Peru is one of South America’s most enthralling destinations with a thriving culture and spellbinding scenery. Nikki Trailer, one of our specialists, was lucky enough to experience The Sacred Valley for herself in October…
Start your adventure picking your way through a patchwork of cornfields, Inca terraces, colourful Andean villages and glacier studded mountain peaks that lead the way to Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is a must-see on a first visit to Peru, and there is plenty to occupy you on a second and even third visit to this rich and varied region.
Enter Explora Valle Sagrado, a beautiful adventure driven property which offers over 30 thrilling exploits throughout the valley, all of which are included in your stay and offer an exclusive take on even the most visited sites.
Explora’s all-inclusive concept is designed to ensure guests can discover the valley in their own way, whether they prefer to keep active or take it easy. Each day is completely flexible and the knowledgeable guides will sit with you and talk you through your options each evening as you enjoy a drink next to the crackling fire which forms the heart of the lodge. The guides have been thoroughly trained and know the routes and these mountains like the backs of their hands, making it easy for them to help you to pick excursions which will suit your abilities and desires. Whether you want to visit local markets, observe local life in the high Andes, admire Inca architecture or really embark on a physical challenge, there really is something for everyone.
The programme has been cleverly designed to help people acclimatise to the high altitude here and each day, excursions can get progressively higher and more challenging depending on your wishes. Hiking features heavily on the excursion menu with varying degrees of difficulty, but there are also cycling trips along the river, more intense mountain biking and even overland trips by car for those who prefer to rest their limbs.
Rest assured, no matter what you end up doing the guides will have planned the route to take you as far from the crowds as possible. Guests can walk down to the Inca sites of Maras and Moray from the opposite side to all the other tourists, or walk from Chinchero market back towards the hotel, arriving first and leaving in the opposite direction to the masses and reach the villages in the Puna where you may come face to face with a llama or two.
For active families, couples or groups who have time to enjoy this region, Explora Valle Sagrado is the perfect option and demonstrates that there is so much more to the Sacred Valley than the iconic Inca site of Machu Picchu.