Hacienda Huayoccari: History & tradition

Karla Vasquez

For some reason, I had never had a chance to go to the Hacienda Huayoccari in the Sacred Valley (in spite of having worked in tourism for several years). I had heard countless times about how beautiful it was, about its unique collections, and about how mysteriously enchanting it was. As I reached a road surrounded by cultivated fields, eucalyptus forests and leafy Pisonay trees lining the route to the estate, I saw that reality greatly exceeded my expectations.

The estate was founded in the 17th Century, and belongs to the Lámbarri Orihuela family. It has an admirable collection of Peruvian art, housed in different rooms according to era: pre-Incan, Incan, Viceregal and Republican. We were able to view the artwork before lunch, while enjoying an exquisite pisco sour. This time we were lucky to have one of the owners of the estate, a member of the Lámbarri family, join us on our tour.

We had our meal in a warm and cozy atmosphere, accompanied by Baroque and Classical music, from where you are magically carried away to a feeling of peace. The mansion, which is surrounded by green areas and beautiful gardens with vegetables, flowers and trees, is only a sampling of the good taste of the owners.

The food deserves special mention, with its sophisticated presentation and the use of organic ingredients which is so prized today, but without sacrificing its unique homemade taste. Many of the ingredients are grown at the estate itself.

Huayoccari also offers an amazing show of Peruvian Paso horses, as well as the option of horseback riding on the Huayoccari route, from the estate’s new mansion to the old mansion, as well as the Maras and Moray route.

Everything that I’ve mentioned here leaves no doubt in my mind that the Hacienda Huayoccari is a delight for our senses, and perfectly complements any trip to the Sacred Valley. 

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