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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 BRING||SACRED VALLEY|
|Hikes||Hikes over 4.000 m.a.sl. /13.000 m.a.s.l.||Bike rides|
|HAT TO PROTECT FROM THE COLD||R||R|
|Hiking clothing||1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOM||R||R||R|
|2nd layer: FLEECE||R||R||R|
|3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKET||R||R||R|
|4th layer: DOWN JACKET||O||R||O|
|LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS||O||R||O|
|Gloves||LINER OR WIND STOPPER GLOVES||R||R||O|
|Feet||TREKKING SOCKS (LONG)||R||R||O|
|MOUNTAIN OR TREKKING BOOTS||R||R|
|Special for bike riding||BIKING GLOVES||O|
|Other accesories||BATHING SUIT||O|
|BUFF OR NECK GAITER||R||R||R|
|SMALL BACK PACK (25L)||R||R||R|
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 ).
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.
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.
For travelers not arriving to the hotel from the airport, pickup service is provided from some hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, at 11:00. Ask our reservation team or explora Valle Sagrado for the specific time. Maximum waiting time from the time set is 15 minutes.
On check-out day, transfer is provided to the airport or to hotels in Cusco and in other places of the Sacred Valley, according to the timetable below.
Cusco Airport: Transfers are scheduled based on the passengers’ flights.
Cusco Hotels: At 09:00 and 14:00 for travelers staying in Cusco.
Sacred Valley Hotels: For travelers staying at another Sacred Valley hotel after explora, transfers are at 09:00 and 14:00.
Any additional requirement shall be treated as private transportation and additional costs apply. In case of questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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.