on April 26, 2002
This is a really warm, welcoming and friendly place. It located towards the top end of the main street on the left and worth the steep hike to get there. Beto & Martha are very welcoming (& not to mention great cooks).If their kids (& friends) are home from school they will want to know everything possible about where you come from. Their dog, a shepherd "Apu" also makes you feel right at home especially if you are pining for your best friend that's been left at home.
Try to obtain the room right at the top of the hotel, lots of steps but worthwhile. I can't remember the number but it is the only one that has a balcony from where you look straight up the valley towards Machu Picchu.
We only paid 30 soles without breakfast (US$8) but the normal rate was US$40 with breakfast. I still think this would be fantastic value as was not only the room spotlessly clean & comfortable but it was the very best shower we had in Peru or Bolivia and not electric. The communal lounge room with TV was also bonus for filling in the time waiting for the train or if you were unlucky enough to have rain whilst there.
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