Located in the magical city of Cusco and only two blocks from the main square, Plaza de Armas, Walkon Inn Hostel is the perfect stopover for a panoramic view of the city. Situated at the top of a quiet hill, (hopefully you’ve adjusted to the altitude), Walkon Inn Hostel is an affordable backpacker haven. A long 1145 km, approx 711 mi, from Lima, Cusco tends to be the next stop for most travellers. Why? To explore the most gorgeous city and hike Machu Picchu!
Fresh and airy with a smile
Upon arrival you are greeted by a lovely staff with great English who are happy to show you to your room. With a variety of rooms ranging from dorms to doubles, there’s a room to suit every traveler. From experience of staying in several rooms, I would highly recommend room 7. It is a spacious, double room with an absolutely stunning panoramic view of Cusco. Costing 35 PEN, approx 5 USD per person, the room is clean, bright and airy with a snuggly duvet.
For those on a tighter budget, a 6 bed dorm will cost you 20 PEN, approx 2.89 USD. It has to be said that the dorms are a little on the cramped side and smell a tad iffy — but hey, what dorm doesn’t!
Only some private rooms offer an en-suite bathroom. This will cost you 81 PEN, approx 24 USD. However, there are three other clean and fresh bathrooms, throughout the hostel. From my experience with hostel bathrooms, Walkon Inn Hostel’s bathrooms are a pleasant surprise. Towels can also be hired from the front desk, so there’s no need to dry yourself on a t-shirt.
Breakfast with a view
Not quite like the pictures you see online, breakfast is served between 7–9 am. Unfortunately Walkon Inn Hostel does lack a variety of food at breakfast time — just a roll with jam. But trust me when I say, the rooftop view more than makes up for it!
Quiet, cosy and relaxing
If you’re looking for a party hostel, then Walkon Inn Hostel isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for some quiet downtime, you’ll feel right at home. With a cosy sofa area providing free coca tea and plenty of books to read, Walkon Inn Hostel is ideal for catching your breath after exploring Cusco. Wi-Fi also works throughout the Hostel, but just remember this is Peru, so it will be hit and miss.
Dig out the hiking boots, you’re going to Machu Picchu
For those who have exhausted the markets and local coffee, (if that’s even possible), why not book one of the many tours on offer in Cusco. Perhaps put on those hiking boots and climb Machu Picchu or even spend the day hiking Rainbow Mountain. Although booking a tour in town may be cheaper and haggling the price is acceptable, from experience I would recommend booking with the hostel — that way there will be no nasty surprises. A tour to Rainbow Mountain through Walkon Inn Hostel will cost roughly 125 PEN, approx. 36.46 USD.
If hiking really doesn’t take your fancy, why not spent the day photographing the traditional woman and their llamas, they are everywhere in Cusco so it won’t take long to find them! P.S. It is important to ask their permission and you must be prepared for a chase if you don’t give them some loose change.