About This Listing
This room has now moved & we don't have pictures yet. It's a simple double for couples and is in the main house but requires a bit of a walk to get to the garden bathroom it shares. For those who are just happy for somewhere to lay their head :)
Hi there, we're a homestay option a few hours from machu Picchu and a great place to start or end your journey to the Inca Ruins.
Room 4 is for 1 or 2 people (couple) and is private. It has a double bed in it but if you're not sharing with that special person then we have other rooms available. This room is a little cheaper than the others as it doesn't have a window, but all of our guests spend most of their time outdoors so we hope you also enjoy your stay. The bathroom for this room and room 5 (our triple) is next to the main house and has a hot shower, it's not far at all and sits under an orange tree.
Most people spend their time exploring. Hammocks, two rivers, our farm to explore, roast your own coffee or chocolate. Eat with the family, speak some Spanish and all a few hours walk from Machu Picchu. The price of your room includes Dinner, bed and breakfast. We have optional coffee and chocolate roasting workshops for those who are interested.
We're constantly renovating and upgrading our garden and facilities. Recently we added a new grill up at the main house and we're about to start work on a new toilet block right next to the original guest rooms. The plunge pool still hasn't happened....we'll get there eventually.
A stay with us is a rare and individual experience of Peruvian family life in the countryside where most people make their living from agriculture. We are nestled down by the river in a stunning valley with waterfalls and tributaries winding their way through the tropical vegetation. We have optional workshops such as coffee and cocoa roasting for you to take away some of your own organic presents for friends and family; and there is the chance to take local walks and visit our farm and see how locals experience this landscape.
Essentially, a stay with us is what you want it to be. We may just be a convenient stopping-off point or perhaps a chance for you to experience living in a place cut-off from the main arteries of Peruvian tourism. Whatever your reasons for visiting we're sure you'll love it here.
The main house, the patio areas, the gardens, the kitchen. We're an open house really, we hope you feel comfortable during your stay with us.
Interaction with Guests
We live here too so we're around to help you out if you wish but we won't impose if you feel like doing your own thing. We eat with our guests and often end up in the kitchen before meals are ready talking. We love meeting our guests and finding out about their lives but we would always respect your privacy if you just wanted to relax on your own.
My wife was born in this town and it has undergone some huge changes in the past few decades. Floods have destroyed most of the town, leaving only our area and a few houses. The old town lies on the cliffs above the river and it's an interesting walk down by the shore. The family has lived and farmed here for generations so there's a lot of local knowledge and we're happy to share what we know with our guests.
We're remote but if you walk up to the main road (10 minutes) you can catch a taxi to either Santa Maria or Santa Teresa. There's a fantastic walk along the river to the hot springs at cocalmayo (90 minutes) which can be done May - November.
Other Things to Note
We're not a hotel, our accommodation is comfortable and unique and we're surrounded by the forest and wildlife. There are dogs, chickens, ducks and other livestock in and around the village and there is only one tiny shop. A stay with us is definitely to escape the crowds and unplug for a while.
We're a family, we have a daughter who loves to meet our guests and a couple of dogs who are rather friendly. Please feel at home while you are with us. We're non-smokers so if you do smoke could you do it outside away from the house and not in your room. Try to take your shoes off before going inside if you're muddy and other than that enjoy yourself and let us know if there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable.
Andy, Tati, Maya, and the rest of this wonderful family were warm and welcoming from the very start. We encountered some issues getting from Macchu picchu to Quellomayo, so we had to push back our check-in date, but Tati spoke to me over the phone and helped me through the whole process. After you book your reservation, you will get a link to their website, which has a ton of valuable information about how to get there, what to do when you get there, and what to expect. Homecooked meals were amazing, as was the cacao workshop! Accommodations were neat and clean, very cozy. We used the outdoor/separate bathroom for showering and it was not an issue. Just know that you are going to be living in the forest, afterall, so there will be bugs around (bring insect repellent! long pants and long sleeves are a must!), and they do have a number of dogs freely roaming around (but they are super friendly and tame). Also, most of the family speaks English very well, so we were very grateful for that! Overall, we really cherished our experience at Quellomayo and would not hesitate to return!
Thanks Yvonne, we loved having you to stay and we learned a lot about your country too. We're glad you managed to make it and that you enjoyed your time here. The dogs are soon going to have their fncy house built so hopefully the roaming will be cut to a minimum :) Tyson says hi. Love to Krisha too and we hope we'll see you both again one day.
