So we have just spent 9 days & nights in the city of Cusco. Our ‘home’ there was Hostal Andrea, at Cuesta de Santa Ana, 514. The hostal is a 15min walk, gently uphill, from the city’s main square, and sits just on the edge of the main tourist area, at the bottom of the Santa Ana barrio. There is no website for the hostal, but you can find the email & telephone via a search on Trip Advisor.
Now if you want accommodation that has western standards of decoration, plumbing, wiring, decoration, furnishings etc, then this place is NOT for you. But if you want to stay in a charming, centuries old, higgledepiggledey place with friendly helpful owners then this is ideal. We have paid 55sols (£12) a night for a double room with own bathroom, plus breakfast. We get hot showers, use of a kitchen, Wi-Fi in main building, our washing done for a few sols, and a safe laid back place to stay. Cheaper rooms are available!
We had an upper floor room at the rear, with 2 large windows. From bed in the morning we can see the sun rise in the east, and look out as Cusco stretches east/southeast along the river Watanay valley. On the far east horizon are the snowcapped peaks of mount Ausangate, at over 6000m. Our other window looked northeast towards the ruins of the old Inca fortress of Saqsaywaman, that were built to defend the Inca capital, but fell to the Spanish invaders in 1537.
So if you ever come to Cusco and don’t want to be immersed in the tourist industry, but prefer something a little more real and local, we recommend Hostal Andrea and the lovely family that run it. Look out for the skull in the hallway too.
Here are a few pics of the hostal, which also show the traditional ‘mud mortar’ or adobe used to render external (and internal) walls, common to these parts. Enjoy! We are on our way to Bolivia now, with a few days by the Peruvian part of Lake Titicaca along the way.