The city that tells the story of the Incas, Cusco is a place that boasts the visual beauty of colonial plazas, stunning architectures and ruins that are set on a backdrop of the amazing Andes mountain range.
The ancient wonder of this spot contrasts magnificently with Cusco’s thriving tourism, arts scene and universities. Architectural wonders such as Qoriacancha Palace and the Church of Santo Domingo are complemented by high rise walls of defence that mark plazas such as the central Plaza de Armas. The stone streets and colonial buildings depict warm reds and browns, giving the city an authentically rustic feel.
While in Cusco, we found ourselves at the Sunset Hostel, aptly named and located in a quiet, yet central, spot near the city’s main plaza. Proud to be known as the first flashpacker hostel in Cusco, the building is located in the beautiful and very artsy San Blas neighbourhood, where you can go visit many fantastic galleries, museums and ruins.
On arrival, we are welcomed by the owner, Manuel, who is fluent in English and is an incredibly friendly and helpful guy – he even invited us to go rock climbing with him and his friends! Unfortunately, we were suffering from a slight dose of food-poising so we were unable to go with him – but there’s always next time!
If you check out the hostel’s reviews, you’ll find it very difficult to find a review that doesn’t praise Manuel and everything he has done for plenty of other travellers.
Our room was fantastic – we had really warm blankets, a comfy mattress and it had a really nice, cosy, very clean feel to it, which can be lacking in some hostels. We also had the liberty of lockers, fast free WiFi, storage and a nice little bedside lamp.
Services and facilities at this hostel also include shuttle services, hot showers, Cusco tours, laundry, a fully equipped kitchen, a really comfy and homely living room, cable TV, a DVD player, a gorgeous terrace and a barbeque area.
The owner also expressed to us some great additions that are being made to the hostel in the foreseeable future, such as adding a roof top restaurant that will offer panoramic views of Cusco.
A typical stay at the Sunset Hostel could consist of time hanging out with Manuel over some fun activities or touring, exploring the city and the wonderful neighbourhood that is San Blas, before returning for a Saturday Barbeque and getting to know other guests at the hostel.
This could be followed by a lazy lounge on one of the terrace’s hammocks, enjoying a beer or two and then as night falls, basking in the warmth of the sitting room’s fireplace and chilling out to a good movie.
Sounds good, eh?!
There are a lot of home comforts in this hostel that go so nicely with the excitement, buzz and “new” feeling that comes with exploring the completely foreign Cusco.
As Manuel says, you will enter as a guest and leave as a family member – he definitely gets that vibe across. And you won’t forget the hostel’s logo, which reflects the magnificent sunsets over the Andes that you will have the pleasure of experiencing while visiting Cusco.