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November 12, 2009 17:26:07

Traveling the Milky Way

By Milagros Vera Colens
El Comercio

Traveling to the north of Peru is muchTraveling the Milky Way in Peru more than sun, sand and ocean. It is also sierra and dense valleys like the ones that run across sweet Cajamarca, which offers green pastures that feed our best cattle at 2,720m above sea level.

Here, you and your family will be able to visit a variety of farms and ranches of the 19th century dedicated to the breeding of cattle where you will experience the agricultural and livestock labor of the local farmers. You can also enjoy the taste of pure and natural cow milk as well as handmade cheese and the delicious “manjar blanco.”

It is an adventure that will make you get up at the crack of dawn to milk cows, put on your boots to feed the animals and take a horseback stroll through the woods of the sierra.

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November 2, 2009 14:59:43

The Back Road from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas

By Jessie Kwak
Photos by Robert Kittilson

The Back Road from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas in PeruWhen I read that the road from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas was breathtaking but not for the weak of stomach, my imagination was immediately hooked. An internet search for information on public transportation came up with scant, outdated material, and nearly all of it described the scenery with words that the cynic in me said must certainly be hyperbole. Could this journey really merit all the praise people heaped on it?

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September 3, 2009 17:44:53

Celebrate this Weekend in Baños del Inca

By Katrina HeimarkCelebrate this Weekend in Baños del Inca - Peru

Cajamarca may easily convert itself in to the ideal weekend destination, due to the popular “Baños del Inca” (Incan Baths). The Baños del Inca, as their name suggests, are natural thermal baths located just six kilometers east of the city of Cajamarca. The Baños del Inca have suites that include rooms with hydro-massage, Jacuzzis filled with the thermal bathwater, and pools. 

If you travel there from the 5th to the 7th of September, you will be just in time to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the creation of the district of Baños del Inca. The celebration will honor the town’s traditions of conservation and strict management of water resources.

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April 21, 2009 10:24:11

Thermal Baths and More in Cajamarca

Thermal Baths and More in Cajamarca - PeruBy Kyle Burk

Perhaps the single most daunting thing about traveling in Peru is deciding where to go. The country is chock-full of places of interest, each with a highly particularized history, culture, climate, and story. During my recent visit to Peru, after much agonizing over where to go, I settled on Cajamarca.

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May 28, 2008 10:30:18

Peru: Cajamarca - The warmth of a town

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Text and photos: Walter H. Wust

Peru: Cajamarca - The warmth of a townIn spite of its Quechua name, Cajamarca is not – under any circumstances – a cold land. On the contrary, the hospitality of its inhabitants and the beauty of its impressive landscapes make it a forced destination for those who love to travel throughout Peru. And the imminent summer is the ideal time to enjoy its countryside showing off its maximum green splendor.

Cajamarca is one of those places to which many people do not arrive. It is not due to lack of attractions, but because it is located in an independent route, far from the majority of conventional destinations. 

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December 25, 2007 6:00:12

Trees that Still Seem to Breathe

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Trees that Still Seem to Breathe - Peru
As we advance through this strange landscape we seem to go back in time. Our minds go back to a prehistoric age, enveloping us in a sense of mystery and the unknown.

It is a strange sensation. We walk among red hills speckled with the contrasting green of the bushes. In the distance, eucalyptus groves sway in a dance generated by the highland wind. The remains of the trunks lie everywhere.

We first learned of the existence of this unique place a few years ago. A brief report broadcast late at night informed us that it was located in northern Peru.

In a period now lost in time our region bore no resemblance to the landscape we see today. Dinosaurs ruled and great, luxuriant forests covered every inch of the territory.

Over millions of years great changes occurred. At some point, the dinosaurs and the enormous forests disappeared, giving way to new species of animals and plants. The causes of this extraordinary event have been lost to us and are wreathed in mystery.

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October 16, 2007 22:00:34

2007 Travelogue in Peru's Highlands - The End

Through the detailed travelogue Audre and Dimitri are keeping of their trip to Peru, we experienced their exciting and interesting visit to Arequipa and then joined them on their wonderful time in Lima.  After that we accompanied them on their adventure through Peru's Amazon as well as their trip through parts of Northern Peru. In this final part of the travelogue we will join Audre and Dimitri as they travel to Peru's highlands. If you missed out on the first, second, third or fourth part of their trip, click here for part I , here for part II, here for part III and here for part IV.

Written by Audre & Dimitri


00The women of Cajamarca preserve the traditional local dress
The women of Cajamarca preserve the traditional local dress.
The Panamericana north of Trujillo went through small town after small town but the road was good and we didn’t get stopped at police checkpoints. The secondary road east to Cajamarca had lots of potholes and it was slow-going. It took us 6 hours to get to Cajamarca from Trujillo though it was only 307 km.

We travel the world trying the hot springs in different countries. We really enjoyed staying at Hotel Laguna Seca Baños Termales (Av. Manco Cápac 1098, Baños del Inca, Cajamarca, Perú, (51-76)594-600, web: We had trouble finding a room we liked but eventually were given room 42 for US $97 per day, including breakfast, tax and service. We think it was their best room because it was on the end. It had a lovely and private view from the bedroom over the horse paddock. There was a separate room where we could watch TV from a rattan, bench-like sofa. When it was raining in the afternoon, the front desk would load a film for us on their video and we’d watch it on our TV in our sitting room. Our bathroom was large with a sunken, Japanese bath type-shower-area where we could soak in the thermal waters in the privacy of our room.

