacred Valley, home to the Machu Picchu ruins and scores of other remnants of Inca buildings from centuries ago. The hotel offers a more-than-comprehensive range of over twenty half-day and full-day exploration options including hikes, visits to important archaeological sites, trips to local villages and bike rides. The Sacred Valley is fairly extensive in size and the sites are well spread out, so joining organised adventures such as these are a really convenient and efficient way of getting around.
When not out and about, guests can unwind at the hotel’s spa which is situated in the Pamacahua bath house, a 17th century colonial mansion that’s been painstakingly preserved for several centuries. There’s a swimming pool and sauna, as well as rooms for massages and other indulging treatments. The hotel also houses a shop where guests can pick up all sorts of explorer gear and equipment. At the restaurant, meals are freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients and menus feature a range of hearty Peruvian dishes designed to fuel guests’ lengthy outings. Breakfast is served buffet-style, with other meals served a la carte.
Children are welcome, although note that some of the activities will inevitably have age restrictions. There are no child-designated services or facilities, so parents are reminded to keep their children under constant supervision.
- Lovely gardens and pool
- Various dining options
- Museum, art gallery, movie theater and library
- Contemporary, hacienda-style hotel
- Scenic mountainside location
- Eco-friendly & committed to local culture
- Hikes, farm visits, twilight excursions, birding
- Luxury base in stunning Sacred Valley
- 43 charming stone 'casitas' with views
- Spa, pool, gym, biking, kayaking, riding
- Horse shows, pottery workshops
- Stunning location in mountains
- Planetarium on site for star gazing
- Gym, spa, sauna
- Trekking, Inca ruins, white water rafting
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019