23 Reviews

First Review by VeganTex

Very tasty food - pricy but worth it - Edit

We went there the night before visting machu picchu, and it was a good desicion! Very tasty fake meat in the lomo saltado! Nice staff as well. It is expensive for peru, but it‘s very good

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Hit or miss - Edit

Because of the other reviews mentioned here and the lack of options that I found while walking around, I knew that this would be the only reliable place to eat where I would not accidentally be served a meal that is not vegan/gluten free.

The place was, like previous reviewers have said, on the second floor of a building. It is easy to mix up the first floor restaurant and the second floor restaurant. Just be sure to head up the stairs to the left of the building. There is a spa that shares the second floor, so if you follow signs to the spa, you are on the right path.

After backpacking unguided and carrying super heavy packs for several days, my partner and I were ready to feast. The menu had a fair amount of options. We settled for a stuffed avocado to start with. it was amazing and probably the one part of the meal that I would have again. We then tried some options off the local section of the menu to share. Everything was very greasy, a little too much for me.

No one within the restaurant spoke English while we were there. Just a heads up. I speak a little Spanish so the experience was easy for us, but you may want to have a translate app, etc.

Pros: Actual options

Cons: SOOOO greasy

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Best vegan option in Aguas Calientes - Edit

This is the only 100% vegetarian and vegan place in Machu Picchu. As most other restaurants the prices are crazy high - 35 soles for set lunch menu (a shock compared to the 10/15 soles you pay in Cusco). But the food was really good and spicy which I love. The lady (probably the owner) was very caring and would ask what dishes needed to be vegan, or weather we could tolerate chili. The entree was simple but the creaminess of the avocado with the chili dressing made it my favourite entree since I have been travelling around Peru and Bolivia. Simple is best.

Pros: Simple food but packed with spices and herbs , Accomodating staff

Cons: so expensive ! but prices are standards for MachuP

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JeshicaDenosOré 17 Oct 2017 - Nos alegra saber que te gustó nuestra sazón. Ciertamente los precios de todo se elevan por el difícil acceso a la población. El único medio de transporte es el tren, y traer verduras frescas en tren también tiene un costo adicional. Esa es la razón del costo. Nos alegra haber podido complacerla, la esperamos en su próxima visita.
Att. El personal de Govinda  


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Decent - Edit

I wasn't able to try Treehouse, because they were closed at lunchtime. Casa de la Abuelita was total garbage (see my review). At Govinda's I got the Lomo Saltado which was better than the one I had somewhere in Cuzco, but maybe it's just not a great dish. It seems like most dishes in South American cuisine are kind of dry and not very saucy. I ordered a Chai with soy milk and it was possibly one of the worst Chai Teas I've ever had in my life. It tasted like they steeped the teabag for 10 seconds and the bottom of the cup had a chalky soy milk sediment. Keeping with the tradition of South American bathrooms, the men's bathroom toilet did not have a seat, luckily the women's did and I was able to use that. I wanted to buy a soy cheese Empanada, but they were out of soy cheese (not surprising, those Krishnas love to push the dairy rape). I did get a sandwich to go (seitan, avocado and tomato) which was cheap and decent. But again, no sauce of any kind. This place isn't great, but it's probably your best bet in Aguas Calientes.

Pros: all veg, wifi

Cons: out of soy cheese, no toilet seat

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Better than Cusco - Edit

Loved the lomo saltado. Better than any food I had in Cusco. My friend liked the sabji though I wasn't impressed. It's on the second floor, and the food wasn't quick.

Pros: Yummy!

Cons: Not quick

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Stop Complaining & Eat Here - Edit

As the ONLY vegetarian spot in Aguas Calientes, this spot more than holds its own alongside of the overpriced and mediocre meat-serving restaurants in town (I went to one that was vegan friendly...small portions and hair in the food).

Yes, the service is slow. Just deal with it. If you don't support this place then we'll have no meatless spot in the entire puebla. My food was very, very good and the staff were very kind and attentive. Would go back again and again.

Pros: vast menu, kind staff

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Good food, but it's slow - Edit

The food here was decent, and there's good variety on the menu.

We went on our first day in town and considered going back other times, but we kept saying "Oh, we don't have time to eat there," because we needed to be somewhere else later, and the service here was unbelievably slow the first time we went.

We would've gone back, if we could wait over an hour for our food again. If they could improve this, we would've gone probably 3 or 4 times.

Pros: No meat, Pizza

Cons: Super slow

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The only veggie restaurant in town - Edit

Addressing issues raised in other reviews:

1 - Price; Aguas Calientes is a tourist trap. It's expensive compared to other parts of Peru. So are Lima and Cusco. Get over it. Govinda's seems ok price-wise to me.

