If you are a history buff, you will know that Inca emperor Atahualpa was imprisoned in the Cuarto del Rescate (“Ransom Room”) by the conquistadores.
When he realized that he would be executed, he offered to pay a ransom of gold, by filling up his prison room with gold. Due to heavy rains, the Ransom Room was recently closed. Now, the room shall be thrown open to the public again, and that has brought cheer to many people who love Peru and its history.
From the 1st of March, the Ransom Room in Cajamarca will be open for visitors between 9 AM and 6 PM, from Tuesday to Saturday. On Sundays, it will be open for visitors from 9 AM to 1 PM. Archaeologists have warned that if restoration work isn’t undertaken, the entire structure could face imminent damage. Thanks to a joint operation between Andes Cajamarca Association, the Provincial Municipality of Cajamarca and Plan Copesco, the restoration work was undertaken successfully.
His ransom offer clearly didn’t work, as the Spanish executed Atahualpa in 1533. Atahualpa himself had executed his half brother Huascar in a civil war. Peru has had a bloody history and to learn more about its colorful but brutal history, you should visit the country and experience all that it has got to offer.
More sites are being discovered each day and many more are being thrown open to the public for visiting. Now is the right time to visit Peru and learn more about its history,. When you are in Peru, make sure that you visit the Ransom Room that wasn’t. Sometimes, even offers of gold can’t save you from the jaws of death.
Via: Peru This Week