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El Albergue Farm

#7 of 34 things to do in Ollantaytambo Features Animals
| Train station between Cusco & Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Peru
+51 84 204014
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Nice change from exploring ruins

We stayed at the El Albergue Hotel 5/5-5/7/17. Initially I was unable to make a reservation for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
chris45ny
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Colden, New York
Awesome experience

It was a such a treat to walk the grounds of the farm, and watch first-hand the Pachamanca lunch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sslavin12
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New York City, New York
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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 1 week ago

We stayed at the El Albergue Hotel 5/5-5/7/17. Initially I was unable to make a reservation for the Pachamanca Farm Lunch as it was booked for the only day that was good for us. I was resigned to having to settle just for the tour...More

Thank chris45ny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a such a treat to walk the grounds of the farm, and watch first-hand the Pachamanca lunch being prepared. Definitely worth it for anyone staying at the hotel.

Thank sslavin12
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here and the lunch. It is something a bit different to do in Peru and give a little view of the culture - as opposed to historical/archaeological information. We had a super tour round the organic farm after seeing our...More

Thank SWeaver12
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for a wonderful review! We are pleased you enjoyed the Pachamanca and welcome you back to the Farm at El Albergue anytime!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family enjoyed every minute of the Farm Tour!! A must do in Ollan. We found the Farm to table concept terrific and enjoyed learning about the techniques used on the Organic Farm.

Thank Ohhicathy
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're happy you visited us at the Farm at El Albergue, and we appreciate your review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the El Albergue Farm, Panchamanca lunch and stop by their distillery. The food was great and the staff was very helpful. A great experience and a delicious lunch.

Thank DakotasDad
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 19 March 2017

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

Thank Laura B
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

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

Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank EmptyNester4
Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

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

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...More

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

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!

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...More

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Julia S, Manager at El Albergue Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Thanks for visiting the Farm at El Albergue!

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 reviewResponded 29 January 2017

Thanks for visiting the El Albergue Farm!

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