Experience Luxury in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Poetry. Energy. Beauty. Encounter. All of this can be found in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where everything is part of a chorus praising Creation.
Located 32 kilometers away from the city of Cusco, Sacred Valley is the center of tourism activities in Peru. For the ancient Incas, the Vilcanota River –meaning “sacred or marvelous thing” in Quechua language– was the counterpart of the Milky Way on Earth. Leaving its cradle in the white peaks of the Andes behind, the river enters the Peruvian Amazon forest with a new name: the Urubamba.
While gliding down magnificently, the Urubamba River nurtures the towns of Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The river is the beating heart of these fort cities in the Sacred Valley built by the mid-fifteenth century to protect the borders and prevent surprise attacks by Antis or other of the area’s nomadic peoples.
It is easy to imagine the reverential admiration caused by this architectural monument among the Sacred Valley’s neighboring indigenous peoples. Today, these forts depict a perfect merger of Inca and Spanish conquerors’ styles.
It was on a promontory of the snow-capped Salcantay Mountain where this civilization decided to build the ceremonial city of Machu Picchu, the actual location of the first emperors and the sacred center to worship the surrounding mountains.
This fort proudly holds the title of being the only site which successfully resisted the attack of the Spanish cavalry. It is an excellent example to understand the Inca’s urban planning in the Sacred Valley. Still intact are the corrals –usually for llamas– around which the adobe and straw dwellings are arranged.
There are six large monoliths on the summit of the archaeological complex. They have an incredibly precise assembly and mysterious Inca iconographic engravings. The area features several viewpoints bordering the road which provide breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley.
Sheltered within one of the most remote haciendas of the Valley, the Sacred Valley explora hotel is located in an old corn-field surrounded by mountains. From the quietness of its environment, it is one of the few hotels in Cusco and Sacred Valley which have become part of the landscape instead of defeating it.
Combining the interaction with nature and the respect for the Sacred Valley’s culture is the aim of this hotel operator. Hence, the concept of participatory tourism comes to life in an area filled with evidence of the living legacy of millenary cultures. The hotel offers expeditions with multiple opportunities to share customs, traditions and daily chores with its peoples.
Including a relatively demanding physical activity which is nonetheless required to get the most out of this place, explora offers the support of expert guides who are able to make decisions in a unique environment. Therefore, Sacred Valley explora guides have been carefully recruited and trained.
Walking or on a bike, the explora traveler has the chance to deeply experience the Andean nature and culture through 20 carefully designed expeditions. This feature positions explora Valle Sagrado as one of the world’s leading adventure lodge operators.
An Architectural Milestone in Sacred Valley
Like their ancestors in other remote areas, the architectural design of the new explora Valle Sagrado paid particular attention to the surroundings, both in construction and design, making it totally unique.
Designed for travelers to inhabit this magical and remote area of the Sacred Valley, the hotel was conceived so as to establish a link between human beings and the mysteries of nature. Through a temporary inhabitable space, simplicity and details, luxury gains a new meaning in Sacred Valley: that of the beauty of essence. Do you want to be part of it?