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!!!
Tayta Family Room…. Tayta is quechua for ancestors. 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 an extra incredible “Wow made” tree frame bunk bed with a double bed as the bottom bunk and a single bed as the top bunk. Both beds have high 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 es muy acogedora y está situada en una calle empedrada con gran encanto enfrente de las ruinas principales de Ollantaytambo. Roberto, su hijo Steven y sobre todo el chico y la chica francesa que está ayundando en la casa son muy simpáticos y agradables. Por hacer alguna crítica constructiva, es difícil conseguir regular el agua caliente y en varias ocasiones estaba un poco fría.
Alberto was very welcoming and kind when we arrived. Though his English is a bit limited, it was easy enough to check in. The house is very cute and rustic, with a lot of native decorations. However it felt a bit dusty in there. We had the room with private bath, which was very clean, but noticed that it had a bit of a smell to it. Not sure if it's because there weren't any windows but it was a bit dusty/musty.
There was a delicious breakfast ready for us the next morning, home cooked by a nice, older woman. The location is easy and convenient to everything in Ollantaytambo and faces the mountains and ruins, so there is a great view as soon as you step out.
We just stayed one night at Casa de Wow but I hoped we could have stayed more. The place is super confortable, it has a very unique design (made me remember of a big and awesome tree house) and people is very friendly.
Its host, Roberto, was very friendly with us, offering a super nice drink (as for it, it's the one that will help you sleep better!) and sharing some tips about how to experience Machu Picchu.
Casa de Wow was a very unique and high quality property. A comfortable bed and plenty of hot water. It is a great place to stay when exploring the sacred valley.
The host was very kind and helpful. He showed us where to hike and recommended a location to find food. Our train departed at 6am, and the host woke up at 5:15 to cooked us a hot breakfast.
I wish we would have stayed a few more days in Ollantay.
Host: Roberto was a very kind host. We only stayed for a night but he was very accommodating during our time there. He cooked us breakfast in the morning, allowed us to store our bags during the afternoon, and even let us use the room to rest after our check out time since my girlfriend was ill from altitude sickness.
Room: The room was very clean and came with a stunning view of the ruins from the window. We had keys to the room and house to come and go as we pleased, which was very convenient.
Tip: There's now a password for the WiFi so you have to ask for it!
We stayed at Casa de Wow for two nights and WOW!!! What a truly nice Airbnb experience. Visiting Ollantaytambo was a pleasure and I will certainly go back to the town as well as to Casa de Wow.
Firstly, we met Roberto on the street while trying to find the place and he stopped doing was he was doing to accompany us to his house. A lovely man with a big heart. He does not speak English very much however, with the little bit of our Spanish we were able to communicate and make ourselves understood. We did not have a chance to meet Winn but we met Hugo who works at the house and speaks very good English. Upon arrival we were given a sheet with a town map and recommendations for places to eat, shop, go visit, etc. That was really much appreciated! We tried a few of the recommended places and they were all very good recommendations.
Secondly, the place itself is located on a pedestrian street facing the Ollantaytambo ruins! Perfect location unbelievebly beautiful and quiet at night. The house is very unique, nice and clean. From our room, we had a great view on the ruins. There is also a place on the roof which provides a 360 degree view on the area. Make sure Roberto explains to you the area and the meaning of the great mountains surrounding the place. Breakfast was nice and included coffee, bread, eggs and jam.
Thirdly, Ollantaytambo is a great town. Make sure you plan a few days while in the Sacred Valley. We only spent two days but I would definitely spend a few more.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND staying at Casa de Wow and visiting Ollantaytambo! We will be back and will stay there again!
We had a good time at Casa de Wow. Great bed, hot water worked, good towels, great location. We never the met the hosts, but there were people on their team to greet us and answer questions. We met other guests who were fabulous! Everyone there was engaging and willing to share their stories and recommendations (like, "go to Indio Feliz after you climb Machu Pichu - the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes").
Kitchen is available if you want to cook, and it's a nice place to be. It's about 5-10 minutes walk to the central plaza and all of the restaurants around town.
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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 ;-)