National Geographic : 1913 Apr
Photo by Hiram Bingham ANOTHER VIEW OF THE STONE HOUSE: RUMIHUASI Showing the cell where some people suppose a hermit passed his time, while his life was devoted to painfully decorating this boulder by the means of such rude stone implements as he had at hand. trance gate on its north side. This will be more readily understood by consulting the plan on page 559. The characteristics of the buildings are distinctly Inca and resemble in many ways those found at Choqquequirau in 1909. The stronghold was made of blocks of stone laid in mud, the buildings of symmetrical pattern, with doors nar rower at the top than at the bottom; no windows, but interior ornaments of niches and projecting cylinders alternating be tween the niches. Whenever the wind did not blow, the gnats were very bad, which made the work of measuring and mapping the ruins extremely annoying. DESERTED BY THE INDIAN GUIDES I should like to have continued the journey the next day, but the Indians objected, saying that it was Sunday and that they needed the rest. This "rest" gave them an opportunity for concocting a plan of escape, and on Monday morn ing, when I was ready to start for the third group of ruins, there were no guides or carriers in sight. Neither Luis nor I had ever been in the region before. We could of course have gone back on foot over the trail on which we had come, but it was very doubtful whether we could have suc ceeded in getting our mules over that trail, even though we had abandoned our outfit, and we knew that a loaded mule could not possibly go over the trail with out constant assistance and a number of helping hands. To aid us in our dilemma there came a little Indian who inhabited one of the huts near the ruins. He offered for a consideration to guide us out of the valley by another road, and said that it went near the other ruins. He also said that it might not be possible to use this road "if the pass had much snow in it." We talked to him with difficulty, for, like most mountain Indians, he had no knowledge of Spanish, and our own knowledge of Quichua was somewhat limited. However, there was nothing for it but to follow our new guide, and by distributing the cargo on the three mules make it as easy as possible for the poor beasts to use the foot-path, or goat trail, which was indicated as our "road."