About this listing
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 :)
*** It's sad to say but we have recently had the worst experience with a guest that we have ever had in over 2 years of hosting. Please read our entire listing - especially our House Rules - so you get a complete idea of us, our home, what we offer and what we will not tolerate. Thanks :)
1) Please send me a message (Contact Host) and allow me to reply before making a "Request To book" to ensure we can accommodate you.
2) Please include in your message your expected ARRIVAL TIME and DEPARTURE TIME. It's fine if you're not sure yet. You can always tell us later. But we want to ensure that we will be at the house to let you in and see you off.
3) Please ensure that you have a complete PROFILE with both a photo and description. In old school airbnb style, this is our home and we like to know a bit about who will be staying with us :)
4) Unfortunately we can't accept bookings that are more than 2 months in advance. We travel a lot and we want to make sure we can accommodate your request.
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 $5 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
- Plenty of warm blankets & a hot water bottle for the cold Cusco nights
- A space heater for rent if you need it
- Clean linens
- Fresh bath towels
- 24-hour water & hot shower - Our apartment has its own water tank. Not all places do (and often they don't tell you this). This means that when the city shuts off the water supply (which it does daily), we still have running water.
- Filtered drinking water & an assortment of teas & coffee for you to enjoy anytime!
- Access to a well-equipped kitchen with everything you need (oven, blender, toaster, etc)
- Shelf space designated just for you :)
While we don't officially offer breakfast, it's pretty common for us to share food with our guests. If there's fruit in the bowl, please help yourself! You're welcome to help yourself to drinking water and hot beverages at any time of day. In addition, there is a bakery on the ground floor of our building and San Blas Market is only 1.5 blocks away.
FULL DISCLOSURE & CUSCO QUIRKS
- We have just 1 bathroom. Hope you're ok to share with us!
- The shower requires a bit of a tutorial if you're not familiar with the electric-heated showers that are common in Cusco. The pressure is gentle but good & it gets sufficiently hot but you have to be patient.
- The wifi is good for Cusco (we work from home and need good wifi). However the internet in Cusco does drop out from time to time.
- 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.
- Noise echoes in Cusco. And people tend to make a lot of noise no matter what time of day. Dogs bark. Children cry. And Cusco loves its fiestas, fireworks and loud music. Our place is very quiet for Cusco. But it is an apartment building without noise proofing/insulation.
Cusco is an unpredictable place. It's definitely not North America, Australia or Europe! Sometimes unexpected and inconvenient things happen that are beyond our control. These situations are 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 are very experienced airbnb hosts AND guests! We 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 work from home which means 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 SUPERhosts!
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
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.
How far is Machu Picchu from your house?
~ Machu Picchu is in the town of Aguas Calientes which is about 4 hours away from Cusco where we live depending on how you choose to get there. Everyone has to arrive into Cusco before they head to Machu Picchu.
Check in: Anytime between 9 am and 9 pm
Check out: Anytime between 7 am and 2 pm
We're pretty flexible with check in/out times but we try to avoid check ins before 9am and check outs before 7am ... beauty sleep ;)
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.
*** We've recently had a guest that was incredibly disrespectful and inconsiderate. We didn't think we would ever have to note these types of things in our listing - but just in case, we want to make it clear:
- We will not tolerate racist or any type of discriminatory comments about any group of people in our home - that especially includes racist (or racially-slurred) comments directed towards us.
- We will not tolerate being insulted or disrespected in our home.
- We will not tolerate rude, inconsiderate or disruptive behaviour in our home.
- Quiet hours are between 11pm and 7am. Please refrain from speaking at the top of your voice during this time unless of course everyone in the house is awake and/or it's an emergency.
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 sorry. 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 put things back when you're finished.
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".