Rupa Wasi Eco Lodge
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After a very hearty hot breakfast at 5am, I was met by Yawar at the arranged time of 5.30 and we headed down the heartbreak stairs, through the village and down to the bus stop. And joined the queue of eager beavers all wanting to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu. The
twenty minute bus journey was an adventure in itself. Many hairpin bends and …
... they’d pass us running, in flimsy flip-flops made from old car tyres, finding no difficulty whatsoever on the narrow, uneven, steep steps, which were absolutely killing our knees, even in our trekking boots!
As there are only about 12 daylight hours in the Tropics, lasting from about 5.30 am to 5.30 pm, we got up early to take advantage of the light, so still sleepy and not fully rested, we’d be up at sunrise each morning to start the day’s ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRupa Wasi Eco Lodge Aguas Calientes
Interesting timber hotel tucked into the hill of the village. Although I stayed in a lower floor room with no view, it was very comfortable, warm and cosy with timber walls adding to the ambience. Located half way up a very steep flight of stairs, I was thankful they provided a staff member to collect me from the station and carry my luggage. The adjoining restaurant Treetops was beautiful, with fabulous food.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rupa Wasi Eco Lodge Aguas Calientes
We just stayed at the Lodge for 2 nights. The first night the room had a terrible mildew smell. The bathroom was moldy all around and we noticed slugs on the ceiling(windows were closed). Pillows had mold on it. We payed $40.-. We asked for a better room for the second night. The room was nicer but we payed $60.- for it and when it was time for breakfast the kitchen was still close at 7:00am. we called but everyboby was sound asleep. We had to go get food in a another restaurant.
A lot of the places to stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) are crappy, concretey lumps of crap...and they'll charge you high western, tourist prices! Rupa Wasi Eco Lodge is the opposite...it has quiet modern wooden cabins many with balconies and views, it's not a rip off and the staff are very helpful (if a tad on the chilled-out hippy side!). See pics I took.
Only thing to watch out for are the long(ish) uneven steps on the way up to the lodge. It wasn't a probelem for us - we called the day before and they came down to the station to meet us and carry our bags up the steps!
So if you're looking for a more unique experience and a place with real character, I'd genuinely recommend this place.
I booked this hotel through the internet so I had no idea of what we would really find. We were delighted!
Our room had a balcony with binoculars so we could sit and gaze at the mountain over the rooftops of the disjointed and unattractive town. We were served a more than adequate continental breakfast, juice, nice rolls, assortment of jams and lots of coffee on the balcony. Our room was spacious with a wonderful view, including the bathroom which had windows looking out on rocks, ferms and orchids, yet private. Our beds had duvets which were very welcome in the rainy weather. The room felt like a private cabin and we felt very lucky to have found it. The only problem was the many flights of stairs to get there but if you have been walking in the ruins all day it is just another set of steps.
We loved it!
We upgraded to the biggest room which has a huge picture window out on the mountians and looking over the town of Aquas Calientes. I think we paid a total of $36 and it was worth every penny. Waking up with that kind of view was amazing!
Clean Bathroom & nice people. It far enough away from the center of town that it was quiet at night but close enough for a really quick walk to bed after too many pisco sours.
Perfect prep for Maccu Pichu
Rupa Wasi is not your average place to stay in Peru. My friends and I took 10 days to travel through the Sacred Valley and to Lake Titicaca and by far, this place was my favorite. It had the right price, a sweet staff, excellent food, a gorgeous view and comfortable beds.
When we arrived, we were offered dinner for that evening, but not knowing how absolutely terrible the rest of Agua Calientes is, we ventured out instead, had a standard meal of nothing in particular.
In the morning, when we woke up at 5:30 to get up to MP before the crowds, the forested hills around town that filled our windows were shrouded in fog, and everything was quiet. While my travelmates got themselves together, I explored up the hillside from our room (all of the rooms are built into the hillside to minimize the impact on the environment) and found a beautiful, covered sitting area and, further up, a boulder with a single orchid growing out of it. A more peaceful place I can not imagine.
Breakfast, which we had arranged the night before, was a "fortifying" (according to the guy who cooked it for us) bowl of hot Quinoa cereal, Pan Integral, jam, butter, juice, and coffee, tea or Mate. The dining room was empty except for us and when I walked in, it was bathed in a soft glow and amazing music was playing on the stereo (that the staff let me later borrow to copy so I could buy the CD when I got home).
I also highly reccomend the box lunch that Rupa Wasi offers to make for your trip to MP. We had an amazing but simple sandwich, a small piece of homemade bread, fruit, candy and a bottle of juice.
As if this all wasn't enough, the bathrooms were clean, the water worked, the staff was very nice (it rained during our trip to MP and although we'd already checked out, they let us change into dry clothes in the then-empty dining room) and the place is environmentally sensitive (they compost, recycle and will fill your water bottles for free with clean, boiled water cutting down on your addition to the 2 million plastic bottles manufactured each MONTH in Peru).
