|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Come stay in our beautiful newly furnished home which is available for nightly, weekly and monthly rentals. The apartment(s) is north of the Ovalo de Pachacutec close to the stadium in a neighborhood called Mateo Pumacahua, about a ~20 minute mostly straight shot walk to the main square called the Plaza de Armas through the Avenida El Sol (main street). It can take longer if you shop along the way, there are a few tourist markets, including the Centro Artesanal, in the middle.
There are three 2-bedroom apartments that can comfortably sleep up to 12 people (4 per unit) and they can be rented separately. In each unit the master bedroom has two double size beds and the second bedroom has two twin size beds - all mattresses are orthopedic. The apartments have a living room, an office, a full kitchen, and are fully furnished. Wireless internet and cable TV are provided. All bed linens and towels are also included.
Traditional Peruvian breakfast will be delivered to the apartment each morning. We also offer various tours of Cusco and surrounding areas at local prices, including the Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley tour, 1 or 2-day Machu Picchu tour, South Valley tour and Moray tour.
Keywords: apartment, condo, breakfast, bed & breakfast, furnished, wifi, wireless internet, hot water, laundry, cable
We live in Austin, Texas and enjoy backpacking, hiking and traveling. Dana was born in Austin, Jay was born in Cusco. We love to come to Cusco and spend time with family and friends.
The building is a about a mile from the Plaza de Armas, short walk to Avenida El Sol and breakfast is served daily. We will also gladly setup local tour upon request.
I am at a total loss to understand all those excellent reviews of other travelers - I have been traveling with VRBO for over 10 years and stayed at so many locations and I never ever have stayed in a such miss represented apartment - first the good stuff, the father and mother of the owner are very kind and helpful and the airport pick up did work well - but it was all down hill from there, first the building is not in the center but outside in a very poor neighborhood - with drunken people ( text removed ) against the house - terrible smelling and not safe at all - the house has 3 doors to lock and that for a good reason !!
Our main problem was that the apartment has no heating what so ever and I swear my family and I have never ever been so cold for 4 days straight - any time in the apartment we did wear all our clothes and slept with them too - super heavy blankets and sleepless nights - heavy headaches - every day and night - please do not forget you are in 3400 meters high and the nights get very very cold, I have no idea how anyone in his right frame of mind can offer this apartment to international guest with no heating option ??? But this is not all - the apartment was very badly equipped - the kitchen was bare and had a small electric cooker and 2 pots and no other cooking tools, we have never even seen as such empty kitchen, the shower !!! The water was half warm half cold - we did try to turn the gas heater on full but still never managed a hot shower, and when you are in a very cold apartment taking a cold / half cold shower is very hard. But that is not all - Internet was slow and the bathroom wall was coming off - all flaky - but one of the main problems besides the cold was the curtains - they are so thin that the massive street lights are shining through - so no sleeping
either - and worse there is a guy outside that for reasons I can not begin to understand is walking the streets starting at 4 am and hitting an iron with an other - every half hour ?? just outside the windows - every morning - maybe he is walking people to go to work - I do not know - anyway my worse 4 nights in any apartment anywhere and ever - the only reason we did not leave right away was that we had prepaid the place in full - I am sure the owner knows what he is doing it asking guest to prepay in full plus a larger deposit in US$
My wife and I spent about two weeks in the 4th floor apartment. Jay was very helpful in the lead-up to our trip, providing email advice on dealing with the Lima layover and the abrupt change in altitude. The apartment worked great for us. We wanted a home base from which to explore Cusco and the surrounding countryside. We walked over much of the city and up into the hills to the north. Never once felt threatened. (Taxis are also cheap and abundant.) The kitchen has a nice refrigerator and the basics with which to cook. A pretty conventional Supermercado is a few blocks away. If you want a real experience (and some delicious avocados, among other foodstuffs) visit the Mercado San Pedro early in the day. Yaqui is a gem. She provides a nice breakfast each morning at an agreed-on time and does a great job showing the guests through the local breakfast cuisine. Rut checked in on us at the beginning and about every other day to say hi, answer any questions, and arrange any tours we desired. The apartment is a great place by itself, but Jay, Yaqui, and Rut are what make it special. Highly recommended.
