We stayed in Cajamarca for five days from January 24 until January 29. The town was the site of the capture and murder of the Inca emperor Atahualpa. In 1532 Atahualpa stopped in Cajamarca on his way to Cusco to claim his throne. The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro requested a meeting with Atahualpa in Cajamarca. When Atahualpa arrived with his entourage, the Spaniards slaughtered Atahualpa’s guards and captured him. Apparently Atahualpa had a big ego and he promised a ransom of gold and jewels that would fill the room he was being held as high as his upraised arm. Ransom was collected from the Inca empire, but the Spanish killed him anyway. All this took place in the area around the main square. We visited the Inca Baths by collectivo, took a day trip to a cumbe mayo and spent a lot of time in the markets.
local asking to take a pic with Eliot