2 - Service; Was very fast and very friendly for me, but the place was quite empty. They were also playing nice tunes.

3 - Quality; I only had a carrot juice and a veg curry. Neither were amazing, but I'm more than happy to eat mediocre food at average prices if I know that I'm supporting the only veggie restaurant in town and helping to ensure that they don't go bust. I'll probably come back.

Like someone else said, you could choose to eat somewhere else, but don't be surprised if they're not exactly straight up about how veggie the food is or don't understand that milk and eggs aren't vegan.

Pros: it's 100% veggie

Cons: it's not 100% vegan

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govindas - Edit

Mi peor experiencia culinaria en los 8 dias que llevo en Peru. Le daría 0 estrellas pero no me permite menos de 2 la app.
Empezando porque dentro del restaurante hay un "salón de belleza" lo cual es inaudito. El servicio es muy malo. Solo estabamos dos personas y despues de 15 min les hemos recordado que nos pusieran la bebida. La chica que nos atendia estaba mas pendiente de su movil que de atender a los clientes. La he tenido que llamar varias veces (para que nos ponga la bebida, el entrante, para que me traiga un cubierto, etc). Lo peor es que cuando por fin nos han traido la comida habia un pelo dentro de mi pastel de espinacas. Asqueroso. Para rematar mi baja opinion de este sitio me han cobrado 8 euros por el servicio (por un pésimo servicio y después de encontrar un pelo en la comida). Pongo foto de mi factura de 65 soles.

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JeshicaDenosOré 29 Jun 2017 - Hola, mi nombre es Jeshica y estoy a cargo de Govinda Restaurante en Machupicchu. El equipo de Govinda pide disculpas por ocasionarle un mal momento. Acabamos de cambiar de gerencia y equipo de trabajo desde hace 10 días. Las personas que atendieron a usted ya no trabajan con nosotros por el cambio de personal que se hizo. Le pido a usted darnos una oportunidad de mejorar su experiencia en govinda brindándole nosotros un almuerzo gratis a usted y sus acompañantes en su siguiente visita. Si aceptase por favor pongase en contacto con nosotros.  


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better than expected - Edit

Restaurant and menu lookes a bit canteenish and 20 soles for rice with vegetables is a high price for peru. But when I opened my food box (I ordered take away) I was surprised how nice it tasted. If you are vegetarian or vegan I can recommend this place for Aguas calientes.

Pros: good english, many vegan options , fast

Cons: Not so cosy

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value for money and amazing tastes - Edit

A lovely man that deserves much more business who creates amazing homemade vegan (and veggie) food with love. He has he most welcoming smile and loves a conversation. It was very cheap for what it was and we walked away full. So fresh.

Pros: flavor bomb, fresh ingredients, lovely service

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Nice restaurant - Edit

A nice restaurant on the second floor. It has quite an extensive menu full of vegan and vegetarian dishes - lots are local dishes!!
The owner was super friendly and accommodating. He spoke good English.

It is kind of pricey but everything in Aguas Calientes is.

Pros: Good food, Great service, Calm location

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Govinda cerrara por algunos meses - Edit

Hola a todos los amigos de HappyCow, por cuestiones de no tener local propio, Govinda cerrara por algunos meses, hasta encontrar nuevo local y mejorara el servicio que brindan. :D
Para las personas que desean comer vegetariano durante este tiempo llamar al Cel: 974708359 Sr. Busiano el atenderá a grupos, el requisito llamar con una semana de anticipación.
Muchas Gracias por su comprensión.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 06, 2014

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pretty price - Edit

I had a tofu, avocado, tomato, cucumber sandwich for 16 soles- and it didn't come with anything else. That was one of the cheapest things on the menu. It was good, but everything on the menu is pretty expensive for what you are getting.

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Fantastic food, slow service - Edit

This Govinda is, indeed, a little haven from the chaos of tourism surrounding Machu Picchu. Although the service is, as others suggested, quite slow (with one older man serving the tables and another man cooking), the food was carefully prepared and delicious. I had a vegan Spanish paella (see attached picture) that was delicious, preceded by a bowl of vegetable soup so big and full of noodles that I had to eat it sparingly to save room for my paella. My friend had the quinoa soup and a sandwich--both of which he raved about. Everything was made fresh and from scratch. The tomato skin that makes the flower in my picture is from the tomato used in the paella. In short, this place is worth your time, but don't go there in a hurry. You probably need an hour to spare. As to the review that suggests this place is far away, it takes less than five minutes (probably more like three) to walk from the train station at the heart of town.

