Hi there, we're a homestay option a few hours from machu Picchu and a great place to start or end your journey to the Inca Ruins.
We're open again after a heavy rainy season and have already had some fantastic airbnb guests. We're also almost done with some important (email hidden)rst exciting news HOT SHOWER! Yes, we're excited too. Also, we've got two doubles and a new single room almost finished so we can make repairs on the other buildings.
This room is for 2 people and is private. Normally it has two single beds in it. Outdoor bar, campsite with adobe oven and a grill. Hammocks, two rivers, our farm to explore, roast your own coffee or chocolate. Eat with the family, speak some Spanish and all a few hours walk from Machu Picchu. Package deals for Dinner, bed and breakfast.
We're constantly renovating and upgrading our garden and facilities. Recently we added a new grill up at the main house and we're about to start work on a new toilet block right next to the original guest rooms. The plunge pool still hasn't happened....we'll get there eventually.
A stay with us is a rare and individual experience of Peruvian family life in the countryside where most people make their living from agriculture. We are nestled down by the river in a stunning valley with waterfalls and tributaries winding their way through the tropical vegetation. We have optional workshops such as coffee and cocoa roasting for you to take away some of your own organic presents for friends and family; and there is the chance to take local walks and visit our farm and see how locals experience this landscape.
Essentially, a stay with us is what you want it to be. We may just be a convenient stopping-off point or perhaps a chance for you to experience living in a place cut-off from the main arteries of Peruvian tourism. Whatever your reasons for visiting we're sure you'll love it here.
I had a fabulous time here at the beginning of my journey around Peru! I stayed for 3 nights, hiked to Machu Picchu, then hiked back to the farm the following day before heading to Cusco, then on to the Amazon Jungle.
I took a beautiful hike up to the lookout point over the farm, Tatiana filled me in on the current local and Peruvian politics and Maya, their daughter was a sweetheart! I did a cacao roasting course-very interesting!
Andrew, before my arrival, answered countless questions about how to navigate the area and arrive at the farm. Think of getting & leaving there as an adventure and leave yourself PLENTY of time… everything takes longer than you think it will so if you need to be back in Cusco or anywhere at a certain time, give yourself a few hours of wiggle room.
On my 4th day, I hiked to Machu Picchu from Hydroelectric and Tatiana drew me a very helpful map--this is an incredibly beautiful 2 hour hike and this alone is worth coming this route for your Machu Picchu visit! Because of torrential rain and landslides the night before, it took about 3 hours to get to Hydroelectric but it normally only takes 1-2 hrs. It was an exciting adventure driving through rivers that had overflowed the night before!
Leaving the farm to head back to Cusco at the end of my stay was hilarious and took about an hour just to get to the main road since a local inspector had come down the long descending driveway leading to the farm(which is only wide enough for one car)and the guy didn’t know how to back up his truck to a point where we could pass each other! It was like a comedy film! Fortunately, I wasn't in a hurry to get anywhere!:-)
The new building at the farm is great, btw - it has 3 luminous and spacious bedrooms which all share one bathroom that's right inside the building. Having the bathroom indoors is Oh so nice if you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the facilities!
The other 2 bedrooms, which I stayed in during my final night, are in another building attached to the neighbour's, about 100 feet from a second shared outdoor bathroom (not a big deal to walk to in the middle of the night...unless it's pouring rain which it was the night I was in that room! lol. Just don't drink any water before you go to bed!)
The shared outdoor bathroom has hot water and can also be used by the guests in the new building if they don't want to take a cold shower (if you wait until it warms up after 11 am, the cold water is fine and they may get hot water out there again at some point.)
The farm itself and the entire valley are breathtakingly beautiful.
It was the perfect start to my one month stay in Peru!
Yellow River is an oasis of calm and relaxation. We arrived there after the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and were very happy to get a rest of the busy, touristy places.
The welcoming of the family made us feel home immediately. It is a nice and very interesting family.
Our conversations switched from Spanish, English to even French. As Andrew speaks also French!
