bath fit for an inca king

banos del inca cajamarca peruWe’ve always knew that Intrepid’s Andrew Slee likes to keep his nose clean when he travels, but turns out he knows how to keep everything squeaky clean in Peru

“If you’ve ever wanted to bathe in the same waters as an ancient Inca king, then the Banos del Inca (meaning baths of the Inca) near Cajamarca, in the Peruvian highlands, is the place to go. Legend has it that when the Spanish conquistadore, Pizarra, found his way to this part of Peru, the king of the region, Atahualpa, was camped by these springs.

The Banos del Inca have been modified somewhat since these times, but the same mysterious geological effects are keeping the hot water bubbling forth. You can still see the ancient Inca walls where the king would have soaked his battle-weary bones. The water is cooled by man-made rockpools before being fed into several enclosed private baths and one big swimming pool. You can pay your five soles (around $1.50) for one of these private baths, and an hour later emerge feeling as refreshed and relaxed as if you’d had a full body massage.

The Banos del Inca is one of many hot springs throughout the Peruvian Andes. For the lover of a natural hot bath, there are many places to visit. Some have been made into modern swimming pool complexes, while others can be enjoyed in more natural surroundings – your perfect bath is out there!”

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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