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“very special but just a bit disturbing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Huayoccari Hacienda Restaurant

Huayoccari Hacienda Restaurant
Ranked #49 of 283 Restaurants in Sacred Valley
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Perth, Australia
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116 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“very special but just a bit disturbing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

This hill top hacienda is not just about the lovely food and service and views, it is about the incredible art work and craftsmanship of the furniture in the complex.

We were in a small group that took over the private and very formal dining room and our buffet dishes were outstanding. Truly decadent eating, as pretty to look at as to eat.

As well as our dining room there is a vast room for patrons and several nice outdoor areas. for a lunch you will want to sit out side and admire the views. At night, it is desirable to sit inside and admire the art works.

There is that nagging historical bugbear however that originally this place, like most early Spanish haciendas in Peru, was built on slave/peon labour and likely on corruption and terror, too. The artworks include Inca, pre-inca as well as 16th-17th century Spanish paintings. It is unlikely a price could be put on the value of the art, owned by a private family.

Originally the hacienda was a monsterous size property, now it is a modest landholding... a reminder that Peru nationalised the large haciendas some decades ago, freeing up land the workers could claim.

One can't eat in such historic homes of the former super wealthy who owned people as well as land and livestock without acknowledging its past.

Nevertheless, this is a restaurant experience not to be missed.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Meadow Vista, California
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195 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Incredible Place, A Highlight Of The Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Nestled high in The Sacred Valley in the midst of a cattle ranch this hacienda charms you from the entry through dinner. The 300 plus year legacy of this family owned ranch and restaurant strikes you as you enter.

You enter into a long glass case lined wide hallway are give a complimentary Pisco Sour, told to take your time viewing the pre-Inca artifacts in the cases. As you turn the corner you encounter another similar artifact lined hallway of Inca artifacts, then comes a Spanish Colonial room, then finally a large room with European art. A collection started by the current owners great grandfather and brought forward by subsequent generations.

As you try and take this in you also have access to the beautifully landscaped gardens just outside. It was like stepping into a luxury travelog presentation.

When you are ready, the dining room is set with elegant linens, fine china, gleaming glassware and multiples in silverware. The menu is fixed price with multiple choices in each of the courses. Our group of 8 were well served with an excellent dinner. The winners in the group appeared to be those who choose the fresh trout prepared with a caper sauce. I had the Lomo Saltado, a beef & mild pepper dish, but looked longingly at the fish. Pork & Chicken were also available. Wine & filtered water was included. Our cost, including tip was under $50US per person. It's cash only, so bring your Soles ("so-laes" - Peruvian Dollars).

It's located 2KM from he highway on a dirt road. Getting there was an adventure. Two taxi's of 4 people each started up the hill's dirt road. At one point the hill was too steep for the taxi to bear the load, we were requested to walk through this stretch. A bit up the road the taxi stopped & let us re-enter, a short distance later that move was repeated. It was pitch dark outside, fortunately one of the people in our cab had thought to bring a flashlight. It's not as bad as it sounds, but you do have to be prepared for the unexpected. A woman in heels would have had an issue. Fortunately this is an informal area of Peru, we were in regular travel clothing and didn't have any such issue, nor did we feel under dressed.

The place is like visiting another world in it's rural setting. Food and service that would be respected in any major city placed high on the walls of a scenic and magical valley.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EffStop
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views & wonderful food. A MUST while in the Sacred Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

This hidden hacienda sits up one of the sides of the Sacred Valley offering spectacular views and fantastic food. The space is grand and intimate at the same time with a small private museum in the main house and seating available both in and outside of the house. We were there for lunch and enjoyed our meal outside. The meal consisted of traditional Peruvian cuisine which was impeccably served.

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the area and we recommend it to everyone that visits.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gio-1007
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