Today we went to visit Los Banos Del Inca. These amazing hot springs sit right outside of Cajamarca.
The last Inca Emperor, Atahualpa, was camped here in 1532 when 168 Spanish Conquistadors arrived. The Spaniards managed to capture the Emperor despite the fact that the Inca out numbered them by around 40,000 troops.
Los Banos Del Inca
Anyone visiting Cajamarca should go here. They have a really nice set-up. For about one dollar each you can rent a private hot springs bath, which is what Stevie and I opted for. We also bought one hour massages for about $17 each. I was hella stoked.
That is until someone decided to stay in the hot bath too long!
I tried to get her out, but she wouldn’t listen to me.
“Nobody ever listens to Turtle…”
When Stevie got out she looked dizzy. She sat down and started to shake, like she was having a seizure. Then she went full-on unconscious. I was freaking the F#ck out. Her face was ghost white and her eyes were open, but nobody was home. After checking to make sure she was breathing I slammed open the door and ran out into the courtyard in my underwear yelling…
“MEDICO, MEDICO, I need a F’in MEDICO”
To my surprise a doctor came running out of a little room carrying a medical box. I guess this type of thing happens a lot at Banos Del Inca. Stevie’s blood pressure was 60 over 40 after she came back, so it was super duper low when she passed out. Apparently the incident can be attributed to the following errors…
1) Rapid ascent from sea level to 9,000 feet
2) Not drinking enough water and skipping lunch
3) Staying too long in the hot bath
4) Not listening to husband
In the end, everything worked out fine. Stevie made a full recovery and a bunch of Peruvians got to see a grown man run around panicking in spiderman underpants. Win, Win.
It was scary though. For a split second I thought she was dying and that was a horrible feeling. I can’t imagine life without my best friend.
The rest of the afternoon we chilled out in the Plaza. We’re really liking this town a lot. Maybe we’ve just been off the road for too long, but all the churches seem so beautiful again!
Iglesia De San Francisco
It didn’t take much rest before Stevie was ready to go again. We hit a really cool hole-in-the-wall bar last night called Usha Usha. Great live music and really good pisco sours!
Quite a day. Over and out.