Need to know
50, including six suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1037.66, excluding tax at 18 per cent.
Rates include all meals, drinks, airport transfers and most guided excursions.
Before excursions, be sure to swing by the snack buffet in the lobby. There, you can grab a paper bag and fill it with fresh fruit, nuts, trail mix, chocolate bars, coca leaves (for relief from altitude sickness) and dried golden berries (your soon-to-be favourite treat).
At the hotel
Adventure gear for sale and free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: Explora bath products, robes, reusable water bottles and hot tea.
Our favourite rooms
Standard rooms here are anything but run-of-the-mill. They’re generously sized with ample storage to accommodate even the most gear-heavy hiker, and their vaulted ceilings, wall-to-wall woodwork and oversized windows with views of the surrounding mountains and cornfields make you feel like you’re one with the great outdoors even when you’re only exploring the farthest reaches of your queen-size bed.
The pool is next to the spa, detached from the main lodge – it’s essentially a sanctuary from a sanctuary. Amblers will appreciate a late afternoon float in either the heated pool or one of the hot tubs to relieve well-trodden tootsies. There are also lounge chairs around the lido as well a mini-fridge stocked with cold beverages.
You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel that has worked as tirelessly as Explora to make sure guests get a memorable massage. The property teamed up with restoration experts and the Archaeology Institute of Peru to transform a 17th-century manor into a spa, now called the Pumacahua Bath House. The building sits on an Inca-era foundation and was once home to Mateo Pumacahua, a Peruvian independence hero who led the Cusco Rebellion in 1814: you can meditate on all that history as you relax in a treatment room, lounge on the terrace, or steam your way to bliss.
The dining room and bar here will be a sea of Patagonia and North Face, so there’s no need to bring your finest duds. Instead, fill your suitcase with layers to wear on excursions – trekking pants, a fleece and windbreaker are always a good idea. The hotel has hiking poles to borrow and there’s an on-site gear shop should you forget your beloved neck gaiter.
Explora isn’t particularly wheelchair accessible.
Unfortunately, you have to leave your pets at home. But you’ll see plenty of llamas in the area, so maybe you’ll make some new four-legged friends. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Family-friendly excursions and child-carrier backpacks are available. The hotel can provide foldaway cots in rooms, as well as booster seats for drives, and there’s a children’s menu in the dining room. Staff will also be happy to heat milk or baby food.