“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!!!
Apu Room…. Apu is the quechua word for mountain spirit. This room is for groups of three or four persons traveling together. It is not a shared bunk room. It is downstairs and has two wonderful “Wow made” bunk beds 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.
We had a wonderful time staying at casa de wow in Ollanta. Wow and Steven were great and Patricia went out of her way to make us feel welcome - taking us around town. The beds are comfy and the room is so cosy and beautifully decorated. We could not have asked for a better place to stay here.
Steven fue muy amable y nos explico mucho acerca del lugar y la historia, siempre fue muy accesible y nos ayudo en todo lo que necesitábamos
What a charming place! We came in on a rainy night and Steven was there to greet us with steaming cups of coca mate tea to help with the altitude adjustments. We were shown to our room (the one with the bunkbeds) and he promised to leave out our breakfast so we could eat it on the way to Machu Picchu the next morning. The morning we left, a sweet lady (I forgot her name!) made us eggs to order with coffee and fresh bread. she even held our baby son while we ate! We really loved this unique place!
The host Roberto and other staff in the house are hospitable and always ready to help. We wish we could know more Spanish to have better conversation with them. One staff (I forgot his name) who can speak good English gave us helpful tips on how to tour the sacred valley with colectivos or taxi. The house is located in a cute area, next to a row of stone houses along a stone road, with fruit trees and farmland on the other side.You can see the Olantaytambo ruin from outside of the house. It's a 15 minute uphill walk from the train station, and the house should not be too hard to find with the instructions from the host. In the morning we were woken up by rooster crowing and Roberto served us delicious fried eggs and bread. Hot tea is always available in the kitchen. There was a friendly dog called Posa. We were happy for his company but notice that there would be some dog smell in the casa as any house with pet dogs. The decoration in the house is charming and the bedroom is cozy and comfortable. However, having only one bathroom for several guest rooms might be an issue in the morning. The WiFi is rather slow. I was able to connect but had a hard time posting pictures online with it.
The place is a bit of a walk from the train station, and the walk on the way is paved with charming stones that make dragging suitcases a bit difficult. We were met by Daniel, who showed us the room. Since we were there only for an afternoon and the night, we were pressed for time and wanted to see as much as possible. Daniel was a tour guide himself, and arranged for someone to drive us around and charged us a price for showing us around. We saw the Moray ruins, the salt mines and a bit of this other town that I have trouble remembering the name of. He was a pretty good tour guide and made the most of our time. He did charge us a lot, however it was last minute, so we accepted. He also offered to arrange for someone to drive us back to Cusco, but thankfully we didn't take up on his offer, since he wanted to charge us 130 sols for the trip when you can take the collective vans that are only 10 sols per person for the trip, or a private taxi for roughly 60-70 sols which was rather infuriating. The place itself is more like a hostel, very charmingly decorated, though the bathroom itself could be a bit cleaner. We met Roberto in the evening who seemed to be very helpful and nice, and offered us tea. The wifi was really disappointing, even though we were right next to the modem and there was no one else at the place, it was slow and worse than roaming on a cellphone. I really loved the bunkbeds, the mattresses are firm, which I enjoy, but some of my friends prefer soft ones. The breakfast was good. All in all, I wouldn't want to come back for another stay.
So lodging in Ollanta is notoriously difficult to get a good idea of without having your feet on the ground, but Casa de Wow!!! was the most pleasant of surprises. I was only in Ollanta 1 night but I'm pretty confident that CdW!!! is among the best budget options, if not the best. Their online communication is severely lacking both in English and Spanish, but everything worked out perfectly in the end. Roberto is the kindest man and everyone is really sweet. I even managed to lock my key in my room at 10:30PM and Roberto came from off-site to let me in, with a smile on his face. Just be aware that at least basic Spanish will make booking and communication much more smooth (read: communication even with conversant Spanish was very difficult). They have the cutest bunk beds I've ever seen, a spiral staircase, and hot breakfast (w/ eggs cooked to order!) served by the nicest woman. We even had a view of the ruins from our window! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Hugo and Roberto are wonderful hosts and their home is comfortable and cozy. It was such a nice retreat to return to after long days of hiking. And the location can't be beat. Wonderful!
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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 ;-)