South America is enormous. Enormous in size and scale, of course, but similarly so in the breadth of ancient cultures past, and those fighting to maintain their cultures as time marches on. It’s enormous in resources, including its people, and technologically reaching to match so-called first world advances.
Ironically, technological abilities of past South American cultures remain unmatched by any attempts to mirror them today, anywhere in the world. Don’t believe us, visit any Incan ruin on the continent to observe first-hand the precision for which
these artisans of yesterday laid heavy hard granite, fit perfectly, and made monuments for kings. So incredibly so, that, unlike the architecturally engineered behemoths of today, that fall or become significantly damaged when shaken by earthquakes and weather phenomenon, the ill-named Ruins of the Inca brace for the coming centuries, virtually untouched by time and nature.
Joanne and I have had the opportunity to live in Cuenca and Vilcabamba, Ecuador and Cusco, Peru. From these bases we have embraced local cultures, old and new, venturing out to discover the ruins and traditions of the past and then balance them with the progress that eventually overcomes any region. It’s been a tremendous experience, and here is where we share it with you.
We plan to spend some time yet on this great continent continuing to discover and explore the abundance offered here.
Yours in Discovery,
Brad ‘n Joanne
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