THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY
The Inca Baths
Visits: Monday to Sunday 6:00-18:30.
Located in the province of Baños del Inca, 6 km east of the city of Cajamarca and about 4 minutes drive. History tells that it was here that the Inca used to take thermal baths.
Cutervo National Park
Located in the province of Cutervo 260 km north of the city of Cajamarca and about 14 h y 30 minutes car drive. Here visitors can watch several varieties of flora (scrublands, dwarf forests and wet montane forests) as well as fauna such as jaguars (panthera onca), tigrillos (leopardus pardalis), spectacled bear, otters, etc).
Cumbemayo Archaeological Complex
Located in the province of San Pablo, 22 km southwest of the city of Cajamarca and about one h drive. This mystic spot of unique natural beauty features a remarkable aqueduct (pre-Inca irrigation channel carved from rock), the sanctuary (a rocky outcrop in the shape of a giant human head and petroglyphs), the frailones (huge stone forest forming fanciful shapes that resemble monks’ silhouettes) and ceremonial altars (located along the aqueduct).
Bosque de Rocas (The Stone Forest)
Located 180 km from the city of Cajamarca, about 8 h drive, it spreads over a considerable area, noteworthy for its various fanciful shapes, the most known of them being those resembling the silhouette of monks moving on a silent procession.
The Windows of Otuzco
Located in the district of Baños del Inca, 8 km north east of the city of Cajamarca and about 15 minutes drive, featuring important surviving archaeological testimony to the ancient inhabitants of Cajamarca. Most of them are single niches but there are also multiple niches
Located in the province of San Pablo, 108 km northwest of the city of Cajamarca and about 2 h 45 minutes drive. Archaeological monument on La Copa hill, formed by a ceremonial complex comprising several plazas and platforms supported by huge stone walls.
Cooperativa Atahualpa Jerusalén (Porcón Farm)
Located 30 km north of the city of Cajamarca, about 1 h drive, its landscape has been improved thanks to the afforestation of a number of hectares of forests where wildlife flora and fauna has reappeared.
Cajamarca´s folkloric expressions are always related to religious celebration and patron saints’ feasts, with dances such as the Cashua, the Chunchos or White Dance, the Pallas, the Pachilla, the feathered or imperial dance and the Devils’ dance.
Cajamarca craftsmen are noted for their woolen, leather, wood, hemp rope, clay and stone works, which evidence the art and creativity of the people who convey our cultural identity in their utilitarian and decorative products.
- Picante de cuy con papa (guinea pig stew with peanut and panca chili sauce served with potatoes).
- Chicharrón con mote (pork cracklings served with separated mature corn or maize kernels).
- Humitas (steamed sweet corn dough stuffed with cinnamon and raisins, wrapped in maize leaves).
- Chupe verde (potato soup with bone broth).
Cajamarca Carnival (February - March, mobile)
Carnival has acquired characteristics which are very typical of Cajamarca comprising traditional expressions and involving the participation of institutions, quarters, etc. The celebration lasts approximately one month, however the central days are just eight.
Feast of the Crosses (March - April)
On the central day, Palm Sunday, four different ceremonies take place, the coronation of the crosses, the salutation to the Lord at the house of the mayordomo (the person entrusted with the task of leading the celebrations), the various prayers in Quechua and Latin and, lastly, the procession to the hacienda’s chapel with more than 50 crosses, each weighing approximately 60 kilos.
Armando Revoredo Iglesias.
3 km from the city of Cajamarca.
Open: Monday to Sunday 8:15-15:45.
There is no land terminal, however a number of carrier companies gather in the following streets: calle Atahualpa blocks 2-4 and calle Independencia blocks 2-4.
Av. Mario Urteaga 500, Cajamarca.
24 hour service.
Hospital Sub Regional de Jaén.
Prolongación Huamantanga s/n.
24 hour service.
Jr. Ayacucho s/n, Plazuela Amalia Puga.
24 hour service.
Handicrafts shops are located in the following streets:
Calle Dos de Mayo block 2; Jr. Sucre block 6; Jr. Bolívar block 3 and Jr. Horacio Urteaga block 1.
Calle Amazonas 443.
Open: Monday to Saturday 8:00-21:15, Sunday 8:00.15:00.
Regional Tourism and Industry Office
Calle Belén s/n 6ta. cdra, Conjunto Monumental Belén, Cajamarca.
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