It was time to be touristy and explore the outskirts of Cajamarca. Up up we went to an elevation of 3,500mts, it was a chilly afternoon and with no pre knowledge of what to expect we got cold. This did not stop us from killer smiles and exploring the Pre Inca attractions of Cumbemayo.
Cumbe Mayo is actually a stone forest that produces silhouettes of pious friars and hence popularly called “frailones”. As we walked around with our guide we encountered caves and shelters and huge cliffs and engravings .
Although the stone forests and ancient ruins of pre-Incan society give the area a beautiful and almost spiritual dimension, it is hard to overlook Cajamarca’s tragic history, as the location where Spanish forces slaughtered the Incas, thousands of years after Cumbe Mayo was constructed.