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  • Fundo Mamacona

    MAMACONA , is the denomination of the Estate [Ranch] of the same name, constitued in the late eighteenth century and part of the old Hacienda San Pedro, awarded to Don Vicente Silva Dominguez by a royal decree of Spain.

    The name was taken at that time by the proximity of these lands, to the Temple of the Mama Cunas, important religious maidens training center for the service of the Inca's family, and was later called: Citadel Tello [Ciudadela Tello], as he ( Julio C. Tello) was one of the first peruvian archeologist who studied and restored the Temple.

  • The Renaissance of the Estate

    200 years later, the sixth generation of the Silva familu, has developed in the old Estate [Hacienda], an integrated project of Tourism and Recreation, with a cultural spirit, revaluing traditions, history, and carefully preserving nature.

    Under the heading of "Fundo Mamacona" emerges now, this place of great historical value, to provide under the skirts of the mighty Temple of the Sun of Pachacamac, various services which are directly linked to the tourism and entertainment business.

  • The Name: Mamacona

    The name: "mamacona" comes etymologically from the Quechua word: mama- cuna, which in Incan mythology means she or the high priestess who secluded acllas, ñustas, or Virgins of the Sun, for training and dedication to their religious duty and cult. Mamacona or mama-cuna was also, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the main Priestly Center and Oracle developed among all South American civilizations, this being a place that represents the tradition and majesty of ancient Peru.

  • Location

    Due to the proximity of the original Estate, and especially this piece of land to the Sanctuary of Pachacamac, it was named as part of their land: "Hacienda [Estate] Mamacona" area which derived to one of Don Vicente Silva Dominguez’s descendants, Don Vicente Silva Elguera.

    Fundo Mamacona is locates in the Lurin district and valley, region and city of Lima, country, Peru. (See map in Contacts tab for an exact location)

  • The "Casa Hacienda"

    The Mamacona's "Casa Hacienda" stands upon an Inca promontory, with classical colonial architecture, originally dating from 1785 and rebuilt in 1897 after its partial destruction by the successive earthquakes of the nineteenth century.
    It is currently under renovation as a cultural and social revaluation, heading towards the opening of a "restaurant-museum,".
    This "Casa Hacienda" has been the scene of many historical events, given the hospitality the Silva Elguera family, who hosted the famous German archaeologist Max Uhle, who very affectionately thanks the Silva family in the Prologue of his important work: "Pachacamac: Report of the William Pepper, M.D., LL. D., Peruvian expedition of 1896", published by the University of Pennsylvania in 1903 .

  • Visitors and Distinguished Guests

    It is noteworthy that the Mamacona’s "Casa Hacienda” also housed the famous doctor and Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello, while conducting his research on the "Temple of Mamacunas" as well as travelers and chroniclers: Charles Wiener Legrand and Fournier, who left valuable testimonies of their experiences in Mamacona.

    This historic hacienda was also part of the Chilean Army's Headquarters during the War of the Pacific, with 27,000 men and 2,600 horses and mules. They settled around half a year before the occupation of what is now Lima City.

  • References

    Silva, L. (1975). Fundo Mamacona. Unpublished manuscript, Complejo Turístico Mamacona.

    Silva, (Photogtaphs). (1940-2016). Fundo Mamacona Archive [Photographs]. Lima, Lurín: Fundo Mamacona.

    Uhle, M., Grosse, C., & University of Pennsylvania. (1903). Pachacamac: Report of the William Pepper, M.D., LL. D., Peruvian expedition of 1896. Philadelphia: Dept. of Archæology of the University of Pennsylvania.