About This Listing
One of our matrimonial rooms 'Caturra' has private garden access and internal access to the shared living area and bathroom.
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 a double bed in it. Other facilities: 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.
Access to main house, shared common room and bathroom from room. Gardens, dining room, patio and the forest beyond.
Interaction with Guests
We're around if you need us and can be as visible or invisible as you require. Mostly we talk a lot with our guests as they are interested in what we do on the farm, but we're fine to leave you alone and let you explore at your own pace. Just let us know what you want and we'll make sure we're where we should be :)
Our area is really what's left of a once thriving community devastated by floods in 1998 and 2010. It's remote, peaceful, full of tropical plants and a real change for most of our guests. We have few neighbours but a lot of lovely things to see, nice walks and the opportunity to switch off from the world (no phone or internet).
There are taxis which pass on the main road 15 minutes above the house but no traffic around the property which makes for a relaxing stay. If you like walking you can even go by foot to the hot spring in Santa Teresa (May to November best) in under 2 hours.
Other Things to Note
We're farmers so sometimes we're not at the house and we don't always have a chance to get to internet to check emails. We have on occasion found people waiting for us at the house after a day on the farm and luckily everyone has been wonderful about it, but we do ask you to make sure you let us know your rough time of arrival so we're there to meet you :)
We're a family, we have a daughter who loves to meeet our guests and a couple of dogs who are rather friendly. Please feel at home while your with us. We're non-smokers so if you do smoke could you do it outside away from the house and not in your room. Try to take your shoes off before going inside if you're muddy and other than that enjoy yourself and let us know if there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable.
Vale la pena! Tatiana's warm welcome at the door melted away all of the curves and tense moments of the five hour ride over the Andes from Cusco in the back seat of two taxis!
Home stay is the perfect description for this cloud forest paradise. We helped prepare the meals while learning about petuvian foods and cooking. The food is all local, much of it grown by Tatiana, who is a great cook and (website hidden) and cleaning let us become acquainted with Tatiana and other guests. After all the delicious food, we happily retired to our quiet, cozy, very dark room for a deep sleep!
The exquisite beauty of the cloud forest was enhanced by the morning rain. The house sits along the Inka Trail. We were pulled by its history and spirit to hike a few miles. Wow! We also hiked along the Yellow River and up the mountain for a grand vista of the small farms, pueblos and cemetary hundreds of feet above the river. We passed Tatiana's farm where she grows coffee, pineapple, bananas, potatoes and more.
We especially enjoyed Tatiana's workshops to learn about and roast cacao and coffee beans that she grows. They were the best ever!! I'm ready to roast both!
Our two days in this quiet, remote, beautiful and natural space was one of our best experiences of our three weeks in Peru, and much too short. It invites another visit.
We had a wonderful stay with Andrew, Tatiana and their daughter Maya. We had a clean and comfy place to stay and Tatiana prepared many amazing meals for us--much of the food was from the farm. The family made us feel comfortable immediately. We learned a lot about Peru life, especially that in the village where they live over our dinner and breakfast conversations. The area surrounding the property was breathtaking. We spent time by relaxing by the river and also did the hike to the hot springs (about 1.5 hrs on foot). It was fantastic; however, the mosquitoes were unbearable at times during our Nov. stay so come prepared with heavy duty bug spray and long pants.
Anyone staying at this property should understand that getting to Quellomayo does take time and I recommend spending at least 3 nights there if possible. Andrew provided very clear directions on how to get to their property from Machu Picchu. If we were to do it all over again, we think we would've preferred to do Machu Picchu on day, stay in Aquas Calientes that night and then head to Quellomayo the next morning. That would've given us sufficient time to rest up after our day of hiking at Machu Picchu. Instead, we chose to do many Machu Picchu hikes, including the hike down Machu Picchu mountain and then walked to Hidroelectrica (about 2.5-3 hours total). It was a really cool trek through the jungle. We passed by many other backpackers; however, we were tired and would have enjoyed it even more had we broken it up into two days.
As for getting back to Cusco after our stay, both Andrew and Tatiana helped us secure taxis so we could make our 1 p.m. flight. A private taxi from Santa Maria (the next town over) to Cusco ended up being about $80 for us and we managed to get to Cusco in about 4 hours if I remember correctly.
Lastly, Andrew is very clear about the facilities at Cloud Forest Homestay but to reiterate: the bathroom in the cottage we stayed in was more like an outhouse--no hot water and no plumbing for the toilet. You have the option to use the shared facilities just a few feet away though--where there's a hot water shower and regular toilet. Since we were the only people staying there, we didn't mind using this shared shower and toilet.
Thanks for such a detailed review Christine, it really gives useful information for potential guests and we thank you for that. Our home, as you say, is a regular house, not a hotel and we've made some choices to try and make our lives here as low-impact as possible on the environment. The composting toilet in your building is a work in progress and we're trying to improve it, and the shower should actually be hot but we've had some enforced changes made to our water system locally which has reduced the pressure making the shower unable to fire up. These issues we will slowly resolve and we're glad it wasn't too much of a problem for you. Once again we thank you for your honesty, this makes it easier for people to understand the reality of a stay with us :)
I spent a week at Yellow River. During that time I took the Hydro Electrica train to Machu Picchu for a day and a night stay there. I visited the hot springs at Santa Teresa, walked some of the inca Trail that goes right by the Yellow River lodge. Hiked up to some beautiful view points and walked along the yellow River.
