American Family living locally for 7 yrs. We have a huge house in the Hist. Center of Cusco. Walk everywhere, get insider advice & do local things.
~A Day in the Life Tour
~Adventures organized for you
HOT shwrs/Great Breakfast
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Our house is your house so get comfortable and enjoy yourself. We go out of our way to make sure you have an amazing time in Cusco and make great memories. Get ready to have two new friends by the time you leave here.
Just a quick note.... Machu Picchu tickets sell out way in advance in the high season or in the low season during holidays. Get them before you come or ask us to get them for you.
As for our house, we live in an old colonial style house in the center of Cuzco. Many airbnb listings in Cusco are hotels and we are proud that we offer you a real house, the way airbnb was meant to be. You can walk out the door and be in the main square in ten minutes. It's also ideally located near all the transport hubs. There is a small garden area, a large, comfortable living room, a sun room where we homeschool, two sunny sitting halls, a large kitchen, a large area where we wash and dry clothes, 5 bedrooms for guests and plenty of beds. We have 3 guest showers and toilets all up and running, 2 of which we built ourselves. Plus we have a basketball hoop, which Bill thinks is the best part of our house.
If you find this space full, we have listings for our other rooms on airbnb, just look here
Airbnb asks that we have separate listings for each room, which is why you will find many listings for Bill and Nic’s House but it is all the same house.
Our house is your house, except for our bedroom. We homeschool at our house in the day so we ask for no blasting of heavy metal music or break dancing between 9 and 1 (A.M.)
We give breakfast, which we have been told is an amazing and great breakfast. You can decide when you get here. Many people have listed some of the things from our breakfast in their reviews, however we often vary our breakfast. A few sure things are: fresh coffee and a selection of teas, bread, real butter, locally homemade jam or two....or three, and almost always fresh raw honey. We offer a fruit or two as well. Most days you will find eggs or instead maybe avocado or cheese. Sometimes when I’m feeling energetic homemade yogurt with fruit. Everything depends on what we have, how we are feeling how you are feeling and how close to market day we are. We are a family not a hotel so things are run that way. If you arrive early, and many people do, we will offer you breakfast that first morning after your long journey. Isn’t it nice to stay in an airbnb instead of a hotel full of silly rules?
By the way, if you have an early departure like 3am-7am, lets us know the night before, and we will leave something out for you to eat or to make and take. If you tell me way in advance I promise I will forget. I may be able to multitask like a queen (I being Nic) but I cannot remember it all, all the time.
If you see our calendar is full, write to us anyway since we often have space in another one of our rooms.
Guest rooms: We have a very large bedroom with room for four to five beds.
We also have two spacious bedrooms with three beds in it.
We have two normal size rooms that fits two beds.
In total right now the house can accommodate 15 guests. The house is spacious with plenty of common areas so that you can always find somewhere to hang out with out feeling like it is a tight fit. Besides, for the most part everyone is out on their adventures for the day, sometimes going out with other guests and other times coming back to share their stories and adventures with our guests.
We have wi-fi in the house and if you need to use our computer for a few minutes just ask.
Interaction with Guests
We are here if you want some info, but if you want to be independent, you still get breakfast.
Most people are looking for the best experience in Cusco during their time here, we can help you accomplish that, we know the city, the best restaurants, the best day trips, the coolest bars, and how to arrange almost any trip on any budget. If you would like to do paragliding, 4 wheeling, the longest zip line in the world or one of the many awesome treks here in Cusco, hiking Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequiroa, Inka trail, and Inca jungle, we can set it up. We have done it or know someone who has. (If you have not planned to have a few days or more in Cusco you will wish you did, so plan accordingly. There is lots to do in and around the Cusco area.)
Saturday is market day. We buy all our fresh food from the local non tourist market. If you want to come along feel free. Nic goes to the flea market early around 6am and then Bill goes to the farmers market around 8 or 9. There are loads of pics on the F B page. If we recommend anything, it is the Saturday farmers market. It only runs on Saturday and you will most likely be the only foreigner there. We still get emails saying how that market or our tour A Day in the Life was the best part of the trip.
