Windows of Otuzco

Description

Windows of Otuzco

The Ventanillas de Otuzco is an archaeological site located in the district of Baños del Inca, 8 km northwest of the city of Cajamarca. The area with rare formations from volcanic rock served as a funerary site for pre-Inca civilizations and as a storage to the ancient Inca.

Otuzco is the necropolis of a pre-Inca civilization, older than the Caxamarca culture, most probably with Wari culture influences. Hundreds of galleries and individual niches, which resemble windows ("ventanillas" in Spanish), were carved into the rock.

Later, the Inca emptied out the niches for a different purpose: storage of grain ("collca" in Quechua) and a safe place against the wind to keep the contents fresh.


Itinerary

The tour starts out visiting the Ventanillas de Otuzco. Afterwards, we will stop at the famous Garden of giant hydrangeas as well as the traditional farm "Los Alpes" where you get an insight to the local production of dairy products.

Departs:

Start at around 9:30am for the morning tour and 3:30pm for the afternoon tour at your accommodation or other place in the city centre of Cajamarca

Returns:

End of tour at around 12:30pm for the morning tour and 6:30pm for the afternoon tour at your accommodation or other place in the city centre of Cajamarca

Photos

Windows of Otuzco
Windows of Otuzco
Windows of Otuzco

Practical Information

Transport: Touristenbus


Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Hat to protect you from the sun
  • Sun Block
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
Included
  • Pick-up at hotel in Cajamarca, transfer to all sites and drop-off after the tour
  • Guided tour through the archaeological sites (English / Spanish)
  • Entrance to all sites
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Tip for your guide


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