El Balcón Cusco

We have an organic farm here at the hotel where we host a Pachamanca Farm Lunch as well as visits to our Cañazo (sugar cane liquor) distillery and coffee roasting facility with tastings of these artisanal products.  It's a wonderful experience that we recommend to everyone visiting Ollantaytambo!

The Pachamanca is a traditional Incan meal cooked upon hot rocks and includes a tour of the hotel and our adjacent organic farm. You're welcome to participate in the preparation of the Pachamanca, and while the food cooks, you can visit the farm and learn about traditional and contemporary organic farming practices.  The lunch includes a variety of fresh cuts of chicken, pork, and lamb (with alpaca, rabbit and cuy upon request), Andean potatoes and camotes, organic farm vegetables, and farm quiche which are all cooked underground, as Pachamanca translates roughly to  "earth oven" in Quechua.  The lunch is accompanied with a variety of house-made salads and sauces as well as chicha morada (purple corn beverage).  We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, and wine and beer are available at an additional cost.  We serve the lunch at covered picnic tables right on our farm with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers and Inca archeological sites.  You sit down for your meal about one hour after the meeting time, and the total time of the experience is between 2 and 3 hours.

Please come to the hotel reception a few minutes before your start time to meet with our farm manager.  The Pachamanca is timed exactly, so arriving late will result in a lost part of the experience.  If you are running late, please call us at +51-084-204-014.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  We hope to see you soon!