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El Albergue Farm

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| Train station between Cusco & Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Pachamanca Farm Lunch
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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.
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| Train station between Cusco & Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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+51 84 204014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this! Absolutely the highlight of our time in the Sacred Valley! Unique and delicious experience that I would highly recommend to all travelers. Service is top notch and they can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Open air dining on their gorgeous organic farm.More

Thank Julia S
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for our Pachamanca Lunch Experience. We are so happy that you enjoyed dining with us on our Organic Farm. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Perú and will visit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely small farm with a variety of animals and a very good selection of vegetables and herbs, but the best bit is follow a tour with lunch on their stone BBQ absolutely wonderful.

Thank cr159
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are happy to hear you enjoyed our organic farm and Pachamanca Lunch Experience. Thank you for your great review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Sacred Valley.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

My family stayed at the Alberque in December. We booked the late afternoon Pachamanca, allowing us time to explore the ruins and town at our leisure. It was a beautiful setting and Gabriel a very informative host. After watching the crew get the food "on...More

Thank Mary Ann W
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy you were able to enjoy the Pachamanca Lunch with us. It's always nice to hear that our guests enjoyed learning about our organic farm and distillery operations. We hope to see you again the next time...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

This was a really lovely experience, to tour the farm and watch & eat the Pachamanca. What a relaxing afternoon...and lots of lovely photos of the gardens and surrounding scenery. Enjoyed the coffee tour as well, missed the distillery, but I'm sure it's interesting as...More

Thank LookingForFamilyFun
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Pachamanca Lunch Experience. We always love sharing our farm and organic gardens with guests. Thank you so much for your great review. We hope the rest of your time in Peru was as enjoyable.

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the Pachamanca lunch in the organic garden of El Albergue. Stepping into the back and private garden of the El Albergue with a view of the Ollantaytambo ruins in the background felt like a step into another world. We were...More

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Thank Sally M
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

We are so happy that you enjoyed our organic farm and Pachamanca experience. We love hearing praise for our staff, and are glad that he took such great care of you. Thank you for your wonderful review. We hope the rest of the time you...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We really enjoyed the traditional pachamanca lunch! It was awesome to see the process of heating the stones and cooking the food in the ground on the hot stones. Enjoyed a tour of the farm and the cane sugar distillery. We were the only ones...More

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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

We are overjoyed to hear of your great Pachamanca Lunch experience. We love that we are able to contribute to our guests’ travels in such a positive way. We hope that the rest of your time in Perú was just as enjoyable as your lunch...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

We had a great time at the farm, being able to watch and learn how the food was prepared was very interesting, then dinner was fabulous. Thank you very much!

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Thank mamohr7
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your Pachamanca Lunch on the farm. We always appreciate the positive feedback. We look forward to your future visits.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We did enjoy the experience but we didn't get the full experience. It was raining so that might be why we didn't get much of a tour of the farm. Just a quick walk and pointing. The pictures show wine glasses on the table which...More

Thank Johnellec
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Sonya R, Guest Relations Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

We are sorry that you felt you did not receive the full experience out of our Pachamanca Lunch. The rains in the Valley can be unpredictable at this time of the year. This can make an in-depth tour of our organic farm difficult sometimes. The...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Watching the Pachamanca lunch being prepared was so cool, and once the food was cooked it was so delicious! The flavour combinations and how it was presented was amazing. The tour of the grounds was also very interesting to see where all the ingredients come...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

The restaurant's organic farm is right next to the property. We enjoyed the Pachamanca lunch very much. The technique was unique and the food was very good. Loved the farm and the experience.

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