About This Listing
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself:” - Maya Angelou
Welcome to your home away from home. Relax, as you sit atop our handmade eucalyptus benches listening to the running waters of the Inkan aqueducts beneath you while you marvel at the stunning view of the ancient Inkan monuments. The location of our Casa is ideally situated on a cobblestone pedestrian street in the “old town” section of Ollantaytambo, just 5 minutes from the Plaza and all attractions. In the morning after checking your email for we have WiFi throughout the house, enjoy a tasty breakfast of eggs, fresh warm rolls and local organic jams. During the day, we’d be happy to help you organize unique excursions to amazing local sites that are off the beaten path. In the evening, enjoy a cup of warm tea from our kitchen, watch a DVD in our cozy living room or gaze at the stars from our rooftop nook. Finally retire to our beautiful and traditional Quechua (Inkan) handcrafted beds with high quality mattresses for a good night’s sleep. Once you’ve stayed with us you will know why we are called Casa de Wow!!!
Munay Matrimonial Room… Munay is quechua for love. This room has high vaulted ceilings with sky lights for a bright airy feel. It has an incredible “Wow made” tree frame bed with a double high quality mattress and wool blankets for warmth and natural comfort. Each side of the bed has a reading light and a bed-side table and each sleepy head gets two pillows. A private bathroom is attached with gas-fed 24 hour hot water shower.
Once considered an afternoon stop-over on the way to MachuPicchu, more and more visitors are deciding to make Ollantaytambo the primary destination from whence they can experience the Sacred Valley and all it has to offer. In contrast to Cuzco, the small village atmosphere, lower altitude and easy access to incredible hikes has prompted many of our guests to feel more comfortable here and thus extend their stay. Ollantaytambo is called “the last living Inka village” as it has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. It was the town for the Inkan Nobility and High Priests and once you are here it is hard not to notice the magic. So come walk the streets of gigantic jigsaw stonework or try some chichi (Inka Beer- fermented corn) with the indigenous people who are the direct descendents of the Inkas. Let us introduce you to some of these wonderful local people who can guide you into their world, provide cultural connection within traditional communities where tourist seldom venture and lead you on stunning treks through the natural wonder.
Quiet Hours between 11pm and 8am. Ollantaytambo means “resting place” in quechua and Casa de Wow!!! honors this title with quiet hours to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Reception hours are between 8am and 11pm. If you have a late train from MachuPicchu arriving at 11:30pm please let us know .
Breakfast hours are from 8 am to 9:30 am. If our guests have an early departure we are happy to make breakfast ToGo.
We have a fully equipped kitchen for use during the day (between 8am and 11pm) with a large selection of teas to enjoy and good filtered water. We request that after use guests tidy up. We request that guests store any open food in the kitchen and suggest labeling.
We have WiFi in every room and a desk top computer in the living room for communal use. There is no password.
Otherwise we just want all of our guests here at Casa de Wow!!! to make themselves at home.
The staff at Casa de Wow!! is wonderful. They are flexible and helpful. Winn has a wealth of knowledge about the people, culture, history and geography of Ollantaytambo. The facility is fun and funky and is full of handcrafted charm. It is in a perfect location for walking the village. We would definitely choose Casa de Wow!! again!!
I arrived very late and tired. They were very nice, offered me a coca tea and showed me the room. The house is very nicely decorated. The room were I stayed was also very nice. Big, clean and also nicely decorated. The whole experience was very welcoming. The breakfast was nice, I had a papaya juice and some bread with a local jam. I left early because I wanted to visit Ollantaytambo but it would have been nice to stay a few more days. Very good experience.
Roberto and the other employees at casa de wow we're excellent hosts! The hostal has beautiful, clean rooms, and it's in a beautiful and quiet location facing the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Wish we had one more day to spend there. Thanks all, we hope to come back soon.
We had a great experience at Casa de Wow! It was a nice and clean place, just like the pictures, easy to find, the staff was helpful and very friendly. They had our breakfast ready to take at 5 am. Showers were hot. It's about a 15 minute walk to the train station and 5 min to the plaza and ruins.
Our stay was quiet and friendly. It was located 3min walk to center plaza and 10 min walk to the train station. It's a great view with a look out tower (360 view of the town). Our host was very sweet and helpful. He made us feel very welcomed as soon as we walked in. The room was roomy, rustic and had a charming feel. It fit the theme of the town! I would highly suggest staying here if you are looking for a cozy and quiet place. :)
Casa de Wow is sensational. We were welcomed here with coca tea and plenty of information/suggestions from hosts who were very responsive and helpful before and then during our stay. Ollanta is a place of alarming beauty, showcased by the watchtower-like nook on top of the Casa (endless green at day, and stars at night!). Casa de Wow is charming, filled with artistic wooden craftsmanship, bohemian, beautiful. You might call the wireless service and the bathroom rustic themselves, but those aren't the reasons you came to the Sacred Valley. Highly recommended, from which to tour Ollanta, Machu Picchu, beyond.
Our stay was exceptional. We stayed here for 4 nights. We were greeted warmly and served complimentary coca tea upon our arrival. The room was clean and charming and the building eccentric and unique. The skylight was a nice touch! The bathroom is small and faintly smells of Beijing, however the shower was hot. Breakfast was simple, delicious and always served with a smile. At the top of the beautiful staircase is a tiny lookout that provides magnificent 360 degree views of Ollantaytambo. Seeing the ruins every morning as I drank my coca tea was unreal. The location is incredible and the town is phenomenal. Of my 8 weeks traveling through Ecuador and Peru, this is my favorite!! The wifi is slow and less than dependable. Also we thought that the room is a little overpriced considering that they don't clean. Overall we really enjoyed our experience.
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About the Host, Casa De Wow!!!
Casa de Wow!!! began as the creative venture of Winn and Wow.
Winn comes from Asheville, NC in the United States. She had a three month trip planned for Peru and upon arriving in Ollantaytambo was unable to stick to her return schedule. She found the traditional culture, natural beauty and ease of life in Ollanta irresistible. Winn is into permaculture, progressive consciousness, divine feminine and spiritual adventure.
Wow (aka Roberto Canal Luna) is a native quechua of Ollantaytambo. His family heritage traces back to the days of the Inkas and his family home here retains original Inkan stonework. Wow is an incredible creative artist. He works in many mediums, though fabric art is his first passion.
Winn and Wow now have an awesome team helping them manage the Casa. Mariko and Suenos are our new part-time administrators. Mariko is from Seattle, WA and a recent graduate from art school. Suenos is a local guide and from a small community in the mountains above Ollantaytambo. Sonia is our "mama" of the Casa and in charge of all domestics chores. She is from Ollantaytambo, married with three young adult children. Wider is the main Casa de Wow!!! tour guide and for the past three years has led many of our guests on wonderful local adventures. He is from Ollantaytambo.
All of our team who are from Ollantaytambo speak Quechua.... those of us from the states are learning... slowly ;-)