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Visit pre-Inca aqueducts

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Admire 2,500-year-old water channels in an otherworldly setting of jagged rock formations.

Lying just outside Cajamarca in the Andean mountains of central Peru, the 2,500-year-old aqueducts of Cumbe Mayo demonstrate the sophistication of Peru's ancient peoples as well as offering sublime views over a prehistoric-looking landscape.

These zigzagging stone water channels run for several kilometres and are said to be the oldest man-made structures in South America. From their isolated location you can appreciate the striking, needle-like rock formations that rise in turrets from the surrounding grasslands. Like much of northern Peru, it's a scene that richly rewards the relatively few tourists who venture here.

In addition to the aqueducts, you'll also visit nearby cave paintings and the pre-Inca ceremonial site of Layzon, which dates back to 200 BC.

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  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

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