All in all I can not reccomend Rupa Wasi highly enough!
A Unique Experience
We booked a room at this quirky hostal by email. When we arrived we found they had as down for a twin rather than a matrimonial. However, we were upgraded to a two-storey treehouse suite for no extra charge when we pointed out the mistake.
The name "Eco Lodge" should make it clear that this is a relaxed kind of place. The staff were friendly, helpful and chatty, the atmosphere was more one of a home than of a hotel.
The hostal seems to be made up of a rapidly expanding network of wooden huts kitted out in rustic, but attractive, decor. The rooms were comfortable, though we did have a bit of a problem with some sort of flying insects (the price you pay for being in the edge of the jungle and waking up with hummingbirds at your window). Anyway, we dealt with the insects with a disinctly un-eco can of "Raid" sneaked in from the shop at the foot of the hill.
In short, if you are willing to sacrifice hyper-efficiency for charming surroundings and friendly hosts, I would recommend this accommodation.
Warm and hospitable
Rupa wasi ecolodge was a charming, cosy and comfortable accomadation. It was unbelievable value for money. But, what made this SO FABULOUS was the warm, laid back but incredabily helpful attitude of the staff.
Even my 9 year old was blown away by this example of their efforts; at breakfast (complimentary) I asked if they had orange juice. The lady said "yes" then ducked out with her wallet, returned with a bag of oranges, and sqeezed them fresh just for me!
Everyone was friendly and attentive and we thoroughly reccommend this delightful lodge.
We loved the place!
A great cozy place in Aguas Calientes with beautiful atmosphere...the only ones to preserve the harmony and spirit of the place and care about nature...we had, by far, the best meal in town...sushi and veggie lasagna were incredible! Friendly owners and staff! A place for the young and old (I took my 60 year-old mother-in-law there and she totally loved the place!)
Thank you guys, we'll be back :-)
Wasi Must Be Quechuan For Lousy Hotel
They're way in the back of Aguas Calientes, the grubby tourist town that's grown up around the closest train stop to Machu Picchu. We had to hire a kid to find the place, which is up a crumbling, steep staircase that serves as a sidewalk to a number of buildings. We got a room with a broken lock on the door. The real unbelievable thing was our bathroom that had a giant window with no curtain looking out onto said staircase, so if you were in the shower or on the toilet passerby could see you.
Room decent, staff absolutely dreadful
Based on reviews we'd seen on other sites, we booked one night at this hostal via e-mail before our trip. It's in a decent and quiet location a little outside the main touristy heart of Aguas Calientes--the only downside being that you have to walk up a long, steep, and rather uneven flight of steps to get to the inn. When we arrived, there didn't seem to be anyone around except for a couple of dogs. A young man appeared after a while, and showed us two or three rooms we could have for various prices--the best and most expensive had a balcony with a nice view, but after trying for about ten minutes and failing to get any hot water to come out of the bathroom taps, we moved to a lower-down room that had less of a view, but adequate hot water. I think we paid about $22/person. The rooms were spacious and rustic, the towels pathetically inadequate, but the beds were reasonably comfortable. There appeared to be only one other room occupied, and we never saw those guests.
We asked about breakfast and were told that it was at 6 AM, which didn't sound too thrilling. Upon asking whether we could have breakfast somewhat later, we were told yes, anytime. So the next morning, I came down around 8 AM to find the kitchen and the whole place completely deserted. There didn't appear to be anything in the way of coffee, no milk, not much food to be seen except for some day-old rolls, jam, and some fruit. I sat down and ate some of this, heading into the kitchen to help myself. My travel companion came down after another 20 minutes or so and there was still no sign of any staff (although one of the dogs was still there). We sat around for a while, and finally, an older man we hadn't seen before walked in and asked if we wanted breakfast. By this time, I'd eaten bread and fruit and didn't need anything else, but my companion said she'd like an egg. He went out to buy one, then came back and cooked it for her. It took ages for the food to be ready.
Then another staff member, another young man, finally showed up. We just wanted to pay up and get out, but it wasn't going to be that easy. While my companion was eating, he went into our room to start cleaning, and noticed to his fury that she had actually tried to flush toilet paper down the toilet. As there was no sign that said not to do this, she had no idea it was apparently the crime of the century. The young man proceeded to berate us for about ten minutes, very angrily, in Spanish (which I speak just enough of to know what he was talking about and to tell him to stuff it after a while). We finally managed to get him to stop yelling long enough to figure our bill, which was $22/person for the room, and incredibly, several extra dollars for the egg that my companion had eaten for breakfast. Apparently this was not included in the rate (although who knew what was?) We paid up, grabbed our bags, and left before he could start shouting again.
This was far and away the worst accommodation experience we had in Peru, and I can also say the worst I've had anywhere in South America.