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Sonia has rooms available for longer term rent in her house in the old part of Ollantaytambo with a sunny patio. Great way to practise your Spanish. Her husband Ferdinand has a minibus that you can rent with driver for the day... he can guide you round local sites.

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Sonia and Ferdinand in their house Uploaded by Simon Friday on April 10, 2007.

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9 / 10
2 reviews

Simon Friday (8 / 10)

reviewed May 4, 2007, 5:38 p.m.

Simon Friday spent a whole day with Sonia Guzman.

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Ferdinand drove a crew of us to go mountain biking in Ausangate. We trashed his van with spilt food and drink and asked him to drive us as high as he could get the van to save us cycling up hill! Not very eco-friendly, but that´s not Ferdinand´s fault...

Best bits: Ferdinand´s infinite patience
Worst bits: Slow, but steady!


Overall experience: 8 / 10
Value for money: 8 / 10
Eco impact: 3 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Not sure
Profile Accuracy: 8 / 10


Rosemary Wilson (10 / 10)

reviewed June 11, 2011, 7:16 p.m.

Rosemary Wilson spent 5-10 days with Sonia Guzman.

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I stayed for a week with Sonia and her family and it was the richest experience I had while visiting Peru. The authentic Incan house along a cobblestone "calle" in the pueblo of Ollantaytambo has been her family home for generations. She and her husband each have numerous siblings and come from Ollantaytambo and therefore know absolutely everyone in town and all the families in the cemetery! The sunny patio laden with potted plants gives a sense of space in the small town and the living/dining room was cosy and a nice gathering place for visitors and the family. In the words of her charming husband, Ferdinando, Sonia is "very popular" and seems to be the Pacha Mamma for all the local women. She is the president of the local women's group - and led the parade on Mother's Day, is the distribution point for donations of evaporated milk for new mothers, and almost every afternoon another woman would be bending her ear with life's vicissitudes! Although only in her early 30's Sonia has a kindness and premature wisdom that draws one to her. On her two burner stove she produced some amazing meals - perhaps a result of her experience as a cook to provision guides for turistas hiking the Inca Trail. Her two children - ages 13 and 3 are delightful and her 3 year old son attends nursery school in an Incan palacio overlooking the local ruins. She and Ferdinando are low key and wonderfully patient with my Italo-espanol and seemed to be interested in a wide range of subjects. My adult children arrived after my week's stay there and Sonia kindly had us all to dinner with a great send-off after a fabulous stay. Expect a homey atmosphere, simple but clean surroundings and a somewhat electrically challenging shower!

Best bits: Warm, homey atmosphere with kind family
Worst bits: None except unexpectedly cold temperatures


Overall experience: 10 / 10
Value for money: 10 / 10
Eco impact: 10 / 10
Does the local understand eco issues? Yes
Profile Accuracy: 10 / 10


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