Yellow River

65 soles per person, including breakfast and dinner (lunch available at extra cost)

Situated at the bottom of a steep valley in between Santa Maria and Santa Teresa along an alternate "Inca Trail", Quellomayo is walked through frequently by travellers but rarely do they stop to hang out here. Andy, Tatiana and their family have a coffee plantation up on the hills above here and a house, with guest rooms, down at the bottom near the river.

The setting is beautiful and it's a good spot to relax and get away from it all; there's no phone and internet (at the moment; although that may change in 2013) and it's very peaceful. There are a couple of easy unguided hikes available, heading back to Santa Maria along the local Inca walkway (fantastic views up and down the valley) and along the river bed towards Santa Maria. There's another Inca path that heads far up the side of the valley, but this was apparently harder to find the way so I haven't done it; ask if they can find you a guide!

Food is delicious and eaten on a huge table in the dining room with the rest of the family, as well as any volunteers at the time (Yellow River has WWOOFers at times).

Do bring a torch and mosquito repellent, as the mossies here are bloodthirsty, savage and persistent - although this apparently varies by season (we visited in August).

Getting here can be a little bit of a challenge, so check the Quellomayo site for up to date details. The basic idea is to take a "Starex" (a sort of collectivo) out to Santa Maria (30 soles pp, 4 - 5 hours) and take a taxi (25 - 40 soles, depending on luck), collectivo (only to the top of the entrance road, 10 minutes walk from there, around 10 soles pp) or hike (on the aforementioned Inca path, might be difficult to find the start but easy from there, about 2 hours hike) from there to Quellomayo.