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La Casa de Barro Lodge & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chinchero
Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“a hidden gem!”
Reviewed 5 October 2011

Most people pass through Chinchero via a quick tour of the Sacred Valley. I did this five years ago and knew I had to return. This trip I spent two days in Chinchero, staying one night here at this lovely little place. Beautiful hotel with vibrant colors, lots of sunlight, flowers and cheerfully-decorated rooms.
The friendly staff were quick to greet you with a smile and eager to please. The food was fantastic! Some of the best I had during my fifteen days in Peru. The hotel is located on a dirt road at the edge of town, a quick and easy stroll to the church and back...if you are used to the altitude and don't mind all the stepped streets.
Chinchero is an incredibly interesting town with lots of artisan textile workshops, be sure not to miss this place should you choose to explore Chinchero further than just a tiny glimpse of it from your tour bus.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed just one night but would have loved to stay a little bit longer. Out of the crowd but in the middle of the Sacred Valley, close to all atractions. Lovely staff, delicious food, colourfull and comfortable rooms. Definately a place not to be missed. A home away from home!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

This is the second year we have stayed at La Casa de Barro in Chinchero. As with the first visit, the service was excellent. The staff is very friendly and worked hard to make our stay enjoyable. We also took a day tour of the Sacred Valley as we traveled to Machu Picchu. Our guide was Jose who helped us plan the tour to fit the time we had available. He was very knowlable about the sites we visited and very patient with our party. If you stay at La Casa de Barro and need a guide, ask for Jose.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

This lovely lodge is an oasis located in the Urubamba Valley in the historical town of Chinchero. We (a group of 9 family members) were picked up at the airport by our guide Jose who works with Antonio Zevallos (owner of La Casa de Barro). Even though Chinchero is slightly higher than Cusco, we decided to stay there instead of Cusco for the first night and we do not regret it. We arranged for Jose to give us a tour of the main sites in our way to the lodge for a separate fee and it was all worth it! Since we were all slightly affected by the altitude since we landed in Cusco and had two people with colds in our group, Jose showed us the right amount of sites from strategic sightsee points in the city to allow us to appreciate their beauty without having to exert ourselves more. The tour included Sacsayhuaman ruins. Additionally, he helped us with the purchase of tickets to Machu Picchu, boleto turistico, water and other misc items. In all, he picked us up at around 1:00 p.m. and got us to La Casa de Barro in Chinchero at around 6 p.m. Keep in mind that the direct route from Cusco to Chinchero is about 1 to 1.5 hours (~40 Km) depending on traffic. At our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Antonio. He provided some instructions on how to deal with the altitude and showed us the different lodge areas. Our rooms were very clean, colorful and tastefully decorated in a rustic style. The bathrooms were new with lots of hot water and excellent water pressure! Additionally, the rooms were equipped with wall heaters which is a must in this area after sun down. The restaurant has a bar area with great ambiance and soft music. We order some food to the room and we must say that it was exquisite (modern/ecclectic cuisine with great presentation) at a fair price. La Casa de Barro has an area to watch TV and access to a computer. Antonio invited us to view a film about the stone work done by the Incas and other pre-Inca cultures. It worked as a great introduction to our trip to Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. The sleeping quality at this hotel was great. It was very quiet and we felt very safe. The room price includes a Continental breakfast. This was just perfect as we knew we should not eat a lot (once again) due to the altitude. It included local bread (delicious), juices, hot beverages. Some of us had scrambled eggs and lots of mate de coca. La Casa de Barro is surronded by well kept gardens and mountains and it is entirely fenced. The morning after we continued our way to Ollantaytambo and asked Jose for another tour of the area. Once again, we were not dissapointed :). This tour included: Chinchero town with a wonderful demonstration of the weaving techniques, market, church, streets, shops, Maras town , Moray town, Salineras de Maras (amazing!) and Ollantaytambo town, ruins and market from 9:30 to 6 p.m.
Feel free to ask for the confidential price affectionately named as the "Cossette price" (my sister's name) for the hotel/tour package. We think is a great value due to the quality of the service both at the lodge and from our guide. Don't be fooled by the street in which it is located (unpaved, rather rustic) because once you enter its garden, you will feel in an oasis in the heart of Urubamba valley.
We had a great time in this portion of our trip. Thanks to Antonio and Jose!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Atlanta
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2010

My partner and I, went to chichero to get away from CUZCO, we were recommended to this place by one of the travel agents in Cuzco. We arrived to this location 4 hours late, they were expecting us at 9AM! and we didnt make it till 2PM. We had an amazing time at this place. The service was impecable; the food was great as well. The rooms what can i say very charming and romantic. These were one of the only rooms in the CUZCO area with an A/C and a Heater. The bed is very comfortable; and the owner goes beyond and above to make sure everytrhing is in order an in place. I am really happy to see that every reviewer has said the same. This is the place to stay in the Valley area; and would be an amazing base to go to MARAS/MORAY and the Salineras. This place is spotless clean; with nice great HOT Watter for showers, a beutiful ground area, I travel a lot and this was one of the best places me and my partner stayed in the entire Peru area.

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  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We have been to lovely hotels in many countries but this place is unlike any other. I rarely write a review but this one is a must. The hosts: Antonio treats you like his guests. We tried to be trapped in the overly crowded touristic spots as little as possible. The stay here couldn't have been better. Antonio drove us in his car to the little town nearby, to a very large Inca site where there was no one in sight. We even stopped by a village festival when we drove past it in the middle of nowhere. Such a lovely family and such a lovely place. Food: The food was top notch. Fusion cuisine done right. Hotel: Clean and tastefully decorated. The outside patio where we lunched everyday had a clear gorgeous view of the Andes. Overall, if you're thinking about getting to know the Inca history and culture, go here for a very pleasant and totally unique experience. We wholeheartedly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Centennial, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

Driving the main road through Chinchero, which was under construction, I had low expectations. But when we arrived at La Casa De Barro, with their beautiful yard, comfortable and cheerful rooms and gracious host and hostess I knew we would have a pleasant stay. They were very accommodating for children and had books, games, toys, bikes, gathering places and three dogs that captured the affection of our kids. The onsite restaurant served generous portions of food.
We had laundry done while we stayed there but forgot to take into account drying time (on a rainy day) as they don't have a heated tumble dryer, so think twice before doing laundry if you are leaving for a trek. The hot water also needs to be turned on before you shower so make sure to double check that before you want to bathe.
Our host, Antonio, took us on a walking tour of the weaving center and the historic ruins and shared funny and fascinating stories of the Inca history. I especially enjoyed the beautiful mountains, valley and waterfall. I'd love to hike that portion of the Inca trail sometime. Overall, I loved staying at this hotel and will stay there again when I return.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Property: La Casa de Barro Lodge & Restaurant
Address: Calle Miraflores 147, Chinchero 01, Peru
Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Chinchero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chinchero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa de Barro Lodge & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Casa De Barro is located in the Commonwealth of Chinchero, important archaeological center and gateway to the Sacred Valley (Cusco), this splendid structure is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and rich culture. Developed under an organic architectural style, combines the typical architecture of the place with all the amenities you deserve. La Casa De Barro offers comfortable and spacious rooms, all with heating and private bathrooms. Its cozy leisure areas, you can enjoy moments of true relaxation. One can also can delight the typical cuisine of the region, along with the warmth of the fireplace in the bar comedor. We have a wide selection of domestic and imported liquors. La Casa De Barro is managed directly by their owners, which ensures friendly and personal treatment to each of its customers. ... more   less 
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