On Wednesday, we had a very unique day. We trekked into the mountains to a remote village. Upon arriving, we found it was empty, except for two men building a stable. We shared the Gospel with them, but found ourselves with a few hours to kill. Our local pastor decided to take us to some secret Inca locations, including caves, ruins, and even a prison. It was without a doubt the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. I am so glad I was able to see this with my brother and son. Upon returning to the church, we found 18 people were ready to be trained to tell the story of Jesus. It was a great day for our mission!
Even in the mountains, Soccer (football) fields are readily available.
Jeremy and Pastor Ingnacio prepare for our journey into the mountains.
Clayton eagerly led the way into the valley.
We saw a total of 6 people on this 6 hour journey. Here is a local shepherd walking his flock.
For most of our journey to the mountain village in Salcantay, we had no paths.
The scenery was breath-taking at every moment.
Even when there were “paths”, the trek was pretty rugged.
One of the exciting locations that we saw was this cave window that over looked a river. The cave was part of a natural bridge that connected us to the village we were attempting to reach.
Here is another cave that we explored. It was a day full of memories for me, my son, and my brother.
Even our translators, who live in Cusco, admitted that they had never experienced many of the things that we saw on this day.
One of the locals was giving us the “evil eye”.
When we finally reached the village, we found only two people. Everyone else was out tending the fields.
Pastor Ignacio and Jeremy shared the gospel with these men.
On the way back, we ran into this Quetchua woman and her little girl. They pointed us towards some local ruins that were largely unknown to visitors like us.
Pastor Ignacio, who is Quechua, gave us a personal tour and history lesson on these ruins.
Clayton took one of his few baths in this ancient Incan bath tub. Notice the hole that would allow water to flow into the tub.
Here is one archaeological site that had been underground before archaeologist discovered it. Although the Quechua knew about it previously. This location was used by the Incas to hide their gold from the Spanish.
Part of our journey led us into a jungle canopy.
The canopy took us to this cave.
The cave was about 40 feet high. Directly above us is an Inca Prison, which we would explore later.
Jeremy and Ignacio navigate into the cave.
We took off our shoes and walked through freezing water.
These ruins are not accessible from any roads. They were about an hours journey into the mountains and off the paths. Few white people have ever been here.
This is the entrance to an Incan Prison.
The cave led to a 15 foot drop off. If you fell down the drop, you would never be able to ascend out of the cave. This is where the Incas would put thieves.
Jeremy stands on an Inca staircase. The ruins were everywhere.