Welcome to our home! Our flat is centrally located in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Lucrepata, which borders San Blas and is a short 10 minute walk to the Plaza de Armas. PLEASE READ OUR ENTIRE LISTING BEFORE MAKING AN INQUIRY :)
SUBLET OPPORTUNITY (JUNE 15 to OCTOBER 29) - We are looking for a responsible, clean and respectful person, couple or family that might be interested in subletting our flat for 4.5 months or a portion of this time frame. Send me a message if you're interested. And PLEASE DO NOT SEND REQUESTS THAT ARE LESS THAN 1 MONTH DURING THIS TIME FRAME.
*** We would really appreciate if you READ OUR ENTIRE LISTING for details about our place and Cusco before sending a message:
1) Please include in your message your expected ARRIVAL TIME and DEPARTURE TIME. We need to make sure our schedules can accommodate yours.
2) We're very sorry but can no longer host guests who need to check out before 6:30am.
3) Our minimum stay is 2 consecutive nights. We can't do single night stays.
4) Please ensure that you have a COMPLETE PROFILE (with a photo and description). Maybe even go beyond "I'm from [insert your country] and I'm traveling through Peru. I love to travel and meet new people". What type of traveler/guest are you? What's life like back home for you? In true airbnb style, this is our home (not a hotel, hostel or guesthouse) so we like to know a bit about who is going to be staying with us. I've told you about myself and my home. It would be nice to know a bit about you too :)
5) We're very sorry but we can't accept reservations that are more than 3 months in advance. We travel a lot and rarely plan that far ahead and we want to ensure that we can be here for our guests.
Our spacious apartment is on the 2nd floor of a family-owned apartment building - away from the main street which can be a welcome relief from the Cusco madness. We've lived street-side before and we're very happy to be living away from the chaos.
This is our home not a hostel or hotel and we only have 1 GUEST ROOM (with a double bed). So unlike at guesthouses, hotels and hostels, there isn't anyone else coming and going. Just you :)
That said, we can convert our yoga/meditation room into another bedroom if you are 3 to 4 people travelling together. The cost is just an additional $8 per person(s) up to 4 people plus a $5 cleaning fee for the extra room. And pls note that the bed in the 2nd room does not have a frame (see photos).
Our place has everything you need to enjoy your stay in Cusco including:
- A good wifi connection
- Warm slippers for the cold floor
- Access to travel books and city maps
- A printer to print any documents you might need during your travels
- A cheap laundry service in our building that will wash, dry, fold & then deliver your clean clothes back to you
- 24-hour water & hot shower - Our apartment has its own water tank so when the city shuts off the water supply at night (which it does daily), we still have running water.
- Fresh towels
- Filtered drinking water & a large assortment of teas & coffee for you to enjoy anytime!
- A full kitchen with everything you need (oven, blender, toaster, etc)
- Shelf space designated just for you :)
- Plenty of warm blankets for the cold Cusco nights
- A space heater for rent if you need it
- Clean linens
- We have just one bathroom. Hope you're ok to share with us!
- Our shower requires a bit of a tutorial if you're not familiar with the single-faucet electric-heated showers that are common in Cusco. The pressure is just ok but there is always hot water.
- While we don't offer breakfast, you are welcome to help yourself to drinking water and hot beverages at any time of day. If there is fruit in the bowl, please help yourself! Also it's pretty common for us to offer you whatever it is we happen to be eating or drinking. In addition, there is a bakery on the ground floor of our building and San Blas Market is only 1.5 blocks away.
- Buildings are not insulated. And there is no central heating. Meaning if it's cold outside, it's cold inside too. Come prepared with warm clothes.
- Cusco is an unpredictable place. Sometimes unexpected and inconvenient things happen that are beyond our control. Once, a fuse blew and our electricity went out. Another time our water tank didn't fill and we didn't have water for a few hours. Sometimes the internet doesn't work (especially if the weather is bad). All of these situations are rare and temporary, and may never happen while you're here. But you never know and we hope you understand.
Interaction with Guests
A bit about us:
We are an Australian/Canadian couple who have traveled and lived all over the world, but currently call Cusco home. We speak english fluently, spanish less fluently, and french and portuguese pretty badly (we seem to be losing these languages as our spanish improves). We've been in and out of Peru since 2009, and can't seem to get enough of Cusco.
We live AND work from home, so we spend a lot of time here. But this means that we are usually around to answer any of your questions and share our knowledge about Cusco and the surrounding area. And we're happy to do so!
We want to make your experience at our place like staying with friends. We've been long airbnb guests and have had great experiences in some amazing places (Toronto, Montreal, Hawaii, Bali, Ecuador, Lima). Now it's our turn to be great airbnb hosts!
