About This Listing
We're a homestay option a short trip from Machu Picchu and a great place to start or end your journey to/from the Inca Ruins.
We're open again after a heavy rainy season and we're delighted that airbnb has already sent us some lovely guests. The renovations we're doing on the house are almost done and the great thing is we now have a HOT SHOWER! We're very excited.
This room is usually a triple. It set in the same beautiful, tropical wilderness that is our tiny village home.We are a few hours walk from Machu Picchu and a perfect alternative to the busy tours. Home-cooked food, our own freshly-roasted organic coffee and a setting you won't forget. Comfy beds, beautiful loca walks, two rivers to bathe in and the chance to unwind before or after your main tours.
A stay with us is a rare and individual experience of Peruvian family life in the countryside where most people make their living from agriculture. We are nestled down by the river in a stunning valley with waterfalls and tributaries winding their way through the tropical vegetation. We have optional workshops such as coffee and cocoa roasting for you to take away some of your own organic presents for friends and family; and there is the chance to take local walks and visit our farm and see how locals experience this landscape.
Essentially, a stay with us is what you want it to be. We may just be a convenient stopping-off point or perhaps a chance for you to experience living in a place cut-off from the main arteries of Peruvian tourism. Whatever your reasons for visiting we're sure you'll love it here.
Transport in our area isn't the greatest, but there are passing taxis and Santa Teresa can be reached on foot during dry season, along the riverbank.
Access to main house, shared common room and bathroom from room. Gardens, dining room, patio and the forest beyond.
Interaction with Guests
We are always somewhere near and love to chat but we're equally aware that some people want to relax and just read without being disturbed. We're happy to be as visible or invisible as you want and there's plenty of space if that's what you need. Just let us know :)
Our area is really what's left of a once thriving community devastated by floods in 1998 and 2010. It's remote, peaceful, full of tropical plants and a real change for most of our guests. We have few neighbours but a lot of lovely things to see, nice walks and the opportunity to switch off from the world (no phone or internet).
There are taxis which pass on the main road 15 minutes above the house but no traffic around the property which makes for a relaxing stay. If you like walking you can even go by foot to the hot spring in Santa Teresa (May to November best) in under 2 hours.
Other Things to Note
We're farmers so sometimes we're not at the house and we don't always have a chance to get to internet to check emails. We have on occasion found people waiting for us at the house after a day on the farm and luckily everyone has been wonderful about it, but we do ask you to make sure you let us know your rough time of arrival so we're there to meet you :)
Because of our isolated location and lack of phone or internet we need to travel to nearby towns to check our emails etc. For this reason only do we have such a strict refund policy as we have to plan so far in advance for guests. We're a tiny family, we love sharing our home and we just ask that you take your shoes off before coming into the main house as they can sometimes get muddy if you've been around the village. We're non smokers so if you do have to smoke then please do it outside away from the house.
Die Tage bei Andrew sind wie Ferien bei Freunde. Ein richtiges Highlight auf unsere Reise durch Peru. Wir haben viel über Peru und über die Landwirtschaft und die Zubereitung von Speisen gelernt. Die Umgebung ist jungleartig mit vielen Früchtebäume und vielen Vögeln. Sie eignet sich sehr zum Wandern. Mückespray ist in dieser Umgebung wichtig. Andrew hat uns für die Nacht ein Mückennetz zur Verfügung gestellt.
Die Better waren bequem. Das Zimmer klein aber sauber.
Frühstück und Abendessen waren sehr vielfältig mit vielen eigenen Produkte und frische Säfte.
Sehr gutes Preis Leistungsverhältnis.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Andrew Bruton and his lovely family at Yellow River. It was the perfect way to unwind after walking the Inca Trail! We were immediately and seamlessly welcomed into their home. Breakfasts and dinners at the family table were highlights of our stay, with insightful conversations on everything from Peruvian traditions and politics, to how the Machu Picchu countryside has changed over the decades. We all enjoyed learning how to process coffee beans and cocao to make delicious coffee and hot chocolate drinks. The rooms were pleasant and comfortable. Advice about local sites, like the Cocalmayo thermal baths, and maps provided by our host were excellent. The walk to the beautiful thermal baths was an adventure, with quaint bridges and a basket ride across the river. We highly recommend this homestay and would love to go back some time. Thank you Andy, Tatjana, Maya, Ankel, Lulu (for guiding us on our walk), Tyson and all for a really great time!!
