About this listing
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
~Ask us anything...
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Bill and Nic are incredible people. So welcoming and lovely people to be around. We really enjoyed staying with them and would absolutely stay again if the opportunity presented itself.
Thanks Bill and Nic for a fantastic stay in Cusco. You made us feel very welcome and your help with organising things to do while we were in the area was invaluable. Take care and keep looking after those great kids!
Bill and Nic are great hosts, the really welcome everyone into their family right away. Their kids are awesome! I stayed for 4 nights and had a great time. The house is located in a good neighborhood, close to everything. I can´t wait to go back :)
This is our first trip to South America, we were not sure what to expect but we were ready for new adventures. We chose to stay with Bill and Nicole as their home is close to the city center. The house is very modest, not luxurious, but very homey and comfy. They let us use the house as if it was our own house; we can use the kitchen, we can cook. In fact my camera broke down in the airplane on the way to Cusco; Bill let me use his until I got a replacement – now we have pictures for our stay in Cusco. Bill and Nic are very welcoming, including their kids as well who are not shy with foreigners like us. Their brother Pete is also very nice and helps us with a lot of information and tips. We are glad we went to stay with them. During the first 3 days I got sick due to the high altitude, and it helped to be at a home rather than being at the hotel. Everyone was very compassionate and offered help by making us coca-tea and ginger-tea to ease up my headache and stomach issues. Oh, love the fresh bread every morning - they are the best so far !!
They are very generous with information and are very accommodative to what we need. Since our Spanish ability is practically none, Nic was willing to call taxi for us to go to Ollantaytambo which costs only 1/3 of the cost quoted directly to us by another taxi driver. Before heading to Machu Picchu, she also arranged a guide for us, who helped us from getting off the train until we got to Machu Picchu– they coordinated very well, so that we did not lose much time during the trip. We can’t be happier with the guide of Nic’s choice; he was an excellent guide indeed!
Bill, Nic and Pete also have local tours that are very unique, engaging us in cultural interaction with the local people. We took a tour to get to know how local people live. We learned more about organic community farming with the Andean mountains as the background and had lunch with a family, enjoying the genuine Peruvian cuisine prepared by the wife. On another tour, we experienced being a shepherd for half a day, tending 50 sheep and 7 llamas. These experience were unique indeed, while also help local people – we enjoyed communicating with these local families even though our Spanish is very limited. We don’t think such adventures would come to our attention had we not stayed with Bill and Nic. We rate our staying with Bill and Nic as a 5 stars experience (*****)
Everyone was so cool and welcoming. It was great to meet Pete, Bill's brother, who gave me suggestions on where to eat and ride bikes while we shared our enthusiasm for being in Peru. Bill and Nic and their kids and Cynthia are awesome. The beds are super comfortable, food and location are great! I also stayed in the apt. they rent out which was quiet for being right off the plaza. It was also cozy and private. Bill took the time to set me up with a mountain bike tour that was perfect for my skill level. Communication was great and I can't say enough nice things about staying w Bill and Nicole.
Bill and Nic were super helpful throughout my stay and very accommodating when I showed up early. Room and bed super comfy, location quiet yet close to the plazas as described. Thanks!
Our family of 4 had a great stay at Bill and Nicole's B&B in Cusco. From the time we first made contact, communications were great, including directions in Spanish for the taxi driver. The space worked well for our family, with a large room with 4 beds. The best part of the stay was interacting with Bill, Nicole and family. Our kids had a blast playing with the family's kids. Bill and Nicole have been in Peru for quite some time now and had great insights into everything from how to prepare for our Machu Picchu trek to organizing a half-day of horse riding in the mountains around Cusco. If you want to get a local's perspective on having a great stay in Peru/Cusco, this AirBnB is for you.
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About the Host, Bill And Nic
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!