Searching for the ultimate Active Getaway defined by authentic experiences, understated luxury, expert local guides without big crowds our tour groups? Look no further.
Our 2019 Peru & Machu Picchu Luxury Wellness Retreat includes all of this and more. Enjoy 6 days of hiking, biking, and exploring. Freshly made meals and nightly open bars add to the inclusivity of this one-of-a-kind offer, making your trip to Peru truly unforgettable.
Voted one of the “New Best Hotels in the World 2017” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, explora Valle Sagrado provides its guests with an exclusive experience from the heart of the Incan empire. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu and 600 meters below the height of the ancient Inca capital city, the lodge is the perfect starting point to explore this area. explora Valle Sagrado was designed as the base from where guests can explore a remote and amazing site: the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
All programs include accommodation, transfers, meals and beverages, by foot or bicycle, you’ll explore the rural, mountainous landscape of the Sacred Valley as well the the iconic destination of Machu Picchu. Enjoy access to off the beaten path experiences, passing by remote villages, archaeological sites such as Ollaytantambo, high peaks, like La Verónica or Incañan. When relaxation is what you’re looking for, enjoy the Pumacahua Bath House, an old colonial manor located on one side of the hotel’s corn terraces. Rescued by Explora’s restoration and archaeology team, it contains the hotel’s spa where guests can enjoy massages, a swimming pool, steam baths and saunas. Enjoy a spa credit at explora Lodge offered on behalf of Craft Travel’s Team.
Your trip also includes one final night in Lima. Enjoy Peru’s capital, known for its world-renowned food scene and cultural scene. A bike tour around the city will provide you with a closer look at the old city centre, known as The City of The Kings, as well as Lima’s artistic characteristics as you explore the colorful bohemian Barranco district, known for its beautiful colonial houses and postcard scenery. After your tour, rejoice with other ‘foodies’ as you explore authentic local cuisine in what is now considered one of the most recognized gastronomic destination worldwide. Detox your food consumption the next morning as we finalize our trip with an early morning yoga session.
DAY 01 | WELCOME TO SACRED VALLEY!
Welcome to explora Valle Sagrado in Peru! The explora team will be expecting your arrival at the airport and will immediately transfer you in their comfortable private vehicle to the lodge. You’ll be welcomed at the lodge by the explora family and a welcome drink! Enjoy a short hike through Racchi, meandering through orchards and local communities to familiarize yourself with the rural landscape and culture. This exploration takes place at a high plateau, offering stunning panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, its diverse geographical formations and snowed capped peaks. It provides a good opportunity for acclimatization and to understand the area’s geography. It even includes some archaeological secrets that characterize the history of the sacred valley.
DAY 02 | SACRED VALLEY | CUESTA DEL SAPO
This morning after a hearty breakfast, we will hop on our fitted bikes and descend from the heights of the Sacred Valley’s slopes on two wheels. The road to the bottom of the valley offers incredible views of the mountains and the Urubamba River. Once downhill, we will continue pedaling along the river through an area of cornfields, orchards, and densely packed Inca terraces. Head back to the lodge for a filling lunch and some free time this afternoon to explore on your own or relax in the Pumacahua Bath House. In the evening, enjoy dinner and open bar.
DAY 03 | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU
In this full-day exploration, we will travel to the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive architectural feats of the Inca civilization and a wonder of the world.
The excursion includes a hike to the Puerta del Sol or Inti Punku, the gateway through which all the travelers that hike the Inca Trail enter. This point offers a different location from where to admire the sanctuary.
The journey begins at 7:30am, heading from the lodge to the Ollantaytambo train station, located about 45 minutes from explora. At 8:50am we will take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, arriving to the station at 10:30 am and head to the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu. After entering the Sanctuary, we begin our walk towards Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, the ancient checkpoint to enter the citadel and the beginning of the Inca Trail from Machu Picchu. This trek is a 1.5 km climb at a leisurely pace and the difficulty level is very low. Enjoy beautiful views before completing the hike at around 2:30pm. Now, we begin our tour of Machu Picchu’s most emblematic landmarks. Our local guide will bring a light lunch to eat while here.
DAY 04 | SACRED VALLEY | MORAY
This morning, enjoy a nice hearty breakfast before making our way to Moray, a trail that begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, from where it continues to the colonial town of Maras. We see a piece of history in every corner. Afterwards, the trail descends to the bottom of the Sacred Valley and goes through the salt mines. The track crosses barley and potato fields and other crops. Head back to the lodge for lunch and a free afternoon, where you can choose another activity to take part in or relax at the spa.
DAY 05 | SACRED VALLEY - LIMA
Enjoy your final breakfast at explora Valle Sagrado and, depending on your departing flight schedule, embark on your last activities at the lodge. At the scheduled time, the staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure back to the airport in Cusco.
Together, we will fly to Lima and check into our center city hotel. Shortly after, get to know Lima in the most exciting way by having a unique bike tour of both the modern and colonial parts of the city, starting with the district of Miraflores and San Isidro, before exploring the Historic Center. You will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, which you will astonish you with its colonial style, as well as explore the artistic neighborhood of Barranco, standing out with its street art walls and colorful buildings. Burn some calories before you take advantage of Lima’s world-renowned culinary scene!
DAY 06 | DEPARTURE
Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel in Lima. To finalize your trip, take advantage of the morning yoga session offered on behalf of Craft Travel in your hotel. You will be transferred afterwards to the Lima International Airport for your departing flight home.