El Albergue Ollantaytambo
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... that had been placed by other groups, but we found our own spot and Justino talked us through it. Basically the offering was to 'Mother Earth' with the rocks we had all brought denoting the heavy thoughts we have in our minds. Opposite to this were the light thoughts or wishes that we have which were represented by coca leaves, onto which we were to blow our wish. All of the rocks and the leaves were made into a pyramid on top of the boulder and there was a big ...
... I'm not surprised, I am thankful. We did it together, as we always do. What better way to celebrate than to spend the last day in Cusco, just the two of us. Cusco is a cool little town. The main square are little cobbled streets remind me of Prague but as it's a town with the sole purpose of people doing treks it feels like Katmandu. It has all the same little trekking shops as Katmandu does for trekkers to Everest.
After a leisurely breakfast together, Dave and I went ...
... explore ourselves so a few of us from the group went up to the highest point now the cloud had cleared to get our 'postcard pictures' before visiting the sun dial that amazingly points to magnetic north. How did they know!! Have to say we all felt very smug walking round having done the actual inca trail to get there rather than catch a bus. You can see (or maybe smell) the real inca trailers a mile off! We then got the final stamp in the passport and caught a bus to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Albergue Ollantaytambo
I highly recommend this hotel if you are ever in Ollantaytambo. Clean, welcoming and the food is world class.
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I cannot say enough about this quaint hotel located directly on the train tracks that head to Machu Picchu. The rooms were large adn incredibly comfortable. The food was beyond amazing. The hotel staff extremely helpful.
I heard no noise of the trains other than the occasional whistle and that added to the character of this lovely hotel.
I hope to return one day soon and I will surely stay here again!
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Albergue Ollantaytambo
We enjoyed our stay and the experience provided at the El Albergue. You may to if you go with the understanding that there will be crowd noise and train noise until 10:00PM and starting again a 5:45AM. If you want to sleep outside of those hours this is not the place for you as even the most sound sleeper will not be able to sleep. Imagine locamotive train engine in your bedroom and you will have the correct image. We were looking for a place to sleep between those hours and actually enjoyed watching the trains and crowds come and go from our balcony. The train station / B&B is not in town and motorcycle taxis are not avaliable unless the train has just arrived so you are looking at a half mile walk uphill to town. You can always find a motor taxi for the return trip and they are inexpensive. If you plan on staying for a few nights I would recommend staying in town which would provide a variety of restaurants and other sights to explore. If you are looking for a quick stop over for the night the El Albergue provides a unique experience. The rooms are pleasant, clean and the grounds are well cared for.
Pensamos que era una buena opción quedarnos un día en Ollantaytambo camino al Machu Picchu, y no nos equivocamos ....lamentamos no haberlo organizado por más días!
Nos fascinó el pueblo construido sobre bases incas y alojarnos en el Albergue completó el encanto.
Con su ubicación tán particular sobre el andén de la estación de trenes y su decoración rústica, austera, medida y con toda la simpleza de lo confortable..
La habitación era una suite muy agradable a la que se llega atravesando un patio lleno de plantas y flores. Una pequeña terraza con un cómodo sillón de cuero permite descansar viendo al fondo picos con nieves eternas .
La atención cordial de su personal completaban el bienestar del lugar.
Todo una delicia, inolvidable!!!
My husband and I chose this hotel because of the convenience of walking out the front door to the train station. We thought it would be noisy, but it was not. Our room (#5) was on the second floor and we mostly heard birds singing. Our bathroom even had a view! The balcony in front of our door looked out over a lovely garden and we could see the ruins of Ollantaytambo in the distance. There were comfortable chairs where you could sip your tea and relax.
El Alburgue was our favorite place on our trip to Peru. The staff was awesome, very kind and helpful, and their driver was just as great.
En suite bathroom available
El Alburgue does have one room with an ensuite bathroom & shower. (I believe it was about $60/night.) It has a matrimonio bed (queen size) and a single bed in a very large, sunny room with windows on 3 sides giving great views of the gardens.
Like all the other rooms, it's very quiet and you don't get any significant train noise.
The staff was very personable and helpful. We had dinner here 2 nights. The food was excellent; traditional andian cuisine. They can accomodate vegetarians. Since the town is small and doesn't have many restaurants beyond the pizza for backpacker variety, having dinner at the hotel was great.
We had travelled from Puno to Cuzco by train and got picked up by taxi to this delightful B&B. Unfortunately, the driver could have beaten Michael Schumacher - it was a terrifying journey that the owners apologised for (apparently not the normal driver!).
Clean, basic hostel- El Albergue
We (myself, husband and two girls- ages 1 & 3) stayed at El Albergue for one night in January 2004. The hostel is run by an American expat. The rooms were basic- a bed, a light switch, desk and chair. The bathrooms were communal, but clean. The best part about this place is that it's front door is located on the train platform, so you can just roll out of bed, get your clothes on, eat breakfast (provided by El Albergue and very good) and catch the 6:30 am train to Aguas Calientes. We were the only ones on the train, so we had it to ourselves. The train ride is about 1 hour, 10 minutes long and the terrain is beautiful.
In Ollantaytambo, we explored the ruins. The town is very small and the people very friendly. We did not have any problems while we were there.
This is a simple hostal with clean, good sized rooms with colonial furniture, wood floors, windows with views and a very pleasant garden out back with hammocks and views of the hills (and snow on Veronica when it is clear). There is a sauna which uses eucalpytus leaves. Bathrooms are not ensuite. The staff for the most part (see below) was friendly and accomodating. Though it is inside the train station, it doesnt seem that trains run at night (as it only runs to Machu Picchu) so don't worry. The train station though is on the outskirts of town. Its biggest asset is its location. While we were there, there was a one day strike by the municipal bus drivers of machu picchu, which looked to balloon to three days as they were putting rocks and other obstacles on the tracks and there were riot polics (from Cusco) everywhere. As we had train tickets for the next morning, this was the best place to be updated on the status. In addition the staff knows all about the train times and so trust them about when you have to finish breakfast! If it wasnt for this, we might have given it only three stars.
..but don't worry - ordinary people will love it too (there are only a few trains a day anyway). This immaculate property faces directly onto the platform of the small railway station at the bottom of the town. It's a very pleasant walk into town either along the small road or on a quieter old inca path round the back which takes you right to the Inca fortress.
Home in Peru
This lovely B&B, run by american expat and artist, Wendy Weeks, is by far the nicest place to stay in Ollantaytambo. Its simple rooms are beautifully decorated, and the decor is exquisite and with a very personal touch. The gardens are great for birdwatching or lying in the hammock. and Located on the train station platform, it is but a step away from Machu Picchu, and a great place to stay a few days and get to know the area. Pisaq, Chinchero, the Maras Salt Mines can all be visited from El Albergue in one day, making it a wonderfull base camp. A home away from home.