If you were looking for an offbeat city to visit, other than the usual Machu Picchu or Cusco, look no further than Cajamarca. This Andean city is known for its culture, architecture, and scenic spots. It is the kind of city that you will not regret visiting.
Cajamarca is located in the northern Andes, and is also known as Kashamarka in Quechua. At 8,900 feet above sea level, you can expect the town to be chilly and dry no matter during which time of the year you visit it. There are a number of things you can do when you are in Cajamarca.
Explore the city and its architecture
Cajamarca looks very different from other Peruvian cities because it has an ecclesiastical style of architecture. The Church of Belen, Cathedral of Cajamarca and the San Antonio churches are all fine examples of the unique architecture of the city. The city also has narrow winding lanes which are great to walk around and admire local houses and buildings.
Visit the historical spots
The city is most famous for wars and treacherous campaigns, and the Incan emperor Atahualpa was killed in this very town. In fact, you can visit the ransom room where he was held by the colonialists. In addition, you can make a trip to Banos del Inca, where you can take a dip in the hot springs. There are also many pre-hispanic archaeological sites and colonial buildings that you can explore.
Try local cuisine and culture
Cajamarca is a great place to try local Andean delicacies. You can also explore the bar scene of the town, and down. Few Pisco courts. If you happen to visit Cajamarca during the Carnival, you will be encounter a riot of colors and festivities.
If you would like to make a trip to Cajamarca, contact us today for a custom trip. We would be happy to take you to the city, and even guide you around the important sites in and around Cajamarca.