Cajamarca, pronounced Ka-ha-mar-ka, is the name of the capital city of a department of Peru bearing the same name. The department of Cajamarca is in northern Peru and borders with Ecuador.
Cajamarca is an important city in the history of Peru. On November 16, 1532, one of the most important events of Spanish-American and Peruvian history took place here, when a group of Spanish explorers, lead by Francisco Pizarro took prisoner Atahualpa, the last Inca’s king. Atahualpa was later killed. That was the end of the Incas’ empire and the beginning of a new part of the Peruvian history. Cajamarca was recognized as a city in 1802.
The city of Cajamarca has a population of approximately 200,000.
The altitude is around 9000 feet.
The weather in Cajamarca is normally dry and sunny. The high temperature varies from 55º to 75º maximum in the summer and 40º+ in the winter. The rainy season runs from December until March.
The distance from CAJAMARCA to the capital city of LIMA is 856 km, which is 565 miles, and takes approximately 14 hours to drive through desert and mountain roads.
Cajamarca has a small airport in the valley just outside the city.
The nearest larger city is Trujillo, which is about 200 miles away on the Pacific Ocean coast.
Religion: This city is like most of Peru and South America in that its religious beliefs are mainly rooted in the Catholic church.
ABOUT LOS BAÑOS DEL INCA (The Incan Baths)
Los Baños del Inca is a province 6km (appr. 4 miles) east of the city of Cajamarca and lies in the same valley. This province is known for the thermal baths where the Incas, like the Inca ruler Atahualpa, came to bathe.
The thermal waters which spring up out of the ground are said to be medicinal and effective for treating bronchial and rheumatic conditions. The waters reach temperatures of 165°F (74°C).
The population of Los Baños has been estimated at 35,000 souls with the area being 78% rural. It is a young city in that approximately forty percent of the population is under the age of 15 yrs of age with almost 56% being between 15 to 65 yoa. There are over 5500 houses in this area with around 12% of them being without services of water, electricity, etc. because of poverty.
This is the location of our first church plant and is also the city in which God has provided property to build a church for His glory.