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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Peru

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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

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Rio Urubamba

Quechua
Bike
Easy
Half-day

The road used for this exploration goes down the south side of the Urubamba River, a quiet area of cornfields, old haciendas and manors from...

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Rio Urubamba
Bike
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    The road used for this exploration goes down the south side of the Urubamba River, a quiet area of cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th centuries. This bike ride is recommended for families wishing to take a long walk or for those who want to take on a sport.

    858 m 2.815 ft
    -928 m -3.045 ft
    2.996 m 9.829 ft
    2.811 m 9.222 ft

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Pisac

Suni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

Known for its remarkable ruins, as well as for its colorful crafts market, the village of Pisac bears witness to the accomplishments and mysteries...

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Pisac
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Known for its remarkable ruins, as well as for its colorful crafts market, the village of Pisac bears witness to the accomplishments and mysteries of the Inca civilization.

    This exploration allows travellers to discover, by foot, this key enclave of the Sacred Valley, showing an integral vision of the Inca cosmovision.

Chinchero

Suni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

Just 1 hour away from explora, between Urubamba and Cuzco, the village of Chinchero (3762 masl) is believed to be the birthplace...

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Chinchero
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Just 1 hour away from explora, between Urubamba and Cuzco, the village of Chinchero (3762 masl) is believed to be the birthplace of the Sacred Valley’s textile craftsmanship, as well as a hub for local trade.

    This exploration takes travellers through the colonial streets of Chinchero by foot, visiting the village’s adobe church and discovering the unique murals preserved within.

Moray y Salineras

Suni
Overland
Easy
Half-day

Located only 45 min. away from explora (by van), the Maras salt mines are one of the few sites in the world to extract naturally pink salt.

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Moray y Salineras
Overland
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Located only 45 min. away from explora (by van), the Maras salt mines are one of the few sites in the world to extract naturally pink salt. This exploration takes travellers through the open-air salt pools, as well as to the silent village of Maras. Close by, travellers will also find the circular terraces of Moray, once used by the Incas as agricultural laboratories for the empire’s crops, and one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the valley.

Ayni

Quechua
Overland
Easy
Full-day

We will visit the community of Huayllafara in the valley of Lamay, stopping along the way for a briefing on existing conservation projects...

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Ayni
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We will visit the community of Huayllafara in the valley of Lamay, stopping along the way for a briefing on existing conservation projects and then reaching the hike’s starting point. Once in the community, we will take part in farm work –based on the Andean calendar– learning about different local plants and crops. We will also get to know farming tools and techniques passed down through generations. Lunch will be prepared by community members using local produce.

Valle de la Papa

Puna
Overland
Easy
Full-day

This exploration takes the traveler to one of the most fertile areas in the Sacred Valley. The journey begins towards the Quinsacocha lagoon...

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Valle de la Papa
Overland
Easy
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration takes the traveler to one of the most fertile areas in the Sacred Valley. The journey begins towards the Quinsacocha lagoon, a sublime site that features the typical Cusco puna landscape. Going downhill, we will cross the el Valle de la Papa and next, visit the Quechua community of Chahuaytire, a place with an ancient textile tradition where we will learn about natural dying and back strap loom techniques. The trip ends with a visit to the stunning archaeological center of Pisaq, a city built on a mountain with hundreds of remarkable hanging farm terraces on its slopes.

Chicón

Janca
High Mountain Ascent
Expert
Full-day

We reach the community of Cuncani after a three-hour drive. Hiking upslope, we pass by a shepherds’ estancia. We then follow a trail...

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Chicón
High Mountain Ascent
Expert
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We reach the community of Cuncani after a three-hour drive. Hiking upslope, we pass by a shepherds’ estancia. We then follow a trail used by the community for livestock and farming activities. Once we reach the Chicón glacier, the hike continues through ice and snow; after the pass we enjoy an amazing view of the Sacred Valley and the Maras plateau. We descend crossing a Queuñas forest.

    1493 m 4898 ft
    -1564 m -5131 ft
    5.148 m 16.890 ft
    3.846 m 12.618 ft

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Pitusiray

Janca
High Mountain Ascent
Expert
Full-day

Van ride to the upper part of Calca city. The hike begins with a sloped ascent following a well-marked winding trail. We go by lagoons...

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Pitusiray
High Mountain Ascent
Expert
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    Van ride to the upper part of Calca city. The hike begins with a sloped ascent following a well-marked winding trail. We go by lagoons and rocky areas that require escalating skills, to then reach the summit. We get a broad view of the Sacred Valley and most of the Vilcanota Mountain Range.

    1752 m 5748 ft
    -1752 m -5748 ft
    5.012 m 16.444 ft
    3.664 m 12.021 ft

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La Capilla

Quechua
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day

This hike up to the chapel located on the hillside behind the hotel offers views of the valley, cornfields and mountains. The chapel...

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La Capilla
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    This hike up to the chapel located on the hillside behind the hotel offers views of the valley, cornfields and mountains. The chapel is a sample of the religious syncretism of this area where Catholicism and local traditions converge.

    143 m 469 ft
    -143 m -469 ft
    2.948 m 9.672 ft
    2.891 m 9.485 ft

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Urquillos

Quechua
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day

A good way to get to know the surroundings of Explora Valle Sagrado and the community of Urquillos, a hike where the active use of...

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Urquillos
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    A good way to get to know the surroundings of Explora Valle Sagrado and the community of Urquillos, a hike where the active use of irrigation channels for local farming can be observed, where the quiet way of life and work prevailing in this area of the Sacred Valley is maintained.

    72 m 236 ft
    -71 m -233 ft
    2.951 m 9.682 ft
    2.904 m 9.528 ft

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Huayabamba

Quechua
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day

Riding a bicycle through the explora’s surroundings is a good option for getting to know Urquillos, as well as getting to Huayllamba...

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Huayabamba
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Riding a bicycle through the Explora’s surroundings is a good option for getting to know Urquillos, as well as getting to Huayllamba by following the course of the Urubamba River. This tour shows the farming nature of the area and the contrasts between one locality and the other.

    267 m 876 ft
    -275 m -902 ft
    2.969 m 9.741 ft
    2.867 m 9.406 ft

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Silvayoc

Quechua
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day

The hike visits archaeological sites with great historical value helping us connect with those who once inhabited the Sacred Valley.

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Silvayoc
Self Guided
Easy
Half-day
  • Exploration Path

    Explora’s plot is located in Urubamba, considered Peru’s archaeological capital. This 32-hectare area –encompassing four ancient properties– includes archaeological evidence that proves occupation since pre-Incan times. The hike visits archaeological sites with great historical value helping us connect with those who once inhabited the Sacred Valley.

    28 m 99 ft
    -28 m -99 ft
    2.939 m 9.642 ft
    2.914 m 9.560 ft

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