The Archaeological Complex of Cumbemayo sits at an average altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level, about 20 km by road to the southwest of Cajamarca. This fascinating site includes a number of intriguing elements, including an ancient aqueduct, petroglyphs and massive volcanic pillars.
We’ll leave Cajamarca and drive along a winding road through spectacular scenery to the Archaeological Complex of Cumbemayo. As we approach the site, you’ll soon see the towering volcanic pillars, which, over the centuries, have been cut by wind and rain into strange anthropomorphic shapes. The most famous of these are Los Frailones (“The Friars”), named by locals due to their resemblance to a procession of monks.
As we walk to the aqueduct, we’ll...