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
Read our reviews and see what others think about staying with us.
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....all Machu Picchu tickets are sold out for the next few weeks. Get your tickets NOW or ask us for help. :)
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
These two below are a shared room for women
Airbnb asks that we have separate listings for each room, which is why you will find many listings for Bill and Nic’s 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 buses.
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
~Enjoy yourself throughly
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Bill and Nic are an amazing couple! They are friendly, helpful, and overall great hosts. I reserved two rooms for a big group of eight for before and after Machu Picchu. We had plenty of space, the beds were comfy, and there was always yummy breakfast for us. They also have great local recommendations and really know the city inside and out. After we all finished Machu Picchu and returned to Bill and Nic's, it felt as if we were coming home!!! I highly recommend staying with them!
Bill and Nic's place was a very nice Family environment. Nicely located in the city, and quite spacious. I appreciated the breakfast, and tea. Thank you Bill and Nic!
Bill and Nic were fantastic hosts! The house has a ton of charm, plenty of space (including multiple bathrooms and a newly renovated kitchen), and a welcoming and comfortable vibe. But it's Bill, Nic, and the kids, themselves, and their amazing hospitality that made our visit to Cusco so awesome! Bill met us at the door when we arrived and helped us with our bags while their 1-year-old, Sammy, helped give us a tour of the house. Nicole was incredibly helpful from the time that we booked through when we left- sending us a long list of tips and tricks by (website hidden) prior to our arrival and providing recommendations on tours, restaurants, and local markets while we were there. Our young children had a such great time playing with Bill and Nic's kids! We were all so sad to leave our new friends by the trip's end. One other cool thing about Bill and Nic's House is the folks that it attracts. Everyone there was relaxed and friendly with people sharing stories and meals. It is a fun and inviting place to stay - especially if you like kids. Make sure to check out the (website hidden) page and Nicole's blog for great Cusco travel info and ask them about trekking and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley. Also, the rates that they charge for booking Machu Picchu tickets and train tickets are extremely reasonable...those are time consuming and frustrating things for you to do when you get there.
McKenna, Thanks so much. I am still talking about you guys and....and.....the honor bar is out!!! You are now eternal here at Bill and Nic's. I am going to dedicate it you you two. We really miss you guys and hope at some time, we get to see you again.
Bill, Nic and the Kids
I can highly reccomend staying at Bill and Nics!
Go there if you like kids, if you look for a charming but simple place, if you are curious and adventurous. They are an open-hearted family and live in a great vivid house.
Thay will answer all your questions (and I had many) and will help you out in any situation.
If you like they will take you to hike or bike some spectacular trails in the andes and get you to know authentic Quechua People in there origin homes. Just an amazing experience.
Don't go there if you look for privacy or tranquillity, if you are not interested in the peruvian way of life and your first meal would be at Mc Donalds.
We had a great time at Bill and Nics. We were tired & a little sick from altitude and it was a good place to rest and recover. We enjoyed talking to Bill and Nicole as well as their workaway volunteers, who were staying there too. We thought the kids being around was a lot of fun. Also, we booked a great tour, A Day in the Life, through Bill and Nicole. I highly recommend this tour!
This hostel is quite close to the center of town, within easy walking distance. There was hot water for showers. If you are looking for a modern building, this is not the place, as it still needs a lot of work. We were given towels upon arrival. Breakfast not provided, probably because we had to leave at 6 am, although we did scrounge for fruit in the kitchen.
Hi Karen thanks for staying. As a side note, we are a family and we welcome people into our home. I am just mentioning it since some people look for a hostel, or a home and should know what they will find. Also we serve breakfast at 8 am, anyone who would like breakfast earlier should just ask the night before, we don't mind leaving something out. Our house as mentioned in the write up is an old colonial style house. You can not re-build or re-construct anything in the Historical center with out strict permissions and papers from the government. It is great to make mention here that anyone coming to stay with us will be staying in our home, with us, not a hotel, nor a hostel, nor a new modern building similar to something in North America. Thanks for leaving a review, it helps others to understand where they will be staying or if they should look else where. Take care and have a great trip!
I definitely recommend staying at Bill and Nic's if you, like me, enjoy hanging out with cool hosts and fun folks from all over the world. It was like a hostel, but more homey with (cool) kids and a built-in tour agency. You can do laundry for a v. small fee, you have kitchen privileges, plenty of hot water for coca tea for potential altitude sickness, hot water in a newly-constructed shower/bathroom area, and plenty of warm blankets for the beds.
Both hosts were readily available for questions, which I found absolutely invaluable. The cab that they sent to pick me up from the airport was timely if not a bit expensive ($20 as opposed to 10 soles/$3 if you hail someone there). Still worth it, though, given the strangeness of the altitude.
They really know how to help you have exactly the kind of tourist experience you want to have, and were quite helpful as well in helping me set up a trip to Machu Picchu for a very reasonable price. They have contacts all over Peru as well. Highly recommend.
Thanks Cara. I hope you had a wonderful trip in Puno and Bolivia. Just a side note for others reading this.... the cab is more expensive when you book a cab to pick you up since they wait there for quite a bit especially when your plane is late. They also go to pick you up with out anyone in the car. We have the prices listed in our write up for a local cab that you can catch on your own from the airport which runs 10-15 soles IF YOU step out of the airport and go to the street, and we also mention the price for airport pickup is 20$ for someone to go there with a sign and wait for you.
Once again thanks for staying and take care!
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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!