Category: "Culture"

Cycling the Peruvian Coastal Desert

July 25th, 2010 |

The Vogel Family only have a handful of months left of their journey from Alaska to Argentina. They crossed from Ecuador to Peru a few months ago, the passed through Peru’s astonishingly barren desert before heading up into the Andes and eventually into Bolivia. See the desert part of their journey in this video.

Video: People of the Mountains, 1940

June 2nd, 2010 |

First presenting the contrast between the republican grandeur of Lima and the Andean stylings of Cusco, this video goes on to follow the day to day live of rural Cusqueños. In the images you will also see Machu Picchu before its restoration, as well as Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo and a Cusco without cars.

800 year old tomb of shaman discovered

January 23rd, 2010 |

Curandero – witch-doctor or medicine-man in English, but the most direct translation is healer. The tradition of the curanderos still runs strong in the Muchik northern coast of La Libertad and Lambayeque, particularly around Chiclayo. The traditions and techniques of theses healers date back to pre-Colombian times and the the civilisations of the Chimú, Sicán and the Moche before them. Archaeologists have recently been given a glimpse into this period of time with the discovery of the 800 year old tomb of a Sicán curandero.

Chiclayo: The Preservation of Tradition

January 13th, 2010 |

In November, Tom Filipowicz visited the event held for the Mochica Identity Week and discusses what he feels is a strong local connection and respect for traditions and customs. Participating were school groups, each choosing and important local custom to present to visitors.