The Chiquitanos and the Company Men
Altar and "proscenium," San Rafael

The Chiquitanos and the Company Men

Religious orders like the Dominicans and Franciscans arrived soon after Spanish soldiers spread across western South America in the early 1500s. They came to convert the indigenous from their heathen religion to Christianity and serve…

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Honing a world: the Inca rise and fall
Replica of Inca cosmology on gold breastplate

Honing a world: the Inca rise and fall

(NOTE: This articles is longer than our usual, but the impressive Inca history and culture merit the length...and more.) In 1532, the Spaniards arrived in Peru with hundreds of soldiers. They soon destroyed a sophisticated…

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Trekking Peru
The last summit, Huayna Picchu

Trekking Peru

Over nine days, in the south of Peru, we did a lot of  trekking - Rainbow Mountain (1100 meter climb), the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (about 65 kilometers, and a top height of 4630…

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