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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Lines in the sand: signs of the Nazca people
Hello from wide-eyed man, the "Astronaut"

Lines in the sand: signs of the Nazca people

The World Heritage designated Nazca Lines in the south of Peru are a complex network of lines and geometric figures drawn in the desert sand by Nazca tribe members around 2000 years ago. Spreading across…

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Tiers for the dead: lost worlds of Peru’s desert
Re-created tomb of Lord of Sipan, in situ

Tiers for the dead: lost worlds of Peru’s desert

During our first few weeks in Peru, we had opportunities to enjoy such delights as pisco sours, fresh juices and the much lauded Peruvian gastronomy. Yet these have taken a back seat to the opportunity…

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