Pros: excellent food, fresh ingredients, great, peaceful, atmosphere

Cons: Slow service

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good surprise - Edit

after a morning in crowded macchu picchu we decided to go down and look for some food.we are vegan and aguas calientes offers many,too many meat places but no vegetarian.we found eventually this govinda restaurant and there were just other 4 people at the time.we decided to try even though there was just a man doing everything.we ordered avocado vinaigrette and lomo saltado e montado and two juices.the man prepared everything at the moment and we had a very very good and tasteful lunch.it was a surprise and we could appreciate the dear soul of this man preparing everything with love and presence.we want to underline the very tasteful veggie meat he prepared himself,it was the best seitan we had and we suggest people travelling in aguas calientrs to go and try themselves.we felt honoured to have been there.

Pros: very good food, peaceful place

Cons: little bit long walk

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We should have eaten here - Edit

Having read some rough reviews of this place we mistakenly decided not to eat here but rather to try our luck with 'vegetarian' meals in non-veg restaurants. We also went to the restaurant owner and told him about the bad reviews as we thought maybe it might be helpful to improve the service rather than loose the business of vegetarians looking for a clean meal. He was a very nice man and the restaurant was tastefully decorated. After this we ate 'vegetarian' mexican at another restaurant, only to find I had eaten tiny pieces of meat in the beans which were in the burrito I had ordered, not only this I found out later that the burrito itself had been made from egg, and that the restaurant owner had lied to us about the ingredients. The beans had come in a tin with meat and the chef had separated out the visible meat. Disgusted by this we stood up and left the restaurant without paying. The moral of this story is that regardless of what reviews a restaurant may have it is better to have a potentially rough vegetarian meal than a tasty meal that has been prepared in a non-veg restaurant where you really do not know what is in it.

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Worst Govinda in Peru - Edit

The set menu (15 soles) is 3 times more expensive than anywhere else in Peru. Unlike with the Govinda in Lima (Miraflores) tou don't get a better meal for it.
In fact the soup I got was instant soup, with bits of flour still undisolved. The main dish was decent, yet only a small serving, and I left hungry.
The plate was nicely decorated with tomatoskin in the form of a flour and 2 uneatable pieces of a leaf of some sort. I guess, because of this decoration, there was not enough room on the plate for a decent serving.

Cons: small porcion, instant soup, expensive

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pies de gato 12 Feb 2013 - Hi, Just so the reader knows, 15 soles is an inexpensive meal in Aguas Calientes (where all the food is shipped in by train!) and I guarantee you there is no "menu" available in Aguas for a third of that price. No idea about the "instant soup", but hasn't been my experience and I have eaten there more than once.  


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only veggie place in town - Edit

We had lunch at Govinda after our visit to Machu Picchu and were quite thankful for them. Our hotel restaurant (where we had an included meal the night before) just did not get vegan at all (despite our repetitive no queso comments). Anyways, the waitress did not speak English, but the menu was written in English as well, so we were able to decipher what we could have. We shared the fried potato appetizer and then the Spanish paella and Celestial sandwich (with no cheese) for entrees. Both were tasty and filled us up. We also had the papaya juice and lemonade. There was a large group there when we arrived, but we were the only other customers, so we had no problem with slow service. It's a bit of a way up the hill, but easy to locate on the main street.

Pros: only veggie place in town, filling good food

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A solid option in Aguas Calientes - Edit

The food is just fine. That said, the rice options taste identical. I was just happy to find vegan options in Aguas Calientes. The ambiance is a welcome respite from the crazy hustle in the town, but the service is really slow. Don't go if you have a time crunch.

Pros: Vegan options, Quiet

Cons: Slow service

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nothing special - Edit

there wasn't much special about the meal, honestly. we got the menu turistico for 15 soles. for the main dish, they did not have any noodles, which were on the menu, so we only had 2 rice dishes to choose from. we supposedly each got a different rice dish, although they tasted and looked identical. i've seen a lot cheaper for a lot better in cusco.

Cons: mediocre

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Tasty but slow service - Edit

This is a refreshing break from the hassling waiters of Aguas Calientes. If a bit more pricey than other Govinda's in Peru, it has a varied "à la carte" menu as well as 3 set menus for 15, 20 and 35 soles. We took the cheapest and had not expected we'd get an entrada, plato de fondo, drink AND yogurt with granola. The 20 soles menu includes a soup as well. Only downside was that the restaurant was understaffed when we went and the cook's little daughter was serving and the service was rather slow (over 1 hour for a 3 course meal). Slow but very friendly and polite. And the creme of corn, the avocado salad, the spanish paella, the quinoa chaufa and the yogurt-granola, were all absolutely delicious.

Pros: Good food, No hassling waiters

Cons: Slow service, Bit pricey

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Govinda - Edit

Between the Govinda in Aguas Calientes and the Govinda in Cusco, I never went hungry on my trip to Machu Picchu :)
I definitely recommend staying at least one night in Aguas Calientes...so be sure to check this place out for lunch or dinner.
-VeganTex

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