The department of Cajamarca is located north of Peru, in the western chain of the Andes and includes mountain and jungle areas.
The origin of the city of Cajamarca began about 3000 years ago with the first human groups Huacaloma, Layzón, and Otuzco Cumbemayo.
The city of Cajamarca was the capital of the department of the same name by Supreme Decree given by Marshal Ramón Castilla on February 11, 1855.
On 14 September 1986, the Organization of American States declared as Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Americas.
Location: The department of Cajamarca is located north of Peru, in the western chain of the Andes and includes mountain and jungle areas.
It borders the north by Ecuador, to the south with La Libertad, on the east and west Amazonas with Piura and Lambayeque.
It has 13 provinces and 126 districts.
Population: The population surpasses one million inhabitants.
Extension: It has an area of 35.417 square kilometers.
Altitude: The city of Cajamarca, capital of the department of the same name, lies at an altitude of 2,750 meters above sea level. East has a wide valley, where rivers flow and Chonta Mashcón, that by joining the height of the village up the river Huayrapongo Cajamarca.
Weather: The climate is temperate, dry and sunny. During the day maintains an average temperature of 14 ° C, a maximum temperature of 21 ° C and 6 ° C minimum temperature.
Economy activities: Economic activities that score high on the department of Cajamarca are livestock and agriculture and mining in recent times.
Other major cities are Celendín, Jaén, Chota, Cajabamba, Contai and Cutervo
Getting to Cajamarca
It is the most common form of income and less expensive route is Lima-Trujillo-Cajamarca (865 km) using the North American Highway, with duration of 14 h approx. car. Communicates with Lima and the coastal cities by the Pana Mericana Highway and the towns of the Sierra on the roads of penetration. Every day there are bus services to various cities of Lima and Peru.
Tourism Ground Transportation Cruz del Sur, Ormeno and Cial.
There are daily flights from Lima (1 hr 20 min approx.). Agencies: LAN Airlines and LC Busre. Please note that airlines require arrive at the airport an hour early to secure seats. Do not forget to reconfirm your tickets, both outward and back.
LAN Airlines (LA)
Lima – Cajamaraca – Lima
Flights frequency :Every day departs 03 daily flights
From Lima to Cajamarca flights departs Since 5:40 am to 15:30 hrs
The flights take 1 hour 20 minutes
LC BUSRE Airlines (W4)
Lima – Cajamaraca – Lima
Flights frequency :Every day departs 02 daily flights
From Lima to Cajamarca flights departs Since 5:10 am to 15:10 hrs
The flights take 1 hour 35 minutes
Cajamarca- Lima: 856 km (13 or 14 hours aproxx.)
Cajamarca- Trujillo: 300 km (6 hours aproxx.)
Cajamarca- Chiclayo: 263 km
Cajamarca Chachapoyas: 335 km
Main Tourist Attractions
Cajamarca has many tourist attractions; this is the reason that many travelers from around the world comes to Cajamarca to see and learn more about this destiny.
* Cajamarca – Main Square
* Cathedral of Cajamarca
* San Francisco Convent
* Mirador de santa Apolinia
* Cumbe Mayo
* The Rescue Room
* La Recoleta Church
* Conjunto Monumental Belen
* Belen Chuch
* Conception Church
Tours in Cajamarca
Cajamarca Tips & Useful Information
– We recommend to not drink water from the tube, it is better to buy a bottle of water to avoid while traveling to Cajamarca to prevent contracting any harmful parasites or water-borne illnesses. Also you have to be sure to travel with water purification tablets or boil water for 15 minutes to eliminate any harmful bacteria.
Security and Safe
– Cajamarca is a relatively safe city. But, you should always use common sense and keep aware of your surroundings, especially late at night.
-Don’t travel alone at night, don’t carry large amounts of cash or exterior signs of wealth and avoid areas that are known for being known as unsafe.
-If you have to take a taxi on the street, be sure to get on a yellow cab
If you get a taxi at a hotel, you will pay a hire fare for the ride but you will be absolutely safe and the car will be in much better shape.
Never allow for another passenger to get in the taxi with you and always agree on the fare before you board the taxi.
For the trip
– Bring Light clothes for the morning, sunscreen, hats, and warm jackets for the night.
– For tips, if you feel you have received good service with guides, transportation, hotel staff, waiters, encouraging them to follow each day to provide a better service could give you a tip. The amount is related to the quality of service you received. 10% is appropriate and welcome.
– Credit cards as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted. In some places, such as craft shops and small businesses, when you pay by credit card, it is possible that this individual minimum amount or a surcharge of between 5% and 8% due to bank charges.
– May achieve better discounts if offers to pay in cash.
– Checks for travelers, you have to change them at banks or authorized exchange houses, is subject to a commission of approximately 2%, you will need your passport to make this change.
the voltage used in Peru is 220V. Many electrical appliances are 110V voltage. Make sure the device you will use is “dual” or having an appropriate converter.
The plug is normally used: 220V 60Hz
Cajamarca, a beautiful city hides many mysteries; one of them is undoubtedly the origin of its traditional carnival. Most of their festivities in honor of a saint and are part of the Christian calendar, also those celebrations becomes a folk expression of their people. February is the month held throughout the town of Cajamarca.
Calendar of festivities
Carnaval de Cajamarca / February – March (Movible)
Fiesta de las Cruces / March – April
Fiesta de San Juan Bautista / June 24th – Province of Chota
Feria de FONGAL
Señor de Huamantanga / September 23rd al 25th
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In the folklore we Cajamarquino variety of traditional dances and folk music that allows all and sundry to differentiate from other regions.
Dance: Inside the dances we can mention the cashua, the Chunchos or White Dance, the Pallas, the pachilla, the Dance of the feathered, or Imperial and the Dance of the Devils, the Shoe Carnival Grief and Cajamarca.
Music: We have the cashua and carnival which use traditional instruments like the trumpet, the case, the bagpipes, the antara.
In Cajamarca Gastronomy is at least 5,000 years of history-Hispanic; Pre Inca and Inca; to this we add the three centuries of culinary contribution.
Within the popular cuisine is divided into innings, main dishes, soups and traditional sweets which highlights:
Dishes: Corn and cheese tamale with bush Cajamarca, tamale with native bush, dried mushrooms ceviche and mushrooms.
Soups: Caldo Verde, the stew or Sancochado
Main dishes: fried Cuy spicy potato and rice wheat Chicharrón, fried dried beef with corn, with corn shilpida Cecina.
Traditional desserts: Figs with honey, cheese and honey, Blancmange, sweet eggplant.
Cajamarca has a variety cuisine, with delicious dishes, drinks and desserts that you can taste in the most representative restaurants there. We give you a list with the most recommended restaurants by tourists. List of Restaurants >>>>
Nightlife in Cajamarca
For people who want to dance and have fun, there are many bars and disco in Cajamarca where people can dance Latin music, pop and Rock music and expend a great time with friends; most clubs are located near to the main square.
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