Laguna Seca Hotel And Spa
Av Manco Capac N 1098, CAJAMARCA, Peru, 00000, PE
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el fondo de los baños
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I am trying to decide my Peru travel plans- we'll be there in February and apparently due to cleanup plans, the Inca Trail is only open for two days. I thought it would be nice to get off the "Gringo Trail" and try for a relatively untouristy part of Peru. Can the hot springs at Banos del Inca, the "window" tombs and the Water Channel and Cajamarca itself fill up 2-3 days?
Re: Cajamarca-worth it?
hello, my name is matthew, i am in bolivia then argentina ,brasil, and back to peru in febuary. can you tell me when the inca trail is open those two days in febuary. if you know of course. thanks alot
Hi. Yes, Cajamarca is well worth a two or three day visit. It's one of the better preserved northern andean cities and there's lots to see.
If you're thinking of February, then you'll be there for Carnavel, which is well worth it. Very festive.
One thing you should know is that while it's summer on the coast it's winter in the mountains, so that probably means some rain and cold weather at night. Something to keep in mind.
Also, given that there are some difficulties between the local population and the Newmont mining corporation, there have been roadblocks and stuff like that. You wouldn't really want to identify youself as a U.S. citizen.
Whatever you decide, good luck on your trip.
Travel Tips for Cajamarca
Quiet town in the north
I went to Cajamarca "en route" to Granja Porcon an eco-tourism town. The great thing about Cajamarca is to be almost the only foreigner in the area ! The most interesting site is "El cuartero" where, aledgely, the great inca told Pizzarro that he was able to fill a room with gold. He tought that will save his life... it only woke up greed and a violent war. I noticed that people walking on the sidewalk did the catholic cross sign. I even saw very young couple do so. It surprise me a bit, especially I wonder why at this actual time. Untill I noticed that most people do that when being in the front of a church. It was the only town where I faced some aggressive begging. It was an old woman, a "campesinos", which means more indian than farmer. She was obviously poor, I gace something, but a white woman, owner of a store started to argue for her to stop hassling. The argument, although only talking, got pretty aggressive.
Walking to Llacanora
Llacanora is a farmer's village located 15 km from Cajamarca.
It's worth walking there, especially if you take the indirect route and have to walk across farmer's fields to reach the waterfalls of Llacanora.
From the Baños del Inca take the road to Llanacora (ask the people), and at the next big road cross continue straight instead of turning right. Walk pass the hill untill a 10 meters profound canyon that you will have to follow to reach the waterfalls. It's a 2 hour walk.
Once in Llanacora you can take a combi or a truck back to Cajamarca.
Fundo Tres Molinos & Los Alpes
Catch your combi from Mercado mayorista (ask INC nearby Iglesia de Belen) and it'll take you Tres Molinos were you can not only see how to make cheese and manjar blanco, but with luck they will let you take part in the preparation, even if its stirring the milk or putting the weights on the different type of cheese. The smell is so good, you'll find yourself picking on the cheese not before long...
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For more details of my CAJAMARCA Travelogue (SA 2005), please visit :
08) TOUCH OF PERU
( .. Chiclayo .. Cajamarca .. Huaraz .. Lima .. Arequipa .. Puno .. )
Cajamarca is a charming town surounded by moutains of the Cordillera Central. Its main ressources are agriculture and the Yanacocha Gold Mine (one of the biggest in the world) that employs directly and indirectly 5,000 people.
It's a pleasant place to stay for 4-5 days, and a good starting point for visiting archeological sites in the area (Cumbe Mayo, Necropolis de Combayo).
La Plaza de Armaz.
The City is worth a guided tour as it has nice monuments and a rich historical past : Cajamarca is the place where one of the two last Incas, Atahualpa, was captured and killed by F. Pizzaro ... after giving the Spanish realm tons of gold and silver he was able to gather from all regions of Peru.
La Colina de Santa Apolonia.
The best place to get tourist information is not in the complex of Belen as indicatd in many guides, but at the entrance of Baños del Inca (see Must See)
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