Tips for a Smooth Trip

From packing earplugs to bringing fresh American Dollars, make things easy on yourself!

Things to Note About the Casa de Tres Osos

No wifi? WHY?
There is no in house wifi. The Casa is a tranquil place to unplug and connect to the people and the nature around you. We are luckily just a quick 5 min from a couple great cafes with wifi if you need to connect your smartphone/tablet/laptop to book travel details or connect with friends and family back home.
Doggies: Fears or Allergies?
We have 3 med-large dogs who are well trained and cuddly.  If you have fear of dogs please let us know ahead of time. We can put them outside upon your arrival and keep them scarce for a time. If you have allergies, we sadly suggest you find another place that is pet free :(. We can only do so much.
Light Sleeper?
We are 5 minutes from town and a few blocks from the main street which means this house is generally nice and tranquil. However, this IS an old Peruvian farm house. There might be creaking floorboards and some flies buzzing about. This is normal. If your are a light sleeper we encourage you bring foam earplugs.
No Blackout Curtains!
We don’t have black-out curtains like many high end hotels. We love natural light and circadian rhythms so we have sheer, ethereal, white curtains. If you want to sleep late, which we also encourage after a long trip or if you are a night person, pack an eye mask to make it easier to catch your zzzs.

Things to Note about Peru Travels

Exchanging Money
Bring Clean fresh US Dollars (no creases or tears) to exchange in person to avoid international transaction fees that add up. We also suggest you bring 2 debit bank cards (bring a copy) in case of theft or a machine eats your card. It’s hard to get a card sent internationally to a developing nation in a short amount of time. Avoid the headache. There are money exchange offices in Urubamba just 5 min away with great rates. You can also just pull out soles but watch out for the transaction fees!
How should I Dress in the Mountains
The temperature changes drastically through the day (up to 30-40 degrees) from being in the sun to shade or when night comes so bring toasty layers as well as light tank tops. Bring a day pack to make sure you have appropriate layers through the day. This is true during rainy season (September-February) and dry season (March – August) Rainy season will be warmer during the nights but dry footware and a good rain jacket will be amazing. During the dry season the temperature drops down to freezing at night but is warm and sunny during the day so bring warm socks and extra thermals!
Mosquitos ??
We don’t have too many mosquitos so malaria is a non issue here. However, bring and wear long hiking pants because the biting flies in the andes will attack your ankles (ouch) They tend to really itch for a few days so just avoid the pain with high socks, long pants or both. Feel free to bring some bug spray. We like the all natural stuff.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
The sun is really strong so make sure you put on spf the first day to avoid burns,  We’ve seen peoples faces peel off. It’s not pretty. We are at high altitude with really crisp air so sometimes you don’t notice the heat but burns happen after even 15 minutes. Sunscreen is also pretty expensive down here so make sure you pack your own.
Trials & Difficulties
Peru is a powerful place that can bring up emotional/spiritual challenges, the faster you accept the lesson, the easier your trip will be. We’ve seen many people with a specific plan and sometimes the country has its own agenda for you. Go with it!

A Bit About Our Guests

Who do we Host?
The Casa has hosted folks from over 25 countries from ages 1-75. The majority of travelers tend to be solo traveling, professionals who are taking a long extended holiday in their late 20s to early 40s.

It’s a more grown-up, conscientious, off-the-beaten-path, backpacker hostel with some homey details. We’ve hosted families, groups of friends, gap year backpackers and lots of 30 something adults doing some transitioning or soul searching.

We’ve been lucky to have some of the brightest, most talented thoughtful folks on the planet move through this home. We consider every single person family.

Living with Others
Our only rule is to respect each other and the space around you. We believe in the golden rule and being aware of other guests and each others needs.

Our guest tend to participate by tidying up after themselves to show respect for the others sharing the house. After family dinner we pitch in to clean up the kitchen and try to keep the communal areas free of clutter.

There are no quiet hours, simply, we are conscientious if people are sleeping late or napping. We participate with sharing groceries or donating to the house to keep the kitchen stocked so everyone can eat healthy fresh food for less than 5 dollars a day!