The end of the Inca
Here in Cajamarca was where the Inca ruler Atahualpa installed his camp after his victory in the Civil War of 1528-1532 against his brother. But he could not enjoy this victory for long, because in the same year the Spaniards had to submit to the leadership of the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and arrest Atahualpa in the Battle of Cajamarca. What followed next was the inevitable and tragic decline of the Inca Empire, combined with the entrance of Catholicism.
The soil in this region is extremely fertile, so many vegetables and fruits are grown here. But also the herds of cattle can eat well enough in the green meadows. Therefore, not only the meat of Cajamarca is considered a real delicacy, but also milk and cheese products are very sought after. Especially the “Manjar Blanco”, a kind of spread of milk, sugar and vanilla, is legendary.
The Baños del Inca & the “big monks”
Only 7 kilometers outside the city are the thermal baths Cajamarcas, the Baños del Inca. Legend has it that Inca ruler Atahualpa bathed exactly here when the first Spaniards invaded Cajamarca. Today you can not only visit the old hot baths, but also relax in (much more modern) thermal baths, treat yourself to a massage or book other spa treatments. The prices are very cheap (for example, 20 soles for a half-hour massage). Incidentally, a visit to the Inca Baths is most beautiful when the sun is rising and the lighting creates a magical atmosphere.
Another popular destination is the archaeological site of Cumbemayo about 20 km southwest of the city. A more than 1000-year-old aqueduct and numerous cave paintings take you back to a forgotten time. The site is in close proximity to an impressive rock formation, which is also called “the great monks” due to its human-like shape.
Hotels in Cajamarca
Here you can stay overnight
The Costa del Sol’s Wyndham Cajamarca invites you to relax and unwind with its tranquil courtyard pool, restaurant, bar and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Another advantage: it is located directly on the Plaza de Armas, so you are right in the middle of everything in the action and most attractions can be reached on foot. For excursions outside the city, by the way, the shuttle combos, which can be found here. They often cost only a fraction of what you would pay for a taxi.