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Monumental Cumbemayo

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Dec 5, 2016 11:26:05 AM


Cumbemayo is a pre-Inca mega construction of outsanding  hydraulic engineering, built by the ancient Cajamarca-Marañon culture around 1500 B.C., in order to carry water from the mountains. It consists of an extensive network of channels formed by blocks carved where water flows into a gentle slope, which includes tunnels.

To get there we have to go to Cajamarca and from there you can go on day tour to the surrounding mountains, several kilometers Southwest of the city. The view is very beautiful and we can observe the landscapes and vegetation of the Andes highlands.

This is an hydraulic complex that has three major parts: the sanctuary, the caves and the channels. The sanctuary is a kind of grotto patterned with human head shaped, in the caves can be found petroglyphs with anthropomorphic forms. The channels are formed with linear volcanic stones and are broken at straight angles in determined sectors, the length of this aqueduct is 9 kms.


It is a very exciting experience, climbing the greater rift that crosses the mountains,  which is very narrow, dark and high in a straight line. When you arrive to the other side you will finally see the light. Then,  the impressive stone forest Los Frailones, is in front of you.

The program that include this amazing hydraulic engineering wonder that is surrounded by nature in the plains of the Andes. is

Chachapoyas Explorer 7d/6n


Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Cajamarca

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