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El Albergue Farm

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Address: | Train station between Cusco & Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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El Albergue Farm

Ollantaytambo has been an agricultural area since pre-Inca...

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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Beautiful organic farm

We toured the farm while waiting for our Panchamanca lunch to finish cooking - extensive and beautiful.

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Laura B
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Philadelphia PA

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Philadelphia PA
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We toured the farm while waiting for our Panchamanca lunch to finish cooking - extensive and beautiful.

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks, Laura! We're so happy you enjoyed your Pachamanca Farm Lunch at El Albergue. More 

Manhattan Beach, California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience, which takes place behind the El Albergue hotel amidst their large organic gardens. We watched two workers bury our food among layers of very hot rocks, and then cover them with wet fabric and finally dirt. While the food roasted, we were given a relaxing tour of the gardens. In a mere 20-25 minutes,... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your excellent review of the Pachmanca Farm Lunch! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the experience. Safe travels! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

In our 3 week trip through South America, I put this tour of the farm and the lunch in the top 5!, (and we went to the Galapagos Islands and Manchu Picchu, to put that in perspective). I have always been very fascinated by the farm to table initiatives, and have visited many places that do this, from the high... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Wow!! Thank you for such a wonderful review! It was a pleasure to host you for a Pachamanca Farm Lunch, and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience. We hope to see you again! More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

As I was staying at El Albergue hotel (Dec 2014), I wondered around and this was an unexpected perk with organic produce and some animals (including a very loud dog). Really refreshing to see, but the food that comes from the farm was delicious and aestetically stunning .

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Farm at El Albergue! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This Organic farm is located behind the El Albergue Hotel. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Seeing how they have arranged the veggies and the animals is interesting. They even have a pre-school located within the grounds. Lovely llamas!

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the El Albergue Farm! More 

Nazareth, Israel
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

This station is the midway point between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. It is the most popular site for boarding the train to Machu Picchu, I like starting the train trip here since it gives me a chance to re-explore Ollantaytambo before heading down the valley! There are always a variety of vendors selling their wares around the station, and some... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

We appreciate your review! More 

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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This is a must for people who love food and want something new. Oscar the head of the farm is with you throughout the afternoon. He is so generous with his time and the experience is really something. We're foodies and loved the preparation of the Pachamanca and the tour of the farm. Give this a go, you won't regret... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for a Pachamanca Farm Lunch! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed this special experience. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing meal and one we will remember for the rest of our lives. Oscar was a fantastic host and gave us a tour of the farm, animals and ingredients used to make our pachamanka feast! We saw our meal be prepared, whilst it was cooking under hot stones we were given a tour of the distillery and speciality coffee roastary.... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind review! It was a pleasure to host you for a Pachamanca Farm Lunch at El Albergue, and we hope to see you again! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The biggest mistake my boyfriend and I made was coming to this lunch not super hungry. The food is amazing, and Oscar is such a lovely guide and host. It's a great experience, and something that is really worth it. You sign up for the lunch at the front desk of the hotel. When it's your time, Oscar comes and... More 

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Well said! Thanks for joining us for the El Albergue Pachamanca Farm Lunch! More 

Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

This meal/experience rated at the top of our list. Pachamanca lunch with Peruvian inground cooking proved delicious and fun! Highly recommend the accompanying farm tour for all gardeners!

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review! We are happy you enjoyed your time on the Farm :) More 

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