Sacred Valley, Peru

Travel Tips

R: Required / O: Optional / (*) Most of the suggested equipment can be found in the hotel's store.

explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and bikes and give them a water bottle. For full day explorations, an extra bottle of water is recommended.

WHAT TO BRINGSACRED VALLEY
HikesHikes over 4.000 m.a.sl. /13.000 m.a.s.l.Bike rides
HeadBASEBALL CAPRR
HAT TO PROTECT FROM THE COLDRR
Hiking clothing1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOMRRR
2nd layer: FLEECERRR
3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKETRRR
4th layer: DOWN JACKETORO
T-SHIRTSRRR
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTSORO
THIN FLEECEOOO
TREKKING PANTSRRR
TREKKING SHORTSOOO
RAIN PANTSRRO
GlovesLINER OR WIND STOPPER GLOVESRRO
FeetTREKKING SOCKS (LONG)RRO
LINER SOCKSORO
MOUNTAIN OR TREKKING BOOTSRR
Special for bike ridingBIKING GLOVESO
BIKING SHORTSO
BIKING SHOESO
Other accesoriesBATHING SUIT
SANDALS
BUFF OR NECK GAITERRRR
SUNGLASSESRRR
SUNSCREENRRR
SMALL BACK PACK (25L)RRR
CAMEL BACKOOO

Weather

Due to Cusco’s elevation and closeness to the Equator, a wide range of weathers are generated. However, two main seasons stand out, each of which has its unique attractions.

The dry season from April to October has plenty of sunlight and occasional night frosts, July being the coldest month with average temperatures of 49.5°F (9.7°C). The rainy season from November to March, on the other hand, has average temperatures of  55.9°F (13.3°C) and occasional medium intensity showers, all of them typical for the dynamic subtropical weather. Annual temperatures range from 32.4 °F (0.2 °C ) to 69.6 °F ( 20.9 °C ), but there can be temperatures close to 16°F (−8.9 °C ) and 86°F (30 °C ).

Altitudes

The city of Cusco is located some 11,200 ft.a.s.l. (3,400 m.a.s.l. ), while explora Valle Sagrado is located at  9,514 ft.a.s.l. (2,900 m.a.s.l). This altitude allows travelers to start their trip with a less intense acclimatizing process, which is particularly favorable after a long international trip.

All our explorations take place between 9,186 to 15,719 ft. a.s.l. (2,800 and 4,700 m.a.s.l. ); hence our guests must carry out an acclimatizing process allowing them to adjust gradually to the altitude. We recommend our guests to thoroughly follow the entire process in order to be able to choose explorations of increasing intensity and time length. Each exploration is selected together with the guide in charge and the rest of the group travelers. For the safety of our guests, each exploration will be subject to weather conditions.

How to get here

Once you arrive to Lima, the capital of Peru, you must connect to the city of Cusco. Our team will welcome you there and take you to explora Valle Sagrado close to the Urquillos town.

Regular Transfer Service

In order to anticipate any delays caused by traffic in Cusco, all our transfers are coordinated based on our guests’ departure flights.

Check-in and check-out

Check-in: We recommend arriving by midday to take a half-day exploration during the afternoon.

Check-out: Travelers have to check-out before noon and can only take a half-day exploration. If so, check-out must be done before leaving for the exploration and explora will take care of the luggage.

Exploration to Machu Picchu

During this full-day exploration, we visit the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most amazing architectural examples of Inca culture and one of the Wonders of the World.

Our exploration to Machu Picchu is offered in two different options:

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, it includes a hike of 1.5 km (0.9 miles) to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, the ancient checkpoint to the citadel.
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the exploration does not include the hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

Both options consider a guided tour of approximately three hours among the main archaeological remains.

The exploration must be coordinated in advance with our reservation team to be able to purchase the train tickets to Aguas Calientes and the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, which has limited daily spaces. During the high season, we suggest that you coordinate this exploration with at least 50 days in advance.

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