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The North Coast and Northern Highlands Sights

El Cuarto del Rescate

Updated 09/15/2014

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The Ransom Chamber is the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca and, although the big stone room itself isn't much to look at, the history is enough to make this worth a visit. Legend has it that after Pizarro and his men captured Atahualpa, the Inca king offered to fill the chamber once with gold and twice with silver. The ransom was met, up to a marking on the stone wall, but the war-hardened Spaniards killed Atahualpa anyway.

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Jr. Amalia Puga 750, Cajamarca, Peru

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  • S/5, includes admission to Conjunto de Belén
  • Mon. and Wed–Fri. 9–1 and 3–6; weekends 9–1

Updated 09/15/2014


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Mar 31, 2009

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We learned the story in elementary school, so it's a fascinating place to visit to see the room that supposedly held a king's ransom.

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