Come experience typical Andean village life in this small picturesque town, located mid-way between the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Huarocondo is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature, with quiet evenings and many trails and roads to hike
Why just visit a local village when you can stay in one
GringoWasi is set in a truly typical Andean village, just 30 minutes outside of Cusco, which as yet, has not been influenced by tourism. In our town of Huarocondo life goes on much as it has for the last 100 years, family’s take their animals out to the fields in the morning and bring them back in in the evening, many of the locals still cook over wood fires, and many of the fields are still plowed by pulling wooden plows with bulls, or even by hand. In the spring you will see fields being planted and in the fall it is harvest time, festivals are also common and are held to celebrate life and to pay respect to the various Saints and Virgins, and not to impress the tourists.
The people of Huarocondo are also very friendly, being a small community everyone knows everyone else and even our guests are considered to be part of the community while they are here, on one occasion we even had a couple report that they were invited into a wedding reception and fed lunch, even though they were foreigners. We have had guests join locals in doing their daily duties like separating Quinoa from the chaff and we are still close enough to many of the archeological sites to be a convenient home base to explore the area.
We work with a local tour agency and several drivers so we can easily arrange tours, either group or private and our area offers a variety of trails and roads to hike. Hikes in the area can range from easy and flat to all uphill, and there are even a few archeological sites you can hike to.
So if you are looking for a truly unspoiled local town to use as a home base, as a place to acclimate before doing a trek, or just to relax and unwind after a trek, this is the place. You won’t find any tourist items here, no souvenir stands or shops, just local stores and shops selling what the people of Huarocondo need, but don’t just take our word for it, here are a few samples of some Trip Advisor review that past guests have left.
“Huarocondo isn`t at all touristy and it was good to sit in the square eating the roast pork it´s famed for while watching village life go by”
“Huarocondo is a beautiful town, traditional and quiet, the sort of place you need if you want to check out what life in the Andes is really like”
“Huarocondo is not Cusco, but that's a good thing as it is unspoiled by trappings of a tourist town”
“The town of Huarocondo was relaxing. It was interesting to see a small town that wasn't touched by tourism”
Currently we are the only lodging available in Huarocondo and with only 5 rooms, we have created little impact on the local community, as such everything you will experience here is truly authentic, add to this the picturesque scenery and the quiet evenings and it is the perfect place to call home while visiting the Cusco region.
So book now, come and experience true local Andean life and join our ever expanding family, which currently encompasses 50 countries. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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Guests will have access to the main/shared room where we have areas for sitting and relaxing as well as a TV and laptop computer. Guests also have 24 hour access to the dining room, with access to filtered drinking water coffee and tea.
Interaction with Guests
We live here at the property so you will most likely see us a lot, we always try and have dinner at the same time so that any guests wanting to, can join us for dinner. Breakfasts are a little different as, different guests need to leave at different times, depending on their schedules. Additionally, anytime we are not away transporting or taking guests on tours, we are here at the property.
Huarocondo is a small rural town set in an agricultural valley, located mid-way between Cusco and the Sacred Valley, with the main attraction being the beauty, peace and tranquility. There are plenty of roads and trails for hiking and the largest lake in the Cusco region is just 11.5 km to the North East. Additionally there are two archeological sites close by, Andenes Zurite which is 5.6 km to the south and the trail to Wata is 5.5 km to the North West. The property is located just one block from the Huarocondo main Plaza where you can sample the local specialty of lechon or roast pig, and there is also a large colonial church on the main plaza that houses several paintings, that we have been told, are more valuable than the ones in the cathedral in Cusco.
There are a few options for transportation in and out of town, depending on where you want to go. The first and easiest is for us to arrange a car and driver for you; this can be almost any time of day or night, and services range from basic transportation to full day tours.
There is also public transportation available in and out of town by either colectivos or buses. These start about 5:30am and will continue until either 6:30pm or 9:00pm depending on the route.
Other Things to Note
Our goal here at GringoWasi is that you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, if you have any questions or need something, please don’t hesitate to ask. Just because we don’t “offer” something, doesn’t mean it is not within our ability to provide. We do our best to anticipate our guest’s needs but not all guests are the same, so don’t be afraid to ask.
We also send out a list of travel tips and other useful information after you have booked, sometimes this information will end up in your junk folder, so if you have booked with us, please check your junk folder after making the booking for additional information.
