Welcome to South American Explorers, a club for independent travelers. Part of our services is providing lodging to our members. The Clubhouse is situated in San Blas, highly bohemian and traditional neighborhood of Cusco, 10 minutes from the Main Square. We have two buildings on the property: one serves as the office and members´ zone, and the other one has four rooms which we rent out.
Rooms are not luxurious, but have sufficient furnishings such as queen-sized bed, a wardrobe, private bathroom with electric hot shower, wifi throughout the grounds, sheets (changed every week), towel, toilet paper and weekly cleaning service. There is also a gas heater (you have to pay to refill the tank yourself, which is approximately 36 soles a fill and should last you a month or more).
As well, residents have their own fully equipped shared kitchen and TV/sitting area with DVDs and full access to our lovely sunny garden grounds (including hammocks and a fire pit!). The Clubhouse is situated on a pedestrian street, so there´s no noise from the cars. It is a really nice, quiet place to stay. We do not own a washing machine, but there are plenty of super cheap laundry services nearby (less than a dollar per kilo just around the corner).
Members´ area, which you will have access to, has a good library, sitting area, computers with Internet and free calls to US and Canada (MajicJack!).
Staying in SAE means not just services and facilities listed above, but also atmosphere of free travels and open-minded community of explorers to make friends to. If you wish to socialize, there´s always company. If you prefer having more privacy, you´ll have it all (as mentioned before, there are only 4 rooms rented, so it´s never crowded).
In a nutshell, welcome!
With love, SAE team
NB you need to be a member to rent with us! Contact us to find out how to become one.
Please respect others’ good night’s sleep and keep it quite after 10pm.
If you plan to have someone stay over, please notify us in advance. it’s $4 per person per night.
Please keep common areas (kitchen and members´area) clean.
You can only smoke outside, in the garden.
Please use members' area during Club's working hours (Mo - Fri 9:30am - 5pm, Sat (9:30am - 1pm).
If you experience any problem, just to talk to the staff, who are present most of the time (except when they go trekking).
Excelente lugar para conocer, gran variedad de lugares donde se puede disfrutar al máximo! Claire nuestra anfitriona estuvo ante cualquier duda. Lugar muy cómodo y seguro donde se puede estar tranquilo y descansar bien.
Great room, has all the basics. Claire is a great hostess, and was able to recommend things to do outside of the touristy things we all know about. Highly recommended.
The room is based in the Cusco quarters of the South American explorers, a non for profit organisation. You have to be a member to be able to stay there. The room is part of four in a detached house near the kitchen and clubhouse. Claire the manager deals with travellers all the time so knows what is needed and is extremely helpful sorting out any issues. We arrived after an overnighter with little sleep early in the morning and go to our room by 8.
My husband and I were volunteering and learning Spanish for the week in Cusco and we wanted something different from the usual hostel experience so chose the SA Explorers club. The rooms are in a great location in the San Blas neighbourhood, walking distance from the centre and lots of bars, restaurants and shops are nearby. It can be a little cold at night but the duvets were a nice touch and we liked having a kitchen to cook in.
I loved my week at the South American Explorers clubhouse in Cuzco! The San Blas neighborhood is safe, clean, intriguing and very convenient for getting to the historical and cultural center of town (Plaza de Armas is maybe an 8-minute walk) as well as to interesting small restaurants and shops, and is just a 5 peso taxi from anywhere else in the city you might want to go (my Spanish classes were in Confraternidad, a good 30 minutes of walking). We booked with John Paul, but the new administrator at SAE is Claire and she is a breath of fresh air to the place. As a local business owner (The Muse restaurant and bar) and expat with more than a decade in Cuzco, she really knows the city and its outlaying areas, and plans to restore SAE to its original credo with educational programs, day trips and other benefits for members. I will definitely be back!
Hi! Nice to meet you!
After having lived in Peru for a number of years I decided there should be a way to share the knowledge I gained. That´s how I became the manager in South American Explorers club, which is the only travelling NGO on the continent, providing unbiased information and pretty much everything to "Be your own guide": maps, huge library, trip reports, info packets and more.
In order to be able to operate, we have a membership system and also rent out 4 rooms which belong to the club house.