Top things to do in Cajamarca

Top Choice Cafe in Cajamarca

Cascanuez Café Bar

Every city needs a Cascanuez, a place where you can go at 4pm for your tea or merienda (afternoon snack) and have a bow-tied waiter serve you a hot drink and a sweet treat. In Cajamarca this means cafe pasado (coffe…
Top Choice Bar in Cajamarca

Usha-Usha

For an intimate local experience, head to this hole-in-the-wall dive bar run by eccentric local musician Jaime Valera, who has managed to cultivate a heap of charisma in such a small space. He sings his heart out wi…
Festival in Cajamarca

Carnaval

The Peru-wide pageantry of Carnaval is celebrated at the beginning of Lent, usually in February. Not all Carnavals are created equal, however. Ask any Peruvian where the wildest celebrations are, and Cajamarca will …
Peruvian in Cajamarca

Paprika

Cajamarca’s poshest restaurant is located in its fanciest hotel and – no surprise – offers the most inventive food in the city. Large windows look out onto the main plaza, starched white tablecloths lend a formal ed…
Pizza in Cajamarca

El Marengo

Marengo is the smallest, hottest and most fun of the melee of pizza places in the blocks west of Plaza de Armas. With six wooden tables and a brick pizza oven squeezed into a space the size of a dentist’s waiting ro…
Seafood in Cajamarca

10 Luces

A casual place for lunch or a light dinner, 10 Luces is located in Cajamarca’s emerging hip quarter and sports high tables, cool stools and a straight-to-the-point menu that’s heavy on fish. Select from small cevich…
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, comprising a 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 t…
Church in Cajamarca

Iglesia de San Francisco

Outgunning the cathedral on Plaza de Armas is this elaborate church with striking stone carvings and decadent altars. Unlike other illustrious Cajamarca churches, the San Francisco has two belfries. It houses the sl…
Peruvian in Cajamarca

Salas

This old-school diner is a weird juxtaposition of bland cafeteria-style tables and ostentatiously outfitted wait staff (with bow-ties, no less). It's located down a narrow entrance off the Plaza de Armas and has bee…