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Cumbemayo Archaeological Complex and The Friars

 

At an average altitude of 3,500 m.a.s.l. and 20 km southwest from Cajamarca, lies the Archaeological Complex of Cumbemayo, a place where the highest hydraulic technology of ancient Peruvian communities and the impact of time upon nature are wonderfully combined. One of the main attractions of Cumbemayo, or "Narrow River" in Cajamarca Quechua, is the aqueduct. This is a canal of approximately 9 km in length, carefully carved in volcanic rock to divert the water from the hills to cultivation fields and a large reservoir; which is presumably originally at the foot of the Santa Apolonia Hill. Heading towards the aqueduct one can observe some stairways sculpted in stone, and a carved stone which had been used as a ceremonial altar. Also prominent is the Sanctuary a huge cliff resembling a man's head, whose mouth would be a grotto, where interesting but undecipherable petroglyphs have been found. The caves and shelters of the area evidence other stone engravings, where visitors claim to see anthropomorphic images. In an important section of the route there are also impressive and rare geological formations, where some will identify the shapes of monks forming part of a procession. For this reason, this stone forest located in Cumbemayo is known as Los Frailones (The Friars). (PromPerú)

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