About this listing
We have a serene setting full of fruit trees and flowers to complement the lovely rooms, complete kitchen with a cooking fireplace and a view that will make your socks roll up and down as you relax in the world famous Sacred Valley of Calca, Peru.
Charming and tranquel country setting with lush garden and crystal clean air.
Outdoor cooking and dinning, firepit, hammock and library.
Interaction with Guests
At their pleasure.
Quiet, old world feeling with family grocery stores within a stones throw.
Three wheeled moto taxies run by the casa often. Only .45 cents per trip.
With laughter and joy...If possible.
This review is not just for one room at the casa, but any because I've stayed there twice in two different rooms and their both great, and the bigger factor is that the overall vibe is great. the open courtyard with views, the flowers and fruit trees, and a steady flow of interesting travelers as well as the worldly family whom host it all.
I really felt a sense of family and genuine care from david and his family, and that is why I cane back, and will do so again when I return to the sacred valley.
David's place is gorgeous, and I am heading back there as soon as I can! Loved the sunny peaceful garden with bougainvillea, jasmine, calla lilies, a trickling fountain, and pears you can eat right off the tree. Spacious shared kitchen and a spotless bathroom. The room I had was huge & beautiful, with lots of light, a wood-burning fireplace, great Internet. David lent me some interesting books from his collection - I will be back to read more!
We stayed at Casa Wilkamayo for the month of May and when our last day came we didn't want to leave. David goes out of his way to be a great host, and together with his wife and kids they warmly welcomed us into their home. They treated us like we were old friends and we felt that way from the very beginning. Their kind and generous demeanor makes it easy to engage in fun conversations as well as get expert advice about the Sacred Valley and surrounding areas. Casa Wilkamayo offers incredible rooms (Room 1 has a sitting area with couches surrounded with windows out to the garden and a working fireplace!), access to a beautiful garden (with a hammock and fresh pears and/avocadoes for picking), and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The shower was hot, the beds some of the most comfortable we had in Peru, we had access to a washing machine, the shared kitchen had everything we needed (a gas stove, fridge, and storage space), the internet was mostly reliable, it was very quiet, and if there were any issues (all minor, like needing new towels, or resetting the internet) they were resolved immediately. It is a great place for wandering travellers, stop-overs on the way to/from Machu Picchu, and anyone wanting a break from hostels in a place that feels like home. I would especially recommend it for families with children, since David and Mabi's kids are great playmates and the large yard is excellent to burn off steam in a safe place. Spending a month with great company in a fantastic location made our stay in Calca unforgettable. David and his family not only were the best hosts, but they became great friends along the way. Thanks David and Mabi, we'll be back soon. :)
You can't get any closer to paradise!
I loved staying with David and did not want to leave. If I had more time, I would certainly consider staying as long as possible. The host, the guests, the town, the garden, and the overall feeling of this place just made me love Peru even more.
I only had the chance to stay one night at his place, but David was the perfect host. He told me all about Calca, Peru, the surrounding sight to see and anything else you could possible want to know when staying there. His wife and children were very sweet and made the stay feel like home. We talked on many things and had a splendid time together.
The garden felt like a wonderland with the various fruits hanging at your fingertips and flowers in every nook and cranny. The room was colorful and had the rustic charisma that echoed the little town of Calca. The views from the windows showed the glorious mountain sides that kept my curiosity ready for more exploration in the Sacred Valley.
If I could, I would go back right now and stay for month in that perfect piece of heaven.
Wow!....you make us feel like we've really done something right with your kind words. It was indeed a pleasure to have you and your lovely mate.....we just did not have enough time. It is folks like you two that provide hope for the future of our country. Perhaps a lofty thought, but true.
My very best to you....
David's place is beautiful; he is a very talented gardener/carpenter etc! His family are relaxed and very welcoming & generous too! This is a place you could spend a few days and really relax. He had some other guests staying there who were friendly, and the food at la panza Verde was great, it was the perfect stop over for our motorbike trip to Lares!
Staying with David in Calca was the perfect end to our month in Peru. His family (wife and two children) are beautiful and lovely. The access to the outdoor garden is a huge plus. Hammock, fountain, table under shade, beautiful flowers, a real paradise.
Calca is a lovely low key town. No street hawkers, and also not very much english. It is easy to pop into Pisac for the day on a local combi (1.5 soles) or a taxi (20-30 soles). Equally easy but slightly longer to urubamba.
If you're looking for food out be sure to go to Panza Verde! So good! Right on the canal 3 blocks uphill from the bus station.
There are lovely little sites to see in the area and David is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We went on a wonderful trip with the family to some interesting local ruins. It is also possible to take classes on local crafts nearby.
It was lovely for a week, would be lovely for a month (well stocked and clean kitchen!), and is also a perfect respite for a few nights in between trecks.
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About the Host, David
I am a retired designer/builder of custom adobe homes from New Mexico, USA. I have a Peruvian wife and two small children. My bookshelves are full of books that reflect my interests in ethnobotany, ancient cultures, shamanism, architecture, religion and philosophy to name a few.
The first seven years of my "retirement" were spent traveling in South America and beyond with Cusco as my base. I then settled in the Sacred Valley and opened Casa Willkamayo for like-minded travelers.