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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!!!
Kuka Room…. Kuka is quechua for coca. 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” tree 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 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.
La Casa de WoW est un endroit super sympa ! Notre chambre avait vue sur les ruines et les lits y etaient top. L'accueil était chaleureux et les communs agréables (un tout petit peu plus d'eau chaude et ça aurait été parfait !). Le petit dej compris manque un peu de ponctualité, mais il n'en était pas moins parfait. Je recommande :)
Spectacular views on the ruins. Warm and lovely welcome by the hosts. Super nice breakfast. Lots of good advices about the area.
Our hosts were fantastic when we arrived, ensuring we were comfortable and settled. The room was clean and comfortable.
The location was great...a two minute walk to the main plaza with views of Ollantaytambo ruins out our window.
We were able to have a load of laundry done as well which was quite nice.
A friendly and comfortable place, Good breakfast. Close to the immense Ollanta ruins.
I had a wonderful experience at Casa de Wow in Ollanta. When I first arrived it was dark and I was not sure where to go so I called and asked for directions but they insisted on meeting me in the plaza to escort me and help with my bags. Also, one morning I left early for Machu Picchu and they packed my breakfast which was so nice to have for the long trip. Overall, very friendly atmosphere and comfortable beds. Highly recommend staying here!
I stayed here for 5 nights in May, 2015. I made Ollantaytambo my base, and traveled from here to Machu Picchu and the other surrounding cities.
The house is about a 5 minute walk from the main square. If you have a suitcase on wheels, keep in mind that the little pedestrian streets are made of stone and it will be a bumpy ride for your suitcase. If traveling with a backpack or hand-carry; no problem as usual.
I saw the interior of most of the rooms, some of which have a nice view of the nearby ruins. Interior rooms don't have windows, but they do have skylights. I think there are 6 rooms here, and I stayed in the Kuka room. The Kapuli room would be my favorite for next time. 2 of the rooms have their own bath, and the other 4 rooms share 2 different baths (one upstairs and the other is downstairs). Some people mentioned that the water for showers was lukewarm. They have an instant-on system, so they never run out of hot water, but you have to get the flow going at just the right velocity to get it warm enough (too fast and the water never really gets warm; too slow and the heating element turns off). I had comfortable very warm showers in the upstairs bathroom with the water running at a medium flow.
There is free wifi but it's sometimes very slow... only enough to send an e-mail. The connection speed depends on how many others are logged on.
The included breakfast was good. I had scrambled eggs, coffee, and bread rolls with butter and jam.
I found the rooms to be attractive and the value is very good here. The mattresses, sheets and pillows were good quality and I slept well. The other guests will affect how quiet things are (as always, some people close doors, and others slam them). There are 5 rooms upstairs, grouped around a central open area. You can hear what's going on outside your room. Always bring earplugs when traveling.
I would definitely stay here if I return to Ollantaytambo. Be sure to stay 2-3 nights... so many people mentioned they wish they had stayed longer in Ollantaytambo. Warmly recommended.
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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 ;-)