Cumbemayo Tour

Description

Cumbemayo Tour

The archaeological site of Cumbemayo is located 20 km southwest of the city of Cajamarca approximately 45 minutes by car, at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. Cumbemayo is surrounded by a fantastic forest of stones, rare geological formations formed by wind and rain. The pillars are said to resemble the silhouette of pious monks forming part of procession, which is why the formation is also called "Los Frailones" (The Friars).

At Cumbe Mayo, we can also see an elaborate system of water canals. These aqueducts are considered one of the most remarkable hydraulic engineering works of pre-Columbian cultures.

Built approximately 1000 years before Christ by the Cajamarca culture they remain intact to this day.

Besides the aqueduct, Cumbe Mayo features a number of impressive petroglyphs that provide some insight into the ancient culture that built the infrastructure of Cumbemayo.


Itinerary

We start out from Cajamarca visiting Bellavista (natural vista-point), passing the pre-Inca temple of Lanzón. Later we arrive at the archaeological zone of Cumbe Mayo where we visit the rock formations "Los Frailones", various caves, impressive petroglyphs as well the hydraulic canals.

Departs:

Start at around 9:30am at your accommodation or other place in the city centre of Cajamarca

Returns:

End of tour at around 1:30pm at your accommodation or other place in the city centre of Cajamarca

Photos

Cumbemayo Tour
Cumbemayo Tour
Cumbemayo Tour

Practical Information

Leaving: Daily
Transport: Tourist bus
Duration: ca. 4h
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change. All public museums are closed on Mondays in northern Peru.

Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Hat to protect you from the sun
  • Water and Snacks
  • Sun Block
  • 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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