Confessions of an Eco-Tourist

A traveler from our Museum agonizes over the morality of a package tour to a Kichwa village on the Ecuadoran headwaters of the Amazon. He goes, anyway. Read more »

Andes Under Stress

Around the end of May, tens of thousands of the Quechua and Aymara people converge at the face of the glacier by Mount Ausengate, in the Sinakara Valley south of Cusco, Peru. Behind bright banners, brotherhoods of ritual dancers move through the throngs in the high-altitude chill. Some will spend the night on top of the glacier, wrestling with the spirits of the condemned on the face of the ice field, and descend at dawn with a blessing for the waiting crowds... Read more »