- Address: Cajamarca, Peru
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site
Cumbe Mayo is a fascinating archaeological site in Cajamarca, Peru. It is supposedly the oldest man-made structure in South America. Here you will find canals, dating back to at least 3,000 years, thought to be built for slowing down and regulating the flow of water. A prime attraction in the complex of canals is the Aqueduct - a canal that is 9 km long, constructed to direct water from the hills to vegetation fields and a large reservoir. Here you will also come across numerous petroglyphs and massive volcanic pillars. The volcanic pillars are truly a wonder of nature and make for a spectacular sight to behold. A visit to this site provides you a perfect opportunity of a good hike. It is worth visiting Cumbe Mayo if you are vacationing in Cajamarca.
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95% of people who visit Cajamarca include Cumbemayo in their plan
25% of people start their Cumbemayo visit around 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Cumbemayo
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cumbemayo
Cumbemayo Reviews & Ratings
Fantastic easy walk for an hour or two. Stone carvings, beautiful rock formations and the incredible aquaducts.
Picturesque view and interesting site to visit. It takes a bit of walking and air is more rare than in Cajamarca due to the altitude. This place is protected by the guard by the sacrifice stone. Entrance is 8 soles but we took this as a tour and that included also the guide who explained about the rivers and hieroglyphs in the stones.
Don't forget to travel light, there are restrooms but no toilet paper, during the walk you will find some locals selling hard boiled eggs, mushrooms and this little sweet tamales called humita that I recommend, always bring water and don't forget a light rain jacket
Nice archeological site. Would be better with informational signage or museum.