This is actually our 3rd space as airbnb hosts in Cusco. Check out the reviews on my profile :)
We also offer:
- Yoga & martial arts (Jiujitsu, Systema) classes in a space conveniently located across the street from our place
- Hikes to ruins close by (these ones are not in the guide books …yet)
We're located in the central residential neighbourhood of Lucrepata, which borders artsy San Blas and is a 10 minute walk to the Plaza de Armas. What does this mean for you? It means that during your visit to Cusco, you have the benefit of being walking distance to everything (whether it be the historic centre or the surrounding Cusco hills and ruins) while also being able to rest easy in a quiet and secure residential neighbourhood.
From our place, it's a short stroll to all the great food and craft markets in town, incredible restaurants, cafes and bars, shops and galleries, spanish language schools, and colectivos to the Sacred Valley etc.
Please keep in mind, however, that San Blas and Lucrepata are up the hill from the Plaza de Armas. This walk and distance might not appeal to people who want to be right in the centre.
If you don't feel like walking, taxis are always available and it costs only around $1 or $2 to get pretty much anywhere in Cusco.
For those heading to Machu Picchu, a tour is unnecessary unless you plan on doing a multi-day hike. We're happy to show you where to get your entrance and train tickets. Peru Rail or Inka Rail can get you there. You can either book your tickets online or go in person to the train station when you arrive.
Other Things to Note
(very) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How far is the airport from your place? Can you help arrange transportation to and from the airport?
~ Sure I can but it will cost you A LOT more than if you just follow the directions that I've included with your airbnb booking confirmation. It's only a 10 minute drive to our place.
What's the weather like in Cusco right now? What should I bring?
~ Generally, when the sun is shining, it can be warm to hot. In the shade and at night, it's cold. Nights can get really cold, especially in the winter months (July & Aug). Layers are key. Bring warm clothes to sleep in. And a sun hat (the sun is really strong during the day). From around October to December, it starts getting warm and humid with rain every now and again. Rainy season starts around January until March.
Do you have any advice regarding the high altitude?
~ I can't give out medical advice because I'm not a doctor. I've never taken altitude medication. Some people do. I hear it makes your fingers and toes tingle. My preference is rest and lots of liquid to stay hydrated, especially coca tea. Altitude affects people differently, no matter your age or state of fitness. It's very hard to predict.
How many days should one stay in Cuzco? Do you have any suggestions for an itinerary? Is there a lot to discover apart from the must-sees? Should I book a tour?
~ It's very hard to recommend how long to stay in Cusco as there are so many ways to discover and explore the city and area. It depends on how long you have, what you are interested in doing, etc. It takes time to explore the area because so much of it requires walking and buses. But if you're on a limited schedule then 2 or 3 nights should be fine. Factor in an additional 1 or 2 nights at Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu without rushing. You can do day trips to the Sacred Valley from Cusco but factor in more time if you want to include this as well. We've had guests fly through Cusco in 3 days and others who feel they haven't been here long enough after 2 weeks. A tour is a great idea if you have a limited time, are traveling by yourself, and/or don't want to do any of the planning.
Is Cusco safe? Is it safe to walk back to your place at night?
~ This is a hard one to answer as safety is relative based on where you live and what you know. Yes Cusco is safe. My opinion. My husband's opinion. And the opinion of many others (Peruvians & expats). It is one of the most touristed cities in South America, highly patrolled in the historic centre. Our street is well-lit at night and is patrolled by security. That said, where there's poverty, there's petty crime. Behave sensibly when traveling. That's the bottom line.
Are there places where I can exchange money in Cusco?
~ Yes there are. They are located on Avenida del Sol in the centre of town. However, the best thing to do is bring your ATM card and withdraw Peruvian soles from the machines when you arrive.
What is the cheapest way to get to Machu Picchu?
~ The cheapest way to get to Machu Picchu is to take a bus to Santa Maria. Then take a van to Hidroelectrico train station. Then walk along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes (or take the train). It's not as direct as taking the train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and it takes much longer but it's a lot cheaper. This way will cost only about 40 soles (if you walk from Hidroelectrico to Aguas Calientes) and will take about 11 hours so be prepared for a full day of travel.
What about other ruins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley? What is the best way to see them?
~ This really depends on your time, budget and how much you want to see. The best thing to do is to buy a Boleto Turistico when you arrive. 130 soles pays for entrance to a number of ruins and museums around Cusco and the Sacred Valley. However it does not include Machu Picchu. There are also partial 1-day Boletos available that are cheaper.
Can you recommend and provide costs for a good trekking company for the Inka Trail?
~ No sorry. I've never done the trek and I don't like to make recommendations of places that I've never tried myself. There are hundreds (ok maybe not hundreds but a lot) of agencies here in Cusco. Try checking the internet for recommendations from people who've actually done the trek.
OTHER AWESOME AIRBNB HOSTS IN SA:
If you plan on doing more travel through Peru and beyond, here are some other awesome airbnb hosts that we recommend:
Lima - Stay with TESS in Barranco (Cozy Room in Artistic Barranco - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2182178?s=wT6r)
Cuenca, Ecuador - Stay with JOSH (Cozy Apt. in the Historical Center - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/784633)
Make yourself comfortable and enjoy your stay in Cusco! We do have a few house rules. Mainly that you care for our place and things as you would your own. Also, we're pretty chill people. We're not really looking to host super crazy party folk.
