House - Private room · Pje Esmeralda, Cusco, Cusco, Peru

The Space

The house is a classic design 2 bedroom on a residential area in Cusco. It is bright and clean with hardwood floors. It is tastefully furnished and located in a well maintained residential area of Cusco. This is a pet and family friendly area.
This guest bedroom for one is offered for 2 day minimum stays. You'll be enjoying a lovely room on the first floor, which includes a private room. This space is fully furnished with a twin size bed, cotton linens, cotton towels, two nightstands, and a chair. If you rather prefer having a desk/table with chair, please let me know. I will take the big chair out and place a desk/table for you. The room has a facing window with dark curtains for better sleep. In addition, you'll also have access to the rest of the house space--kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining area, and patio.
Your room is small but very comfortable. Intended for young individuals or single traveler. It is for one person only.
The kitchen is vintage style, and it is well equipped with a gas range and aluminum sink. The microwave and fridge are newer. The refrigerator is huge so storing your food should not be a problem. There is no automatic dishwasher.
The living room is large and comfortably furnished.
High speed wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the entire place. Utilities are included and respectful use of power is requested (e.g. turn off the lights in your room when you're going to be out).
Houses in Cusco are not steam heated but all rooms have curtains and I provide cotton sheets, two alpaca blankets, a feeder comforter and an extra cotton blanket per bed, for extra warm at night. Temperatures drop at night, but it never gets too cold like in other countries.
The bathroom is right outside facing the bedroom. High pressure hot water shower is available 24/7 in the shower and in the sink. I will always provide towels.

Interaction with Guests

My reviews speak loud and therefore you could have a sense of how comfortable you would be by staying in my house. I am careful at not invading your personal space and privacy and therefore, after our initial informative meeting at check-in time I try to not interfere too much so you could feel at home and comfortable. However I take care of my guests and their comfort and if they need anything I try to help as much as I can within my possibilities. I live in the house, so I am available for whatever you may need.
For those in need of touristic option (including Machu Picchu) I offer a guide and provide help getting everything ready for you. Simply requested it from me, if this is your case, prior or right after your arrival date.
Breakfast is yummy. I provide with an American Breakfast served around 8am, daily (coffee, tea, herbal teas, omelets, local bread, juice made of local fruits), butter and marmalade. I often like to add something different to it and occasionally I like to switch the omelets for a fruit salad with yogurt and honey.
If you need pick up from the airport, let me know. I provide with detailed information with the directions to my house, but often, I received this type of requests. Coming to a foreign city like Cusco could be anxiety provoking to some and therefore I understand if you request that I go to pick you up. Simply provide me with your flight company, arrival time and I will be there. Please note that you will have to pay for taxi going there and coming back from the airport (approximately USD $15).

The Neighborhood

The house is in a cul-de-sac, therefore it is super safe. Not that the neighborhood is not safe, but it feel just extra safer having to access a gate to enter in the street in which my house is located.
My house is not right in the busy touristic center but neither too far, it is just six blocks away (walking distance). If you are like many of my previous guests, living in this part of the city will make you feel more “involved” in real local life than if you were to stay in a crowed youth hostel near Plaza de Armas. As well, there are plenty of places all the same, for tourists who like to drink beers and go to Starbucks for coffee. .
There are two supermarkets half a block away from the house, and plenty of local businesses (pharmacies, bakeries, restaurants).

Getting around

I will provide you with a detailed sheet of directions (in English and Spanish) to get to my place. The airport is only 10 minutes by taxi from my house. The bus station is 8 minutes away by taxi.
A taxi from the airport should cost between 15 to 25 soles, but always inquire around and bargain the price down if possible. Prices vary considerably from person to person.
A taxi from the bus station should cost around 6 soles.
Please note these prices are for up to 2 or 3 people. Larger groups incur in higher prices.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $140 /week
Monthly Price: $485 /month
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Monica is an amazing host and person. She goes beyond what is expected of a host. We had several problems with train tickets to Machu Picchu and she came with us to the station to sort out the problem. She is amazing! The house is super clean and our bed was so comfortable. The breakfast was great, an omelette with bread and fresh fruits smoothies. Monica is so friendly and really makes you feel at home. Thank you so much for incredible stay in Cuzco!

    January 2014
  • Monica had been a great host! For a start, she wrote me a detailed set of instructions for the cabdriver to get to her place from Cusco airport. She also gave suggestions and assistance for some of the local tours and visits. As I was not feeling well for part of the stay, she also went to extra lengths to make me comfortable, ensuring I had a constant supply of hot water, breakfasts etc.