00The traditional local hat has many functions
The traditional local hat has many functions: it can carry water and it can be used as a measure for produce. The hats can also be a source of status.
However, outside our room, but right in front, was a large round pool with some areas around it covered, some not. There was an attractive piece of pottery with the thermal water flowing into the pool from the pottery. We asked for the pool to be made a little hotter and the staff quickly did that through the pottery spout. The hot water gurgled from the pottery into the pool. We were told that most of the guests prefer the pools to be cooler rather than warmer. We like our hot pools to be around 39° C; usually we have to request that temperature. The soaks we took at Laguna Seca were wonderful, even in the rain.

We carry with us fluffy terrycloth robes in case the hotel where we stay doesn’t have them (no wonder we have 11 suitcases with us). At Laguna Seca we used our robes to go to and from our room and to stay warm even in the rain. There was enough covered area around the pool to keep them dry too.

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February 28, 2007 13:33:22

Cutervo National Park: Life in the Cloud Forest

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Text and photos by Juan Puelles Urraca National Park
Cutervo National Park located in the province of Cajamarca.
A new day begins and the mist fades, revealing the teeming tropical forest. For the fog it is time to rest, while other creatures awaken in this unique area.

The first light of dawn crowds the dark horizon and suddenly myriad anxious birds rush into the mouth of an enormous cave, filling it with their raucous cry. As if in fear of the sun, they seek shelter deep in the cave.

The moist earth steams as the temperature rises in the mountains. The Cutervo National Park became Peru’s first protected area on September 8th 1961, and covers an area of 2,500 hectares.

The beautiful Tarros mountains are home to this national park, a rugged area of high peaks, plains, deep canyons, vertical crags, enormous caves and lush vegetation.

Divided into two distinct ecosystems – humid and very humid lower mountain forest – the park is home to diverse species of fauna.

The captivating oilbird

We decided to visit the Cutervo National Park in order to find out for ourselves how Peru’s first conservation area is doing after its first thirty years of life. From Cutervo, the eponymous provincial capital, a rough road leads to the district of San Andrés, some three spine-jarring hours away.

We are expecting to find a strange bird which only emerges from its lair after dark: the guácharo, or oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), which is popular with all visitors to the park.

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February 20, 2007 20:35:46

Cajamarca, Peru: Tangible Charm

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Text and photos by Daniel Saenz More, Peru
In Cajamarca, nature's splendor is close at hand and readily accessible to visitors seeking the charms of this beautiful land.
(LIP-jl) -- In 1532, when 160 Spanish soldiers led by Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca, fatigue and greed limited their profits: one room of gold and two of silver.  The rooms were never truly filled because the Spaniards made the mistake of executing Atahualpa, the last sovereign of the Inca Empire before his servants had delivered as much ransom as had been promised.

Nevertheless, this land still holds its true treasures, some deep within its memory, but most readily available.

Cajamarca is colored green in my memory. This beautiful north Andean valley seems to retain the moisture from an earlier era when it was a big lagoon. One by one, the valley´s hillsides and meadows slip through my mind in a palette of colors scattered with yellow broom flowers. Small white clouds only intensify the clear blue of the sky, and the sun shines as radiantly as when he was once worshipped.

But I must not forget that the sky is overcast during the first months of the year and Catequil, the God of Lightning, thunders in the heights and anoints the inhabitants, the crops in the fields, and the livestock with rain. In Cajamarca, the splendor of nature is, indeed, close at hand and readily accessible to visitors seeking the charms of this beautiful land.

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January 25, 2007 16:59:35

Porcon, Peru: The Model Farm

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Text by Gabriela Wiener
Photos by Deborah Paredes, Peru: The Model Farm
Porcon in Cajamarca, Peru: The model farm
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(LIP-wb) -- Some 30 km from Cajamarca, in the middle of a landscape flanked by pine groves that provide shade for plump dairy cattle and skittish vicuñas, the Granja Porcón farm gives visitors the chance to hike through lovely countryside and take a hand in the day’s chores down at the farm.

It is 5 a.m. when Héctor wakes us mercilessly from our dreams. At that hour, the cold gets into our bones, but a warm parka and the determination to help milk the cows convince us to set off into the darkness on the edge of dawn in Porcón.

Like us, the cows in the corral shake themselves awake at the farmer’s call. Vitalicia, Pichona and Diplomática amble out obediently, used to hearing their names since they were calves. Segunda and Manuel, who are experts at milking, squeeze the pink teats which squirt streams of warm milk into the pails.

All the cows in Porcón have a name, an effective and yet affectionate way of organizing the milking process. It is the turn of Turista, Senadora and Mariela, as large as the others, which fill a 12-liter canister each. “Do you want to try some?” asks Segunda. I have a go at squeezing one of Turista’s teats, down and up. The cow gives me an odd look, no doubt wondering when I’m going to let go of her udder.

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