The Hacienda Maichil is a small hacienda just outside the village of San Bernardino - about halfway between the towns of Chilete and San Pablo in Cajamarca department. The owner, Jose, is a retired army colonel who grew up on a nearby small farm. He bought the hacienda in 1998 from the family that had owned it for several generations. The main crop is mangos - there are over three thousand trees. There are other fruits planted for the family to eat.
Jose and his daughter Lorena were excellant hosts. I've visited numerous places in Latin America in the past 35 years. My time at the Hacienda Maichil was truly one of the best experiences I have had.
Looking at the three two story bungalows.
This is the old hacienda administration building. The kitchen is at the far end. A family of workers also lives in one section. The swimming pool is naturally filled with water from a stream that has been channeled to it through the little waterfall in the center. The water is cold!
The terrace of the main administration building. This is where we ate sometimes.
Some views from the terrace.
That afternoon more family members showed up from Lima and from Bagua. There was Jose's wife, her sister, her two brothers, her mother, and her mother's sister. Lorena is the one standing. They were very hospitable and invited me to join them for meals. I reciprocated by buying a bottle of the best quality rum I could find on Friday night.
Jose made a very delicious estofado for lunch on Thursday.