Very few places are comparable in historical significance as Cajamarca, Peru where the Spanish Conquistadors effectively ended Incan rule. It has tons of historic architecture, big-hatted indigenous people, and bustling vendors. What really got my attention is the amazing quantity of cheese, chocolate, pastries, and other treats, in addition to usual mountains of fruits and vegetables. It is totally my kind of place!
Some photos from Cajamarca, starting with architecture.
Hot Springs in Banos del Incas, just outside Cajamarca. It was here that the last Inca King Atahualpa rested before he was captured by Francisco Pizarro.
Centro Cajamarca has narrow streets lined with old colonial buildings.
Plaza de Armas with 17th century fountain.
Iglesias San Francisco.
Big-hatted lady spinning thread while walking in Plaza de Armas. At left is a gelatin vendor with wares in bucket. In back you can see part of a military ceremony.
On the van to Otuzco.
Typical street scene with big-hatted ladies and moto-taxi.
We bought some sweet chocolate balls from this street vendor. She's digging them out of the basket. She also sells disks of unsweetened cooking chocolate (in basket) and cheese (basket at right).
Cakeman and VW van.
Mangoes are in season and 4 (or 5) can be bought for 1 New Peruvian Sol - about 35 cents US.
Random colorful market shot. Not sure what those "sauces" are.
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