Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel presents a new culinary experience “Visit Manuel Choqque’s potato fields”
Peru is a cornucopia full of different ingredients that hail from the many corners of the country’s fertile lands. Nonetheless, nothing defines Peru’s rich agricultural legacy better than the potato. Tubers are native to Peru. They were domesticated over 8,000 years ago, and currently boast over 3,000 cultivated varieties. Today, no one knows more about tubers than Manuel Choqque, Peru’s leading expert in everything potato. A renown farmer of many native potato varieties, Choqque will be guiding the Sumar Machu Picchu Hotel’s newest culinary expedition.
The tour takes place in the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, located in the Peruvian Andes, just a short car ride from the city of Cusco. It is there that Manuel Choqque cultivates around 350 differed types of potatoes of varying colors – from blue-black and gold, to red and granite – making it an ideal spot to appreciate and learn about the diversity of this sacred and beloved tuber.