Rio Sagrado is beautifully located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas overlooking the Urubamba River.
Explora Valle Sagrado
As the name suggests, the emphasis of a stay at an Explora property is getting out and about to take advantage of the natural surroundings, and a carefully designed selection of activities to explore the Sacred Valley are included in your time here, with options to suit all interests and levels of fitness. Architecture also plays a big part in Explora hotels, each one commissioned to complement its natural setting, and you’ll see this ethos reflected inside and out in the Explora Valle Sagrado’s wood-dominated design. All 50 rooms look out expansively onto the surrounding valley (a conscious decision has been made not to include TVs or Wi-Fi in the rooms themselves).
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The Explora Valle Sagrado's 44 standard rooms and six suites all offer views of the corn plantations and mountains surrounding the property. Each room has been designed to allow for quiet and privacy, with TV and Wi-Fi limited to common areas. By making use of natural air currents, and with acute attention to ventilation, the rooms remain cool and comfortable all year round.
Situated on a working corn, quinoa and kiwicha plantation just outside the small village of Urquillos, the Explora Valle Sagrado is ideally located within the Sacred Valley.
Food and drink
An all-inclusive hotel, the Explora Valle Sagrado serves a buffet breakfast and lunch and dinner menus revolving around local cuisine. Canapes are served with drinks in the evening and meals are always matched with wines. The focus on meals is to keep guests feeling light yet ready for their days of exploration.
Families are welcome at the hotel, with activities available for all ages and abilities.
Facilities and activities
The Pumacahua Bath House spa is a lovingly restored 17th-century colonial hacienda on the property's corn terraces. It houses a pool, steam rooms, saunas and lounging areas, and massages are available by appointment (for an extra charge). A small shop sells outdoor equipment and clothing.
Always aware of its environment, this property has even incorporated pre-Inca terracing into its buildings. We applaud its approach to its surroundings, and it also feels like one of the most remote choices in the Sacred Valley.
Sacred Valley tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Originally opened in 1925 under the name of Hotel Santa Rosa, El Albergue is an historic hotel located in the Ollantaytambo train station, with views over the lush gardens and mountains beyond.
A friendly and affordable hotel with a very convenient location in the Sacred Valley, close to the train station and the impressive Inca site of Ollantaytambo.
One of our favourite hotels in the Sacred Valley, the hotel fits perfectly into the surroundings of the valley and offers a comfortable retreat after a day's activities
The Tambo del Inca Luxury Collection Hotel is located about 10 minutes outside the town of Urubamba in the heart of the Sacred Valley on the banks of the Urubamba River.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
During your day of exploration, you visit the colourful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
A trek from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, arriving at the Inti Punku Sun Gate for an unforgettable view of Machu Picchu.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4200m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served.
Visit the Maras salt pans, the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and the remnants of Ollantaytambo, once an important Inca administrative centre.
This incredibly scenic ride starts in the Andean highlands around Chinchero (3727m) and ends beside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You cycle amid traditional Andean communities where the way of life has changed very little since the Spanish arrived nearly 500 years ago.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colourful Indian market, with its wide variety of textiles and ceramics.
Today will take you above Cuzco to the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River to raft on class III-IV rapids. Here the river is much cleaner and more fun than in the lower sections, and no previous experience is necessary.