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Up early to find a day tour for today
This morning I'm heading to Cumbe Mayo, a 3000 year old aqueduct.
First stop is a view back over Cajamarca. Cajamarca means frost place, one year a frost killed all the plants and since there is only one planting season, this caused a problem.
I'm glad that I took a tour. There was no way I would have found the aqueduct ...
... 8211; maybe they block them internally at night
when it’s cold and open them only in the day?
The valleys changed to drier chalkier landscape as we
progressed so no sheep – had been great to see from the bus the ladies weaving
on traditional hand looms and hand spinning wool. Even in town, many women have
a long stick of white fluffy candy floss – the stick is long so they can tuck
it in the armpit and ...
... where the Inca had a carved stone seat where he could look at the entire valley. Indeed it was a spectacular vista and well worth the extra time. We drove around the Plaza de Armas and saw some of the major churches, but as we are not overly into churches this trip we were satisfied with the drive around the plaza. We returned to Otuzco to find a delicious meal of chicken cooked with peaches, rice and a vegetable stir fry. After a rest I went for ...
Finally we managed to get to Cajamarca. (We tried to get here before we went to Ecuador but the area was a bit unsafe due to demonstrations against the new Conga project, a new gold mine in the area that is very controversion due to environmental issues).
This city is a very attractive colonial city - lots of the houses in the centre have been beautifully restored. We spent the first day walking round the historical centre with a guide. We went up on the Cerro Apolonia to get ...
We arrived late into Cajamarca, we had left Chachapoyas at 6am and didn't arrive until around 7:30. We ended up staying in one of the first places we could find Hopedaje Hong Kong on the main square. We went out for some dinner and discussed our plans for the following day. The main reason we had come to Cajamarca was to go to Los Banos Del Inca, an amazing hot spring/town named after an Incan King who had bathed there.
We had little time so after ...