National Geographic : 1913 Apr
". . While four of us were fixing camp I sent the other two out to look for water. In an hour they came back with the news that there was none to be found. By this time we were all very thirsty, but there was nothing to do but grin and bear it. WATER HARD TO FIND "About midnight I was wakened by a man crying and pleading. It was Tomas, who was having a nightmare. This in itself would not have been serious, but it ex cited the superstitions of the peons. They said the Incas were angry be cause we were there, and they wanted to be gone at daylight. I thought it best to spend some time making a search for the spring; so, as soon as it was light, we started and for an hour hunted in the jungle, but without result. The best we could do was to get water from air plants and chew certain bulbs which contained much mois ture. This was not such a small help as it might seem, for many of the air plants had a good swallow of water in them, though of course we got it drop by drop at a time. "Giving up hopes of finding a Photo by Hiram Bingham spring near the city, we took the A CORNER OF THE RUINS OF LLACTA IN PALCAY back trail. We were all pretty Showing a niche and a projecting cylindrical weak, but we made very fair time. stone, and the chief Indian guide, who deserted with Reaching the ridge, we climbed his fellows two days' later and left us in the lurch. down by a new way, marking our trail with piles of stones, and also confirmed it. Then I pointed them out to the men. They too saw them, and after that there was no trouble. They were as anxious to get there as I was, for we were all suffering from thirst, and I had told them there was a spring there. "Two hours of hard work placed us on the spur, though still high above the ruins. From there we could see several stone houses and two thatched huts, which had been left by the treasure-hunters who had come from Abancay two years pre viously. Just at dark we reached these huts. They showed signs of the old oc cupancy. There were two or three skulls lying around. A table-stone or two were in evidence and in one corner was an old Inca pot. followed a new trail back to the draw in which the spring was, striking the draw a good deal higher up. This turned out to be a better road; also it led us to the discovery of a series of stone-faced terraces, and at one point in them the spring broke through, so that with a little fixing we could get all the water we wanted, and that was a good deal." They later found water within an hour's walk of Choqquequirau, and had a plentiful supply for the work of ex cavating as long as their provisions lasted. They had hoped to accomplish a good deal of map-work, but, owing to the great amount of rain and the almost continuous prevalence of fog and mist, little could be done besides making a route map.