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“Pachamanca lunch was our favorite meal in Cusco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Albergue Farm

El Albergue Farm
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: El Albergue Farm Ollantaytambo has been an agricultural area since pre-Inca times and farming continues to be the main source of income for a large majority of the areas population. Travellers in this area will notice the amazing terraced fields, water canals and granaries that were built over 500 years ago and continue to be used to date. El Albergue is nestled within the terracing of Ollantaytambo, and as of 2011 we have started a small farming project of our own. We are currently producing many of our own vegetables, corn, quinua and potatoes on our adjacent farm, our guests are invited to visit the farm and even give farm work a dig if so inclined. Our farm is worked without the use of agrochemicals or synthetic fertilizers, and using many of the traditional techniques that have been around for centuries: plowing with oxen, rotating crops and using biological controllers to regulate pests and disease. Pachamanca Lunch For a complete Ollantaytambo farm experience sign-up for a Pachamanca lunch on our farm. A Pachamanca is a traditional way of preparing food in the Andes. In the absence of a stove an oven is built out of stones, the stones are heated with a wood fire and once brought to a very high temperature, the stones are placed carefully with the vegetables meat and seasoning. The food is then covered with grass and banana leaves before being covered by a mound of earth. After 45 minutes the meal is ready and we have the pleasure of digging our delicious potatoes, yams, corn, fava beans, lamb, pork, alpaca, and chicken straight from the earth. We offer Quy (guinnea pig) upon request and for groups larger than 12 people. Guests can enjoy their meal under a thatch roof in the middle of the farm with views of the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, mount Pinkulluna and the Veronica glacier. Food is served family style accompanied by chicha, fresh salads and a variety of sauces, including our tasty uchucutas. Beer and wine are available upon request, and we offer our signature Matacuy as a complimentary digestif after the meal. The experience also includes a chance to work on the farm helping with whatever is at hand, be it digging potatoes, planting crops, husking corn, or any myriad of farm jobs. Groups are invited to play volleyball or just relax in the fields for the afternoon. We host the Pachamanca on our organic farm daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. You meet our Farm Manager in reception and start with a tour of the hotel and then make your way to the farm to see the preparation of the Pachamanca. While the food cooks, you take a tour of the farm and then enjoy the lunch which consists of the cooked meat (chicken, pork, and lamb with alpaca, rabbit and cuy upon request), Andean and sweet potatoes, and vegetables), as well as two different house-made salads and three sauces as well as chicha morada (purple corn juice). You end up sitting down to eat one hour after the meeting time, and the total time is between 2 and 3 hours, depending how much time you spend on the farm after eating lunch. The price is US$40 per adult and US$30 for children 12 and under. Please let me know if anyone in your group has allergies or dietary restrictions. If you are not a guest of the hotel, we ask for a 50% Paypal deposit in advance of the arrival date. As much preparation goes into the Pachamanca, we do ask for cancellation or modification notice before 8pm the evening prior to the reservation, otherwise we charge the full amount of the deposit as a cancellation fee.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Seattle, Washington
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“Pachamanca lunch was our favorite meal in Cusco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had a private tour lead by Sergio of the beautiful organic farm behind El Albergue. The garden supplies all the veggies and herbs used in their restaurant, which is also fabulous! We were told the pachamanca is for celebrating special life events so it was a fitting since we were on our honeymoon. We feasted on lamb, chicken, beef, pork, alpaca, several varieties of potatoes, fava beans, and other herbs which were cooked on super hot stones buried in the soil. Everything was cooked and seasoned so well. There was also a fresh garden salad and chicha morada (purple corn drink). Everything was set up and served to us on a table outside. We could enjoy our meal and take in the gorgeous mountain setting. It was our favorite meal we had on our trip and we highly recommend it!

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful Experience at Farm Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We read about the farm lunch on their website and reserved it in advance. Were we happy that we did! Sergio came and got us at our room and led us through the back gate over to the El Albergue's own organic farm. Two helpers were already there, and they had dug a shallow pit where they were heating up rocks over white-hot coals. They then put potatoes on the bottom rocks, layering chicken and pork on the next level, and finishing with lava beans and fresh herbs on top. Then they covered it all with banana leaves, covered that with a damp cloth, and covered the whole thing with dirt - making an oven. While everything was cooking, Sergio took on a tour of the farm, showing us everything that they grow there. And there's a lot! But barely 15 minutes into the tour, it was time to go eat! Everything was cooked! We watched as they uncovered the food and moved everything onto earthenware platters. They had set up a beautiful table for us and we feasted in the most perfect setting imaginable. We highly recommend doing this!

Visited September 2013
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“Pachamanca lunch is fabulous! (and quick as well)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

The Albergue at Ollantaytambo organizes an excursion to their farm followed by an authentic inca Pachamanca lunch. First an English speaking guide, in our case very friendly and knowledgeable Natalia, shows you around the organic farm, which supplies most of the food stuffs to the restaurant at el Albergue as well. Then you are shown how the Pachamanca is prepared ... A hole in de ground is used to heat up stones with a fire, then the hole is cleared and filled with the hot stones, and various kinds of potatoes, lamb, chicken and pork meat, green beans and some herbs. This is covered by wet paper and sand and left alone for about 20 minutes. Then the hole is opened and the feast can begin! The whole procedure took less than two hours for a quite reasonable $35,-- per person. The food was too much for two persons but the farm men were more than happy to eat the rest - they looked very pleased that tourists wanted the Pachamanca today ...

Visited July 2013
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“A Private lunch on Farm!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Private tour of hotel farm including petting, tasting and viewing of all the grounds. Great experience earthy and relaxed picnic area. Don't be shy to take of your shoes and walk around the fields. We came back from Machu Piccu around 4pm on train and had a wonderful dinner under the sunset.

Visited March 2013
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Napa, California
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“Fabulous lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

We hurried to check in to El Albergues to make it to our reserved farm lunch! And wow, was it worth it!
The setting was relaxed and earthy, the food scrumptious, and the casual service was perfect. We dined at a picnic table with a few other travelers and enjoyed a great meal. The salad was fresh from from their organic garden- the best we had in our two weeks in Peru. The vegetables from the underground, hot rock roasting were yummy- we especially enjoyed the varieties of potatoes. The plentiful meats were tasty and moist and the sauces were the best. The chicha Morada we drank made of purple corn was delicious. Our afternoon on the farm set the tone of spectacular for the rest of our Peru travels.

Visited February 2013
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