We stayed only one night, but left wit the feeling that we had holidays of a week.
Merci pour ce séjour ! Gracias por todo !
Andrew's family and Yellow River were a definite highlight of our recent trip to Peru! Wow - amazing hospitality, local foods, and great conversation about culture and life in Quellomayo.
The accommodations were perfect for our needs, and food was over the top! We could have stayed a week! Will definitely return one day. Don't miss this place.
Quellomayo is a wonderful place to stay, with lush tropical gardens, interesting and friendly people and hammocks next to the river. (If you're coming once the rain has started, don't forget the insect repellent.) The hospitality of the family is very special, the food is good and the animals are also enthusiastically welcoming.
It's possible to learn all sorts of fascinating things about life in their corner of Peru by sitting and talking (and eating) or going on walks to their farm and meeting people with Tatiana. There are several lovely walks to do without a guide, using Yellow River as a base. I feel very lucky to have stayed (website hidden): the hot water was still erratic but that's part of the charm.
Absolutely, hands-down, amazing hostel/homestay experience! This is a backdoor to Machu Picchu gem. We arrived to Yellow River by car (taxi) from Ollantaytambo. The views along the route were spectacular. It took about 3 hours to reach Quellomayo. Andrew and Tatiana were incredible hosts from start to finish. The accommodations were perfect...comfy bed, hot shower, and a nice porch for relaxing. Breakfast and dinner are provided, and were some of the best meals I've had in Peru (I've been here for 5 months). Andy took us to their farm, told us about the area, let us cut down a banana tree, and then led us up the nearby Inca trail for amazing views of the valley. Tatiana also led us to the river where there is a hot spring. They were a wealth of knowledge and we really enjoyed spending time with their family, relaxing, and learning about their way of life. Also, Tatiana's father is so sweet. This stay is highly recommended for the person who is adventurous and/or looking for a homestay experience in a beautiful, quiet, and relaxing setting.
At the end of our stay, Tatiana drew us a map, that led us to Santa Teresa. It was so easy to find and stay on the trail (2 hours). From the Santa Teresa hot springs we found a taxi into town and then another taxi to Hidroelectrica. We walked the trail/train tracks to Aguas Calientes from there (3 hours).
I could not recommend this place enough. Lovely hosts and amazing location. Well worth a visit!
It was lovely staying with Andrew and Tatianna, they were so welcoming and open. It was really interesting learning about their life and the home-cooked, Peruvian food was delicious. We loved learning how to roast coffee beans and cacao. An excellent experience and we'd love to visit again!
Very cosy homstay in a quite area. We felt very very welcomed into the familys home and enjoyed the great breakfasts and dinners. The suroundings are beautiful and this place was exactly what we needed to relax a few days after busy days in and around MP.
Thank you very much to Andrew, Tatiana and their family for their wonderful welcome. Our stay has been a happy mix of excellent food, great relax time in the jungle environment, good walk to the hot springs nearby and great conversations at night about the life there.
We definitely recommend this home stay, which is in addition on the most clever and cost effective way to go to Machu Picchu.
My husband and I loved our time at Yellow River Lodge. We arrived via collectivo (shared van) from Cusco via Santa Maria. It was a travel adventure but made the experience all the more memorable. Other travelers from Cusco might like to know that the collectivos leave from near the bus station but not in it - no specific schedule as they seem to depart when each van is full.
We enjoyed getting to know Tatiana, Maya, and their guests over delicious fresh food and while hanging out by the scenic river. The stars at night were the most magnificent we have seen in a long time.
The coffee/cocoa workshop the next morning was excellent, giving us a greater appreciation for the work that goes into our morning cup.
The hike from Yellow River to Santa Teresa on the way to Aguas Calientes (and Machu Picchu) was a highlight of our entire time in Peru. Stunning scenery, fun bridge experience, and the serenity of being alone in such a special place.
Thanks to everyone at Yellow River for your excellent hospitality. I recommend Yellow River to anyone looking for a unique way to arrive at Machu Picchu. You won't regret visiting such wonderful people in such an unforgettable place.