Located in the southeast of Peru, we arrived in Cusco only to be greeted with magnificent colonial architectures set against a stunning backdrop of the Andes. This mountain range is huge and seems to be following us wherever we go, which we don’t mind as its views never get old.
Vibrant summer festivals, a buzzing arts scene, a lively nightlife and a fantastic tourist aura make the magnificent ancient walls, convents, cathedrals and ruins come to life with tours, galleries and museums galore to explore.
Some noted spots include the central Plaza, Plaza de Armas, the Sacsayhuaman fortress (located just outside the city) and Coricancha or the “Temple of the Sun”.
In a wonderful setting, just up the hill from the notable San Pedro market is Atawkama Hostel. We were welcomed by nice, friendly staff before being shown to our room. The staff are great and will help you out in planning your activities by showing you maps and arranging shuttle services or whatever else you might need.
During our stay we had the pleasure of the most powerful hot shower, and a cosy atmosphere with mirrors, storage, extra blankets and a nice bedside lamp. It should be noted that the entire hostel is cleaned to a very high standard, which only adds to its levels of comfort.
We found the Wi-Fi to be excellent, which of course is always a major plus for us. The hostel is also committed to a no bunkbed policy, meaning that every room is spacious with fantastic privacy – something that is very hard to acquire in any hostel!
We made our way down to the common area, where we were greeted with the same level of comfort as we had found in our room. It hosted a selection of games and DVDs, and two computers in the room for common use.
Other great services and facilities included a fully equipped kitchen, availability of a selection of free teas, such as cinnamon, clove, chamomile, lemongrass, anise and coca tea, free luggage storage and security lockers, a library, a lovely miniature plaza equipped with benches and hammocks, a free to use barbeque area, cable TV, 24 hour reception and a laundry service.
Breakfast was also included, and we were treated to yummy breads, teas and conserves. One reviewer hits the nail on the head in saying it’s a fantastic hostel to meet other backpackers, with plenty of communal space to chill in and an overall great atmosphere.
If you check out the reviews on Tripadvisor, you’ll find that many others had plenty of fantastic words to say about this place too. Many complement the staff on arranging competitively priced tours that turned out to be great fun for them, while others praise the staff for going that extra mile, such as delivering tea to the many altitude-sick folk that arrive.
A lot of reviewers share a common opinion with us and that is that we’d definitely go back again. For more information on this place, make sure to check out its website!