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Explora Sacred Valley

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Breath-taking mountainside setting
- Multiple excursions available
- Back-to-basics philosophy
- Swimming pool, sauna, spa treatments

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Overview

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.

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Sol Y Luna

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Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxury base in stunning Sacred Valley
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Our rating

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Price guide

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Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

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- Modest, comfortable accommodation
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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Both hotels were excellent. Sari Konak is in a superb location for visiting all the iconic sights. Our family suite was spacious, newly decorated and very clean. There was a separate room for our son and a kitchenette with ‘fridge and kettle. Good choice at breakfast and served on lovely roof terrace. Great views of Bosphorus. One evening, we caught the commuter ferry to Kadikoy for an evening meal. A great option if there isn’t time to fit in a Bosphorus cruise. Also recommend The Old House restaurant which is very close to the hotel. We were in Istanbul during Ramadan so there was a family atmosphere in the city late into the night.

    Esbelli Evi was delightful; a huge cave suite, great character, two bathrooms, sitting room and kitchenette with a fridge well stocked with beers and soft drinks. Private, quiet courtyard with gate to communal areas. Breakfast choice was really good and plenty of outdoor seating. Easy walk into village. Favourite options for dinner were Ziggys (stylish outdoor roof terrace) and Urgup Pide (popular with locals).

    Really must mention owner Suha Ersoz and his staff - all of whom are extremely kind and helpful.

    All our transfers went smoothly. Our driver and guide (Gaia) in Cappadocia were excellent and our itinerary was fast paced and interesting. Lunch options were great, especially on the river at Ilhara. A highlight for me was spitting a wild tortoise!

    Balloon flight with Kapadokya Balloons was well worth the money and well organised.

    MissingTim S reviewing Istanbul & Cappadocia Family Holiday on 07 June 2019

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