Tatiana and Andy made the stay one of the most memorable of my 6 weeks in South America. They cooked authentic Peruvian meals which were delicious! Most of the food is organic because they don't use pesticides up here, and tasted like I remember in my youth.
They also run banana, pineapple and coffee plantations and were generous with showing me their crops.
The room I stayed in was clean, tidy, private and comfortable. I felt my time there was a true Peruvian experience with the friendly, local people.
I recommend bringing insect repellant as the small flies bite everyone. Also be prepared for a journey to get here as it is three or four hours by minivan from Cusco over rugged Andes mountains, then a 30 minute taxi drive from Santa Maria. All through spectacular mountain passes and scenery you won't want to miss. I had no trouble at all making the trip even though my Spanish is terrible and few people spoke much English. Andy and Tatiana are fluent English speakers.
Strongly recommend you stop by for a few days at least if you are planning a trip to Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley.
I cannot recommend Quellomayo highly enough! What a magical place! I was sad to leave. The family are so open, welcoming and lovely. The food is beautifully fresh, straight off the land, cooked by Tattiana and straight onto your plate. Every meal was a feast of health and tastiness :) Such a fantastic environment all sat around the big table talking and connecting with others. Maya the daughter is the most adorable little girl, and you just can't help bit fall in love with this home and family. Thank you for a wonderful visit. I hope to return some day. :)
Thanks so much Becci, we love where we live...we're glad you enjoyed staying at our home. Every guest that passes through our little village leaves some good memories behind for us in the family and we'd love to have you back again. Safe onward travels and thanks for visiting us.
Getting to Yellow River was an adventure within itself. I warn everyone against taking the tourist buses, they take you around in circles and are not familiar with the town of Quellomayo. Once we got to the sign that said "ColcaMayo" we got off and hiked down. We pasted a little house where I was able to ask a lady if I was going the right way. When we got there it was like seeing a mirage after a long desert hike. We spent two nights, completely unplugged from the world. It was a unique experience. You begin to enjoy waking up really early and going to bed early. The dinners were amazing, as were the breakfasts. There are two bathroom options: cold shower, with a latrine-like style toilet; or a bathroom outside with hot water and a toilet.
Yellow River is located on the path of the Inca Jungle Trail. We took this trail to the hot springs, and it was one of the wildest hikes of my life. I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie. Hikes with small cliff paths and long wood bridges. The basket across the river was the easiest part for me! Once you get to the springs it's like being reborn. We walked (or you can take a cab to St. Theresa) and from there we took a collectivo (bus that gathers people) back to Quellomayo. I highly recommend taking cabs, because they seem to drive a lot safer than the collectivos. We then left the next day by taxi for 60 sols to St. Theresa, and then took a collectivo car for 5 sols to Hidroelectrica. From there we took a train to Machu Picchu (aguas calientes), and it was totally easy!
The avocado, orange trees, and the dogs and baby chickens were also adorable at Yellow River! Maya was the cutest girl, and Tatiana really took care of us. We're very grateful!
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. It was one of the highlights of our trip :) The sunny tropical climate was also a nice break from the clouds and cold weather!
All the best,
Gerry & Jon
Thanks guys for the detailed advice, I agree, taxis are a great option and sometimes the tourist buses will tell you they know where we are just to get your money. We're in a privileged spot that requires a small amount of adventure and grit, but when you get there it is worth it. We're so glad you found us, thanks for the advice for potential guests, I think it will help people get a feel for where we are and what we offer. Happy onward travels!
Quellomayo is a really special place. We enjoyed meeting Tatiana and talking over home cooked meals with her and her father about Peru, ecotourism, the farm, and politics. Tatiana is a fantastic chef. While a bit off the beaten path (as the website states) there is a lot to explore if you enjoy the outdoors. The hike to the thermal baths is highly recommended! This was one of our favorite stays/experiences during 1 month of travel in Peru. Thank you Tatiana and Andrew!
We had had a very nice time at quellomayo.
Food was the best we eat on our selve organized trip through south peru.
Tatjana herself showed us the farm, she was explaining everything and we could ask everything we want to know.
She gives us a lot of background information about Macchu Picchu and about the railway, enviroment of sacred valley and rio urubamba.
Thanks a lot for this two days, we will never forget you.
bertram and family
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About the Host, Andrew
Hi I'm the co-owner of Yellow River. Our family home is open to all visitors, my wife is Peruvian and her family has farmed these valleys for generations. We grow coffee, chocolate and a lot of fruit so the food is amazing and you'll not believe how green everything is. The price of your room here on airbnb includes a delicious home-cooked dinner and an equally delicious breakfast.
We have 5 listings with different bed and bathroom configurations so check them all out to see which best suits you. We are on the way to Machu Picchu and more and more tourists are avoiding the crowds and the trains and doing it themselves. Get there in style, relax, experience the real Peru that the majority of people never get to see. I love where we live because the pace of life is slower, the landscape is awe-inspiring and every day brings something new. I had never tried coffee before living in Peru and now I grow it! Life is good.
We have no internet but now have a reasonable phone signal (movistar is the provider) where we are so we prefer direct contact with guests before they submit reservation requests as we often don't get to them in time to accept them. We have had an amazing time with our airbnb guests, it seems to be a community of lovely, friendly travellers. We look forward to meeting you.