Carjarmarca and the ransom room
16.09.2011 17 °C
So turns out Carjarmarca has a lot of history as it is the city where the last Incan emperor came to his defeat. Here in Carjamarca we went to the exact room where he was held at ransom only to pay the ransom and be hanged anyway by the Spanish.
The last Incan king had just defeated his brother and was on his way home when he passed through Carjarmarca, being cocky and a little under the influence he went into meet the Spainards with only a few men this enabled the Spanards to capture him.
The Spaniards held him ransom in this exact room, NOTE The floor has heavily been excavated and was once flat like a normal floor.
The last Incan king then offered the Spaniards one room of gold and two rooms of silver filled to as high as he could reach, displayed in this picture.
The line indicating how high the room was to be filled with gold and with silver.
Sadly however the Spaniards took these offerings and proceeded to kill the Incan king anyway. They were to burn him until the priest offered him the opportunity to come to Christ and hang him instead. Isn't it a beautiful story haha.
Once we had visted the ransom room we then went on a tour of the cathedral where his body is said to have been buired under. It was quite a strange experience as their statues of priests and saints all had scarey faces with beady eyes. (sorry weren't allowed to take photos here) went right down under the cathedral to some graves of priests and other significant people. Kinda sad to see some plots had been excuvated and now their bones just they open at the bottom of a clay tomb.
Cathedral where the last Incan kings body lies beneath
From here we carried on our tour of grave sites (unintentionally) with our visit to a pre Incan burial site. These graves where quite crazy they were tunnels some found to be more than 8m long with tunnels then coming off them housing bodies of nobel Incans. Sadly the Spanards robbed many of the graves crushing many of the bones as they went.
Burial site for the nobel Incas. These tombs are said to be over 8m long and you could see tunnels going on the inital tunnel. Sadly the Spaniards robbed the craves and in doing so crushed many of the bones.
They once would have had large boulders covering the entry to the tombs but the Spaniards destroyed these.
Db and the tombs
Myself and the tombs
View from burial site
As part of our tour we also went to a cheese factory which was quite funny as we got to see how cheese and butter were made. It was a funny feeling to realise that for lots of growen adults they had no idea. Oh and yip their cheese was nice apart from this block of dirty green cheese that must have been sitting on the self for years, but people were still buying.
Anyways with our time in Carjamarca to an end we headed to the bus depot for an 11pm trip. NOTE we had to check out of the hotel at 11am so we have been homeless for 12hr and it gets cold at night.
Anyways we went with our Spanish speaking friend to get tickets which he informed us you can just rock up and get before the bus leaves and we all said no get them they day before, but he insisted. Anyways here we were all four of us only to be told there was only 3 seats. So instead of going on a four hour trip we ended up on a 7 hour trip with a connection trip of another 3 an a half hours. All was ok though because we booked a VIP sleeper bus that pretty much lets your seat recline into a bed without squashing the person behind you. Pretty awesome bus ride.
So after that bus ride through the night which was proberly for the best as the bus swayed from side to side like it was going to roll nearly the whole trip we find ourselves to Chiclayo.