The first archeological restaurant in Peru
is located at
 Calle San Agustin, 280 in Cusco
Tel: 084: 22.29.26

We often can see that history and archeology are interesting for people from all around the world. The tastes of tourists prove it and the governments of different countries are trying to attract them. Peru, without any doubt, is very rich in this sense- a lot of incredible traces and marks of the great past, history, breathtaking landscapes and much more. Despite all that there are still blank spots in what can be shown to a traveler and explorer of these fields.

The museums of Peru are very rich, but it is not allowed to touch the objects or anything else exposed there and this surely leads to the loss of some vital visual characteristics of the objects.


The archeological sites, despite being amazing, unusual and interesting, are offering limited information because of the fact that they are not complete – the ceilings are often missing, as well as interior decorations, inhabitants, clothing and the exposition of the food, eating traditions, the products used, etc.


The creation of the first archeological restaurant in Peru - Inkanato – fills up the part of these blank spots. The living museum was created at the site of ancient PucamarcaPurple Palace, which was build by the tenth Sapa Inca Tupac Yupanqui at the peak of golden age of Inca Empire. The team, dressed in the clothing imitating the dresses of the past times and in the interior and decorations copying ones that used to exist five hundred years ago, will welcome you here. You will be offered to touch and to use some of the things and objects (with due care, as these things are really valuable, despite of being replicas), the exact copies designed for the same use as originals. Kherus the drinks, pucus for the food, as well as mancas, puruñas, pacchas  and so on.

The restaurant is simple enough, it has one hall in which the guests named eat, Kori Inti and mikhuna wasi –the hall for eating, and the kitchen Tullpa or tushpa, where the food is stored at the pantry.

The creator of the hotel, the general manager of the restaurant and the team and the leading chefs Elena Gamarra and Mario Campos, are offering the cuisine Novoinka®, which is characterized by the use of the products that were used by the noble Incas at the at the Inca Era -Inkanato.

The menu demonstrates and proves that (despite the typical opinion widespread in Peru since the time of conquistadors) Incas had enough differnt products for diverse cuisine, and the outstanding range of dishes is offered to our guests. And here are the answers of the popular questions like: Was the most popular drink in the Inca Epoch called chicha? No, it was called akh'a or asua! Was it produced from mais only? No, it was produced from quinua, kiwicha, molle, and from mais, that was called Sara!

Despite the fact that we realize that most of the quests are used to the modern level of the comfort, many, and some from the very early age, are willing to know and see how the noble Incas were eating. These guests know that at the past times there were not such chairs as we have today. Eventually, in the museums youve seen tianas from the past. But how does it feel to sit on it? In the Machajway hall you will find the answers to these questions.

All the needed information was gathered from the texts and illustrations of historians, archeologists, anthropologists such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Blas Valera, Martin de Murua, Bernabe Cobo, Pedro Pizarro and others.


We have visited museums and we have found the talented craftsmen, which rebuild the objects for us, taking care at the same time of ancient techniques and modern hygienic and safety requirements.


In the books we have found the culinary secrets of the past, pre-columbian years past (or, as it is been said in the restaurant, the pre-Pizarro times, as Columbus had never vidited Peru).
The books are such as La cocina de los Incas de Rosario Olivas W. La Alimentacion en elk Tahuantinsuyo de Ciro Hurtado F. Cien siglos de pan de Fernando Cabieses, La Nutricion en el Antiguo Peru de Santiago E. Antunez de Mayolo R. Alimentacion y obtencion de alimentos en el Peru prehispanico de Hans Horkeimer, etc.

We have visited museums and archeological sites, in sierra and selva in order to understand the sense of  tahuantinsuyano of fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


We have visited the archeological sites evaluating the Inca and pre-Inca cultres, at the places such as Caral, Tambo Colorado, Centinela, Waqra Pukara, Maukallacta, Choque Puquio, Espiritu Pampa, Pickillacta, Tipon, Choque Quirao, Vilcabamba, Sipan, Sican, Tucume, Paramonga, Cahuachi, Los Paredones, Huayuri, Machu Picchu, Kalachaca, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Piñi pampa, Rumicolca, Pucara, Wari, Vilcashuaman, Sondor, Cheqoq, Ollantaytambo, Raqchis, Tampu Machay, Ancasmarka, Choquecancha, Quillarumyioc, Tumipampa, Saywite, etc.

We have visited villages, houses, small town families and settlements. We evaluated ancient and modern traditions and we’d been to the expeditions in cars,4x4s, on riding and on foot with camping sometimes.


We have found the original Runa Simi names for each and every object, part of the object and the objects use.


We had organized the interviews and discussions with the specialists mentioned above, and we investigated the agreecultural engeenering , agreecultural architecture and the irrigation sytems, besides, we have completed agricultural tasks, that allow as not only know each plant orientation and it’s cultivation process, but it also allows us to offer our quests clean products, “bio”, “bio-protected” products, thanks to the research of our friend, engineer and agronomist Ladislao Palomino Flores.  These methods were used by Incas and their ancestors and they allow to block most of plagues of the plants and to protect high percentage of the plantations. We have also found such craftsmen as cabinet-masters, potters, jewelers, farmers and veterinary doctors – all in order to realize such projects as Inka Llacta and others.

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