We also ride some killer secret single track that we are more than happy to take experienced bikers on. We can also take you on our personal tour called A Day in the Life.... showing you Peru outside of the tourist spectrum. Our F B page has all kinds of pics of that tour and people who have done it. It is an all day experience and only runs on Sundays.
If you need a ride from the airport or bus station let us know, we can organize that for you, it costs 20-25 dollars, someone will drive there, wait, wait some more, hold a sign and even hold your hand if your scared, and then will get you to our house safe and sound without you having to haggle with the taxi drivers who love fresh tourists. However, if you find managing things like taxis in foreign counties no big deal take one here for 10-15 soles.
Our neighborhood is in a safe part of town very central and close to the Plaza de Armas. You can walk from our house to all the sites in the city. Our house is well lit up and numbered so you won't get lost trying to find it. It's always advisable to take a taxi if you are out late at night. They can drop you off at our door. It's a 4 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas at night. At rush hour however, you can walk faster than a taxi.
You can walk, take a cheap taxi for about $1.50 or take a public bus, which is an adventure in itself, zip your pockets. We know how to get just about anywhere here, so we can make sure you are getting on and taking the correct transport.
Other Things to Note
If you arrive before the 11:00 check in time and want to leave your bags here so that you can walk around the city feel free, OR if you are tired from the long journey you can crash on the couch while you wait for your room. Also, if you need a place to leave things while you go on some big trek or to Macchu Picchu for the night you can do that too.
As you can see from the pictures, we are a family. We have kids and we are very active. We are often hiking or biking or on some kind of adventure. When we are not out on an adventure we may be having a Bar-B-Q in the Sacred Valley that you can come to or just hanging out having a world famous Cuzquena beer or Pisco in the yard. Our kids are normal healthy kids, you may find them making a volcano in the yard, chasing our two chickens out of the house, jumping on your bed....no no no, I mean jumping on the couch, laughing, squealing from being tossed in the air or yes beating each other up and them crying about it. That’s the fun of a family. We love it and invite you in to be a part of our family for your stay and that’s exactly how you will be treated, like family or friends we have known for years.
~No Sleeping in the chicken house
~No breakdancing before 10am
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I loved staying with Will and Nicole! Great location, comfy bed, delicious and fortifying egg sandwich.
Bill and Nicole were great hosts! The room was huge, and perfect. I look forward to seeing pics of the house after they finish their renovation of their kitchen. The house is conveniently located just about 10 minute walk to almost anywhere, including the plaza de Armas.
Bill and Nic made us feel very welcome especially given we were suffering from the effects of the high altitude. We really appreciated their help. Thanks again!
Bill and Nic have lots of local knowledge to help you get around Cusco and surrounding area. The Saturday Market trip with Bill was a real highlight for us.
And the kids are great too!
We had a wonderful stay at Bill and Nic's! They offer a nice, quiet home and breakfast every morning and they are only a 10 minute walk away from the plaza de armas. They know the language and the area very well so they offer a wealth of knowledge and can better suit you to what you're looking to get out of your time in Cusco. They recommended to us the zip line/4-wheel tour near the sacred valley and it was PHENOMENAL. Great people, great place to stay and the hot shower after trudging in from macchu Picchu is a plus!
Upon check-in, young Liam gave us the tour and made us feel welcome at the house. I appreciated Nic making our train and Machu Picchu ticket purchases prior to arrival ($20 fee per ticket). I would suggest that guests ask about this service well in advance of arrival, if you are not using a travel agent. Directions to house and expected cost well explained. Also appreciated was the ability to make our own breakfast (with training) in the kitchen to accommodate our travel/tour schedule. Nice to have flexibility on check-in time and wifi. We would have liked more quiet time in the common area, where the children resolved their disputes. It is really important to keep in mind that when people are traveling they are being exposed to different bacteria than they are used to, and to minimize exposure by creating a place to create food that addresses those concerns. It would have been nice to see more of Bill and Nic, but between their schedule and ours, it was not meant to be.
