Even though Ollantaytambo wasn’t on our radar originally, we added a night here when we saw that we could get cheaper trains to Machu Picchu from there as well as see some of the sights in the Sacred Valley.
I began my search for a place to stay for our 1 night there. TripAdvisor listed Picaflor Tambo Guest House as the #2 B&B in Ollantaytambo. After visiting the website, I saw that the room was within our budget and emailed them to make a reservation.
When we arrived we completed all of our paperwork, paid for our room and were escorted upstairs.
When the door opened I was slightly confused – there were 3 twin beds. I asked the guest house if they had a matrimonial room, the term used in South America for 1 large bed, and they said they did not. They offered to pull the beds together for us but we have learned that never really works out well since there is a crack and 2 smaller sets of sheets on a larger bed. We figured it was only 1 night so it wasn’t a big deal.
The room itself was very large, clean and even had fresh flowers which was a nice touch. The ceiling of the room was fascinating to me as you could see the wood beams used to support the house.
It got quite cold at night, partially because there was no heating in the room (something that is common in this part of the world) and partially because I didn’t have Andy keeping me warm.
The bathroom was very large and clean. The shower was hot and spacious. After my shower I was surprised that the water wasn’t draining fast and then realized that the drain had a cover which was preventing it from draining. Why it was there I don’t know, but Andy was able to shower without having to stand in any water.
We had our first bathroom fan of our trip. It was really nice since we were able to turn it on and not have a hot, steamy bathroom after our shower.
We were able to pick the time that we wanted to dine. We originally chose 9am because we were going to hike up to the ruins, but ended up getting a later start. We decided we would eat earlier then hike afterwards. The guest house was completely fine with us changing our plans last minute.
The breakfast included the standard fare – eggs, rolls, juice, tea and coffee. The table was also set with olives for some reason. They aren’t the most common breakfast food but I imagine that someone who works at the guest house likes them and assumes that others do as well.
We dined with a couple in their 50’s from Philadelphia. They were visiting several different cities in Peru over a 3 week vacation. They were pretty well traveled, giving us tips for what to do when we are in Kenya on our safari.
There was a balcony in the common area which looked over the cobblestone street that we were on. It was quite nice to sit on the couch near the balcony, taking in the fresh air of the city. After staying in so many large, polluted cities, it was nice to have some fresh, country air.
Even though the guest house had wifi, I would argue that it barely did. It only worked when we were right next to the router and when it did work, it worked very, very slowly.
Ollantaytambo is quite small so everything is nearby. You can walk everywhere, something that is almost a requirement as vehicles can only use the main streets, not the little streets that many of the hotels and restaurants are on.
The guest house is located directly across the street to the entrance of Pinkuylluna, ruins that do not have an admission fee. This was perfect for us as we ony had a few hours to explore Ollantaytambo and really didn’t want to pay the steep tourist fees to visit other nearby ruins.
The only negative about the location is that it is located next to a club. The bass from the music, not the music itself, carried into the room a bit, not stopping until the club closed at 2:30am.
We were both bummed out that we didn’t have more time in Ollantaytambo. It was a really cute town with so much charm. There wasn’t a ton to do, but we kept ourselves busy hiking the ruins and wandering the cute cobblestone streets.
If we were to stay in Ollantaytambo again I would absolutely stay at Picaflor Tambo Guest House again. The only difference is that I would confirm that I would have a double bed before I arrived.