After reading other airbnb reviews about yellow river, my friends and I decided we were willing to plan our entire trip to Peru around staying here. We were not disappointed. Before we even arrived, Andrew promptly responded to all of my inquiries and offered advice regarding our upcoming trip. We arrived late at night, after an incredible drive from Cusco that took us over the mountains, and Tati was waiting up with food for us. During our three days on the farm we helped cook meals, explored the surrounding woods, visited the river with Maya and Tyson, hiked to the hot springs with the whole family (including a trip across the river in a small basket 200ft in the air), roasted our own coffee and cocoa beans, celebrated Tati's brother's birthday, watched newborn guinea pigs being fed with a bottle, experienced Easter in another culture, and took part in more conversations than I can remember. We were heartbroken when we had to say goodbye, and Maya made it even harder as she stood waving on the porch until we were out of sight. You may arrive in Quellomayo as a guest, but you will definitely leave as a member of the family.
Aw Megan.... you're a superstar, and we loved having the three of you. We felt we had know you for ages, that's lovely. Maya loved your energy, she thought you were all 'cool'. We hope you all realise that we're planning to go to New York now that so many of our lovely guests have come from there.....we expect nothing less than the best guides :) Love to your travelling companions.
Andrew's family and Yellow River were a definite highlight of our recent trip to Peru! Wow - amazing hospitality, local foods, and great conversation about culture and life in Quellomayo.
The accommodations were perfect for our needs, and food was over the top! We could have stayed a week! Will definitely return one day. Don't miss this place.
My husband and I loved our time at Yellow River Lodge. We arrived via collectivo (shared van) from Cusco via Santa Maria. It was a travel adventure but made the experience all the more memorable. Other travelers from Cusco might like to know that the collectivos leave from near the bus station but not in it - no specific schedule as they seem to depart when each van is full.
We enjoyed getting to know Tatiana, Maya, and their guests over delicious fresh food and while hanging out by the scenic river. The stars at night were the most magnificent we have seen in a long time.
The coffee/cocoa workshop the next morning was excellent, giving us a greater appreciation for the work that goes into our morning cup.
The hike from Yellow River to Santa Teresa on the way to Aguas Calientes (and Machu Picchu) was a highlight of our entire time in Peru. Stunning scenery, fun bridge experience, and the serenity of being alone in such a special place.
Thanks to everyone at Yellow River for your excellent hospitality. I recommend Yellow River to anyone looking for a unique way to arrive at Machu Picchu. You won't regret visiting such wonderful people in such an unforgettable place.
We had a very nice time here. Andrew's wife, Tatiana was very helpful and made sure we were taken care of. She made us some great breakfast and dinner! There was another couple traveling as well who were nice to meet and share stories with. The work Andrew's family does at the farm is very impressive. Tatiana spoke with us about the changing landscape of their town and the farming challenges they have had. They have several dogs which are very sweet and helpful to guide you the way up and down the hills. We all went to the top of the hill to help pick the coffee beans. I would suggest being in good enough shape to walk up and down a little ways of the mountain because they are located near the bottom of the river. Room is as it is pictured. The bathroom is shared and separate a few meters away. Our showers were cold but it was okay. We had a hard time finding the turn off from the access road to take us down the hill to their home. Look for a green street sign that says 'Quellomayo' and go down that windy and bumpy road. We spent over an hour driving back and forth on the access road with a frustrated taxi driver and had no luck when we asked locals who pointed us in multiple directions. Had fun!
Thanks Simone :) It was typical that our shower wasn't working when you were here...sorry about that. Also the truck was being maintained in Cuzco making your trip to the farm a little arduous. We've been fighting for years with the local government to put a proper sign on the turning to Quellomayo but they're very very slow and sometimes indifferent.The taxi drivers are another headache, I'm certain all of them know us, they've all brought people before....sometimes the less "professional" ones make a meal out of the journey. You really did hit the jackpot with that guy though, he was just plain ridiculous.
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About the Host, Andrew
Hi I'm the co-owner of Yellow River. Our family home is open to all visitors, my wife is Peruvian and her family has farmed these valleys for generations. We grow coffee, chocolate and a lot of fruit so the food is amazing and you'll not believe how green everything is. The price of your room here on airbnb includes a delicious home-cooked dinner and an equally delicious breakfast.
We have 5 listings with different bed and bathroom configurations so check them all out to see which best suits you. We are on the way to Machu Picchu and more and more tourists are avoiding the crowds and the trains and doing it themselves. Get there in style, relax, experience the real Peru that the majority of people never get to see. I love where we live because the pace of life is slower, the landscape is awe-inspiring and every day brings something new. I had never tried coffee before living in Peru and now I grow it! Life is good.
We have no internet but now have a reasonable phone signal (movistar is the provider) where we are so we prefer direct contact with guests before they submit reservation requests as we often don't get to them in time to accept them. We have had an amazing time with our airbnb guests, it seems to be a community of lovely, friendly travellers. We look forward to meeting you.
Please note, whilst we are near Machu Picchu it is hard to do a day trip from us to the ruins. We recommend people stay with us before or after their visit to Machu Picchu to avoid an unecessary rush or tiring day of travel and walking. It's best to spend the night in Aguas Calientes before your day at the ruins so you can get up early and be one of the first through the gates.