Cumbemayo is located 20 kilometers southwest of the city of Cajamarca and 45 minutes by car. At an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level.
Cumbemayo is surrounded by a great stone forest that seems to reproduce the shape of pious monks so familiarly referred to as “frailones”.
Cumbemayo is considered one of the most remarkable works of hydraulic engineering made by pre-Columbian American culture Cajamarca.
Built about 1000 years before Christ, and that even today remain intact.
It was built open pit rock. In ancient times served to transfer the water that naturally were bound for Pacific Rim to the Atlantic basin.
The Sanctuary, a cliff that looks like a giant human head and Las Cuevas, where there are recorded, this place for some researchers, have been used for sacrifices.
The name “mayo” can proceed from the word in Quechua kunpi mayo, which means “canal bien hecho” or Humpi mayo, which means “narrow river”.
The researcher Togger Ravines indicated that this duct had been used for many years and it could be associated to with a shrine carved in the rock, located near the canal, on the edge of a rocky outcrop known as The Friars. And Julio c Tello suggest that Cajamarca has abundant water supply, su the ducts wasn´t neccesary, in this case those ducts has another function that coul be Religious or ceremonial.