Our lush, tropical family home in Peru's cloud forest is a few hours walk from Machu Picchu. We're organic Coffee farmers and offer a slice of the real Peru to those not wishing to follow the traditional tourist trails.
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.
We're open again after a heavy rainy season and have already had some fantastic airbnb guests. We're also almost done with some important (email hidden)rst exciting news HOT SHOWER! Yes, we're excited too. Also, we've got two doubles and a new single room almost finished so we can make repairs on the other buildings.
This room used to be shared but it now just for 2 people and is private. Normally it has a double bed in it but if you're not sharing with that special person then we have other rooms available. Outdoor bar, campsite with adobe oven and a grill. 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. Package deals for Dinner, bed and breakfast.
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.
Yellow River is an oasis of calm and relaxation. We arrived there after the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu and were very happy to get a rest of the busy, touristy places.
The welcoming of the family made us feel home immediately. It is a nice and very interesting family.
Our conversations switched from Spanish, English to even French. As Andrew speaks also French!
We stayed only one night, but left wit the feeling that we had holidays of a week.
Merci pour ce séjour ! Gracias por todo !
Quellomayo is a wonderful place to stay, with lush tropical gardens, interesting and friendly people and hammocks next to the river. (If you're coming once the rain has started, don't forget the insect repellent.) The hospitality of the family is very special, the food is good and the animals are also enthusiastically welcoming.
It's possible to learn all sorts of fascinating things about life in their corner of Peru by sitting and talking (and eating) or going on walks to their farm and meeting people with Tatiana. There are several lovely walks to do without a guide, using Yellow River as a base. I feel very lucky to have stayed (website hidden): the hot water was still erratic but that's part of the charm.
Absolutely, hands-down, amazing hostel/homestay experience! This is a backdoor to Machu Picchu gem. We arrived to Yellow River by car (taxi) from Ollantaytambo. The views along the route were spectacular. It took about 3 hours to reach Quellomayo. Andrew and Tatiana were incredible hosts from start to finish. The accommodations were perfect...comfy bed, hot shower, and a nice porch for relaxing. Breakfast and dinner are provided, and were some of the best meals I've had in Peru (I've been here for 5 months). Andy took us to their farm, told us about the area, let us cut down a banana tree, and then led us up the nearby Inca trail for amazing views of the valley. Tatiana also led us to the river where there is a hot spring. They were a wealth of knowledge and we really enjoyed spending time with their family, relaxing, and learning about their way of life. Also, Tatiana's father is so sweet. This stay is highly recommended for the person who is adventurous and/or looking for a homestay experience in a beautiful, quiet, and relaxing setting.
At the end of our stay, Tatiana drew us a map, that led us to Santa Teresa. It was so easy to find and stay on the trail (2 hours). From the Santa Teresa hot springs we found a taxi into town and then another taxi to Hidroelectrica. We walked the trail/train tracks to Aguas Calientes from there (3 hours).
It was lovely staying with Andrew and Tatianna, they were so welcoming and open. It was really interesting learning about their life and the home-cooked, Peruvian food was delicious. We loved learning how to roast coffee beans and cacao. An excellent experience and we'd love to visit again!
Very cosy homstay in a quite area. We felt very very welcomed into the familys home and enjoyed the great breakfasts and dinners. The suroundings are beautiful and this place was exactly what we needed to relax a few days after busy days in and around MP.
Thank you very much to Andrew, Tatiana and their family for their wonderful welcome. Our stay has been a happy mix of excellent food, great relax time in the jungle environment, good walk to the hot springs nearby and great conversations at night about the life there.
We definitely recommend this home stay, which is in addition on the most clever and cost effective way to go to Machu Picchu.
We had such a wonderful stay in Andrew and Tatiana's family on our way back from the machu picchu. Picking up fruits in their magical garden for fresh juices every morning, learning about coffee and cacao, playing with their daughter Maya, enjoying the river just down the house (and more) was a great experience! The food was the best we had during our trip! Everyone should go there during their sacred valley stay to be cut out from the rest of the world for a few days. The delicious lunches are the only meals not included in the price.
Our stay in Yellow River was amazing. We loved every minute of it. The time Tatiana took to teach us about making coffee, the enthusiasme of her dad in showing us everything, their beautiful home made us really feel at home. We were really happy we decided to stay there and were sad to leave.
Without a doubt, our stay with Andrew, Tatiana and family at Cloud Forest was a significant highlight of our travels in Peru.
We stayed for 3 days at the beginning of June and felt truly welcomed into their home / hostel. We had a very comfortable double bed in a private room and shared a shower room and toilet in the yard, which was clean and had a hot shower (solar powered). The garden has a really nice feel about it too.
During our stay we ate all our meals and drank with the family and the other guests. We felt welcome and included in their daily life. We spent some hours picking coffee beans from the plants in the garden and the farm higher up the hill. Tatiana showed us how to process the coffee into high and low quality beans and clean / dry and roast it. She also gave us a workshop in Cocoa too!
The food was excellent - amongst the best tasting food we had in Peru. It was only challenged by some of the fine restaurants we occasionally encountered.
We highly recommend Cloud Forest to everyone and we think you will particularly enjoy it if you want to find out how life would be if you chose to live in a small village on the edge of the Jungle.
There's loads to do to help on the farm and we wish we could have stayed longer.
One point to note... beware of the local taxis, they have a tendency to over charge. At the time of writing, it should be 5 Soles per person to get from St Teresa or from St Maria to the Quellomayo junction on the main road. It is then a 10min walk down the hill (not well signposted, so you would do well to draw a small map to show the taxi where you want to go).
My boyfriend fell in love with Cloud Forest Homestay, I fell in love with the views! what can we say. this experience was very grounding. the family works hard to keep up with the land and all the food that is eaten comes from the land! everything is so fresh and organic. the rooms are clean and comfortable. the sound of the river close by is magical. the folks are kind and open, but it is the little 4 year old Maya who will capture your heart with her english accent! Hope to visit someday again!