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Mapuyampay Hostal Gastronomico
Ranked #1 of 6 Curico B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chillan, Chile
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11 reviews
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“Beautiful setting, delicious food”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

After getting a little lost on our way there (don't think anything big when looking for the churches to turn at in the directions), we were warmly welcomed and showed to our room. I believe it was called the Africa room, and it was huge! A beautiful master canopy bed and then another smaller bed, perfect for a family. We dropped our stuff and started our cooking class right away, the theme of which was seafood appetizers. We made 4 dishes and a dessert, all of which were delcious. I highly recommend taking a cooking class with Ruth, as she makes it both fun and instructive. I got a mini side-lesson from Vicente on the art of the pisco sour, which served as our aperitif for our delicious dinner that we helped to make! The meal continued with wine, in a beautiful room with a wood-burning fire. Since we were the only guests for our one night stay we were lucky enough to have dinner with Ruth and Vicente, who are extremely charming and interesting. We hung out by the fire after to finish our wine and then went back to our toasty room to sleep. The next morning we were welcomed by a huge, delicious, and of course home-made breakfast. Muffins, eggs, breads, fruit, jams, and more were all included in the price of a night's stay. In summary, our visit was short but very sweet. Would love to go back again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

That's how my husband and I felt during our two day stay. We were fortunate to be the only guests prior to a very busy weekend. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Ruth and she showed us to our room and gave us a tour of part of her property. We stayed in the Namaste room which was beautiful and comfortable. The rooms are separate from the main house with the feel of having your own personal cabin.

We later met Vicente who was also very kind and friendly. We wandered around their property and were amazed by the plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits and nuts growing all around. These all contributed to Ruth's delicious meals. Over breakfast and dinner, we were able to chat with Ruth and Vicente about the b&b, their lives and their taste in music.

We very much enjoyed our stay here and hope to visit again one day.

  • Stayed March 2013
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dallas
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Follow the directions taking nothing for granted! Ruth had given directions we were to turn between the two churches. One is a blue building and the other yellow, both with some piece offering a resemblance of a cross. The "road" is basically one lane dirt and had it not been for the description of the "bridge" we were to cross we would have probably turned around! We continued up the "road" and upon reaching the entrance turned into an oasis!! We were greeted by the friendliest of dogs and shortly thereafter by Ruth. It was not long before we were summoned for drinks in the yard and dinner. The setting is a garden surrounded in the distance by mountains, peaceful, relaxing and QUIET!!. Dinner was outstanding in presentation, portion and taste. Breakfasts equally well done. Ruth and Vincente are excellent hosts and go out of their way to insure all is well! We stayed mid March, the days were warm, the evenings cool and the nightime sky ablaze with stars. The absence of light really does bring out the sky! Mapuyampay is the place to relax, unwind, walk the grounds and enjoy the beauty of creation! To top it all off there is nothing like a rooster at 3:45 in the morning. Chicken soup anyone?

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Chile
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Trip advisor works......if you disregard the whingers and whiners who pick up on trivia, (who are in fact absent in reviews of Mapuyampuy), you will find excellent places to stay and to eat!
Mapuyampuy is no exception.....really good, not a place you would EVER bump into by accident, but easy enough to find if you follow the directions given.....
Ruth built this adobe house years ago.....I think she said 14, and it is very attractive and comfortable, as are the newer annex rooms where we stayed. All has style and fits well with the area.
Ruth herself is a very pleasant, knowledgeable and easy to approach person, who explains her craft in easy terms which any layman can follow.......and apart from cooking she has a wide knowledge and is interesting to talk to. Vincent's is a decent sort of bloke....a perfect foil for Ruth...and is always ready to chat or help.
The cooking class was interesting and it was really good to be present at, and take a small part in, the the preparation and cooking of lunch, which we later ate. Ruth is an artist as far as food is concerned and her presentation of the simplest dish is wonderful and demonstrates how it really should be done.
We walked in the adjacent vineyard and orchard.....Ruth directed us.... Normally in Chile everywhere is barbwired off, so it was excellent to be able to 'roam'.
No doubt we will all be back...even if just to stay on our way north...

Room Tip: Just go there...it's all good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had a wonderful weekend at Mapuyampay. Ruth & Vincente are great hosts. We enjoyed a fun Saturday morning cooking class with Ruth and two other couples. It was a real treat to prepare several different dishes for lunch, and then get to enjoy them with your classmates over great Chilean wines. The setting is very picturesque and unique. The Hostal is situated in the Chilean countryside surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The grounds are beautiful with a wonderful pool, and the setting is accentuated with gardens, chickens, ducks, and their very friendly dogs. The cabins are very nice, and situated around the property so there is a sense of privacy with each one. It you are looking for a real taste of Chile, put this on your itinerary.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

We found Mapuyampay through TripAdvisor, so it's fun to re-read all of the previous reviews again following our amazing three-night stay just this week.

Passionate is the only word to describe Ruth and Vicente-- a passion for food, wine, travel, the land, Chile, and life. Our excitement started once we pulled up in our car (greeted by the two most lovable dogs) and we had to drag ourselves away from a sun-drenched afternoon at the pool on the last day of our stay.

In between, their warmth and attention to detail made our stay perfect. We enjoyed the Namaste room. Each night, we savored Pisco Sour "aperitifs" in the garden (Vicente's specialty) followed by delicious, healthy three-course dinners prepared by Ruth, always following their wine suggestions (loved them all so much, we wrote down our menus and wines each day). Breakfasts (local cherries, cheeses, fresh eggs, and French Toast my favorites) kicked off each day, and we savored an amazing "light lunch" by the pool one day. We enjoyed a Sunday bike ride around the local farms, a trip to the museum in Santa Cruz (worth the drive), tagging along with Ruth to the Curico farmers market one morning, and a tour and leisurely lunch at Miguel Torres (Ruth's suggestion as the best in the area, amazing).

Mapuyampay is off the beaten path...which is exactly why we loved it.

We hope to see Ruth and Vicente again soon!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Ruth and Vicente run an amazing establishment in between San Fernando and Curico. My friend and I stayed for 2 days and we wish we had more time! The breakfasts were really amazing (one day we had homemade blueberry muffins and the next french toast with homemade jam!) and the dinner was one of the best we had in Chile (Greek themed). Ruth and Vicente are so warm and we felt like we were old friends with them. Their location is a bit out of the way, but that provides peace and quiet on their beautiful land - we could have easily just gone out for the day and eaten a homecooked meal every night! We also did the cooking class, which I'd highly recommend - Ruth did a great job and it was just the two of us learning in her kitchen so a lot of hands-on guidance, which was appreciated. We loved the entire experience and would definitely come back!

Room Tip: WE had the Africa room but they were all lovely!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Mapuyampay Hostal Gastronomico
Address: Parcela 2 Huemul | Central Valley, Curico 192, Chile
Location: Chile > Maule Region > Curico
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Curico
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Chile's wine country in the company of Vicente, a wine lover and poet, and Ruth van Waerebeek, an international acclaimed chef. Join us for an unforgettable culinary adventure in Mapuyampay, an intimate valley in the Andean foothills, at only 200 km south of Santiago, 60 km from Santa Cruz and 40 km from Curico. Cooking programs recommended by gourmet magazine may/08 and local flavors show of delta airlines. ... more   less 
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