Legend has it that when the Spanish Conquistadores arrived in Cajamarca, Inca Atahualpa was relaxing in his favorite place: the Inca Baths. You too can follow in Atahualpa's footsteps and while away an hour or two in these baths, which are one of Cajamarca's most popular attractions. The baths, which can reach temperatures of 70ÂºC (158ÂºF), possess pretty mountain views. Although the old pools remain intact, visitors are only allowed to use the new, modern pools. As well as the public pools, there are individual, freshly-filled private baths.
Locals claim that the waters, which are rich in minerals, have medicinal and healing powers. They are said to have a positive effect on fatigue, rheumatism and respiratory and nervous system problems. It may not be proven that the waters offer miraculous cures, but guests are sure to feel relaxed and refreshed after a dip in the pools. To get there, a taxi will set you back approximately $3.50, or you can take a combi (minibus, $0.25) from Calle Sabogal, two blocks from the main Plaza. Daily 6 a.m.-6.30 p.m. Six kilometers (3.7 mi) east of Cajamarca. Entrance fee: $2
Cajamarca , Peru
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