Ventanillas de Otuzco

The Ventanillas de Otuzco (Small Windows) are set just outside the town of Cajamarca. The site is made up of some 200 small windows carved into a cliff. The windows are actually old tombs from the Cajamarca culture.

Ventanillas de Otuzco Things to Do

The Otuzco Windows, Peru
The Otuzco WindowsCajamarca

This tour takes you to the Otuzco Windows, old Cajamarca tombs set in a large cliff outside the city. This tour offers up a good introduction to Cajamarca culture and burial practices.

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The Ventanillas de Otuzco is a large necropolis dating back some 600 years. The tombs form pockmarks in the side of the cliff and are an interesting site to behold. Most of the tombs are square or rectangular and have smooth interior walls. The weathering of time and climate has given the rocks a worn-out appearance.

The original tombs at the Ventanillas de Otuzco were eventually plundered and destroyed by the Spanish. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating place to explore indigenous burial practices. The site is located 4 miles (7 km) northeast of Cajamarca.