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A collection of news, insights and travel stories from Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos Islands, as well as from other destinations in South America and around the world. Sharing the sheer variety and abundance of our region and recounting our personal travel experiences.

SEP 2015 9

The Iconic Andean Chullo Hats

Q'eros shaman, called a Paqo, in his ultra-bright traditional poncho and chullo (hat) calling the Apu mountain spirits to bless a mesa, a cloth-wrapped package of special found and collected power objects (like rocks and crystals from places you've done ceremony) that a person on the shamanic path carries for ceremonies.

As winter in Peru draws to a close, Andean guides in Cusco and Puno may soon swap their wooly layers for lighter trekking garb, packing away their colorful Leave a passing comment


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