Rancho Cactus Café San Pedro de Atacama Reviews
Laid back lunch or dinner in the desert Jul 27, 2011
Rancho Cactus Café is a laid back place at a dusty inner courtyard on Toconao, a side street off Caracoles. Therefor it is a little off the beaten track. My travel companion and I stumbled upon it by accident and recognised the name as it was recommended in our "Trotter" travel guide.
On one end of the courtyard, there's a covered terrace with several little tables. At the time we ate there it was very quiet. Only one other table was occupied.
Service was very quick. In no time we got a menu card. The menu itself offers a nice variety of snacks, sandwiches and light dishes; ideal for a quick lunch.
I ordered a freshly squeezed fruit juice and a cheese sandwich with fresh bell peppers. Ils went for a salty pancake with cheese. The drinks arrived almost immediately and it did not take long for the food to arrive to the table either. The portions were surely big enough and nicely arranged on the plates.
Our "Trotter" guide says that the café is owned by a French lady, who also offers trips into the dessert on horseback. We spotted her in the kitchen but as we already got our excursions arranged, we did not enquire about the possibilities.
The Rancho Cactus Café is surely worth a stop for lunch or a quick byte. Service was fast and friendly and the food plentiful and tasty. The setting is perhaps not the most beautiful in San Pedro, but at least the terrace was nice and quiet. I surely regret not going back the next day!
Part of the Getting chilly in Chile and Bolivia, Summer 2011 travel blog
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