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 …
We stayed here 2 nights so that we would have more time to explore Machu Picchu. Basically unless you pay a lot of money to stay at the only resort in Machu Picchu, you will be staying in this neighboring town. We got up extremely early (3 or 4 am?) our first day in order to climb Wayna Picchu, the mountain next to Machu Picchu that offers great …
Next day we left for Machu Picchu by train to get off at a certain point in the mountains for a 8km hike up the Inca trail. Upon arrival at the train station, in my typical fashion, I didn't bring any pants - I thought running around in boxers would be more appropriate to mingle with the half-naked indigenous people in the mountain. Shoot, I was …
We had a free day in Aguas Calientes.
Later we took the train back to Ollantaytambo.
Edgar and his wife picked us up and took us back to Cusco. On the drive we stopped at an Incan bar and played a bar game outside (similar to skeeball). Walker lost to Edgars wife in the final round and had to buy the Chicha.
Chicha is …
We took a incredible one hour and a half train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente. On the train our tour guide had a debate about soccer with a lady from Uruguay.
After arriving in Aguas Caliente we got on a bus winding up the mountain to Macchupicchu. Amazing views of the cloud forest. Nature is much more lush here as we are …
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.