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Cajamarca-Av. Atahualp... -
Chepen-Jr. E. Gonzále...
The route from Cajamarca to the northern city of Chepén is at a distance of 111 mi (179 km) and the travel takes about 5 hours on the highway. Linea is the main transportation company that covers this route, providing bus tickets at s/. 25. Buses leave from the terminal located in the outskirts of Cajamarca at 10:45 a.m., destination to one of the main roads of the urban area of Chepén. The climate of Chepén is warm and dry, maximum temperatures can reach 95 °F (35 °C) and minimum can drop to 55 °F (13 °C).
Cajamarca is the most important city of the North mountain range of Peru and it's known as "the capital of the Peruvian carnival" for having one of the biggest carnival of the country. The city has an architectural and archeological wealth that dates from the colonial and the conquest periods. It was the scene of the capture of the last inca, Atahualpa, by the spanish people, and that was a key episode in Peru's History, because it marked the end of the Inca's Empire. Cajamarca stands out for its milk production, which is crucial for the development of local economy. The most recognised products derivative from the milk are the cheeses, butter, and the "manjar blanco" (a sweet creamy desert with canel and lemon peel). From February to March, the city turns into the "land of carnival", joining locals and visitors for the festivities of the Cajamarca's carnival. Inside the city, the Cathedral opens the doors to the visitors that look for learning more about the History and the architecture of the colonial period. The Granja Porcón is a tourist attraction you can visit on the outskirts of the city. There the visitor can feel a participatory experience in the farming life of Cajamarca; besides you can make trekkings along the woods and slopes.
Chepén city is known as the "Northern Pearl", due to its rice production, renowned product of its agricultural activity. It's located on the hillside of Chepén hill and next to the Panamericana Norte highway. It's a destination with tourist attractions inside and outside the city. On the center of Chepén you will find archaeological remains and ruins from a wall made of stone, trace of the pre-Columbian cultures that settled on the region. You can also go all over the Vía Crucis way, decorated with 23 statues that show the itinerary made by Jesus to the cross. This route is the main attraction of Easter in Chepén. You will find at 5 minutes from the city another archaeological destination in the Complejo San José de Moro, main site of archaeological dig where experts from all the world come looking for Moche's culture remains. Inside the city you can find the Capilla Inmaculada Concepción, where devotes come to adore the image of the Virgin Inmaculada Concepción, Chepén's protector. There is as well the San Sebastián Temple where the image of San Sebastián rests, patron saint of the town. The main important dates of Chepén are religious, due to its locals devotion to their saints. One of the most crowded by locals and visitors is the Easter in Chepén, already mentioned; the highest via crucis of the world is represented, with the ascent of Chepén hill. Another important feast of Chepén is the Fiesta de la Santísima Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción, where the devoted show their fervor with chants, processions and music in honour of the Virgin who protects them. If you are looking for the coastal charm of Chepén, then you should visit the Chérrepe beaches, small cove and crowded beaches by the residents.