The Inca: The Highest Achievements of Andean Civilization

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July 11, 2016: Live from Deep in the Amazon

I am writing you from Iquitos, Peru, a muddy, rough and tumble town deep in the Amazon.  I’m looking out at the river as I write this actually.  It’s the closest I’ve ever felt to the end of the world…  there is no road through the rainforest to this city…  the only access is by river or by air, and it feels just slightly off.  Like everyone is on their own.  Everything is crumbling in the oppressive heat and humidity, and while it feels like anything could happen, it probably won’t, because, you know, the resigned shrug of an insignificant frontier town. Continue reading “July 11, 2016: Live from Deep in the Amazon”

July 5, 2016: Saqsaywaman, Sicky Woman, and Destroying Religions You Don’t Understand

With Jasmine laid up hard by altitude sickness this morning, I set off for the peaks overlooking Cusco.  Other than a light headache, I’m feeling fine, and I’m anxious to explore the ruins of the Inca fortress of Saqsaywaman before the crowds of tourists arrive. Continue reading “July 5, 2016: Saqsaywaman, Sicky Woman, and Destroying Religions You Don’t Understand”