We had an amazing stay at Yellow River. Andrew and Tatiana were very gracious and lovely hosts. This was a great way to experience real Peruvian culture. We had a very relaxing time after a few days of hiking. The food was so delicious and Andrew and Tatiana were able to accommodate us even though we are vegetarians. We were even able to roast our own coffee beans for our morning brew. If you have the time we would highly recommend a leisurely walk up river to the Cocalmayo thermal springs which took us about an hour and a half. Beautiful setting in the river valley surrounded by towering cliffs and mountains. Our stay here was a little off the " beaten track" but totally worth it! Thanks for the memories :)
I must say that my initial feelings about this place were quite varied. I arrived late in the evening and was taken via taxi down a long dirt road and thought I may not be returning home. But once I arrived I was immediately greeted and given a place at the dinner table with the hosts as well as other from around the world.
The food was amazing (especially the chicken soup Andrew) and I could not have asked for better hosts. They walked me to the local hot springs (which was awesome) and attended to my every need. Though it was a bit off the beaten path, I would highly recommend that others stay here.
Danny, it was great to meet you....you wouldn't be the first person to feel they were being taken down to the river to be dumped in a field :) we're in such a remote location, it can be a pain sometimes but generally we love it and we're glad you found us and had a good time. Loved the chats, learned a lot, and the soup was amazing wasn't it ;) Cheers.
We had a great stay at yellow river. When we arrived they welcomed us with a lot of kindness and a great diner. Tatiana was very nice and gave us lots of good advice on were to go during the day. She made us (email hidden) with her and roasting cacao and coffee was amazing. She, her sister and the two kids were good company and we enjoyed the conversations we had. The room was good and clean and the garden was beautifull. We would recommend yellow river to anyone who asked us about it!
My friend and I stayed with Tatiana for a couple of days and had a wonderful time. She was an amazing host and cook. The place is awesome and is perfect for relaxing and hiking.
Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to meet Andrew because we were there during the week. Maybe next time. I highly recommend this wonderful place.
We had an amazing experience with Andrew, Tatiana, Angel, Maya and Tyson. We highly recommend making yellow river a destination in Peru, it will definitely be a life altering experience!
My best friend and I just finished travelling in South America for 9 weeks, and I must say that Yellow River was a highlight of our trip. The entire family was so welcoming, and was happy to have us.
We arrived after visiting Machu Picchu, taking the train from Aguas Calientes to Hydroelectrica, collectivo to Santa Theresa, and again to the footpath of Quellomayo. The instructions Andrew lays out on his website is extremely helpful and straight forward.
Our room was comfortable, and all areas were very well kept and clean.
It was really nice to be able to unplug, and leave technology behind, and take in all the beautiful nature that surrounded us - and play around with their 6 year old daughter who's a ball of energy!
Tatiana prepared meals for us, and they were all absolutely delicious.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning how to roast our own cacao and coffee, and we got a tour of their farm which was great. We learned so much on our two night stay with the family, and that was really refreshing and exciting.
The small town is Peru's best kept secret, but I would recommend this homestay to everyone I know. The family and environment that surrounded us was absolutely wonderful. So happy we stumbled across this posting while planning our trip months and months ago, it was a great place to stay.
The pleasure was ours in having you guys to stay. Honestly we've never had a bad airbnb guest and we're delighted you had a good time with us, we enjoyed having you. We wish you all the best on your return home and maybe one day we'll be in your neck of the woods. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with the airbnb community.
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About the Host, Andrew
Hi I'm the co-owner of Yellow River. Our family home is open to all visitors, my wife is Peruvian and her family has farmed these valleys for generations. We grow coffee, chocolate and a lot of fruit so the food is amazing and you'll not believe how green everything is. The price of your room here on airbnb includes a delicious home-cooked dinner and an equally delicious breakfast.
We have 5 listings with different bed and bathroom configurations so check them all out to see which best suits you. We are on the way to Machu Picchu and more and more tourists are avoiding the crowds and the trains and doing it themselves. Get there in style, relax, experience the real Peru that the majority of people never get to see. I love where we live because the pace of life is slower, the landscape is awe-inspiring and every day brings something new. I had never tried coffee before living in Peru and now I grow it! Life is good.
We have no internet but now have a reasonable phone signal (movistar is the provider) where we are so we prefer direct contact with guests before they submit reservation requests as we often don't get to them in time to accept them. We have had an amazing time with our airbnb guests, it seems to be a community of lovely, friendly travellers. We look forward to meeting you.
Please note, whilst we are near Machu Picchu it is hard to do a day trip from us to the ruins. We recommend people stay with us before or after their visit to Machu Picchu to avoid an unecessary rush or tiring day of travel and walking. It's best to spend the night in Aguas Calientes before your day at the ruins so you can get up early and be one of the first through the gates.
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