The Series: In From the Outpost PERU, with Explorer Jeff Fuchs


In Peru, Jeff Fuchs led Team Outpost across the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and the Andean highlands of Tanta, and south to the communities of the Quechua people — pack-llamas in tow, tea at the ready. Here’s “In From the Outpost PERU with Jeff Fuchs.”

EPISODE 1: The Salkantay Trek. “We tread upwards as wind starts to whistle and pellets of ice snap and pop against our bodies…Lungs are nicely straining, and one of the mountains’ great and ever-present lessons is reinforced: cooperate or perish.”

READ In The Land of Ayni (Part 1): The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

EPISODE 2: Time with the Weavers of Chawaytiri. “We are just outside the Andean village of Chawaytiri…that sits at 12,000 feet in the highlands, just 50 kilometers from Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We are ascending—always it seems, we ascend. Amid the haze and the coca, the pathway beneath me looks brittle and almost decrepit. Maybe forgotten is the right word; it looks forgotten.”

READ The Chawaytiri Weavers of Peru’s Sacred Valley (In The Land of Ayni: Part 2)

EPISODE 3: The Last Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaka. “While reading up on Peru and the Andean world, I remember my first view of the Quechua word ‘ayni.’ Sitting in Hawaii during a driving rainstorm, I kept rereading the word and its description, which roughly explained, translates to a kind of ‘reciprocity’ among communities and peoples of the mountains.”

READ That Ayni Thing: Where Reciprocity is Just a Way of Life

EPISODE 4: The Mountain Gods of Tanta. “Long necks bobbling like swans on the grasslands and the chiming of bells—our llama caravan ahead eats up swaths of dry terra and bounces over the wide land. Their ambling is the only thing that stirs up the landscape. The llamas’ necks crane for whatever succulents they can find while they move.”

READ Llama Trekking in the Highlands of Pariaqaqa, Peru (In The Land of Ayni: Part 3)

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