The city of the cumbe, capital of the Peruvian carnival, has many tourist attractions to offer to national and foreign visitors. Here is a list of 9 must-see tourist attractions in Cajamarca.
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1. Santa Apolonia Hill Viewpoint
Its original name was rumitiana or rumipascana, which in Quechua means Seat of Stone. It is a rock formation of volcanic origin. Located in the high part in the vicinity of the Plaza de Armas, it is an element fully integrated into the urban space and landscape. The settlers initially called it San Francisco de Monte Alberna. Later it took the name with which it is currently known as Santa Apolonia for having been the site of a chapel in honor of the saint of the same name.
Santa Apolonia, one of the 9 tourist places of Cajamarca that you must know.
In pre-Columbian times, this hill where the chapel stands was a venerable Huaca, dedicated to the cult of the dead. At the top of this formation are the remains of what is supposed to have been a shrine, commonly called Silla del Inca (Inca\’s Chair).
It is the landmark that serves as orientation to the visitors and it is a mandatory place to visit because its access is easy and because of its height (2985 meters above sea level) with respect to the city, it becomes an excellent natural viewpoint, from which the city and the Cajamarca valley can be appreciated.
2. Virgen del Rosario Sanctuary
Located in the town of El Rosario de Polloc, the temple amazes visitors with its walls, columns, ceilings, and floor decorated with mosaic technique. The sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary is the main attraction of the town of El Rosario de Polloc and it could not be otherwise. Whoever enters this place is amazed by its beauty.
3. Windows of Otuzco
Known archeologically as the necropolis of Otuzco. Its name, ventanillas, comes from its appearance as a set of cavities arranged in consecutive horizontal rows.
The ventanillas are square and rectangular shaped concavities, carved in low relief in a rocky surface of volcanic origin. Some evidence indicates that they correspond to the Cajamarca culture, which was influential between 300 and 800 AD.
4. Porcon Farm
The town of Granja Porcon lives a life apart from the madness of the city. It likes to show its visitors the peace and tranquility that comes from its simple life, which brings with it the power to heal your soul. Undoubtedly, it is one of the tourist places in Cajamarca that you must visit.
5. Cumbe Mayo
It is located 20 km west of the city of Cajamarca. At an altitude of 3,500 m.a.s.l. Its name comes from Cumbe: Thin and Mayo: River. Which in Quechua means fine river.
Cumbe Mayo is surrounded by a fantastic forest of stones that seems to reproduce the silhouette of pious friars, which is why they are familiarly called frailones.
6. The Baths of the Inca
The Baños del Inca have thermal waters with temperatures above 70ºC (158ºF). The minerals that compose them have therapeutic properties for the treatment of affections to the bones, nervous system, skin and it is even said that it cures gastritis. One of the main attractions of this place is the Pozo del Inca, located inside the Baños complex.
7. Callacpuma Archaeological Center
Callacpuma, a Quechua word meaning hill of the puma, is located 12 kilometers from the city of Cajamarca, between the districts of Llacanora and Los Baños del Inca. The hill houses cave paintings, with designs of anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and geometric figures, which are spread over an area that covers a total of 254 hectares, between 2650 and 3120 meters above sea level.
8. Llacanora Waterfalls
Two beautiful and large waterfalls in the district of Llacanora, 30 minutes from the city of Cajamarca.
This is one of the best tourist places of Cajamarca that you must know, especially because it is very close.
9. Windows of Combayo
The Ventanillas de Combayo is an archaeological site located in the district of La Encañada, 35 km from the city of Cajamarca. The site covers about 20 hectares and the crypts were used as burial grounds.
The crypts fulfilled their function of funeral enclosure. They are in the hillside of a hill, the same one that rises on the lands of an old country property and now populated by a nourished and enthusiastic rural community, that has from times ago the name of Combayo.
Precisely because the area is somewhat isolated, Las Ventanillas are quite well preserved. Even those who have visited them say that they are more attractive than those of Otuzco. It is time to visit.
As you see, Cajamarca has very interesting places to visit. You have to consider the weather in these places so you must bring something to keep warm.Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.