The most important thing to know is that GringoWasi is not within the City of Cusco, it is located in the town of Huarocondo, 30 min. from the city of Cusco and 10 minutes from the town of Izcuchaca. Nestled in a small valley North West of the city of Izcuchaca, at an altitude of 3400 meters (11,300 ft.), the town of Huarocondo is surrounded by hills and farmland, growing everything from artichokes to choclo (a variety of Peruvian corn). The town of Huarocondo is also locally known as the “Lechon Capital”, lechon being roast pig typically done in large adobe ovens, and served with fresh baked bread.
The location of Huarocondo provides easy access to the city of Cusco as well as the Sacred Valley, with the town of Ollantaytambo being only 1 hour away via a well maintained dirt road that runs north from Huarocondo. The ancient Inca site of Moray and the salt mines of Maras are also an easy drive via dirt road, which travels through several small towns and passes by a large beautiful lake.
There are basically three ways to get to the property from Cusco, the first and easiest would be for us to arrange transportation for you, and either my wife and I would pick you up, or one of the drivers we know would pick you up.
The second and cheapest way would be by colectivo or bus. To get here by colectivo or bus you would take a taxi from anywhere in Cusco to the colectivo station to Izcuchaca (car or bus). You then take the colectivo or bus to Izcuchaca, upon arrival in Izcuchaca ask for the colectivo station to Huarocondo (there is only colectivos for thei route), this is over the bridge and to the left (look for a blue sign). This last colectivo will take you to Huarocondo and drop you off at the main plaza. From the main Plaza, just walk up the street to the right of the Church and we are at the end of the first block on the right, look for the sign over the door.
The last way to get here would be to take a taxi on your own, if you decide to do this you will have to tell the driver that you need to go to Huarocondo as almost none of the taxi’s in Cusco will know where our property is. Once in town direct the driver up the street to the right of the Church and to the end of the first block, again look for the sign over the door. If you decide to get your own taxi there is one thing to be prepared for, we have been informed by previous guests, that some taxi drivers will say that our town is more than an hour away, or even that it is not safe, these statements of course are false. We believe these drivers have a hotel that pays them a commission for bringing in customers, so if you choose to get a taxi on your own, and they try to convince you to go somewhere else, just look for another taxi.