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.
-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).
Location: 548, Puga street
Price: continental breakfast at 12 soles
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
At this bar we recommend you to taste the desserts. The customers can be chic, but taste the apple pie, the chocolate cakes and the delicious coffee.
Location: 519, Apurimac street
Hours: only weekends from 9:00 p.m.
This place is located at the universities and schools street and it’s very frequented by the young men of Cajamarca.
Location: 1669, Av. Hoyos Rubio
Hours: from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday
It’s a place for having fun until early morning hours, with great music and drinks.
Location: 726, Jr. Amalia Puga
Price: 8-10 soles
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This restaurant is located in the center of the city, has good price and an asorted menu of Peruvian dishes, although they have pizzas, roasted over a wood fire and crunchy.
Location: 962, Jr. Tarapaca
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
At this restaurant you will taste traditional Peruvian cooking and they are specialized in grill, fishes, shellfish and creole food.
Location: Jr. Cruz de Piedra (no number), Plaza de Armas
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Price: free entrance
The Cajamarca Cathedral is one of the most noteworthy examples of the Baroque style in Peru, with a facade with beautiful columns, cornices and finely detailed alcoves. The stones of the front have a volcanic origin and the front has a plateresque style. In 1665 it was the Spanish church.
Location: on the South-East of the Plaza de Armas, between the streets Amalia Puga and Amazonas
Visiting hours: everyday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m
Price: free entrance
The San Francisco Church was built in 1699. In 1952 catacombs were discovered beneath the altar, where the remains of members of the Franciscan order and members of the indigenous royalty lie. You can also visit the convent, the Museum of Religious Art and the Sanctuary of the Virgen Dolorosa, the patron saint of the city.
Location: Jr. Belén, block 6
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: adults 4.50 soles and students 2 soles
The Conjunto Monumental de Belen is an architectural blend from the 18th century; the church, former mens hospital (Medical Museum) and former womens hospital (Archeological and Ethnographic Museum).
Location: Jr. Dos de Mayo, two blocks from the Plaza de Armas
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: 1 sol
The Saint Apolonia hill (el Cerro Santa Apolonia), formerly known in Quechua as Rumi Tiana, or seat of stone, is a strategic spot to view the city and the Cajamarca valley. On the boundary of the site youll find some remains of pre-Hispanic constructions like the Silla del Inca, or the Incas Chair, made of a block of stone that emerges from the mountain.
Location: the highway direction to Santa Barbara town
Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: free entrance
It’s a mansion where you can see milk producer cows. There they make cheeses, butter and condensed milk.
Location: it’s at 5mi (8 kms) to the north-east of Cajamarca city
Hours: from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: adults 3.5 soles and students 1.5 soles
The “ventanillas” are niches sculpted on the rock where remains of people were buried, as craniums; it’s believed they were first buried on the floor, because there are no complete skeletons.
Location: 4 miles (6 km) from Cajamarca
Hours: from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: sauna, 10 soles; temperate pool, 2 soles. Special baths, adapted, 6 soles.
You can relax in those thermal waters of volcanic origin. There are temperatures over 158 °F (70 °C). It’s an extraordinary landscape with a natural spa, just ideal to relax from a long day of trekkings!
This dish is made up of stewed guinea pig, cooked in a peanut sauce with spicy pepper served with potatoes.
The “chicharrón” consists of fried pig skin, and in Peru is cooked crunchy and very gold coloured. It’s served with husked wheat and boiled potatoes.
The plate’s name comes from the word “chuchoqa”, which means boiled and dried corn. Then they make a flour used on the soup. The most important ingredients are cow meat, smoked meat, celery, leek, potatoes and corn flour.
This dessert speciality is made of a sweet or savory corn dough stuffed with cinnamon and raisins, wrapped in corn husks and cooked on steam.
|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.|