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“Little piece of heaven”
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Yellow River
Ranked #1 of 1 Quellomayo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We had an amazing stay at Yellow River. Tatiana was a perfect host, cooking up delicious meals, sharing knowledge and stories of the region and showing us how chocolate is made.
Only after going to stay in this small relaxing, quiet Homestay, we can understand the amazing reviews. :)
This homestay is 110% recommended! Make some time before/after Machu Picchu and come to this little piece of heaven.

Also recommended is the half-day trip to the Hot Springs in Santa Teresa! Amazing hike with a reward!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Thanks for your lovely, kind words. It's a pleasure to welcome lovely people like yourselves into our home, thanks so much for choosing us, we hope you're well.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

My husband and I stayed 3 relaxing nights at Yellow River at the end of our 3 month trip to South America. It was definitely our favorite accommodation of our entire trip, and very reasonably priced at $35/pp for lodging, breakfast and dinner. We loved learning about the tropical fruits growing on the farm and particularly loved learning about cacao, going through the whole process from harvest to sipping our own hot chocolate. The location is beautiful, peaceful, and isolated. The perfect way to relax and prepare for our return to reality.

The hosts, Andrew and Tatiana, as well as their beautiful daughter Maya and Tatiana's extended family, were just delightful. They really made us feel like we were in our own home, and we loved sharing the dinner table with them. It was a great opportunity to dive into Peruvian culture and politics from both Andrew's perspective (coming from the UK) and Tatiana's perspective (born and raised in the area). We learned more in our time at the lodge than on any other tour or museum ever could teach us. They also both happen to be fantastic cooks and utilized the amazing produce found right in the farm. Truly delicious!

It is a bit of an adventure to get there, but the road is safe, paved and smooth from Cusco to Santa Maria. It only cost about $9/pp for the four hour van ride but you may have a bit of a wait to depart from the city. It is also close to Urubamba (2.5 hours or so) and may be worth sopping there en route.

I cannot recommend this place enough and if I could do it all again, I would've used this route to go the back way to MP to avoid the mass tourism as much as possible.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Hey guys, so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was good to meet you both and get a chance to learn a little about where you live too. Safe return home and if you have any nice pictures we'd love to see them.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I stayed two nights and had a relaxing time. Andrew and Tatiana were great hosts, and showed me the farm where they grow coffee, bananas, pineapples (they grow on the ground, not in trees!)... Andrew showed me how to process coffee using an old grinder, which was pretty cool. The meals were super filling and delicious. I was able to practice my Spanish with Tatiana and her father, who also lives there. One of the best things was the visit to the hot springs, which reminded me of the time I lived in Japan and used to go to onsen quite often. I didn't expect to find anything like that in Peru! After my stay at Yellow River, I went to Aguas Calientes in order to visit Machu Picchu. You start the walk from the hydro-electric dam, and follow the train tracks. It takes about 2.5 hours. It's a pleasant and picturesque walk. I think this could also be done in the reverse, for example, by going to Aguas Calientes first, seeing Machu Picchu, and then finishing by going to Yellow River. The location is beautiful, but a bit remote. (Note: I met Andrew in 1995 when I studied abroad my junior year at the University of Sussex. This is the first time I've visited him in Peru.)

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Hey, it was fantastic to see you again after all those years. I'm so glad you liked the place, we're really loving being here in Peru and it was great to show the place to someone from the old days :) I really hope we can return the favour one day and visit you. Love from the family and of course Tyson the dog.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Reccomended by a friend, Yellow River was a calm oasis away from Cusco and the tourist scene. The farm offered a great view into Peruvian agriculture and coffee processing. Visiting Yellow River, the hot springs at Santa Theresa, or hiking through farmland and mountains make for excellent day trips. It's a great place to relax before or after Machu Piccu and Tatiana's cooking is amazing!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Thanks for your lovely words. We really enjoyed meeting you and hope that your return to work was smooth. The weather is still just as hot as when you were here... we're hoping for some rain for the farm right now!

