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Relax to the fullest in the Inca Baths of Cajamarca

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Relax to the fullest in the Inca Baths of Cajamarca

Legend has it that when the Inca Atahualpa arrived from his long battles in the city of Cajamarca, in eastern Peru, he always visited the Baths of the Inca, where he relaxed and regained strength to continue with his exploits.

 

Currently, the Baños del Inca is one of the most visited tourist places in Cajamarca. Here you will find pools with closed thermal waters for private use (perfect to share with your friends or partner), outdoor pools and other therapeutic treatment services. In addition, you will be able to observe other pools where temperatures exceed 70 °C. Dare to meet them!.

 

History of the Inca Baths in Cajamarca

This natural space made of stone dates back to pre-Inca times. Legend has it that the Inca Baths were one of the Inca Atahualpa's favorite places after he returned from his long battles. Here he could relax and regain strength to continue with his political and military plans. When visiting this place, you will be able to observe the pool where the Inca Atahualpa bathed, so you can imagine what his days were like in Cajamarca. And the baths were not only visited by that character, but also by Pachacútec, Túpac Yupanqui and Huáscar, for this reason it has been called "The spa of Latin America", where the governors were the main visitors. So it is a place of great historical value for Peru and Latin America.

 

On the other hand, the healing properties of waters that reach very high temperatures have been known since ancient times. For this reason, both locals and visitors come here to take advantage of the benefits of these waters and renew their energies.

 

In addition, near the Inca Baths, in Callacpuma, are the archaeological remains of the ancient inhabitants of the area, where you can see cave paintings of everyday scenes dating back 3000 years. So if you want to know more about the history of Cajamarca, take some time to visit these vestiges.

 

Where are the Inca Baths located and in what department?

This complex of hot springs is located in the Baños del Inca district, province of Cajamarca, department of Cajamarca, in the Peruvian Andes at 2665 m. yes n. m. You can enjoy the relaxing hot springs just 6 minutes from the city's Plaza de Armas.

Inca Baths Cajamarca

When to visit the Inca Baths?

The Inca Baths are open throughout the year, so we recommend that you discover the magic of this place if you travel to Cajamarca. Of course, if you can choose a date, keep in mind that summer is the best time to get to know it, since, thanks to the good weather, you will have a better experience in the outdoor pools.

 

Get to know the attractions of the Inca Baths in Cajamarca

If you are in the city of Cajamarca and want to have a few days full of relaxation in contact with nature, then you cannot miss the Baños del Inca. They are located in the district called the Inca Baths, located 6 kilometers from the city of Cajamarca. This place offers thermal baths with medicinal properties, where the temperature of the water reaches 70°C. You can choose between a public, private and family pool to enjoy these hot springs. There is usually a lot of people, so you could have to wait between half an hour and an hour to access some of the pools. In addition, the prices are very accessible, between S/6 to S/20 approximately.

 

On the other hand, if you want to spend more than one day in this beautiful place, there are bungalows and hotels of various prices both in the Inca Baths and around the attraction. Also, you can find restaurants, market and games for children. So food and fun are guaranteed.

 

Do not forget to visit the exterior pools where you will be surprised by the steam of the thermal waters, as well as visit the museum that is very close to the entrance to the Inca Baths. Here you can learn more about the history and culture of Cajamarca.

 

Finally, if you have time during your stay, you can visit other attractions in the Baños del Inca district such as Cerro Tres Cruces, Paccha Waterfall, Cerro Campanarumen, Pampa de la Culebra, La Shacsha Stone Forest, El Cañón del Chicche, the Ventanillas de Santa Bárbara, the Ventanillas de Otuzco and Cerro Callacpuma. All these attractions will surprise you with their natural and scenic beauty. Don't miss them!

 

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  • If you visit Cajamarca, you cannot miss out on its delicious typical dishes such as Chicharrón con mote, Spicy potato with fried guinea pig, Caldo verde and traditional corn humitas. All these flavors will captivate your palate.
  • The climate in Cajamarca is temperate during the day and cold at night. Therefore, do not forget to wear warm clothes such as a good jacket and pants. Also wear sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

How to get to the Inca Baths?

The Inca Baths are located just 15 minutes from Cajamarca. If you are in the city center, you can take a bus (fare S/ 1) or a taxi (it will charge you around S/ 10).

 

Price and schedules of the Inca Baths

The Inca Baths are open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. m. to 6:30 p.m. The entrance price depends on the service you want to take:

  • Thermal pools: from S/ 6 to S/ 25
  • Outdoor pool: S/ 3
  • Hydromassage: S/ 20
  • Therapeutic massages: S/ 20
  • Sauna: S/10

What do we find in the Inca Baths?

In the Inca Baths you will find majestic pools and pools, public and private, with therapeutic thermal waters. In its enclosures you will have at your disposal hydromassage services, trapeutic massages and sauna.

Baños del Inca Cajamarca Salkantay Trek Machu

In addition to the hot springs, the district of the Inca Baths has cave paintings, near Callaqpuma, with representations of daily scenes of the inhabitants of that area, some dating back to 5,000 BC. c.

 

What is the importance of the Inca Baths?

Los Baños del Inca is the most important on the continent as it is considered "The spa of Latin America" ​​due to its history and the benefits of its waters.

 

Regarding its historical richness, since pre-Inca times, this place was visited by its sovereigns to relax after political and military days.

 

Who bathed in the Inca Baths?

Nothing less than the Incas like Pachacútec, Túpac Yupanqui, Huáscar and Atahualpa, relaxed in this splendid enclosure. Even the Inca Atahualpa was bathing in this place when the Spanish arrived in 1532.

 

On the other hand, the Inca Baths contain thermal mineral waters with metals such as: sodium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron. They are attributed medicinal and therapeutic properties for people with skin, rheumatic and nervous diseases.

 

What name did the Inca Baths previously receive?

Before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the Inca Baths were originally known as "Pultumarka", a Quechua word meaning "hot water".

 

How many inhabitants are there in the Inca Baths?

The district of the Inca Baths has a population of 42,753 inhabitants, according to data from 2015.

 

How big are the Inca Baths?

The district of the Inca Baths has an area of ​​276.40 km2.

 

How to get to the Inca Baths?

The Inca Baths are located just 15 minutes from Cajamarca. If you are in the city center, you can take a bus (fare S/ 1) or a taxi (it will charge you around S/ 10).

 

Recommendations

  • Going to the baths for a maximum of one hour and bathing in its hot springs is perfect for a good rest and necessary if you are going to return another 16 hours by bus.
  • Bring a personal medication kit (band aids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirin, pills for stomach problems and medications to prevent altitude sickness). Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, raincoats during your stay.
  • Bring a change of clothes, a towel, soap and shampoo, otherwise there are people who sell them at the gate of the enclosure.
  • Being public bathrooms, for safety and hygiene, it is advisable to ask for an individual pool, a private room, which is closed from the inside.

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