Cajamarca is located in the northern highlands of Peru
and is the capital of the Cajamarca region. It is approximately 2,700 m
(8,900 ft) above sea level and has a population of about 135,000 people.
Cajamarca has an equatorial climate so it is mild, dry and sunny, which
creates very fertile soil. The city is well-known for its cheeses and dairy
products. Cajamarca is also known for its churches, and hot springs, or Inca
Baths. There are also several active mining sites in surrounding areas.
The department of Cajamarca is characterized by slight slopes and highlands
relatively low in comparison to the rest of the Peruvian Andes. The
territory is made up of numerous valleys and gorges.
The city of Cajamarca brings together three ingredients that make it an
unforgettable destination: a magnificent Colonial architecture, beautiful
countryside, and a rich history since it was the scene of an important
episode of South American history. Here, the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro
captured the Inca Atahualpa who, in spite of fulfilling his part of the
ransom, was killed. From that point onward, the conquistadors drafted the
city in the traditional Spanish way, and today the Colonial constructions of
the Cathedral, the churches of San Francisco, Belen, and la Recoleta,
mansions, and monuments are preserved.
There are many excursion possibilities: the Inca Baths, thermo-medicinal hot
springs where the Inca used to go after long trips, the Ventanillas de
Otuzco (Otuzco Windows), a cemetery carved into a wall of volcanic rock,
Cumbemayo, a demonstration of pre-Incan hydraulic engineering still
functioning today, that is located in a wonderful natural area, the old
hacienda La Colpa, where the cattle go to be milked at the sound of their
name, Kuntur Wasi, a commercial center that dates to the year 1100 b.C. and
its site museum with the numerous examples of the oldest objects of gold in
the Americas, the Porcón farm, an agricultural and cattle cooperative
surrounded by a pine forest, ideal for spending a day out of the city,
visiting its small zoo of vicuñas, deer, little spotted cats, monkeys, and
eagles, buying its milk products, or simply enjoying the landscape.
We offer 3 exciting tours in this area , please make a choice: