explora Sacred Valley Peru
- 3-6 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 908
Spend 2 nights in the Sacred Valley at a lodge complete with a spa. Explore the Sacred Valley with visits to Moray with its sunken Inca amphitheatre and to Maras with its unusual salt flats.
Not every selected hotel follows the same criteria for selection. The contributing factors could be any of the following. Stunning location, historical landmark, exceptional service and architectural design plus many other considerations.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley which contains many famous and beautiful Inca ruins. It was called the Sacred Valley because it contained some of the best land in the region and was not a part of the Inca Empire as such, but the property of the Emperor himself. What remains there today should be considered an essential part of any cultural Peru vacation.
On arrival at the explora lodge, check-in for your 3 night stay and relax for the remainder of the day. The next day is also free to pursue activities such as hiking, visiting nearby ruins or mountain biking.
As a travel company, we deal with and are aware of thousands of hotels world-wide. Obviously we only decide to include in our programmes those hotels which meet our standards and requirements. However, there are hotels which are outstanding, not just because they are deluxe standard or expensive but because they are special. Goway selects and offers designated hotels under the banner “Stays of Distinction” in the South Pacific, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The following morning, you are off to the Sacred Valley sites. These include Moray with its sunken amphitheatre created for agricultural experimentation. Each level corresponds to a different microclimate, which the Incas possibly used to test crops. Then head to Maras. It is here you will find thousands of salt pans that have been used for salt extraction since Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt used for cattle licks. Originally constructed by the Incas, to this day, Peruvians mine the salt flats.
Your final day takes you to the train station at Ollantaytambo where your Machu Picchu visit begins.
- 3-6 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 908
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You will be met at the airport, bus or train station if travelling from Lake Titicaca and transferred to the explora Lodges in the Sacred Valley. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
explora Valle Sagrado is located in one of the region's most remote ancient corn plantations close to the Urquillos village. It is designed in line with its surroundings, generating a dialogue with the high Andean mountains around the valley, as well as the surrounding plantations ...
explora Valle Sagrado is located in one of the region's most remote ancient corn plantations close to the Urquillos village. It is designed in line with its surroundings, generating a dialogue with the high Andean mountains around the valley, as well as the surrounding plantations that are still today being harvested by townspeople.
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Choose from the many included activities such as hiking, visiting nearby runs or mountain biking.Visit the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. Then visit the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside the mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view is offered of the evaporating ponds used for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.
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Depart your lodge for onwards travels. Included transfer is back to Cusco but we recommend a visit to Machu Picchu (not included in the trip price - please enquire).
Daily until 30 Apr 2019
- Transfers to and from the lodge
- All accommodation in standard or suite rooms
- All activities as offered by the explora lodge
- English Speaking guides
- All entrances
- Most drinks including alcohol
- Meals as indicated.
- International and domestic flights
- Airport taxes,
- Travel insurance
- Some drinks
- Items of a personal nature.
Listed activities are suggestions. There are many to choose from that suit your desire, fitness level and interest. All activities, EXCLUDING the visit Machu Picchu are included in your lodge stay. Speak to your travel specialist about the many Machu Picchu options.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Single supplements available on request. Special rates for youngsters (13 -18 years old) accompanying their parents. Subject to availability.
A SAMPLE OF INCLUDED DAILY TOURS AVAILABLE
With over 20 daily explorations, that can be completed either on foot, horseback, by van or bike, travelers discover from traditional towns barely touched by the force of globalization to ancient ruins perfectly preserved from the passing of time, and lagoons at the foot of snow covered mountains.
Cuesta del Sapo
From the heights of the Sacred Valley’s slopes we descend over a track in good conditions. The road to the bottom of the valley offers very interesting views to the mountains and the Urubamba River. Once downhill, you will continue bordering the river through an area of cornfields and orchards and densely packed Inca terraces.
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 sports challenge.
The exploration begins in the heights of the pampas and then descends – over a vehicle road – among Quechua communities and farmlands with views to the Sacred Valley and Pisac. In the afternoon, the ride goes follows the south side of the Urubamba river among cornfields, old haciendas and manors from the 19th and 20th century.
During the morning, this exploration considers a walk over a mountain trail with 360º views to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The descent is through potato plantations and pampas where shepherds tend their animals. In the afternoon, biking starts on the heights of the pampas, then going down through Quechua communities and farmlands, with views to the Sacred Valley and Pisac.
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 Pisac, a city built on a mountain with hundreds of remarkable hanging farm terraces on its slopes.
This route first takes us to Ollantaytambo, also known as the “living Inca city”. From there, we will travel to the archeological site of Moray, a laboratory of experimental farming where different microclimates are used to grow crops. From there, the trip continues to Maras and a large lagoon, an ideal place to take a stroll and have lunch, to then follow to the town of Chinchero. The road crosses several fields where we will see farmers working or looking after their animals. In Chinchero, we will visit the archaeological site and its enigmatic constructions. Then, we will visit the terraces of Zurite and enjoy the views they offer.
This walk begins at an isolated community in the heights of the Andes, at over 13,123 f.a.s.l. From there, the trail goes up to a broad pass from where to observe the breathtaking snow-capped Sawasiray and other snowcapped peaks. A gentle descent takes us through a ravine with plenty llama and alpaca herds, passing beside several lagoons that reflect the large snowcapped peak in the background and the yellow-colored mountains.
This mountain walk follows tracks used by local shepherds among lagoons serving as water deposits to sustain the area’s rural lifestyle between the valleys of Lamay and Pisac. Old mountain trails, mild slopes, views, and people, among others, invite travelers to relax, walk calmly, breathe deeply and enjoy different perspectives and colors.
The walk takes you through the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The trail passes through the old main gate and over cobblestone streets framed by narrow water channels. After visiting the village, we climb to the archaelogical site to see its terraces, the ceremonial center and the Royal Building.
30 Apr 2020