Visiting Valhalla Macadamia Farm

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Antigua Guatemala is a popular tourist town that holds plenty of unique experiences, but what many people don’t realize is the fun doesn’t end on the border of the city. There are several neighboring villages that satellite out from Antigua and some have intriguing sites of their own. Take Valhalla Macadamia Farm, for example, just 10 minutes outside of the city.

Valhalla Macadamia Farm & Restaurant, also called Valhalla Macadamia Project, is one of the most idyllic areas around Antigua. It started out as an organic macadamia nut orchard but has since blossomed into a peaceful oasis with lush tropical landscaping, a spa, a restaurant, and of course the farm. They produce macadamia nut products from soaps to essential oils to macadamia nut flour, and they are the only organic nut farm in Guatemala. When we went, there were only a couple other visitors, and the tranquility of the area was a refreshing change from the noise of the city.

Note: Check out our guide on the best things to do in Guatemala to find more of the country’s treasures.

Why should you go to Valhalla Macadamia Farm?

The bridge to the peaceful gardens of Valhalla Macadamia Farm.
The bridge to the peaceful gardens of Valhalla Macadamia Farm.

One of the best parts of Valhalla Macadamia Farm is its purity. You can stroll into the property anytime from 8-4:30, completely free of charge. For budget travelers like us, we’re always looking for ways to save money. You get a free tour of the grounds, where you’ll see the trees, the process of turning the raw nuts into products, and the business. Your guide will point out the products they offer, but he won’t be pushy or guilt you into buying something. These people truly just want to share their beauty with you. The tour lasts about 15 minutes, and at the end you’ll be able to sample some of their products like lotions and chocolate covered nuts. Definitely sample the dark chocolate variety!

The Food

For some people, the sole reason to visit Valhalla Macadamia Farm & Restaurant is to try their famous pancakes. Made with macadamia flour and nuts, these delicious beauties are drizzled with high-quality dark chocolate, macadamia butter spread and homemade blueberry jam. Our group ordered one plate and shared it between the three of us, but we could have easily eaten more. The restaurant menu also offers other breakfast and lunch items, but I’d highly recommend the pancakes and waffles first.

Mouthwatering macadamia pancakes are a must-try.
Mouthwatering macadamia pancakes are a must-try.

Welcoming

As we were sitting together chatting under the evergreen branches of a macadamia nut tree, the owner came up to us and personally welcomed us to the farm, saying that if we ever wanted a peaceful place to come read or just get away from the city, “our home is your home.” Sounds like a great place for slow travelers. What a refreshing difference from the many businesses around that are bent on getting money from tourists.

What does Valhalla mean?

Valhalla Macadamia Farm has a logo reminiscent of a Viking helmet, which fits their title. In Norse mythology, “Valhalla” is the great hall that receives heroes slain in battle. These heroes are welcomed with eternal glory and honor, and the place symbolizes a sort of satisfying afterlife. A paradise with unlimited wealth and resources.

Vahalla Macadamia farm toilet
Known as the most photographed toilet in Central America.

Getting to Valhalla Macadamia Farm

This macadamia nut farm near Antigua is not hard to get to. It’s quite simple by chicken bus. Head to the Antigua bus terminal and hop on a bus labeled San Miguel Dueñas. Ask the driver to let you off at the Macadamia Farm, and he’ll know where you mean. It will cost you Q4 ($.50). You will see a sign with the farm’s name at the edge of a driveway. Walk down the driveway over an arched bridged and there! You’re in the little paradise of Valhalla Macadamia Farm.

You can also take an expensive taxi from Antigua, which costs Q50 ($6.25). Find them next to the local market, near Calle 3a. For an extra fee, you can pay them to wait for you while you are at the farm.

You can check out Valhalla’s bilingual website HERE for more information. Whether you’re interested in some good food or a relaxing afternoon, Valhalla Macadamia Farm & Restaurant is worth a visit!

Have some free time left?

Consider visiting San Miguel Dueñas. The small village is a short walk from Valhalla and doesn’t get to see many tourists. To be fair, there aren’t that many reasons to go. San Miguel has a nice little church, helpful inhabitants and a chicken bus repair shop that you can visit for free. From the village, you can take the same chicken bus back to Antigua.

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