At GringoWasi our guests comfort and enjoyment is our primary concern, with this in mind, please consider the following policies when planning to stay with us.
1.Smoking: Our property is completely smoke free, we value our guest health and due to the configuration of the property, smoke produced even on the patio tends to get into all the rooms, for this reason we ask that if you need to smoke, please step outside the property.
2.Payment: We accept two forms of payment here at the property. Visa cards are accepted and will be subject to a 6% fee. We also accept cash, either US Dollars, Euros or Peruvian Nuevo Soles.
3.Check-in: While our standard check-in hours are 2pm to 9pm, we can usually accommodate earlier and/or later check-ins, if we are notified in advance.
4.Check-out: We ask that all guests have their room cleared out by 12pm (noon) for cleaning. Late check-outs may be available upon request.
5.Quiet Time: In an effort to ensure all of our guests have a good night’s sleep, we ask that guests respect a quiet time between the hours of 10pm and 8am
Gringo Wasi is an excellent place to stay with the feel of a comfortable home and not a hotel. Lily and Lyle are great hosts and always provide good conversation, food and even private tours of the surrounding areas. I greatly enjoyed staying in the little village setting. If you like hiking in the mountains this place is definitely for you. I Highly recommend Gringo Wasi
GringoWasi is a great spot to stay for a few days if you´re looking for something a little different to Cusco and Aguas Calientes. Set in a small village only 40 minutes out of Cusco it´s the perfect spot to relax and visit other attractions in the area e.g Moray and Moras. Lyle was away whilst I visited but Kelly was fantastic and made me feel right at home. The room is great and the meals I had there were fantastic.
We were madevery welcome by Kelly who was looking after GringoWasi while Kyle was away. She took us out on a trip to the local lake with her and helped us organise ticketsto Machupicchu. We highly recommend this airbnb but make sure breakfast is ready on time. Ours was late and we only had 5 minutes to spare before the train left for Machupicchu!
Lyle and Lily are exemplary hosts! Well before my arrival, Lyle helped me plan my stay in the Sacred Valley by being attentive and thorough with his responses. Unable to purchase the Machu Picchu ruins ticket from the Petuvian governments website, Lyle offered to purchase the ticket since they're an approved vendor. What a relief! Lily and their friend Kelly (she would oversee Gringowasi while L&L are on vacation) picked me up in Cusco since I didn't want to contend with altitude sickness while navigating transit on my arrival. My first night there was a little rowdy since it was the last night of pre-election festivities in Peru. No fault of Lyle and Lily, of course! My room was clean and spacious. Both nights I had dinner and enjoyed not only the meal but the company! It's great to meet folks that are exploring the Sacred Valley. Unfortunately, the one time in Peru that I decide to not take an early morning shower is the one time that there's no hot water. I waited three hours for the hot water to come on, but it never did! So, I left looking and feeling slightly disheveled and quite eager to arrive at my next b&b so that I could take a hot shower. Kelly was very attentive during bad post stay, she she quickly responded to my email inquiries about food recommendations in Cusco and Lima. A fantastic location away from touristy Lima! I hope more travelers journey out to Huarocondo to explore small town life in the Sacred Valley!
Our stay at Gringo Wasi was wonderful. The hosts were extremely kind, understanding and accommodating to all of our needs. We recommend a stay there without any hesitation!
Lyle is the consummate host. He was attentive to my needs and proactive in helping me enjoy my stay. When the WiFi in my room wasn't up to snuff, he offered to move me to another room. When I got dreadfully sick (a combination of fatigue and altitude sickness) he showed compassion and bought some medicines for me. When I didn't have Solas on the private tour I want on with him, he loaned me the money. Lyle also made me breakfast when it was convenient for me rather than on any fixed schedule. The icing on the cake was the incredible value—I can't remember the last time I got so much for so little—perhaps 20 years ago in Asia!!
He was very responsive and responsible. I did not end up using the reservation due to unforeseen events.
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My wife and I have enjoyed traveling for many years and have visited a lot of places around the world, recently we decided to enter the hospitality side and open our own bed and breakfast in Cusco. Being seasoned travelers, we know the value of a comfortable and quiet place to rest, at GringoWasi we and are dedicated to ensuring our guests are well rested and ready for their next day of exploring.