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Travel Blogs from Cajamarca
... the roof, to avoid this inane drivel.
We arrived in Cajamarca by teatime. Unusually, we hadn’t booked any accommodation in advance, since the choice online was both dreadful and expensive. Luckily, the choice, as we shopped around the Plaza de Armas, was better and cheaper. We plucked for the Hostal de los Jazmines, a hostel that part-funds a local orphanage, but, selfishly or happily, whichever way you choose to look at it, had nice bathrooms ...
... otherwise. I made it clear what I wanted pointed out, which he did,
but otherwise stayed ahead of the group – the local habits of fluffing about
and taking thousands of photos of each other in every possible combination at
every possible spot was driving me nuts!
Got back to town just in time to get the cheapie lunch
special at el Tuna Café – corn soup, roll, chop with salad, juice & rice
pud – very good for 9 soles ($3).
I arrived into cajamarca at 10:30am, three and a half hours later than expected due to the bus driver getting stuck in sand in the middle of the night. As I was still feeling sick from the food poisoning, I slept for most of the journey. When I arrived, there was no one at the bus station so I phoned Alan who contacted incawasi. Within 10 minutes, Julius and Marie arrived to collect me. I arrived to the house to meet roger, was not expecting a bald Aussie with a ...
... before he got enough gold together he was executed, which was effectively the end of the Inca empire. Zach and I decided to investigate the history of Cajamarca by visiting the thermal water that Atahualpa had been in. The Baños del Inca have springs reaching 72C, Zach got told off by a security guard for getting too close. We were given a private bath with both hot and cold taps, as the hot was really HOT! After so long of dodgy showers we felt a bit spoilt ...
... due to altitude and was bit spaced out but kept on going and toughed it out. The walk was about 3km which at 3300 you definitely feel! Cumbe Mayo also has an aquaduct from 1500 bc. I guess it was impressive logistically but you did have to use your imagination as it looked little more than a shallow burn. Got the bus back down to Cajamarca and had loads of energy the rest of the day, I guess because we were so much lower.