El Albergue Restaurant
Our restaurant and café are open to hotel guests and travelers alike. Café Mayu on the train station platform offers espresso coffee, tea, cookies, brownies, sandwiches and salads. Join us in the restaurant where you will find a full menu for breakfast lunch and dinner.
We have created our menu using fresh organic ingredients from our garden and Sacred Valley offering a selection of Peruvian and European flavors. Alpaca steak, fresh salads, homemade fettuccine and fresh trout are a few items available on our menu.
El Albergue Organic 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. Travelers 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, quinoa 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.
For a complete Ollantaytambo farm experience sign-up for a Pachamanca lunch on our farm. The Pachamanca is a traditional Inca meal cooked upon hot rocks. The Pachamanca lunch includes a tour of the hotel and our adjacent organic farm. You will participate in the preparation of the Pachamanca, and while the food cooks, you will visit the farm and learn about traditional and contemporary organic farming practices. 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 beverage). We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, and wine and beer are available upon request. You will sit down for your meal about 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.
We host the Pachamanca Lunch on our organic farm daily at 11:30am, 1:00pm or 2:30pm. The price is US$40 per adult and US$25 for children 10 and under. Please email us at email@example.com for reservation requests and be sure to include any allergies or dietary restrictions.
CAFE MAYU is located on the Ollantaytambo train station platform, catch a quick drink before or after Machu Picchu, or come on by and to enjoy the best local beverages while watching trains and people come and go to and from Machu Picchu.
- Artisanal Spirits, distilled on location.
- Our own house-roasted Coffee
- Beer from the Sacred Valley Brewery
- Happy Hour: 10am to Noon and 4pm to 6pm
Cafe Mayu's coffee roasting always uses premium and fair-trade Cusco coffee, purchased directly from the producer. During a visit to our roasting facility, you can join in the selection of coffee beans and watch the roasting process where we use an automated system to register color and temperature. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee made with the same beans roasted and ground by our master roaster who will tell you about the bean's origin, variety of coffee as well as it's different processes, products and myths. Learn how to prepare a delicious coffee at home by choosing the right coffee and grinding technique. Guests are welcome to purchase 250 gram bags of the same Café Mayu coffee with the same technical information they learned about at the facility. A visit to the Cafe Mayu roasting facility is an aromatic learning experience. In addition to experiencing the Mayu coffee in made-to-order drinks, we offer bags of cafe al grano (whole roasted beans) in the cafe and hotel store, with each bag marked by its beans' unique flavor profile.
The Andean Distillery
Explore the distilling process and taste some of our spirits. This is a working distillery, frequently you will find us distilling Caña Alta or preparing Matacuy macerations. Spirits have great religious, cultural and economic significance in the Andes. We work within this tradition, with small producers in the Apurimac and Cusco regions, who have grown sugar cane in these high valleys for generations.