I left home aged 14 and moved into a CAVE in remote mountains – I love my lonely life… but there’s a catch

A RECLUSE has told how he left home aged 14 to move into a cave in the remote mountains of Argentina.

Pedro Luca, 87, has lived as a modern-day caveman for more than 40 years – and says his lonely life has only one catch.

Pedro Luca lives alone in a cave in the Argentinian mountains

Local villagers take trips up to visit Pedro in his cave

The sprightly pensioner used to work delivering coal to Bolivia

Self sufficent Pedro decided to opt for a simple way of life when he was a young boy.

He revealed: “I immediately took a liking to the forest. The forest with all its caves.

“When I was young I used to come looking for animals, when I asked about this height.

“Back then, I said to myself wouldn’t it be nice to live within the normal trappings.”

However, there is one downside – he has no running water or electricity.

He survives by shooting animals for food and drinking water from a nearby creek.

As there’s no electricity, Pedro relies on batteries to power up his small radio – but he has a hard time tuning into stations because the signal is weak up the mountain.

Pedro originally left home at just 14 after being raised by his grandad in San Pedro de Calalao.

Preferring to live in isolation, he took up a job transporting coal to Bolivia before moving back to San Pedro de Colalao to build his home.

He said: “I never asked myself why I chose to live here. 

“There was another cave nearby but I liked this one better. Sometimes, I think that I would have liked to travel the world, see Europe. 

“But there’s a lot of sea in the middle of it all and you have to have the time to cross that sea.”

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