We've been in Peru for many months now, and El Tuco rates on our top 3 places we've stayed.
Here's what we loved:
Staff: Carina and Coco are warm and welcoming. They're full of information of what's around. Coco especially loves to hang around in the mornings and practice his English and help you with your Spanish too! They really add warmth and charm to the house.
Rooms: We stayed in three rooms over the course of our stay. They're all quite large, all had desks (joy! Somewhere to put your stuff that's not the floor!) and also had shelves and deep window casings to put your things. All the beds have bedside tables (it's remarkable how this small detail often goes awry in Peru!)
Showers: Simply the best. The pressure and hot water will turn you a happy shade of pink.
Cleanliness: One of our top priorities. If it's not clean we don't stay. Well, El Tuco is very, very clean. The tile in the bathrooms sparkles and there's no dust under the beds. Love that. Our favorite clean place though? The kitchen! See next!
Kitchen: Oh joy of joys! To the budget traveler who's also a clean-freak having a clean, well-stocked kitchen is a great pleasure. It's so easy to keep a kitchen clean that's ALREADY clean. You've got a 4 eyed gas burner, a microwave (yes!), a fridge, and plenty of cookware and plates. There's even a few essentials available for all to use like salt and pepper, plus whatever other travelers have left behind (we found mayo, ketchup, soy sauce, and vinegar)
Breakfast: Breakfast is basic, but sufficient. Decent bread, margarine, jam, instant coffee and many types of tea to choose from. I don't know what other reviewers are talking about that some people got eggs served to them and they didn't, perhaps they'd asked and paid a little more? I know for us, we just walked 2 blocks, bought eggs, and fruit and very inexpensively supplemented our own breakfast. Breakfast also takes place at a huge communal table, which is awesome for getting to know people and learning about what's around and getting information first hand from fellow travelers.
Wi-fi-Very dependable downstairs in the common area-fine for skyping and uploading photos. They also have a computer there you can use. In the rooms the wi-fi sometimes worked great and other times went in and out.
Location: I had to laugh when some reviewers said El Tuco is so far away from everything. Seriously, it's a 10 minute walk to center. This means a cheaper, quieter hostel for you! We walked to center several times a day and enjoyed the walk.
Over all we are very satisfied with our stay. Quiet, clean, comfortable, friendly, good location, nice rooms, great kitchen. Thanks Coco and Carina!!!!!
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