The descent down to the jungle begins. Iain and Farne follow Arthur’s mule route down through Acobamba to search for the Convent of San Luis de Shuaro where Arthur’s expedition had letters of introduction to the Catholic Priest, Padre Sala.
A number of coincidences convince them they are on the right track, and it feels like they have been expected. An elderly lady sitting in the town square, Maria Leon Perez, turns out to be an old friend of Lucho’s father, and she agrees to talk to them, telling them more about San Luis, Padre Sala, and the activities of the Catholic church.
They are able to go into the church itself and stand on the foundations of the original convent where Arthur had slept.
That night they make it to Lucho’s Farm in the cloud forest, and reflect on the strange events of the day, and how a mysterious old lady will always appear to help you when you need it most, if you can put yourself in the right place at the right time.