Attractions

Ruins in Cajamarca

El Cuarto del Rescate

The Ransom Chamber, the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca, is where Inca ruler Atahualpa was imprisoned. The small room has three trapezoidal doorways and a few similarly shaped niches in the inner wall…
Historic Building in Cajamarca

El Complejo de Belén

Construction of this sprawling colonial complex, church and hospital, made entirely from volcanic rock, occurred between 1627 and 1774. The hospital was run by nuns and 31 tiny, cell-like bedrooms line the walls of …
in Cajamarca

Museo Arqueológico

This small, university-run museum is worth visiting; just knock on the door to enter. Its varied ceramics collection includes a few examples of pots from the Cajamarca culture and an unusual collection of ceremonial…
Church in Cajamarca

Iglesia de San Francisco

Inside Iglesia de San Francisco you'll find elaborate stone carvings and decadent altars. Visit the church’s Museo de Arte Religioso (Religious Art Museum) to see 17th-century religious paintings by indigenous artis…
Museum in Cajamarca

Museo de Arqueológico & Etnografía

This small but interesting museum housed inside the Antigua Hospital de Mujeres, just a few meters from El Complejo de Belén, has exhibits of pre-Columbian pottery and stone statues, as well as displays on local cos…
Viewpoint in Cajamarca

Cerro Santa Apolonia

This garden-covered viewpoint, overlooking the city from the southwest, is a prominent Cajamarca landmark. It is easily reached by climbing the stairs at the end of Calle 2 de Mayo and following the path that spiral…
Cathedral in Cajamarca

Catedral de Cajamarca

The Catedral de Cajamarca is a squat building that was begun in the late 17th century and only recently finished. Like most of Cajamarca’s churches, this cathedral has no belfry. This is because the Spanish Crown le…