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Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful time with Andrew and Tatiana's family; awesome meals, great views, great conversation and an overall amazing experience. We highly recommend the coffee tour and the hike to the hot springs in Cocolmayo.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Lovely to have you both. Glad you enjoyed the coffee workshop. Safe travels and thanks so much for visiting us, it was great to get to know you.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

For any 5 star skeptics, desist, because we spent a single overnight at Quellomayo yet came away with lasting impressions! Quellomayo is basking in the glow of a multigenerational family. It is sharing a table with a child who happens to be trilingual and eating scrumptious foods whose names you may or may not be able to pronounce. It is engaging in funny and informative conversations. It is falling for a boxer named Tyson with a crooked grin. Quellomayo is where it makes perfect sense the tv is swaddled in a scarf to keep off the dust. Since real life is so much more engaging and these kind, generous and charming hosts, are willing to look after your creature comforts for a bit. It is participating in a magical kitchen that rivals Willy Wonkas, as you learn about making chocolate. We want to frame the map they drew for us of the trail to ST. (Move over Joan Miro.) And nothing can prepare you for the high jungle hike itself. Andy walked us to the trailhead. This is trekking through what is akin to a primordial Garden of Eden replete with citrus, avocado, banana, coffee, wild impatiens and poinsettias. Not to mention the rapturous scent of burnt sugar cane, overwhelming the senses. As testimony to Andy and Tafiana's kindness and tenacity...we foolishly left behind our I phone charger. They found us 5 hours away in Cusco, and by some clever miracle managed to deliver it back to us through Urubamba and a friend. How would one write a review to quantify the sun, moon and stars? That describes the challenge of writing this...wonderful place and people!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Mary B
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

I feel so honoured by your words, well we all do, I will pass on your kindness to the entire family, even Tyson who will probably waggle his tail in delight. We are so lucky to live where we do, but luckier still to get the chance to spend moments, even if fleeting, with lovely people like yourselves. It was our pleasure to host you for one night, we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and we're glad you enjoyed the hike (we were worried as one of your group seemed a little nervous). We would dearly love to meet in the future if that is at all possible so thank you again and please pass on our best to your lovely family.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Our stay with Andrew and Tatiana at Yellow River Lodge was by far the highlight of our time in Peru. The accommodations were comfortable and modern, all without losing the organic feeling of being on a farm in the middle of the Andes. The food was amazing, the surroundings beautiful, and our hosts were gracious and attentive. Most importantly, we were able to not only relax and take in the scenery, but also learn so much about the farm and the community where it exists. From hiking through the acres of farmland to roasting fresh coffee, our visit went above and beyond a simple home stay.

Overall, we would highly recommend to anyone looking to experience a side of Peru that so many visitors are sadly missing. Mach Picchu is impressive, the Nazca Lines are mysterious, but to to really feel the spirit of this beautiful country you have to take a detour off the beaten path.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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quellomayo, Owner at Yellow River, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2014

Guys, we really did enjoy your company. We're constantly amazed at how lovely people are who visit us. We enjoyed our chats about your jobs (especially the chocolate making) and we had a lovely time getting to know you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you one day to discover where you live, sounds interesting.

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Additional Information about Yellow River

Address: Quellomayo S/N, Quellomayo, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Quellomayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Quellomayo
Price Range: £23 - £26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ours is a different spot. Our family home and farm offers unique homestay experiences in the Peruvian Cloud forest near Machu Picchu. We have a number of beds and are set in Peru's beautiful cloud forest. The main house is also home to the family and we serve home-cooked peruvian and international food. We grow our own organic coffee and a wide range of tropical fruit. The buildings are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and we have two rivers nearby. The location is perfect for travellers on their way to Machu Picchu who want to see a little bit more of the real Peru. Many of our packages include dinner and breakfast and we offer optional coffee and cocoa-roasting workshops as well as tours of our farm and local walks. We are in a gorgeous yet isolated spot. Our guests are those who appreciate something a little different and who understand the importance of stepping off the beaten path. We don't do en-suite, but we do offer an experience you'll not easily forget. ... more   less 
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Yellow River Peru/Quellomayo, Cusco Region

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