Cajamarca Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
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Cajamarca Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • Ventanillas de Combayo

    Passing Otuzco, on the same highway is Combayo, a better conserved burial place because of its location. the Incas and Chachapoyas are thought to reach always for the altitudes to be closer to their Gods, for that reason Combayo is thought to be meant for royalty whereas Otuzco was meant for naturals.

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  • Cumbemayo, Bosque de Piedras y Canales

    3 hour walk from the city of Cajamarca itself. Just head pass Santa Apolonia, keep on heading away from Cajamarca and you'll eventually see the frailones, fraile shaped huge boulders, that make up Cumbemayo. Just a little pass it are the irrigation channels which date back to Pre Inca time.Quite an experience and a lot better if you bring your tent...

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  • Carnval & Coplas

    Check with promperu (www.peru.info) for specific dates but every year in the month of feb-march carnavals take place in Cajamarca, capital of the peruvian carnival. Water, paint, flour, oil and anything you can get your hands on is fair game for a whole day as the town welcomes Ño Carnavalón (Mr. Carnival) and his wife, but celebrations dont end...

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  • VENTANILLAS DE OTUZCO

    A simple half-day excursion you can do on your own is to take the micro from the market area of Cajamarca (around Calle Apurimac and Cal Jose Sabogal, ask the locals) to Ventanillas de Otuzco.The Ventanillas de Otuzco are located just 8km from Cajamarca. These are a series of square or rectangular niches of 50-60cm in height, carved into the side...

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  • CUMBE MAYO

    Cumbe Mayo is magical magical magical!! I highly highly recommend people to visit this place.It is a pampa in the mountain region up at 3,500m above sea level where the Cajamarca culture from 3,000 years ago had built canals. These aqueducts run for 9km along the mountain tops, collecting water from the Atlantic watershed and redirecting it on its...

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  • LOS BANOS DEL INCA

    Los Banos del Inca is a bathing complex taking the water from the sulphurous thermal springs.Apparently, Atahualpa had come here *way back then* to nurse a festering wound and his bath is still there. There are no common pools for dipping. All the baths are private and are priced slightly differently - 3 soles, 4 soles or 5 soles.My suggestion...

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  • PLAZA DE ARMAS

    Cajamarca is another town with an impressive Plaza de Armas with a striking 350-year-old fountain, topiary and gardens. The Cathedral and the San Francisco Church opoosite are both charmingly colonial.Apparently, here is where Atahualpa was executed.As usual, I love to sit at the plaza and observe the townfolks. Here in Cajamarca, the main style of...

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  • SANTA APOLONIA HILL

    When you observe around you, you will notice that not far from the plaza stands a curious little hill that is right SMACK in the middle of the town.The hill is Santa Apolonial hill. It can be accessed by road that goes round and round the hill. Or you can head there by walking from Calle Dos de Mayo. There is a steep stairway that prettily...

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  • HISTORICAL CAJAMARCA

    Cajamarca is an attractive colonial town in the north of Peru, surrounded by pretty mountains and countryside.What marks Cajamarca apart from all the other run-of-the-mill colonial towns of Peru is its place in history. In 1532, the 2 Incas royal brothers Atahualpa and Huascar had fought a battle for the Inca's throne. Atahualpa beat his brother...

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  • Fiesta del Niño Dios

    Just off Celendin. Pumarune is village than other than this festival in january will be forgotten of the map. Great way to spent the night in Celendin.

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  • Leyenda del Niño Dios de Pumacure

    La leyenda cuenta de un hombre q estaba tejiendo su gorro y en eso escucha un silbido y al voltearse ve una imagen del niño Dios, q a silbidos le hace entender q quiere q se lo lleve con el. Y asi lo hace. Van a su casa y al dia siguiente, como el pastor no lo quiere dejar solo se lo lleva con el al campo. Y asi lo hace por varios dias, hasta q el...

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  • Home of the Dead

    Don't miss the Ventanillas del Combayo (Little Windows of Combayo). It´s about 20 km away from Cajamarca through some amazing winding unpaved roads that provide vistas of the valley and the Chonto River. The ventanillas is a necropolis from 500 years before Christ to 100 years after Christ where those of high social status or rich buried the bones...

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  • Cumbemayo

    Cumbemayo is a large valley area at 3,390 meters dotted with carved water canals that archaeologists trace to a water cult about 2000 years ago. The ´rock forests´or what locals call ´frailones´(because the geologic formations resembles pious friars in prayer) rise starkly above the level ground up to a height of 20 meters (65 feet) above us and...

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  • THE CUMBEMAYO MOUNTAINS

    Aproximately an hour away drive from the city of Cajamarca you find this beautiful mountains with natural rock formations, they are amazing, and there are actually many theories and legends about them. Its quite a walk and its worth. Right there you will also find a very old water channel there are some old inca engravings on the rocks. I wish I...

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  • Cumbe Mayo

    These are channels that have been hand cut to divert water to pastures built 3510m above sea level. Said to be PreColumbian which I believe is between about 1200 and 200BC

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  • Go to the local Montmartre ! Allez a...

    Walk up the stairs of the Calle 2 de Mayo and enjoy the view over the city...Montez les marches de la rue 2 de Mayo et profitez de la vue...

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  • Los Baños del Inca

    The thermal bath where the Inca Atahualpa is said to have cured a wound. If your hostal don't have hot showers, this is the place to go for enjoying a hot bath !You can even go to the Sauna which is quite good and where you might encounter workers of the Yanacocha mine who come here to relax after 4 painful days spend in the mine.

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    by Maillekeul Updated Aug 23, 2003

    Sef reporter is french, and, consequently, is addicted to good cheese. We did notfind any good cheese in Ecuador, but here, in Cajamarca, the production of cheese i very developped. We even found swiss ementhal ! Nevertheless, the local cheese is a bit heavy...

    Stef reporter, en bonne francaise, aime le fromage. Y en avait pas beaucoup en Equateur, mais a Cajamarca, on a ete servi ! Y avait meme de l'ementhal suisse. Toutefois, le fromage local est un peu lourd..

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Cajamarca Warnings and Dangers

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    by Maillekeul Written Aug 23, 2003

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    During your visit of Cumbe Mayo, a splendid site where was settled centuries ago a genuine irrigation system, you will maybe have to enter a tunnel made in an enormous block... Be careful to your head /mine banged inside the tunnel, against an invisible rock and I had a pretty nice bruise ...). You can't see anything in this tunnel !

    Pendant votre visite de Cumbe Mayo, un site splendide sur lequel fut cree, il y a des siecles de cela, un veritable systeme d'irrigation, vous aurez peut-etre a passer dans un tunnel au milieu d'un enorme rocher. Attention a votre tete (la mienne a cogne contre une pierre et je me suis retrouve avec un joli bleu !). On ne voit rien dans ce tunnel !

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Cajamarca Tourist Traps

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    by Maillekeul Written Aug 23, 2003

    See the tip on my Peru Page and read the summary of our unfortunate adventure with fake bills given by ATM...

    Allez jeter un oeil sur le tip de ma page Peru et lisez le resume de notre mesaventure avec les faux billets des distributeurs des banques...

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Cajamarca Off The Beaten Path

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    On the way to Llacanora

    by EagleEye Written Aug 14, 2003

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    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.

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Cajamarca Favorites

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    by LeDragon Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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.

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