Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
134Trip End Nov 15, 2009
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The trip here was amazing (see last entry) and now all of a sudden I am in a big city with all that entails and it's a bit overwhelming. I found a nice little hotel a few blocks from the plaza and settled in. Egnar,he tour company operator from Chachapoyas, along with his wife and young son, had accompanied us from Chachas and we agreed to meet at the plaza in the morning. I was looking forward to a quiet day but Egnar had arranged for all of us to take a tour to Cumbe Mayo so at 9 am we were off. In the indigenous language Quechua, Cumbe Mayo means fine river, which is a quite fitting name for this ancient aqueduct. It is located about 12 miles southwest of Cajamarca, and stretches on for nearly five miles.
It is believed that the aqueduct was build around 1500 B.C. Its function seems to be for aesthetic and religious reasons, rather than to provide irrigation. There are numerous petroglyphs and the aqueduct features some amazing feats of ancient engineering including tunnels through stone and a zigzag carved out of the rock. This large rock is thought to be an altar for sacrifices where the blood could run into the water as part of a fertility ritual.
The mountains here are stark and windswept with spires that jut out from the ground. The trail began through a narrow cut in the rocks.