Hacienda Huayoccari once spanned four thousand hectares and was the seedbed for significant agricultural progress in the region. To visit the estate is to participate in a story that began thousands of years ago. Huayoccari became particularly important during the Inca era, where it played an essential part in the development of the empire. This story, where corn plays a starring role, traversed also the Colony and the Republic. However, Hacienda Huayoccari is unique not only for its past, but above all for remaining steadfast in its commitment to its agricultural heritage. For three generations, the Orihuela Lambarri family has lived in the estate and ensured corn never stops growing
Since the Inca drew out these lands’ maximum potential, using the hydraulic and agricultural technology they perfected, white corn became the sustenance of the Inca army and made the expansion of the empire possible. In colonial times the Huayoccari estate continued growing these crops. Don José Orihuela Yábar took them further, with the exportation of white corn. His son-in-law, Jesús Lambarri, created the first farmers association for its exportation. During the agrarian reformation that took place in the early ‘70s the estate was reduced to 40 hectares. The heirs of the Lambarri Orihuela family keep watching over the corn and other crops that grow in these lands. This devotion to their farming legacy can be experienced first hand in the vibrant ingredients served in generous plates to the guests at Huayoccari, a real farming estate.