An authentic experience in a magical place, on the top of the world.
In the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas there is a place like no other. Located between Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero is the Urquillos Ravine, which can be seen extending into the valley from the windows of the Hacienda Huayoccari’s New House.
Here, 20 miles from Cusco and 1,600 feet lower in elevation, the climate is mild. Ancient farmers and later the Inca state channeled the Vilcanota River and created artificial lakes to make this region ideal for agriculture. White corn —tender and rich in carbohydrates and easy to store and transport— was the specialty of the region and central to the development of the Inca Empire. The Lámbarri Orihuela family, which has owned the hacienda for more than a century, carries on this farming tradition. For two decades it has been welcoming travelers from all parts of the world into the home built by patriarch Don José Orihuela Yábar. The house was built on a hill following local practice, in order to leave the lands near the river open for cultivation.
ART Y FAMILY
The Lámbarri Orihuela family has lived at, worked on, and cared for Hacienda Huayoccari for a century.
Visitors arrive at the hacienda along a road flanked by ancient basul (pisonay) trees. The New House was built on the hill in the mid-twentieth century. Its lofty location allows for spectacular views of the Sacred Valley.
The house was built as a residence and to house the art collection of Don José and his descendants, becoming a cultural center for the Cusco region. Intellectuals, scholars, and lovers of Peruvian culture have come to Huayoccari from all over the world. Don José’s descendants continue the hosting tradition. Travelers are welcomed to a flower-filled patio and a terrace full of native orchids. Inside are rooms with oil painting, sculpture, and works of folk art. Large windows frame the view and enhance these spaces. Other parts of the house display archaeological pieces from the Tiwanaku, Wari, and Inca civilizations. Colonial paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth century correspond to the Cusco School, and are accompanied by other furnishings from this era. Visitors have the experience of dining in the home of a traditional Cusquenian family that has inherited the art of hospitality from its ancestors.