The North Coast and Northern Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Coast and Northern Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Cajamarca 9

Huaraz 7

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Huanchaco 4

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Baños del Inca

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About 6 km (4 miles) east of Cajamarca are these pleasant hot springs offering several public pools and private baths with varying levels...

Catedral de Cajamarca

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Originally known as the Iglesia de Españoles (because only Spanish colonialists were allowed to attend services), this cathedral on...

Cerro Santa Apolonia

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At the end of Calle 2 de Mayo steps lead to this hilltop mirador, or scenic lookout, where a bird's-eye view of the city awaits. At...

Cumbe Mayo

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This pre-Inca site, 23 km (14 miles) southwest of Cajamarca, is surrounded by a large rock outcropping, where you'll find various petroglyphs...

El Conjunto de Belén

  • Museum/Gallery

Built in the 17th century, this large complex, originally a hospital, now houses the city's most interesting museums and a colonial church.

El Cuarto del Rescate

  • Historic District/Site

The Ransom Chamber is the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca and, although the big stone room itself isn't much to look at,...

Iglesia de San Francisco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Church of San Francisco sits proudly on the Plaza de Armas in front of the main cathedral.

Plaza de Armas

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Like most colonial cities, this is the main square and includes a fountain, benches, and street vendors, making it a nice place to hang...

Ventanillas de Otuzco

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One of the oldest cemeteries in Peru, the Ventanillas de Otuzco dates back more than 3,500 years. The ancient necropolis, 8 km (5 miles)...


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