Other house practices:
1) Do not put toilet paper in the toilet (or any toilet in Peru). You will block the toilet and potentially flood it. It's actually happened a couple of times in our home. And it's gross. Please try to remember this one simple rule.
2) No smoking in the house. If you smoke, please go out to the street.
3) Please remove your shoes at the door. We have slippers for you to wear in the house.
4) You're welcome to use whatever is in the apartment, but please clean up after yourself and/or put things back when you're finished - i.e. After cooking, please wash, dry, and put away your dishes. Wipe down the counters and stove. And sweep the floor if you've made a mess.
5) If you happen to break something, kindly replace it.
6) No overnight guests (except you).
7) Kind of related to #4 - Please keep the kitchen and bathroom clean. These are areas that get gross fast. We're clean people. We're hoping you are too :)
* Not related to House Rules, but related to booking - Once you book, you will receive a confirmation email from airbnb. Please read it as it contains all of our details (our address, directions, how much to pay for a taxi, our ph # and more). Make sure that you've received this email. It might show up in your spam folder. If you can't find it, go into your airbnb account and look in "Your Trips".
This was the perfect place to stay as an introduction to Cusco. The apartment is clean and quiet, the bed is comfortable and Shane and Marianne will be able to point you in the right direction no matter what you are looking for in Cusco. They truly want their guests to have a great experience.
Marianne and Shane were fantastic, they are very welcoming and friendly hosts. They were always there to offer advice and have good conversations. We had a wonderful time staying in their apartment, it was located on a beautiful street with a nice view of the city. I would go back anytime to stay with this couple, they were awesome!
Marianne and Shane were great hosts. They are extremely kind, helpful and more knowledgable than any travel guide when in comes to restaurants in cusco :)
Thanks again for a wonderful stay!
From the get-go, Marianne and Shane were the kind of hosts that you hope for when staying at an airbnb - Welcoming, Friendly, Organized, and Respectful! A cup of coca tea is ready upon entering their home, and friendly conversation is easy as you acclimate to the altitude. They know how to take care of their guests! Their home is extremely comfortable and you can tell that they take pride in their living space.
The comfy room is all you need while staying in Cusco; a comfortable bed, shelves, a chair, towels, and slippers to keep your feet warm. The bathroom is clean and organized and the hot water is hot. Kitchen is open for use, and we utilized it while making breakfasts during our stay. Hot water is always available and tea is a wonderful treat any time of the day.
Our experience in Cusco was definitely better because of the company of Marianne and Shane. They know the best spots to eat, hikes to go on close to the city, and even have access to easy laundry - a bonus when traveling for an extended time. We look forward to staying here again when we come back to Peru in the future!
Marianne & Shane were pretty amazing to say the least. First of all the room was super clean and the was exactly like the description. Honestly I would have been content with just the room being great but the fact that the hosts were awesome made the overall experience wonderful. They were not only great hosts but they were also just great company. They are respectful and really just understand your situation. The only thing I would say is if you are going to stay with them please be respectful because it's their home, their intimate space that they are sharing. They have opened up their home and are awesome hosts so in return I think we should be awesome guests. I have nothing but good things to say about them and if you are a considerate person I say go and experience it for yourself.
Marianne and Shane were incredible hosts! They were so accommodating and helped boyfriend and me along every step of our stay in Cusco. Marianne is so thorough and organized, it made navigating the city hassle free and a lovely experience! They know all the best restaurants and markets in and around Cusco and made us feel right at home even though we weren't feeling well and were trying to prepare for a trek on the Inca Trail. If you're looking for a mellow place to stay with kind hearted, conscious people, instead of a party hostel, I highly recommend staying with Marianne and Shane! ~*~
I stayed teo days with Marianne and shane and really enjoyed my time! They are very friendly and helpfull! I asked for a goid travel agency for visiting Machu Picchu, they told me their told me one five minutes walk and i also get a disvount in the agency because i told them thst Marianne and Shane suggest them.
Also their apartment is in a very good area is close to centrum of cusco and to some food stores. The backery directly next to their home is cheep and has good bread!
The hole time i felt very welcome and confortable thank you for everything hope to see you again you re allways welcome in germany!!
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My husband Shane and I are pretty experienced travellers (36 countries and counting). He's from Australia and I'm from Canada so we move between our home countries to see our family and friends, while making long stops in between. We like to give ourselves time to explore so we usually stay for a while, sometimes for a long while (we've lived in 9 different countries). And we currently call Cusco, Peru home. Wherever we are, we try to live consciously and conscientiously, and with full respect for our environment and the people around us. We like to surround ourselves with like-minded people. It's been a blast being part of the airbnb community - as both guests and hosts! Hope to see you soon :)