Hacienda Mallkini, home to the largest alpaca breeding ranch in Peru, covers 3,000 hectares of rolling countryside located near the village of Nequeneque and approximately two hours from the city of Juliaca. A unique and newly renovated lodge, this traditionally built farmhouse features six double rooms (2 with ensuite bathrooms), a cozy lounge with fireplace, a dining room and kitchen, and a veranda offering fantastic views of the expansive plains. Although naturally lit during the day, the lodge houses a diesel generator that provides electricity in the evenings and offers hot showers and heated rooms to help guests transition to the cold Andean nights. Naturally, Hacienda Mallkini also provides guests with soft and inviting Alpaca carpets and blankets, providing comfort and warmth throughout the lodge.
The breeding of South American camelids was a widespread practice amongst the ancient Andean populations, but was abandoned after the arrival of the Spaniards. After colonization, cattle and sheep were introduced for meat and wool. Mallkini is pioneering the breeding of llamas and alpacas and promotes the preservation of endemic flora and wildlife (no hunting allowed in the estate) as well as the reintroduction of endangered species. Guests are of course encouraged to learn more about the different aspects of the Alpaca ranch and breeding and to enjoy the breathtaking landscape of vast grazing land and native forests on foot or on horseback.