About this listing
“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!!!
Kapuli Room…. Kapuli is the quechua word for the Inka cherry tree. This room has high vaulted ceilings with sky lights for a bright airy feel and a window with a view of the Temple of the Condor. It has a wonderful “Wow made” Kapuli frame bunk bed with top quality mattresses and wool blankets for warmth and natural comfort. This room uses shared bath which has gas-fed 24 hour hot water
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.
The name of this place says it all, WOW! You can't ask for a better spot or better people to be around while in Ollantaytambo. Wow, Stephen and Wynn make you feel right at home. They're warm, kind and very helpful, great people to be around. I hope to come back very soon.
I would like to thank Steven and Winn for a most memorable experience. The views from my room were spectacular. I took many pictures from my room LOL. They both were very helpful and accommodating. Thanks for the tea, my early breakfast-bag, conversation, and advice as to were to go etc. I would definetly recommend Casawow to anyone who wants to experience the culture. I was there three nights and really enjoyed Ollanta ask they call it in Peru.
Lovely room with a beautiful view. Breakfast was great with eggs cooked to serve. Was a quiet location and walking distance to all necessities.Roberto was very welcoming and friendly,as was his staff:)
Nice bed and breakfast, excellent view to the inkaruins of ollantaytambo. Unique beds! Very comfortable to sleep in. Quit and peaceful
We felt very welcome. The location was great as it overlooked some Incan Ruins and was an easy walk to the train station and the center of town. Roberto was a great host and one of the most welcoming people we met the whole trip. Make sure that when you stay you are clear on your arrival time as when we arrived there was no one to let us in.
I enjoy staying in this hostel. It is pretty cool. Roberto made tea for me every time I came back. The coca tea is the best I had when I was in Peru. He added lime, honey and other herb in the tea.
This is a 6-7 room hostel that feels more like a bed and breakfast set in the Andes mountains. Roberto, the host and local artist makes every traveler feel extremely cared for! Our matrimony suite was a large comfortable bed resting in a beautiful hand crafted bed frame of some sort of hand carved mountain wood, constructed by Roberto himself! The walls were warmly colored complete with art and certainly gave the room a very home-like feel.
Eggs were provided in the morning, the water pressure was decent, and the location is just 5 minutes on foot from the main plaza - and about 15 minutes from the Peru Rail stop.
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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 ;-)