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Information About Cajamarca

Cajamarca2750 m.a.s.lClear and warm

Cajamarca Facts

AnniversaryBest time to visitMain destinations from Cajamarca
February 11thJune, July, and AugustArequipa, Lima, Cusco, Piura

About Cajamarca

It’s one of the most ancient cities of Peru and of the Inca Empire. The first inhabitants were Huacaloma, Layzon, Cumbe Mayo and Otuzco who settled in Cajamarca about 3.000 years ago. The city was witness of ferocious battles between the Incas ...and the conquerors during the Peru Conquest and besides that, Cajamarca was where Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa, the last inca who refused to subject himself to the Christian faith and culture. It’s known as the most Spanish city of Peru.
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Travel tips for Cajamarca

-The minimum altitude is in Nanchoc at 400 meters and the maximum in Hualagayoc at 3590 meters.-The distance from Lima to Cajamarca is 540,6 mi (870 km).The mototaxis in Cajamarca will remind you the Asian cities; besides that, as in all Peruvian cities, you have “combis” (little buses) and taxis.... At night we recommend you to take authorized taxis, which have the number plate painted on the car.There is no special danger in Cajamarca; nevertheless, depending on the area and the season, you must be prepared for strong rains.Some illnesses local face are measles, parasitism and tuberculosis.
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Cajamarca weather

Best time to visit Cajamarca

The best period of time to visit Cajamarca is in June, July and August if you like nice and warm temperatures. If you prefer to travel for the carnival, February or March is the best moment.

Climate in Cajamarca

-Cajamarca has a semi-dry and temperate climate with a rainy season from October to April.-The maximum temperature is 70 °F (21 °C) and the minimum descends to 39 °F (4 °C).

The things to do in Cajamarca

If you have always dreamed of riding a llama, then Cajamarca is the city for you. You'll have the chance to enjoy the beautiful cathedral of Cajamarca or the Mirador Natural Santa Apolonia, among many other sites... worth visiting. You won't be bored in February because of the Carnival of Cajamarca, which you should check out. The local custom during the carnival is to throw water and paint at those walking through the city
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Accomodations in Cajamarca

Hostal San José
Location: 358, Angamos
Price: 90 soles and up
The hostal San José is located at 7 minutes from the main square. The rooms have wi-fi, TV and private bathroom. There is breakfast as supplement
Hostal Cruz de Piedra
Location: 287, Jr. Cruz de Piedra
Price: from 96 soles
It’s located at 300 meters of the Plaza de Armas, the rooms have a desk, private bathroom and toiletry articles are offered free. All the rooms have TV and free wi-fi.
Hotel Danoba
Location: Luis Reyna Farge 721
Price: from 79 soles
Romantic hotel with balconies full of greenery.

Important dates in Cajamarca

Carnival of Cajamarca(February-March)Its one of the most well-known festivals in Peru, and the residents of Cajamarca participate in music and dance contests. They organize a parade and dance and sing through the streets. At night youll see the coronation of the queens of the festival, traditional dances, and its a great opportunity to try local drinks and dishes. They also organize patrols and troupes on the most traditional neighborhoods, mostly for young people.
Cruces de Porcón(Palm Sunday)In this religious festival, giant crosses made of reeds and palms are carried through the Porcon valley. The crosses are adorned with round and oval mirrors, which represent the souls of the dead. Palm Sunday is the main day during the festival and is not to be missed! On Palm Sunday the crosses are blessed, songs are sung in Latin and Quechua, and there is a procession to represent the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem. This day the children put on costumes of angels and they throw from the Señorca, a donkey charged with the transportation of the Christ image.
Festival de San Juan Bautista(June 24th)This religious celebration features handicraft fairs and social gatherings in honor of the patron saint, John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista).
Cajamarca FONGAL Fair(July 24th-31st)At this fair agricultural, agroindustrial and handicrafts are displayed and sold. You can also stop by marinera dance and Peruvian Step Horse competitions. The swiss cheese and the condensed milk are tasted also at this fair.
Señor de Huamantanga(September 23rd-25th)This is a regional fair with religious, cultural and athletic activities for anyone to participate in.


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Is it necessary to have a tour guide to visit the archaeological sites in Cajamarca?

While not mandatory, having a tour guide can enhance your experience when visiting the archaeological sites of Cajamarca. A guide can provide you with historical and cultural information, as well as help you better understand the meanings and significance of each place. Additionally, they will assist you in navigating the sites and ensure you don't miss any interesting details. If you prefer to explore on your own, make sure to gather prior information about the sites to make the most of your visit.

Wich buses can I take to go to Cajamarca?

At redBus, you can find a variety of buses destined for the city of Cajamarca. Some of them include: Transportes Chiclayo, Linea, Diez Ases, Turismo Titanic and Turismo Atahualpa. This will depend on the route and schedule you choose.

How much does the bus ticket to Cajamarca cost?

That will depend on the route, the schedule, and the bus you choose. You can find bus tickets from Lima to Cajamarca starting from S/70.00 or from Trujillo to Cajamarca starting from S/28.00.