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Don't miss the Ventanillas del Combayo (Little Windows of Combayo). Itīs about 20 km away from Cajamarca through some amazing winding unpaved roads that provide vistas of the valley and the Chonto River. The ventanillas is a necropolis from 500 years before Christ to 100 years after Christ where those of high social status or rich buried the bones of the dead along with ceramic pots and textiles (representing what would be needed in the afterlife). This site was chosen due to the volcanic rock and the ease of carving out the windows or niches.

Of the 500 plus windows, most have been looted unfortunately, but luckily they have not been destroyed. Itīs quite eerie looking...all the windows face towards the sun in accordance to the religious beliefs of the pre-Inca civilizations. There is a much closer site at Otuzco (about 8 km away) but the site at Combayo is much better preserved, and there is (as we found out) the added thrill of climbing up 300 meters on a wet and often unmarked trail. We dodged some inquisitive cows and dogs in a private pasture on our way up, but had to deal with cow patties on the way back!

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  • Written Aug 18, 2005
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