We stayed in the second-floor apartment of this complex. For South American standards, it was average-to-good.
The positives were very positive. For example, Yaqui (the caretaker) was so kind and sweet, and her banana pancakes were really tasty. Breakfast was generous. She was very accommodating about laundry, too. We were able to do our own, though we needed to provide our own laundry soap. (Entirely reasonable, IMO.) We communicated with Yaqui using very rudimentary Spanish. I do not think she speaks English.
The size of the apartment was also perfect for our group. Two rooms, one with two double-beds and one with two singles. The beds were comfortable with plenty of covers. The kitchen was large, there was a second bathroom, and the dining room would have accommodated all five of us had we been eating in.
The price was perfect, a *very* good value for Cusco.
There were some draw-backs for our particular circumstances. While the walk to the historic center is not at all hard or long, it did take us a bit of exploring to find the right path. Also, the area where this apartment is located is not very pretty or clean. Not horrible, but just not as pleasant as the historic center.
The kitchen in the apartment was not super-well-equipped. As a family of five traveling for 11 months, we had planned on cooking most of our meals in the homes/apartments that we are renting along the way. For us, Cusco was a short stop, and we ended up not cooking that much, but if we'd wanted to, this apartment's kitchen would have been a bit of a challenge. Perfectly decent, however, for light-meals and storing left-overs. (Note, there were plenty of plates and cups and utensils, what would have been hard for us was pots/pans and other cooking supplies, plus there is no real stove, just a double "burner" hot plate.)
Finally, we had a bit of a challenge getting in on our first night. We were not able to connect with Yaqui by phone in advance, and there was no buzzer at the door/gate to call up to her. And because the gate is placed far enough away from the door of the building, there was no way to really knock. In fact, I'm not 100% sure how our guide managed to connect with Yaqui, but we eventually did get in. I'd recommend that future renters set an exact time/plan for entry with Jay and/or Yaqui.
All in all, we'd recommend this apartment to other families on a budget in Cusco.
I was lucky to find such an amazing apartment. This apartment was as described on the website. It really surpassed my expectations. The property was immaculate. The owner Jay and his mother (Betty) were fantastic and extremely helpful. Without any doubt, I would recommend this property to my friends and family. Very happy with the apartment. I would love to come back next year!
My husband and I stayed in one of these wonderful apartments for 6 nights (one night was an overnight in Aguas Calientes). The apartment itself is large, very comfortable, spotlessly clean and in a safe neighborhood. The breakfast each morning was perfect. Yacqui is a great cook -- her banana pancakes are the best! Jay arranged all of our tours including our tour to Machu Picchu and we were very pleased with the the quality of both the tours and the tour guides. We also had the use of a cell phone when we arrived which was definitely an added benefit. The washer and dryer are also a great addition. The apartment is about a twenty minute walk from the downtown area but the walk is pleasant and takes you through some authentic neighborhoods and past several handicraft markets. We spent our last day with Betty, Jay's mom, visiting a couple of museums, eating lunch in a restaurant for locals, and spending the evening watching Peruvian dancing. She is delightful and because she was born in Cusco, she gave us a great perspective on the city. We enjoyed our stay in Cusco very much and would love to return someday. We would definitely stay in this apartment again.
Jay and Miss Betty were very helpful in all that mattered during our stay in Cuzco; info about the area, shopping, cab pricing...
We thank both for being there for us...
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|Notes||The initial payment is $150 or 25% of the total rent (whichever is higher). This amount is non-refundable. If changes are made to the itinerary, the guest may be asked to submit another initial payment. Once the rent is paid in full (two weeks before arrival) the total amount paid is non-refundable.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.