Cumbe Mayo is located 20 km from the city of Cajamarca, approximately 3400 meters above sea level and 1-hour bus ride. The name Cumbe Mayo may come from the Quechua word meaning kunpi mayu "the channel well done" or hunpi May that means "river thin (fine)". Cumbe Mayo is surrounded by a fantastic stone forest, which seems to reproduce the shape of pious monks as they are familiarly known as "Friars".
Cumbe Mayo is considered one of the most remarkable works of hydraulic engineering made by pre-Columbian American culture Cajamarca, built about 1000 years before Christ, and that even today remain intact. It was carved on the rock and finely decorated with mysterious petroglyphs, the channel has a length of approximately 850 meters with a depth that extends to 50 cm and a width of 30 cm in the water now runs.
Taking a walk around the complex takes about 3 hours, that's why we recommend using warm clothing, shoes, visor and a good amount of water, since the route is sometimes exhausting.
For many foreign tourists can visit Cumbe Mayo is a totally new experience as the atmosphere we live in the complex is full of positive energy and a sense similar to magnetism in the ruins of Machu Picchu, in the words of their own tourists.