Baños del Inca (Inca bathing place)
and Cuarto del Rescate (Ransom Room)
INCA BATHING PLACE (Baños del Inca):
At a distance of 6 km eastwards from the City of Cajamarca along a paved road, one arrives at these hot springs, which were enjoyed by Inca Atahualpa when the Spanish Conquistadores arrived. This is a unique place, as it is rather surprising to learn of the variety of minerals contained in its waters. At the Inca bathing place (2,667 m.a.s.l.) the so-called Poza del Inca (Individual Inca Bath) has been preserved intact, as well as the stone canals and some fountains dating back to those days. New pools have been built both for groups and individuals, to which visitors have access. Residents comment on the medicinal or healing properties of these waters, with a temperature of about 70° C. In effect, they are considered ideal to treat some bone diseases and to relax.
THE RANSOM ROOM (Cuarto del Rescate):
In spite of the fact that Cajamarca was an important administrative center of the Tahuantinsuyo, this is the only standing Inca building. It is said that Inca Atahualpa offered Francisco Pizarro twice as much silver as would fit in this room to the height of his outstretched arm, as well as one room full of gold to the same height, in exchange for his release. This is the reason for the name given to this room. Located in Cajamarca City. (PromPerú)