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Living The Slow Life In Cusco, Peru With Roomorama

by Tony · 4 comments

Great accomodations found through Roomorama

Finally... a private room!

Friends of ours (TwoOregonians.com) once wrote about traveling as a couple, “”Home is each other, and life fits in a backpack.”

Poetic and yet, so true. But traveling as a couple can also present many challenges. One of those challenges is how to just be by ourselves. Alone.

When we are staying at hostels, we meet lots of interesting people and have a blast… but we lose those quiet moments together. The moments where it is just the two of you loving life and enjoying the day-to-day.

We were not sure if we would ever truly find this on the road until we rented an apartment in Buenos Aires. It was such a great experience that we extended our one week stay into three and have been hooked on more private accommodations ever since.

We booked our kick-ass apartment in BA through Roomorama as they offered us a discount to write an honest review of their site. Well, we loved it so much that we wanted to keep working them in as many ways as possible.

We immediately figured out where our next week-plus stay would be after BA and rented a place in Cusco (again for a discount).

We also decided to have a contest and give away $50 of Roomorama credit to whoever answers the following question on twitter or our facebook page the most creatively:

In what city will you use your $50 of Roomorama credit and who is the one person (living or dead) that you would want to go with you? Be as creative as you want!

We are also giving away an extra $25 as a special incentive to the person who gets the most combined facebook likes and retweets of their answer. Be creative, try as many as you want, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 7th.

Net House In Cusco, Peru With Roomorama

There were fewer inexpensive apartment rental options in Cusco than we had in Buenos Aires, but not a problem.

There was an excellent B&B available located right in the heart of the historical section of Cusco called Net House. For only $35 per night we had access to a private bedroom, private bathroom, a very good kitchen, and a very helpful staff.

One block away was a monstrous market where we could buy all of the fresh veggies we needed for our kitchen. One of the first things we look for after settling into a new place is the market and this one did not disappoint.

Market in Cusco

We had a great time at the market... can you tell we are tourists?

There was a light breakfast consisting solely of some bread, butter, and jam… but at least we were able to select what time to have breakfast and coffee was always available. As a backpacker, you learn that bread and some kind of spread is a fairly typical hostel breakfast in South America. Net House did not impress us on this front, but they were within the norms of what we had come to expect.

We actually found Net House through a review from OverYonderLust who went before us. What finally sold me on the place was their description of the electric heater as we also used it as a nice towel rack to have toasty towels for after the shower.

Trust me… after the damp cold nights we spent huddled together in Bolivia, this heater was a minor miracle!

Freezing in Bolivia

This was me in Bolivia... the heater at Net House was MUCH appreciated.

The Net House in Cusco was the perfect place for us to recharge our batteries for two weeks. Did I mention we were hiking the Inca Trail right after our stay? We needed all of the rest we could get!

Special Bonus: There were at least 5 english language channels on TV. We did not realize how much we had missed TV until Meg came down with food poisoning, but OH MAN was that TV a life saver.

We are 2 for 2 with rentals through Roomorama. We are big proponents of occasionally renting an apartment or private room when traveling, especially as a traveling couple, and think Roomorama is a great option. Why don’t you take a second to try our Roomorama contest so that you can test their rentals for yourself then you win $50 of credit?

In what city will you use your $50 of Roomorama credit and who is the one person (living or dead) that you would want to go with you? Answer on Twitter and Facebook with more instructions found here.

Remember, the most retweeted and liked question also gets a $25 gift certificate to Amazon!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

Erica May 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Wasn’t the heater AWESOME!?! It also warmed my towel before I hit the shower. SO AMAZING.

Tony May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

JUST what we needed after the damp coldness of La Paz… We had that thing on 24/7!

JR May 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I love the idea of the questions and the Roomarama prize Too bad I haven’t gotten hooked on the FB thing yet. My answer anyway would be, Besides you and Meg, Abraham Lincoln Florence. BTW, you never told us about how cold your room was in Bolivia. Did not look too comfortable.

Tony May 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

Love that answer, but were you thinking of taking Lincoln on a romantic holiday? Why Florence? That place in Bolivia was especially cold… it was Isla del Sol. The island in the middle of Lake Tititcaca. Over 12,000ft above sea level and freezing!

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