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Pachamanca Lunch & Quechua Village Visit | Sacred Valley, Peru


 

This afternoon journey off the beaten path into the highlands to visit one of the many Andean villages that dot the slopes of the Sacred Valley. Meet local Quechua community members, many of whom still adhere to the beliefs and traditions of their Inca ancestors, and participate in one of their most celebrated rituals: a traditional Pachamanca feast.

Derived from the Quechua words pacha (earth) and manca (cooking vessel), a Pachamanca is a time- honored Andean cooking technique, in which a hearty spread of meats and locally harvested produce is baked in a hole in the earth lined with heated stones and covered with damp grasses and soil. The food is typically wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in layers, with potatoes on the bottom, meats in the middle, and corn, cheese and beans on the top. More than just a meal, the Pachamanca is meant to celebrate fertility and life, and pay homage to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Join the community leader in a traditional offering to the “Apus” or spirits of the mountains, before digging in to your delicious feast.

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and learn about the communities traditional agricultural techniques as you visit with families in the community.

Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18