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Cajabamba, Peru - Lagoons, The Outdoors & Extraordinary Beauty

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2011   » View Photoset (47 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I travelled on a beautiful day from Cajamarca to Cajabamba, it takes 3hrs 30mins for the 125km journey. I enjoyed very much the countryside and landscapes
Peru Photo - Street corners in Cajabamba.
Street corners in Cajabamba.
along the way - red rock mountain sides, pastures and farmland. We passed through the small towns of Namora and San Marcos before arriving in Cajabamba where I spent the next 2 nights. Cajabamba has a varied climate and sits at an altitude of 2635m above sea level, it's cool in the highlands, warm in valleys and mild in between. I stayed in a cheap hotel in the center of town along the main (carless) walkway between the plaza and the markets.

Views and Lagoon

There were not any other tourists here, nor is there any tourist office. But there are things to do and see around Cajabamba including some archaeology. I went for a walk to try and find something called La Pena del Olvido which translates to The Rock of Oblivion. It is a bunch of rocks near the edge of a cliff overlooking Condebamba Valley, the cliff is 80m and I believe some tourists have actually been killed falling off the edge. I did find this place,
Peru Photo - Vegetables at the markets in Cajabamba.
Vegetables at the markets in Cajabamba.
the rocks themselves are quite ugly with graffiti but the view of the valley and river is nice. I visited by taxi one of the lagoons called Laguna Ponte, it's quite near the city, 15mins drive. It's a nice place, very peaceful, surrounded by hills and farmland, you can rent a pedal boat to cruise around if you like. Other lagoons around Cajabamba are called Yahuarcocha - 2 to 3 hours walk (you need a guide for safety), Quengococha - 1hr by road, Ushunday - 30mins by road and Chan - 1hr walk.

Attractions Around

Other attractions in Cajabamba include Los Ojos de Lanla (The Eyes of
Peru Photo - Green and yellow tree, scenery around Namora.
Green and yellow tree, scenery around Namora.
Lanla) - crystal springs, 2kms west of the city. 20mins walk from the city are some hotsprings called Aguas Termales, located in Condebamba Valley. The waterfalls, Las Cascadas de Coche Corral, has over 1000 steps in calcareous rocks in the colors of red and white. Pools, Pozas del Chivato Huayco - successive falls of water, comprising seven overlapping pools amid a natural landscape of extraordinary beauty. La Pampa Grande, beautiful plain 2.5kms from the city with farms and eucalyptus forests. Sites of archaeological importance around Cajabamba include Campanorco - a ceremonial place with passages, ramps and walls. Another is Marcamachay - a town of caves and ceremonial burials.

Around Town

The city of Cajabamba itself is quite a laidback place, it's not a huge town, opposite the plaza is a nice white and yellow church with 2 belltowers. The markets are a good place to buy cheap produce and to
Peru Photo - The streets in Cajabamba.
The streets in Cajabamba.
watch the street activity. I walked past the college where outside is a monument of Leoncio Martinez Vereau (1886-1963), he was a Peruvian navy officer and politician of Cajabamba. Up the road away from the central streets I found Plaza Bolivar which has a gold monument and an overbridge with views around the city. A woman on the footpath had several bags of live guinea pigs and a van had a couple of poor sheep tied to the roof. Other animals like chickens and ducks were for sale on the sidewalks around town. The locals of Cajabamba seem like an easygoing bunch of people and were happy to help me with directions and any other questions I had.

Bus 2hrs to Huamachuco

After my stay in Cajabamba I took a bus south to Huamachuco, which took 2hrs.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Cajabamba (Peru) to:


Map location: Cajabamba, Peru. I travelled on a beautiful day from Cajamarca to Cajabamba, it took 3hrs 30mins for the 125km journey. I enjoyed very much the countryside and landscapes along the way, red rock mountain sides, pastures and farmland. Cajabamba is a small town in the northern mountains!
 A : Huamachuco - Peru 22 kms 22 kms straight distance | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by car (53 kms) | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by bus (53 kms) (53 kms)
 B : Cajamarca - Peru 74 kms 74 kms straight distance | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by car (125 kms) | 3hrs 31mins 3hrs 31mins by bus (125 kms) (125 kms)
 C : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 70 kms 70 kms straight distance | 4hrs 47mins 4hrs 47mins by car (194 kms) | 5hrs 44mins 5hrs 44mins by bus (194 kms) (194 kms)
 D : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 86 kms 86 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (236 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (236 kms) (236 kms)
 E : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 123 kms 123 kms straight distance | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by car (237 kms) | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by bus (237 kms) (237 kms)
 F : Chimbote - Peru 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 6hrs 27mins 6hrs 27mins by car (287 kms) | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by bus (287 kms) (287 kms)
 G : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 164 kms 164 kms straight distance | 8hrs 50mins 8hrs 50mins by car (384 kms) | 10hrs 36mins 10hrs 36mins by bus (384 kms) (384 kms)
 H : Chachapoyas - Peru 157 kms 157 kms straight distance | 8hrs 45mins 8hrs 45mins by car (397 kms) | 10hrs 30mins 10hrs 30mins by bus (397 kms) (397 kms)
 I : Huaraz - Peru 217 kms 217 kms straight distance | 10hrs 10mins 10hrs 10mins by car (445 kms) | 12hrs 12mins 12hrs 12mins by bus (445 kms) (445 kms)
 J : San Ignacio to Chachapoyas - Peru 233 kms 233 kms straight distance | 10hrs 36mins 10hrs 36mins by car (458 kms) | 12hrs 43mins 12hrs 43mins by bus (458 kms) (458 kms)
 K : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 294 kms 294 kms straight distance | 12hrs 18mins 12hrs 18mins by car (541 kms) | 14hrs 45mins 14hrs 45mins by bus (541 kms) (541 kms)
 L : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 221 kms 221 kms straight distance | 14hrs 25mins 14hrs 25mins by car (737 kms) | 17hrs 18mins 17hrs 18mins by bus (737 kms) (737 kms)
 M : Tingo Maria - Peru 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 16hrs 36mins 16hrs 36mins by car (780 kms) | 19hrs 55mins 19hrs 55mins by bus (780 kms) (780 kms)
 N : Tarapoto to Yurimaguas - Peru 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 16hrs 42mins 16hrs 42mins by car (865 kms) | 20hrs 2mins 20hrs 2mins by bus (865 kms) (865 kms)
 O : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 131 kms 131 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Cajabamba, Peru:

Hospedaje Gloriabamba, Cajabamba, Peru - Large Photo
Hospedaje Gloriabamba, Cajabamba, Peru (August 2011 - 2 nights) - A small basic and cheap room with a shared bathroom. The place is located right in the center around shops, the market and plaza. It was fine here for a couple of nights. The family owners were nice.

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