Today, eight of the other missionaries here at the temple went with us in a van to the Incallajta ruins, about 135 km east of Cochabamba, about 25 km off of Highway 7 to Santa Cruz. It's about 10 km from a little town called Pocona. Here's what the countryside looks like between the Punata valley, and the turn of to Pocona. It's taken from inside the van, traveling 50-60 miles an hour, so the quality is a bit lacking:
|Farms in the valleys on the way to Incallajta.|
The area is cared for, cleaned, maintained, and administered by the residents of four Quechuan communities that surround it. It is located in a narrow valley, and from the base of the valley, you can't see anything to clue you in that there are ruins near. Here is a view up the valley from the site. You can see some cultivated plots on the hillside across the valley. We saw a lot of these along the way.
|Looking westward, up the valley from the Incallajta site.|
|Site map of Incallajta ruins.|
The guide was a tiny man with a big heart. It was clear that this site was special to him and his community. In the area, Quechua is the dominant language, and only the men who have to take products to market, etc. speak Spanish, in general. He learned his Spanish from the archaeologists that come to research and investigate. He was immensely well-spoken, and as generous and friendly as all the Bolivian people. He told us he has six children, with the oldest being thirteen years of age. We met his wife - she spoke no Spanish whatsoever.
|Our guide at Incallajta.|
This is a view of what they called the Casa de Dos Pisos - the house of two floors. They suppose that this must have been where the King lived. It doesn't look like it has two floors now, but I believed our guide:
|Casa de Dos Pisos|
|View of the living quarters in front, and the Kallanka in the distance.|
|The Cascada with some of our missionaries.|
Here's a final view of the whole site from the west end. You can see the living quarters towards the front, and the Kallanka way off to the east.
|Incallajta site from the west end|
|Our group descending from the site to the road back on the valley floor.|