(2.720 meters) above sea level


Map of Cajamarca


History, Carnivals and Wildlife

How to get there Cajamarca

CIt boasts magnificent colonial architecture like the Cathedral and the churches of San Francisco, Belén and Recoleta. This is a land of history with places like the Baños del Inca (Inca Baths), the Ventanillas de Otuzco and Cumbemayo.

It’s a bucolic nature destination like the La Colpa Estate and Porcón Farm. A colorful region that every year, in February and March, is dominated by carnivals.

  • Location: Highlands of northern Peru, bordering Ecuador.
  • Size: 33,318 Km2 (13,057 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

3 Days

length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: Nearby areas: Otuzco, dairy farms and orchid nurseries.
  • 1/2 day: Cumbemayo and Piedra del Inca (Stone of the Inca).
  • 1 day: City of Cajamarca – the Cathedral, churches of Saint Francis of Assisi
    and La Recoleta, the Bethlehem church complex, the Ransom Room, Saint Apollonia Hill and the Baños del Inca.
  • 1 day: Porcón farm.
  • 1 day: Kunturwasi.

Recommended for Cajamarca


  • History and archeology buffs, who will love the visit to the Ventanillas of Otuzco, a burial site on a cliff face, as well as the mysterious Cumbemayo canals and the Ransom Room.
  • Religious tourism enthusiasts, who need to tour the Cathedral and the Bethlehem church.
  • Agrotourism enthusiasts, who will find farms in the communities of Sulluscocha and Chagmapampa, where the people welcome visitors to stay in homes that have been adequately prepared for such purposes.
  • Bird watchers, who must make their way to the Sangal Canyon (just 9 miles from the city), where they can catch glimpses of goldfinches, thrushes, sparrows, eagles and especially the endangered hummingbird species called the Grey-bellied Comet (Taphrolesbia griseiventris).
  • Trekkers and hikers, who have plenty of routes to choose from among the ancient paths built by the Incas. We recommend taking the one connecting the towns of Jesús and Llacanora.
  • Nature lovers, who should definitely go to Porcón farm and check out the vicuñas and deer living in the midst of a pine forest haven.
  • Relaxation and health fanatics, who can experience the uniqueness of the Baños del Inca (Baths of the Inca).

What to buy?


When it comes to handicrafts in Cajamarca, local artisans work in many different styles, like traditional backstrap weaving or callua (in Porcón and San Miguel), which is used to make blankets, ponchos, shawls, bags, sashes and saddle bags, or the famous hat making from Celendín and Bambamarca, the cotton fabrics made in Chota, stone carving in Huambocancha, and ceramic making in Mollepata, Shundal and Cruz Blanca.

What to eat?


The best cattle in the country graze on the emerald fields of Cajamarca, reason why the best cheeses are also found here, which form the base of fabulous foods like the humita de queso (corn roll stuffed with cheese) and the tangy green soup or chowder. Restaurants in the city offer a fine choice of grilled meats and sausages and, to a lesser degree, international cuisine and seafood (trout is abundant).

Typical dishes Cajamarca

  • Blancmange: This sweet is known in Peru as dulce de leche, it is a traditional dessert that is made from cow’s milk, cinnamon, sugar and cornstarch. There are variants of rice, potatoes, lima beans, lucuma, cherimoya, chocolate, quinoa, etc. In Latin America there are various types of blancmange, and each has a distinctive taste which makes a distinction between them.
  • Spicy fried potato with cuy: This dish is full of nutritious food products. Also called guinea pig guinea pig is seasoned with oil, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper sauce and cumin to taste. It is served with a stew of potatoes, seasoned with red pepper sauce, peanuts, pepper and salt. It offers a Creole sauce served with chopped onion and hot pepper seasoned in lemon. Cajamarca is a real feast, the guinea pig in one of its best expressions, a delight.
  • Chicharrón with mote: The crackling is a fried pork skin with or without fat, in Peru should be crisp and very brown. In the Andean regions are ponds to brown the pork in its own fat. In Cajamarca he is seasoned only with salt and pepper, to take its own natural flavor of pork. It served with boiled potatoes and mote. He eats accompanied by chicha or chicha.
Cajamarca Attractions in the City
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Cajamarca Attractions Beyond the City
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Cajamarca Festivals
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