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Los Tres Balcones Guesthouse

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Avenida Abancay S/N, Cachora Peru
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#4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Cachora
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Hostel with capacity for 20 people, one suite x 2 pax, 2 triples and 7 doubles.
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We spent one night here before beginning an 8 day trek (Choquequirao - Machu Picchu). Our stay was v. disappointing. The rooms were dirty - shower was so dirty that we didn't use it. Mold on the ceilings. Sheets were dirty, floorboards lifting off the ground. I don't need much - a clean bed to sleep on would do it. Being surrounded by dirt, mold and decaying wood floors was not enjoyable. I would not recommend staying here.
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In Cachora, there are one or two much more expensive acomodation options (one was for example more than twice the price of Tres balcones) and also cheaper options (but you won't have a private bath). I found that Tres Balcones was a very good and pleasant intermediary option with everything which matters to us, for a reasonable price. The owner has invested in the hotel, putting nicely carved wood balconies and front door. The garden is pleasant. There is also a kitchen where you can cook. The pool and football tables were welcome and make the hotel also a good destination for groups. The person running the hotel in Cachora, Marcelino, (the owner doesn't live on site) is very helpful and organized for us the arrieros to have the trek to Cachora. These arrieros were good and reliable regarding security: we had two children of 7 and 10 for a good portion of time on a horse. They didn't hesitate to take them out for a few meters and then back on the horse whenever it was safer to do so. They could really be trusted. -------------------------------------------Not linked to the hotel---------------------------------------------- I would strongly advise to take at least an arriero and a mule to help carry your stuff and better take a horse to help in case you feel very tired or get injured. Furthermore you will contribute to the local economy and as you will see Cachora is not striving. The trek to Choquequirao is very demanding, due to distance (31,5 km from Cachora), ~ 1400 m drop to Apurimac river and ~1500 m climb to Choquequirao from the Apurimac river, in a very dry and hot environment, especially before crossing the river. When coming back, we saw a dog lying on the path, completely exhausted and thirsty (the dog owner was completely reckless and hadn't carried much water) and it would have died if it hadn't be carried on a mule out of the canyon - (the owner also had to be lifted on a horse, by the way). So take a lot of water. Be aware also that unfortunately there is little to purchase in Cachora to organize your trek so buy in a supermarket in Cusco most of what you need (gas, dehydrated food for example). It is a pity, there are many small businesses in Cachora but all sell the same and limited offer (rice, water, tuna cans, bread - even if there was no bead delivery on the day we left for the trek...). Take also some repellent as there are a lot of agressive mosquitoes, in the three camps closest to the river (even 700 m above it).
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I traveled to Cachora in August 2013 solo within a larger group as my first venture outside the US. I met with the owner of "Los Tres Balcones" Oscar through a mutual friend and he was available, informative, and helpful in all stages of planning my trip. The coordination of travel from Cuzco to Cachora was perfect and the drive was a pleasant 4-5 hours. Once in the hostel the accommodations were above expectations and the views spectacular. Fresh prepared foods, wood burning oven, nice rooms, hot water, games. The people of the town are also friendly and it is great to see an area void of most if not all of todays devices and amenities in the "new world". I was able to pick up games of "pelota"(soccer) both in town and on the mountain. The hike was led by one of Oscars many well trained guides Juan Carlos and he has extensive knowledge of the area, plants, people, history. We were equipped with horses, individual porters, food, water, food and sleeping tents. The overall feel was presidential as a group of the porters would trek ahead and set up camps for you each day. The professional chef would prepare unique meals each time and the presentation for a camping environment was 4 star. The hike was magnificent and challenging, but well worth it and all knowing that the horses are there for your use. The campos that exist along their "walking highway" towards Choquequirao offer basic bathrooms, snacks, water, BEER, and other nic-nac's. The ruins are very private and a great glimpse into the history and culture of the area, and I feel pleased that I have seen them before they are to touristy. Yes this town is not close to Machu Picchu yet with some planning (months ahead for entry tickets-do the research!) it is very attainable to see both ruins and Cuzco, but would recommend Choquequirao first due to its privacy. Both guides and locals were extremely helpful in my needs. The total time spent in Peru was 12 days, I would recommend 14 plus to really not feel to rushed. PS- research and invest in solar chargers for your cameras etc.
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Several years ago we travelled with four families with teen-aged children on an excursion arranged by the owner of Tres Balcones, into Choquequirau. It was beyond memorable - a highlight of the many international travels we have experienced as a family. The night prior and the night after the treck we relaxed at Tres Balcones. The lodging was simple, comfortable, and friendly. The hamlet of Cachora is extremely rustic and authentic (which makes it interesting), but Tres Balcones is clean, comfortable, and up to US standards. The food was fresh, tasty, and local, with appetizers of mini pizzas pouring out of the wood burning oven. I presume the individual pizzas to order may not be on the menu every night, but the meals served exceeded our expectations. The hosts went out of their way to make us comfortable and provide information for our journey. I would highly recommend the adventure and the delightful, simple lodging.
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My wife and I traveled to Peru to go on a five day trek to the ruins at Choquequirao, starting our hike at Cachora. We found this quaint family run hostel which has delightful. We have traveled India, Africa and now Peru. Clean rooms, hot showers, flushing toilets, what more could we ask for. It was exactly what we were looking for at the beginning and end of our trek. Food was good, beds relaxing and the service spot on.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, Los Tres Balcones Guesthouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.