Cerro Santa Apolonia

As it was my last full day in Cajamarca, I wanted to make the most of it. It was a nice day with lots of sunshine so I decided to go up to the top of Cerro Santa Aplonia. I had previously gone about half way and taken a few photos but as it was crowded, decided to abandon the trip. As luck would have it, yesterday it was almost deserted.

Cerro Santa Apolonia, was where the Inca emperor Atahualpa had a “throne” and from where he surveyed his army and people.

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DSCN1820With amazing views.

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????????????????????I had thought that this was the top but there is a small plateau further up which has a pleasant garden area. Entry about 25p.

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This cactus looks older and more weary than me.

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Los Baños del Inca

Yesterday I went to the thermal springs known as Los Baños del Inca, Cajamarca. They were famously used by the Inca emperor Atahualpa just before he was captured by the Spanish.

If it was good enough for him, it is good enough for me. It is only a few kilometeres outside of the city of Cajamarca and the taxi fare from the city centre was acceptable, about £2.50 each way.

DSCN1786Where is the water? This can’t be right.

DSCN1775Aah. A modern version. The water looks a bit murky though…

DSCN1779…and a bit hot. Unless that’s piranhas bubbling under the surface.

DSCN1776I am definitely not getting in there.

IMG_0269My private thermal bath. It was luxurious. The water from the thermal spring is at 71°C so needed some cold water added for personal comfort.

DSCN1782There is also an information centre, which has a few artifacts and a photographic exhibition of almost everything of interest in the Cajamarca area. I was shown around by José who patiently explained things to me. Fortunately for me, he did not speak as rapidly as most of the local people.

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