    Her place is about a leisurely 10-15 minutes walk from Ave El Sol / Plaza de Armas. On a quiet street, it is a stress-free living experience, with easy access to local food, supermarket, laundry service and more.

    All in all, I will recommend staying with her in Cusco.

    November 2012
  • The room was clean and neat, well decorated and comfortable. Monica is not only a concerned host but also went out of her way to assist and advise with local tour plans, suggestions for things to see and do in the Cusco area and even helped out with some shopping at the local craft market. The property is close to everything and within walking distance of the highlights of the city. She also arranged an early morning taxi and packed me a lunch for Machu Pichu.

    I would recommend Monica's place to anyone considering a trip to Cusco and Machu Pichu.

    November 2012
    Monica Patricia
    Response from Monica Patricia:

    Thanks Roy!

  • Mónica´s house is very very clean, the bed is comfortable and her cat is so cute. The location is perfect if you want to visit Sacred Valley because it is very close to Pavitos, where the bus terminal is located.
    The feeling of this place is very quiet and peaceful so is great if you are looking for it. It´s not in the centre where many tourists are but it is close walking anyway, a nice walk of 20 minutes to Plaza de Armas.
    And Mónica is a very helpful person, she can give you very good advices about everything you need.
    I highly recommend her if you want some peace in this special city.

    November 2012
    Monica Patricia
    Response from Monica Patricia:

    Gracias Inma y te espero a tu regreso. Saludos. Monica

  • Great host. I would recommend Monica's place to any traveller heading to Cusco. The place is clean, quiet and private. It's close to the main square & plenty of shopping, eating and entertainment venues.

    October 2012
  • I feel truly that I have made a wonderful friend in Monica. She is the best!

    Monica is the most gracious and helpful of hosts.

    Anyone would be very lucky to be a guest in her home.


    September 2012
    Monica Patricia
    Response from Monica Patricia:

    Michael, you were a pleasure having you around. I really enjoyed your company and my place will be available to you if you ever decide to come for a second visit. The best to you always.

  • Monica ha sido mi mejor anfitriona, te ubica, recomienda, si quieres puedes programar tours en la ciudad o fuera de ella, hay muchas cosas por hacer, si te gusta el arte religioso el lugar te va a gustar mucho.

    April 2014
  • I stayed with Monica for 4 weeks while taking spanish classes in Cusco and I really can't say enough wonderful things about my stay. First, from the very first email Monica was extremely responsive. As soon as she learned that i was there to learn spanish and preferred complete immersion our email exchanges and conversations became entirely in spanish. She even helped me with my homework! Monica is knowledgable about the best places to see, things to do, and of course where and what to eat in Cusco - things you would never find in guidebooks. The house itself is situated in a cute little gated neighborhood very close to downtown. There are Cusco municipal police at just about every corner directing traffic and always felt safe, even at night. A big super market is five minutes away and pharmacies just around the corner. Monica prepares a wonderful breakfast every morning - usually an omelette with plenty of bread from the local baker, freshly prepared fruit juice, and tea or coffee. To help you get over any effects of altitude Monica keeps a supply of coca tea on hand. Monica's shower has plenty of hot water, a rarity in Cusco (most Cusqueños think tepid water is warm water). All in all, it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend staying with Monica in Cusco!

    December 2013
  • My husband stayed with Monica recently and he could not have been more pleased! Monica was an excellent host and very enjoyable company! She was extremely helpful and organized! He really appreciated all the extras such as early morning airport pickup and complete arrangements for his trip to Machu Pichu with a very detailed itinerary! The accommodations, breakfast and location were great! We have no hesitation in recommending Monica as an exceptional host!

    November 2013
  • Monica is a wonderful host and a great person!!! I very much enjoyed staying at her beautiful home. The house and my room was very clean and decortated with a lot of taste! It's in a very quiet area and not far to walk to the center of Cusco. Monica' breakfast was yummy! As my stay at Cusco was rather short (4 days) Monica helped me to get the most out of it. She is absolutely great in organizing things for you!! Valentina, Monica's cat is very charming and people friendly. Thanks for a great time in Cusco!! I can just recommend to stay at Monica's home!!

    November 2013
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Psychologist, Anthroposophist and Theology interested. I was born in Lima, Peru but moved to New York when I was in my 20's. I travel often, but consider New York City my favortie city in the world. .I have been living between Cusco and New York since 2010. I am fluent in Spanish, English and French and enjoy a peaceful life.
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