Hi Ruth, thanks for your review. I really wish we could have spent more time together as well. Thanks for the gifts! You were really so sweet. I would love to have a quite common area but I can not ask the kids to stay in their room all day, that would be really sad for them. I find it very important for guests to know that ahead of time so thanks for making that point. When you come into our home you live with us a family, where kids play and have fun or sometimes settle disputes. Please understand, future guests, that we are not a quiet getaway but a lively, energetic home. Thanks again Ruth! Take care.
Bill and Nic's house was a relaxing place to stay in Cusco. They were available for any help or advice that we needed. The kids are adorable and they are very well behaved. Breakfast every morning was great and the beds were very comfy and warm! Definitely recommend staying here while in Cusco.
What an amazing experience! Highly recommended for the travellers wanting a REAL PERU experience and adventure! Bill and Nicole's house is full of great energy and people. The kids are all so cute and smart and bring a lot of energy to the house. They are laid back people and the vibe there is great! From the minute we booked there was excellent communication, completely preparing us for cusco with accurate helpful information and when asking some questions about hikes and machu pichu as we wanted to do the hike and had nothing planned; Nicole ended up organising our whole salkantay trek to machu pichu with all inclusions tickets food accommodations tips EVeRYtHiNG!! with no hidden costs and at such a great price -we where shocked after seeing the high cost of other packages from tour companies.. that missed out on real and private experiences that we had -our guide was excellent (English speaking local from the jungle ) and we really made a friend with him and shared some wonderful experiences. We seen another group at parts Along the way of our hike and we where so pleased with our choice to book through bill and Nic and support the local people rather then the big companies; staying in locals cabins etc and getting a real Peruvian experience different from the big expensive tourist lodges and companies we also seen and heard about - and the food on the 5 day trek (3 course meals) was excellent! I have never eaten so well in my life- and my bodyand I have never felt so good! It was amazing! Our stay with bill and Nicole and the adventures had with them and arranged by them was the highlight of our South American experience.. We actually extended our stay with them we enjoyed there place soo much and there is so much to do in cusco...off the beaten track stuff that they can organise-nothing like what you would get following the usual tourist trail. Our 3 Weeks spent with them was priceless and life changing. They are such amazing people; I call them super parents! And they really want you to have the best experience in Peru. If adventure is your drive then this is the place to stay. They are so helpful and have all the right information. If you want to experience Peru the real way; away from the whole touristy feel, meeting real people and local Peruvian family's , this is the place to be. They planned and booked our zip lining and atv ride through the salt mines etc which was such a fun day and quad bike/atv is definitely the way to journey through the the valleys moras-moray and ruins in that area. Bungy jumping was insane too! Downhill biking through breathtaking country and waterfalls to a beautiful little community where we had a local prepared Peruvian lunch.. You just can't put a price on the experiences we had thanks to bill and Nicole . A...
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We moved to Peru with the desire to help in a third world country. We were complete volunteers for the last seven years. We both worked in schools for the poor. We arrived with minimal Spanish and a one year old. I would have to say we have come a long way since then. Not only are we fluent in Spanish but Bill has picked up Quechua from the locals he worked with in Andahuaylillas. Although we spent most of our time helping the poor we also took out time to search out some of the best single track, sweet day hikes, good camping spots and do the big treks around here. We love adventure and family which is why we do lots of family adventures.
We are both from Buffalo, NY but moved to Durango Colorado after we got married. We now live in the city center of Cusco Peru, ten minutes walking to the Plaza de Armas. We have decided to offer travelers a nice, safe, and relaxed stay in our house during their time here. After hearing about Airbnb from a friend, we thought it would be great to offer some of our extra rooms to the traveler who tires of cheap hotels and rowdy hostels. You should feel free to have a nice, safe, and relaxed stay in our house during your time here. We know the area, have done the trips, and know the best ways to enjoy Cusco, and its wonders. Plus we can help you do some off the beaten path stuff if you'd like. You'll be happy you stayed with us. Families are welcome!