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  • 1 Cajamarca Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas

    Begun in the late 17C in the Plateresque style, the cathedral is renowned for its splendid Baroque facade, one of the most richly carved in Peru. Flanked by two unfinished towers, it contains a rococo-style main altar carved out of wood. Next-door to..

  • 2 San Francisco Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas

    Set off the road in a garden, the Baroque façade of the 17C San Francisco church, far more understated than that of the cathedral, is without doubt the first Christian sanctuary founded in Peru. The entrance to the catacombs is near the main altar. T..

  • 3 Ventanillas of Otuzco Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    It is an amazing sight to see the multitude of square openings dug into the cliff, lined and piled up in neat lines and rows. Although they may initially be reminiscent of troglodyte habitations, the ventanillas of Otuzco (7-13C) were in reality Caja..

  • 4 Aquaduct of Cumbe Mayo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On reaching the site of Cumbe Mayo, the visitor is struck by the eroded rocks that seem to have eerie human shapes. Petroglyphs have been found inside a cavity. The Cajamarca Indians dug an amazing aqueduct, nearly 9km-long, here right out of the roc..

  • 5 Conjunto Monumental Belén Interesting

    Religious buildings

    From a delightful little square, admire the carved portal of the Conjunto Monumental Belén (17-18C), which is held to be one of the masterpieces of Plateresque art in Peru. It leads into an immense cloister in the centre of which is a fountain. On th..

  • 6 Granja Porcón

    Religious buildings

    Granja Porcón, a gigantic hacienda (9,500ha) nationalised by the army in 1968 then taken over again by the Evangelists in 1985, today employs nearly a thousand people. It is a genuine village with its own Plaza de Armas, church, dairy and craft works..

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