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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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Our rating

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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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- Spa, pool, gym, biking, kayaking, riding
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Our rating

7/10

Price guide

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- Stunning location in mountains
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- Gym, spa, sauna
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Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Superb Inca Fortress and hillside terraces
- Pretty, landscaped gardens
- Modest, comfortable accommodation
- Perfect base before or after Inca Trail

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi - now back.
    In short it was a great holiday with very very little to fault. Location on Lopud was perfect for family and accommodation was exactly as you said ‘simple’ clean and comfortable hosted by a wonderful friendly local family ...all 1min walk from the front. Great breakfast that was straight from the garden in part and always abundant.
    Our guide Nina was excellent always putting our safety first and adapting the itinerary to suit weather. She was a great host with the two families in our group and went out her way to keep us informed and even take photos to share when we were out on the water.
    Transport arrangements were spot on - always there waiting at airport or ferry! Slight confusion that it wasn’t a TourDust sign but that was quickly solved.
    Kayaking was a great adventure and a challenge some days but worth it for the stops on other islands and opportunities to swim, dive and explore caves. I suspect it could be a long day if your child is too young or not such a ‘water baby’ as once your in the kayak your in it! It is also a hefty bit of exercise on a two person kayak if the child in front isn’t up for paddling! I was fine except on one or two occasions where it was a bit of a struggle and I had to persuade him to do some more paddling for me.
    Finally, your service has been great since we got in touch especially as it was a last minute decision for us to go. The speed in responding to queries on a personal basis and quickly was really great (very unusual these days!)
    All in all a great holiday - my 11 year old had a great adventure he will talk about for years! So will I....
    M. Cameron

    Missingmurdoch C reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 08 August 2019

  • We had a fabulous holiday thank you! Everything went very smoothly - accommodation was good, breakfast fantastic! The kayaking was great - really well thought out schedule with plenty of rests and time to relax. Lovely meals out.

    Just wanted to add that our guide Nina was excellent. She worked really hard to ensure the whole trip went smoothly and that we were all happy with the pace, including giving the boys plenty of opportunities for jumping in off the cliffs!!

    All in all a great trip! And all the admin side of things has been very efficient throughout.

    Thank you so much!!

    Kate T

    MissingKate T reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 05 August 2019

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

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