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“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself:” - Maya Angelou
Welcome to your home away from home. Relax, as you sit atop our handmade eucalyptus benches listening to the running waters of the Inkan aqueducts beneath you while you marvel at the stunning view of the ancient Inkan monuments. The location of our Casa is ideally situated on a cobblestone pedestrian street in the “old town” section of Ollantaytambo, just 5 minutes from the Plaza and all attractions. In the morning after checking your email for we have WiFi throughout the house, enjoy a tasty breakfast of eggs, fresh warm rolls and local organic jams. During the day, we’d be happy to help you organize unique excursions to amazing local sites that are off the beaten path. In the evening, enjoy a cup of warm tea from our kitchen, watch a DVD in our cozy living room or gaze at the stars from our rooftop nook. Finally retire to our beautiful and traditional Quechua (Inkan) handcrafted beds with high quality mattresses for a good night’s sleep. Once you’ve stayed with us you will know why we are called Casa de Wow!!!
Pachamama Matrimonial Room… Pachamama is quechua for Mother Earth or Cosmic Mother. This room has high vaulted ceilings with sky lights for a bright airy feel. It has an incredible “Wow made” tree frame bed with a double high quality mattress and wool blankets for warmth and natural comfort. Each side of the bed has a reading light and a bed-side table and each sleepy head gets two pillows. A private bathroom is attached with gas-fed 24 hour hot water shower.
Once considered an afternoon stop-over on the way to MachuPicchu, more and more visitors are deciding to make Ollantaytambo the primary destination from whence they can experience the Sacred Valley and all it has to offer. In contrast to Cuzco, the small village atmosphere, lower altitude and easy access to incredible hikes has prompted many of our guests to feel more comfortable here and thus extend their stay. Ollantaytambo is called “the last living Inka village” as it has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. It was the town for the Inkan Nobility and High Priests and once you are here it is hard not to notice the magic. So come walk the streets of gigantic jigsaw stonework or try some chichi (Inka Beer- fermented corn) with the indigenous people who are the direct descendents of the Inkas. Let us introduce you to some of these wonderful local people who can guide you into their world, provide cultural connection within traditional communities where tourist seldom venture and lead you on stunning treks through the natural wonder.
Quiet Hours between 11pm and 8am. Ollantaytambo means “resting place” in quechua and Casa de Wow!!! honors this title with quiet hours to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Reception hours are between 8am and 11pm. If you have a late train from MachuPicchu arriving at 11:30pm please let us know .
Breakfast hours are from 8 am to 9:30 am. If our guests have an early departure we are happy to make breakfast ToGo.
We have a fully equipped kitchen for use during the day (between 8am and 11pm) with a large selection of teas to enjoy and good filtered water. We request that after use guests tidy up. We request that guests store any open food in the kitchen and suggest labeling.
We have WiFi in every room and a desk top computer in the living room for communal use. There is no password.
Otherwise we just want all of our guests here at Casa de Wow!!! to make themselves at home.
We especially liked staying at Casa de Wow! in this adorable town. Our hosts made us comfortable and let us try out our rusty Spanish (even though at least one of them spoke very good English). We were given coca tea upon arrival, and the room appeared as promised. The bed was comfortable, and we enjoyed having the privacy of our own bathroom. A woman from Ollanta cooked breakfast for us in the morning (eggs, fresh bread, local jams) and left us a to-go breakfast for our early morning train to Machu Picchu. Casa de Wow is a little bit more of a trek (just few blocks) than some of the other hostels, but it was an easy walk from the Plaza de Armas and gave us a chance to see more of the lovely town. I definitely recommend this spot! We were also able to store our bags while exploring the town before catching our collectivo to Cusco.
In terms of Ollanta - We loved the food here the most on our trip. We "splurged" on dinner at El Albergue one night (great lamb and alpaca), had dinner at Heart's Cafe one night, and lunch at Puka Rumi and La Esquina. We recommend all of these options!
Stay at Casa de Wow, you will not regret it!
Wow and Steven made us feel very welcome during our stay; it felt like a home away from home. Our room and bathroom were very clean, and a delicious breakfast was served every morning. On the morning we had to leave early to catch the train, Steven made us a breakfast to go, which was greatly appreciated.
If you stay here, which you definitely should, make sure to spend some time with Wow, he has a lot of interesting information about the surrounding mountains and ruins but please note, if you don't speak Spanish you'll need someone to translate.
We look forward to another trip to Peru and hope to stay at Casa de Wow again in the future. We had such an amazing time that we were very sad when we had to leave.
Thank you so much Wow and Steven for all of your help and hospitality during our stay. We had an amazing time getting to know you and hope to see you again very soon!
Worked out great for us! Clean room comfortable bed and VERY QUIET! Everyone was really lovely and it was a nice sense of community!
Casa De Wow was a nice place and a great location close to the main square in Ollantaytambo and a short walk to the train station. The room was fine and they even left me a lunch bag for breakfast as I had an early morning train. The only negative was that when I went to shower that morning there was no hot water !
Casa de Wow is a great authentic place to stay. The outside wall is an original Inca structure--and you can readily view the ruins from the kitchen or upstairs bedrooms. Our host went out of his way for us, even though communication was limited. The senora will serve breakfast, if you like. We are so glad we stayed here and took a few days out to enjoy Ollantaytambo, a wonderful historic village.
Casa de Wow is simply wonderful. I stayed there overnight after my trip to MachuPichu. Next time I visit it will be a longer stay.
The directions provided were great. The room itself was very nice.
Everyone is very friendly at Casa De Wow. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. They arranged for taxis and horseback riding. Eggs in the morning provided the energy needed for hiking everyday.
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About the Host, Casa De Wow!!!
Casa de Wow!!! began as the creative venture of Winn and Wow.
Winn comes from Asheville, NC in the United States. She had a three month trip planned for Peru and upon arriving in Ollantaytambo was unable to stick to her return schedule. She found the traditional culture, natural beauty and ease of life in Ollanta irresistible. Winn is into permaculture, progressive consciousness, divine feminine and spiritual adventure.
Wow (aka Roberto Canal Luna) is a native quechua of Ollantaytambo. His family heritage traces back to the days of the Inkas and his family home here retains original Inkan stonework. Wow is an incredible creative artist. He works in many mediums, though fabric art is his first passion.
Winn and Wow now have an awesome team helping them manage the Casa. Mariko and Suenos are our new part-time administrators. Mariko is from Seattle, WA and a recent graduate from art school. Suenos is a local guide and from a small community in the mountains above Ollantaytambo. Sonia is our "mama" of the Casa and in charge of all domestics chores. She is from Ollantaytambo, married with three young adult children. Wider is the main Casa de Wow!!! tour guide and for the past three years has led many of our guests on wonderful local adventures. He is from Ollantaytambo.
All of our team who are from Ollantaytambo speak Quechua.... those of us from the states are learning... slowly ;-)