Chaskana Guesthouse is located in the rural community of Sencca, overlooking the city of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman archaelogical site (15 minutes in car from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco). The Guesthouse has views of Salkantay mountain to the west, and Ausangate mountain to the east, (and Cusco city), making for spectacular sunrise and sunsets and night light vistas. Sencca is on the way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, and close to the Poroy train station where trains to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) depart. Chaskana Guesthouse provides a comfortable and enjoyable stay for those wishing to get out of the city and interact with local people, without being far away from city conveniences. Rates include WiFi, and a welcome pack including breakfast items and firewood. Parking is available on site. There is a local bus which you can catch into town for 1 sol (takes about 30 minutes), or taxis cost 15 soles for a 15-20 minute drive.
2 bedrooms, open plan living area, sunroom, country living with mountain views
Rachel & Yom
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 13, 2019
About Rachel & Yom
I am from Australia and married to a Peruvian, we built the guesthouse in 2012 and we are now living permanently in Cusco, Peru with our two young children. My husband is a qualified, experienced adventure tour guide, ask him all about everything to see and do in the area - he loves it! I work from home so am usually close by to assist with any questions or requests. We love meeting people from all around the globe, hearing their stories and sharing what we love about this part of the world.
Rachel & Yom purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Rachel & Yom chose Centro Histórico
We enjoy living in the community of Sencca as we believe it gives us the best of both worlds. The peace, space and neighborly familiarity of the country with access to basic groceries at the local store, but being close enough to the city to dine at nice restaurants, go to the mall, etc. We are located conveniently between the city of Cusco and Poroy train station on the way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
What makes this Cottage unique
Views of both the Ausangate and Salkantay mountains from the guesthouse as well as towards the city of Cusco. You can interact with the locals in the community, watch them take animals out to pasture or play soccer on Sundays. You can take serene walks at high altitude which is especially good for Andes mountain trek preparation. The wood fire heater for those cold Andean nights creates a cozy feel.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A most excellent place to stay with a great host family!
A perfect situation for my long stay in Cusco. The Atau family were ideal hosts and always available for any situation beginning with transportation from the airport on my arrival. As a licensed tour operator and guide, Yom was an invaluable source in planning access and providing information about all the important sites in the area that are worth visiting.
The guesthouse is also fantastic and fit perfectly with my needs. Very clean and spacious with a functional kitchen, a great shower and a cozy woodstove which always made for a nice way to wind down after doing touristy things in the hectic city. Yom even made sure I had plenty of kindling and firewood the whole time.
Not for everyone but if you want a taste of real Peruvian local culture and a quiet spacious retreat with access to all that the Sacred Valley has to offer, this is the place to stay!
We are so glad that you had a good time in Cusco. Thanks for giving the guesthouse a gift, of a hammock for the sunroom, during your stay!
All the best!
The Atau family :)
What a wonderful experience. Great house. Great people. Really felt cared for and well taken care of at this property. Perfect communication from start to finish. Really helped make the trip to Peru an easy journey.
Thank you so much.
Grant and Corina
Hi Grant, thanks for your kind review,. We really enjoyed Corina and your company during your stay. All the best!
Home away from Home
We loved staying in this house in the outskirts of Cusco. Waking up every morning to a stunning view of mountaintops. Seeing rural life lived, right outside your windows. Sitting in front of the wood stove in the evenings and getting warm. Wonderful fellowship with our hosts: Rachel & Yom and Chaska and Raimy. A trip to lake Titicaca with our host family was one of the many highlights. We also enjoyed taking the public bus into Cusco, and browsing around the many fascinating streets of Cusco.
We enjoyed having Yom as out tourguide to Machu Picchu, Santa Helena and are looking forward to another trip with him next week. We can HIGHLY recommend Yom as tourguide, you can always find him at Chaskana travel.
We would love to return to Chaskana rural guesthouse and we highly recommend it.
The host(s) are what makes a trip "The Most"
The two bedroom cottage was clean and quaint but the best part of our stay was Yom and Rachel. Yom provided my husband a trip to Rainbow Mountain where he and our daughter experienced a once in a lifetime trip in hiking and taking beautiful photographs in this very rare part of Peru. With little other tourists to compete with, Yom seems to know the secret paths to various side trips --all by using his cottage as a homebase. A wonderful couple. If you are English speaking then Rachel and Yom will help you make any trip preparations you need such as Taxi's. Although the cottage is 15 or 20 minutes away from Cusco; it was actually nice to be in a more authentic village environment rather than in the heart of Tourism main square. We had both experiences.
It was our pleasure to have you as guests Bonnie and Archie, we hope you had a fantastic time in Peru! We do like to show our guests a different side of Cusco and the surrounding areas of which we are glad you got a glimpse.
We absolutely loved our stay with Yom, Rachel, Chaska, and Rami(might have misspelled the children's names, sorry)! We came with my 70+ year old parents and had a fantastic time. While the location is a bit rural, it was absolutely perfect for us. Obtaining taxi service either on site or calling one of the locals was incredibly easy.
Traveling with my elderly parents was challenging because of the altitude but my parents were good to go after two or three days of taking it easy. The accommodations made cooking for ourselves easy after a trip to the Plazavea (big local store similar to a SuperWalmart). Our hosts were able to arrange all of our day trip excursions inexpensively.
Yom made an excellent decision in choosing an alternate hotel after we arrived in Aguas Calientes (city below Manchu Pichu). It cost just a little bit more but had an elevator which was good for my parents especially. The rooms were awesome, we slept with a window open so we could hear the river rushing by below.
Yom also arranged for his mom to fix us a fabulous Gineau Pig dinner with stuffed peppers and potatoes. Prior to our meal he had arranged for us to visit a Gineau Pig farm and we able to get a couple of the long haired ones as a gift for his mom, we got her a mating pair. We figured if she was feeding us that was the least we could do, in addition to tipping her for preparing our feast.
If we ever get to come back again, we'll look forward to staying with our new extended family...because that's how we were treated like family.
Thank you for the kind review. It was a pleasure meeting you all and having you as guests with us in a small piece of Peru. We do care for our guests and want them to feel at home when they stay with us as well as having a fantastic time in Peru. The altitude can be difficult so taking it easy for the first couple of days or staying somewhere around 2500 metres above sea level before coming to Cusco is recommended. Thanks again!
Rachel, Yom, Chaska and Raimy.
Home away from home near Cusco
I completely enjoyed my stay at this guesthouse! It was extremely comfortable (very warm blankets for the cold Andean nights), offered lots of space and privacy, was quite safe and clean, and afforded gorgeous views of the Andes. It was delightful to be so near all the energy that Cusco has to offer, while at the same time, getting a quiet glimpse into life in the Andes.
As a 2 bedroom guesthouse, this is a wonderful place for a solitary traveler, a couple, two friends, or a family with small children.
Yom and Rachel and their children (and dogs and cat!) were delightful hosts, and it's evident how much they love welcoming others to their home, city, and country.
I would go back in a heartbeat, and have already recommended this place to a friend of mine who plans to travel to Peru in 2017!
Machu Picchu and many other Incan archaelogical sites (well known and lesser visited sites) and museums, Rainbow Mountains, Three Canyons, Tres Cruces spectacular sunset where the Andes drop down into the Amazon basin and Manu National Park are all closeby.
Additional information about rental rates
Please note that as it is a rural area, there are animals in the area which can make noise at night e.g. dogs, donkeys and roosters. From time to time at events in the area, there can be music playing well into the night.