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.
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.
I could not recommend this place enough. Lovely hosts and amazing location. Well worth a visit!
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.
The Cloud Forest Homestay was magnificent! Sort of tricky to get to, but absolutely worth. Tatiana, the lady of the house, was incredibly knowledgable about agriculture, local politics, local geography, and Peruvian culture. It was an amazing experience to stay and learn with her family. My fiancé and I learned out to pick and process coffee beans, and then for breakfast we just picked some passion fruit up off the ground. Almost everything she made came directly from her land!
The room was comfortable and private, and the shower was very nice. It was the most amazing thing brushing my teeth as seeing the mountains and rainforest in the mirror's reflection.
Make their home a must stay on your way to Machu Picchu.
Our stay here was short, but we enjoyed every minute of it. Tatiana and her father were very gracious hosts. We all made pizzas together with vegetables from the farm, picked and roasted our own cacao, and got a tour of the coffee plantation and the surrounding forrest. The surrounding scenery was peaceful and serene.
On our way out, Tatiana drew us a helpful map for our walk to Aguas Calientes and packed us a delicious lunch for the journey.
We really hope to return again and would recommend it to anyone heading that way.
There aren't words that can truly describe what an incredible place Yellow River is. We booked the private room for 5 nights thinking this would be a restful launching point to and from Machu Picchu. Yellow River ended up being the highlight of our short time in Peru. Andy and Tatiana are amazing. We got to tour the farm, soak in the near by hot springs, pick mandarins growing right outside the kitchen, chat over ice cold beers, and eat some of the best meals we had in Peru. One of my favorite meals on our trip was Tati's chicken with coconut milk, peanuts, and a side of homemade picante (sorry Tati, I forgot the name of the dish). On our last day, Andy went above and beyond making sure we got to Cuzco on time make our flight back to Lima. Thank you Andy.
Make sure that you prepare and bring a strong bug repellent. The critters are on a whole new level. We read that from another review and was glad that we brought the good stuff.
We may have arrived at Yellow River as guests, but we left feeling like we were family. Andy, Tati, Maya, Papi, Tyson, and the rest of the Yellow River clan we will miss you.
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