Spend a few hours in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, away from the crowds on a beautiful family ranch. Our ranch is special because our food is as local and as seasonal as it gets - it’s all grown on-site and it’s all organic. Our horses are beautiful and our bilingual hosts are locals knowledgeable about the area and its traditions. Pachamanca is one of these traditions, and we are happy to invite you to be a part of the one of the most unique and delicious ways to celebrate the bounty and diversity of the Andes.
Pachamanka or “Pot of Earth” or, “Earth Oven” is a treasured and delicious traditional feast in the Cusco region and an homage to the goddess Pachamama “Mother Earth.” Bonfire-heated stones are buried in the ground with layers of meat, local potatoes, herbs and spices, wrapped in plantain leaves. Before the food is unearthed and beautifully served on our stunning ranch in the Sacred Valley, your local hosts dressed in traditional ethnic wear will make a andean ritual offering to Mother Earth.
The day starts when a private vehicle (a comfortable sedan) picks you up from your accommodation in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. The same vehicle will be standing ready to take you back to your desired destination after the Pachamanca feast. The workshop begins with a warm Peruvian welcome on our ranch in the Sacred Valley where we show you around our picturesque organic gardens, the ranch grounds, and you can meet our beautiful horses if you’d like. Throughout the workshop, Senores Abraham and Guillermo, our local “Pachamanceros” will be demonstrating stove building, method for organizing and covering the food within the stove.
Pachamanca feast preparation begins with the heating of stones over a bonfire. When the stones are ready, potatoes are placed between two layers of heated stones, meat above it and vegetables are in the top layer. Pachamanca usually includes lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices, along with Andean produce, such as potato, green lima beans or "habas", sweet potato, occasionally cassava or yuca, and as well as ears of corn, tamale and chili. To top it all off, for dessert, we have choclo humitas “sweet corn tamales”.
The fire is covered with grass and earth, and the resulting oven is opened up after one or two hours. Before the food is unearthed and beautifully served on our stunning ranch in the Sacred Valley, your local hosts dressed in traditional ethnic wear will make a andean ritual offering to Mother Earth. Then we get to enjoy the delicious meal we prepared.
In our Pachamanca workshop/lunch we can accommodate nearly any dietary restriction or request.
We are happy to fully customize your experience, just let us know your preferences.
Pachamanca feast - at lunch or dinner time
A team of local and English speaking hosts
Transportation to/from Urubamba or Yanahuara is included with the Pachamanca feast. For other locations, please see our transport page or send us your desired pick up and drop off location.
Each ride and workshop can be conducted as private (only for your group) for an additional fee.
This workshop can be combined with any of our horseback rides or activities for a full-day experience. With the ranch as your base for the day, you can visit one or several treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, either on foot, horseback, or mountain bike.
Horseback Rides: We provide a number of routes for all abilities and will help you choose the right one! Browse the many routes we offer on our horseback riding page.
Suggested Hike: As we are located directly at the foot of the hill under the Salineras de Maras site, you can combine this workshop with a Salt Workshop which we offer at the famous Salineras site. This is only a 30-45 minute moderate and stunning hike. You get to see Salineras from a perspective that most don’t get to see and get off-the-beaten-path and enter the private areas of the Salineras to do the salt collection yourself along with the locals.
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$155 USD per person
(minimum of 2 people; discounts for groups of 4 or more)
Duration: 3 - 4 hours.