News about Cajamarca in Peru.
- By Milagros Vera Colens
For El Comercio
Traveling to the north of Peru is much more than sun, sand and ocean. It is also sierra and dense valleys like the ones that run across sweet Cajamarca, which offers green pastures that feed our best cattle at 2,720m above sea level.
Here, you and your family will be able to visit a variety of farms and ranches of the 19th century dedicated to the breeding of cattle where you will experience the agricultural and livestock labor of the local farmers. You can also enjoy the taste of pure and natural cow milk as well as handmade cheese and the delicious “manjar blanco.”
It is an adventure that will make you get up at the crack of dawn to milk cows, put on your boots to feed the animals and take a horseback stroll through the woods of the sierra.
When I read that the road from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas was breathtaking but not for the weak of stomach, my imagination was immediately hooked. An internet search for information on public transportation came up with scant, outdated material, and nearly all of it described the scenery with words that the cynic in me said must certainly be hyperbole. Could this journey really merit all the praise people heaped on it?
- By Katrina Heimark
Cajamarca may easily convert itself in to the ideal weekend destination, due to the popular “Baños del Inca” (Incan Baths). The Baños del Inca, as their name suggests, are natural thermal baths located just six kilometers east of the city of Cajamarca. The Baños del Inca have suites that include rooms with hydro-massage, Jacuzzis filled with the thermal bathwater, and pools.
If you travel there from the 5th to the 7th of September, you will be just in time to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the creation of the district of Baños del Inca. The celebration will honor the town’s traditions of conservation and strict management of water resources.
- By Kyle Burk
Perhaps the single most daunting thing about traveling in Peru is deciding where to go. The country is chock-full of places of interest, each with a highly particularized history, culture, climate, and story. During my recent visit to Peru, after much agonizing over where to go, I settled on Cajamarca.
Text and photos: Walter H. Wust
In spite of its Quechua name, Cajamarca is not – under any circumstances – a cold land. On the contrary, the hospitality of its inhabitants and the beauty of its impressive landscapes make it a forced destination for those who love to travel throughout Peru. And the imminent summer is the ideal time to enjoy its countryside showing off its maximum green splendor.
Cajamarca is one of those places to which many people do not arrive. It is not due to lack of attractions, but because it is located in an independent route, far from the majority of conventional destinations.
As we advance through this strange landscape we seem to go back in time. Our minds go back to a prehistoric age, enveloping us in a sense of mystery and the unknown.
It is a strange sensation. We walk among red hills speckled with the contrasting green of the bushes. In the distance, eucalyptus groves sway in a dance generated by the highland wind. The remains of the trunks lie everywhere.
We first learned of the existence of this unique place a few years ago. A brief report broadcast late at night informed us that it was located in northern Peru.
In a period now lost in time our region bore no resemblance to the landscape we see today. Dinosaurs ruled and great, luxuriant forests covered every inch of the territory.
Over millions of years great changes occurred. At some point, the dinosaurs and the enormous forests disappeared, giving way to new species of animals and plants. The causes of this extraordinary event have been lost to us and are wreathed in mystery.
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Through the detailed travelogue Audre and Dimitri are keeping of their trip to Peru, we experienced their exciting and interesting visit to Arequipa and then joined them on their wonderful time in Lima. After that we accompanied them on their adventure through Peru’s Amazon as well as their trip through parts of Northern Peru. In this final part of the travelogue we will join Audre and Dimitri as they travel to Peru’s highlands. If you missed out on the first, second, third or fourth part of their trip, click here for part I , here for part II, here for part III and here for part IV.
Written by Audre & Dimitri
00 The women of Cajamarca preserve the traditional local dress. © LIP
The Panamericana north of Trujillo went through small town after small town but the road was good and we didn’t get stopped at police checkpoints. The secondary road east to Cajamarca had lots of potholes and it was slow-going. It took us 6 hours to get to Cajamarca from Trujillo though it was only 307 km.
We travel the world trying the hot springs in different countries. We really enjoyed staying at Hotel Laguna Seca Baños Termales (Av. Manco Cápac 1098, Baños del Inca, Cajamarca, Perú, (51-76)594-600, web: www.lagunaseca.com.pe). We had trouble finding a room we liked but eventually were given room 42 for US $97 per day, including breakfast, tax and service. We think it was their best room because it was on the end. It had a lovely and private view from the bedroom over the horse paddock. There was a separate room where we could watch TV from a rattan, bench-like sofa. When it was raining in the afternoon, the front desk would load a film for us on their video and we’d watch it on our TV in our sitting room. Our bathroom was large with a sunken, Japanese bath type-shower-area where we could soak in the thermal waters in the privacy of our room.
00 The traditional local hat has many functions: it can carry water and it can be used as a measure for produce. The hats can also be a source of status. © LIP
However, outside our room, but right in front, was a large round pool with some areas around it covered, some not. There was an attractive piece of pottery with the thermal water flowing into the pool from the pottery. We asked for the pool to be made a little hotter and the staff quickly did that through the pottery spout. The hot water gurgled from the pottery into the pool. We were told that most of the guests prefer the pools to be cooler rather than warmer. We like our hot pools to be around 39° C; usually we have to request that temperature. The soaks we took at Laguna Seca were wonderful, even in the rain.
We carry with us fluffy terrycloth robes in case the hotel where we stay doesn’t have them (no wonder we have 11 suitcases with us). At Laguna Seca we used our robes to go to and from our room and to stay warm even in the rain. There was enough covered area around the pool to keep them dry too.