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Explora Sacred Valley

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

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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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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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