Around Cajamarca


Santa Apolonia

Place located on the top of a hill in the south area of the Cajamarca city. In its summit a prehispanic "adoratorio" (place where people went to adore their Gods) carved in the rock, and a seat so that the Inca observed the whole valley. The Spaniards built the chapel of Santa Apolonia there. In 1900 a cross was placed to celebrate the arrival of a new century. Beautiful view of the whole city and the valley. You can go there walking from the Main Plaza, using the perrons of 2 de Mayo Street.


Baños del Inca (Inca´s Baths) (see archaeological description)

These are mineral sources of hot waters, chloride and sulfurous that reach up to 72°C (161.6°F) and columns of vapor that can be seen at great distance. Advisable for the healing of some rheumatic affections, nervous affections and chronic affections of the skin. Puddles and public pools or private rooms exist to take baths. Located 5 km (3.1 miles) east of Cajamarca in the district also called Baños del Inca.


The Frailones

Forest of rocks, capricious geologic formation, with strange figures, some look like human faces and reaching up to 20 m (65.6 feet) height; figures of stone carved exist and are located very near the archaeological location Cumbe Mayo. Called this way for the big figures that also exist and they seem to be priests in eternal procession. Located 21 km (13 miles) south west of Cajamarca.



Small town, located 3.5 km (2.17 miles) south of Cajamarca, amid a beautiful landscape, it possesses a forest park and outstand the great quantity of artisans that live there.



Located 7 km (4.3 miles) south of Aylambo, other small town in which you can appreciate beautiful landscapes of the countryside, special place for excellent pictures.


The Collpa

Cattle large farm, located 11 km (6.8 miles) south east of Cajamarca. Every day at 4 pm. an employee calls out the cows for their name and each cow responds to the voice and proceed toward the stable, to the specific place designated for it where later will be milked.



Picturesque town, of beautiful Andean landscapes, located 13 km (8 miles) south east of Cajamarca.



Town located 24 km (14.9 miles) north west of Cajamarca, beautiful landscapes, pine forests and traditional celebration of "Domingo de Ramos" (Palm Sunday).



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