This lovely town has maintained its traditions in the face of the recent mining expansion in the region. This is where the Spanish defeated the Inca, so you have a wonderful mix of the two cultures in the historical architecture and sites, blended with vestiges of the Caxamarca who had themselves been defeated by the Inca. Cajamarca is a really pleasant place to spend a couple of days, and there are some excellent archaeological sites within comfortable striking distance, along with thermal springs, beautiful countryside and some fantastic hiking trails. Reasons to visit Cajamarca include:
This is a year-round destination but the most popular months to visit are April to October - unless you want to attend the carnival, in which case go in February.
There are regular flights from Lima to Cajamarca (1.25 hours).
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.