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Top Choice Bar in Cajamarca

Usha-Usha

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

Heladería Holanda

Don’t miss the tiny entrance on the Plaza de Armas; it opens into a large, Dutch-orange cafe selling possibly the best ice cream in northern Peru. The staff will shower you with samples of the 20 or so changing flav…
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…
Peruvian in Cajamarca

El Batán

One of the town’s best places to eat, this is a mix of gallery-restaurant, peña (bar or club featuring live folkloric music) and cultural center, and serves varied Peruvian and international dishes with has a decent…
Peruvian in Cajamarca

Castope

This unpretentious restaurant near the bus terminals looks decidedly like a warehouse, but it needs to be big to cater to the hordes of locals who come to dine here. The menu has a wide range of local favorites incl…