"My husband, sister-in-law and I (plus other family members) arrived in Cusco after a two week tour of Peru. We were met by Jay's mother, Betty, her sister, Tulla, and Jay's brother, Miguel. All were very helpful in getting us settled. We had arranged with Jay to stay in the apartment on the fourth floor. Because for a couple days we also had our daughter, two grandchildren and a niece, Jay gave us use of the third floor apartment, as well. This worked out wonderfully. Our plan was for three of us (my husband, sister-in-law, and I) to stay on for two months. My husband became very ill from the altitude and found it necessary to return to low altitude by the end of the first week in Cusco. My sister-in-law and I stayed in Cusco for the rest of the month. Miguel and Betty were absolutely wonderful in helping get my husband to the airport and in helping us change flight tickets. We couldn't have hoped for a more supportive effort.
Two weeks after my husband's departure, I had friends who came to spend a few days with us in our apartment. One of them developed what we thought was altitude sickness, but when she became really sick, I contacted Miguel at 4:30am about getting her to the emergency room and it turned out she had an appendicitis. Jay's mother, Betty and her sister, Tulla came to the clinic and translated for us. I believe it was with their help that she was operated on in time to save her life. Again, they all went over and above what you would normally expect from your proprietors. Betty and Tulla visited her on several occasions while she remained in the hospital. There are just not enough "Thanks" that we can give to them.
On the apartment, my sister-in-law and I walked often to the shopping areas in town and never felt threatened. If we were out at night, we would take a taxi back to the apartment. Taxis are easy to find and very inexpensive. We had arranged with Jay to have a space heater in the apartment and I am very happy that we had it. It made a tremendous difference in our comfort. We also had a cooktop (four burner) in our apartment and were able to cook many meals. We had a nice refrigerator and if we were missing something that we needed, like extra pans, Betty would make sure we got them.
Being from Florida, I too suffered a bit from the altitude, so was very happy to return to a lower altitude at the end of the month. We had a great stay with very caring people. Thank You all."
Guest: Betty W.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: September 5, 2015