What Is Pachamanca & How To Make It

Jun 30, 2021


Welcome to Aventuras Naturales' guide on Pachamanca, a traditional cooking method from Peru that has been passed down through generations. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the history, ingredients, preparation, and step-by-step instructions required to make this delicious dish in the comfort of your own home.

What is Pachamanca?

Pachamanca is a Quechuan word that translates to "earth pot" or "earth oven." It is a cooking technique that dates back to the Inca civilization and is still widely practiced in the Andean regions of Peru. Pachamanca is a unique culinary experience that combines earth, fire, and traditional ingredients to produce a mouthwatering meal.

The Pachamanca Experience

Partaking in a Pachamanca offers more than just a delicious meal; it is an immersive cultural experience that connects you to ancient traditions. Typically, a Pachamanca is prepared outdoors, allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes while engaging in this culinary adventure.

As the day unfolds, you will join our knowledgeable guides from Aventuras Naturales who will introduce you to the different steps involved in preparing Pachamanca. From selecting the freshest ingredients to gathering stones to build the earth oven, every detail is meticulously taken care of to ensure an authentic and unforgettable experience.

Pachamanca Ingredients

The ingredients used in Pachamanca are locally sourced and reflect the biodiversity of the region. They usually include:

  • Meats: Traditional options include pork, chicken, lamb, or guinea pig.
  • Root Vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca, and Andean tubers.
  • Beans and Grains: Lima beans, fava beans, corn, and quinoa.
  • Herbs and Spices: Aji Amarillo (Peruvian yellow chili), garlic, cilantro, and huacatay.

Preparing Pachamanca

Preparing Pachamanca involves a combination of culinary expertise, sourcing quality ingredients, and a profound respect for tradition. With the guidance of our experienced team, you will dive into the preparation process:

1. Selecting Ingredients

At Aventuras Naturales, we prioritize using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. We'll take you to local markets or farms where you can handpick your ingredients, ensuring the highest quality for your Pachamanca.

2. Building the Earth Oven

To create the authentic Pachamanca experience, an earth oven is constructed using stones and heated with firewood. Our skilled guides will demonstrate and assist you in building this unique cooking method while explaining the cultural significance behind it.

3. Layering the Ingredients

Layering is a crucial step in Pachamanca. Our guides will show you the traditional method of arranging the ingredients in the earth oven. Each layer contributes to the overall flavor profile, allowing the different ingredients to infuse together beautifully.

4. Covering and Cooking

After all the ingredients are layered, the earth oven is covered with banana leaves or other natural materials to seal in the heat and flavors. The Pachamanca is then left to cook for several hours, during which you can immerse yourself in Peruvian culture and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

5. Unveiling the Pachamanca

Once the cooking time is complete, our expert guides will carefully unearth the Pachamanca to reveal the deliciously cooked meal. The anticipation builds as the aromas fill the air, and you are rewarded with a sensational feast that celebrates the unique traditions of Peru.


Embarking on a Pachamanca journey with Aventuras Naturales allows you to delve into Peru's vibrant culinary history and create unforgettable memories. Through our experienced guides, you will learn about Pachamanca's cultural significance, select the finest ingredients, and actively participate in every step of the cooking process. Prepare to indulge in a truly authentic and immersive dining experience unlike any other. Book your Pachamanca adventure with Aventuras Naturales today!