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The People Who Ran the Sun

The People Who Ran the Sun

Country Notes — By Nicholas Asheshov — The Incas, living as they did at 3,000 m a.s.l., focused on the Sun’s capacity to provide more than warmth for their fertile, glacier-fed tropical valleys. They and their predecessors grasped, like the Egyptians and others, that the movements of the sun, moon, and […]

Country Notes: Manco and Kura Ocllo, Peru’s True Heroes

Country Notes: Manco and Kura Ocllo, Peru’s True Heroes

By Nicholas Asheshov  ✐ Special to Peruvian Times ☄ As Francisco, Gonzalo, Francisco Martin, and Juan Pizarro neared Cuzco in 1533, they were met a day’s march from the Inca capital by a deputation presenting to them the 17-year-old Manco Inca. The Pizarros had just garroted Atahualpa, Manco’s half-brother, in Cajamarca […]

Country Notes: Chinchero, the Airport in the Clouds

Country Notes: Chinchero, the Airport in the Clouds

By Nicholas Asheshov ✐ OP-ED Special to the Peruvian Times ☄ From some dusty official shelf, the burghers of Cusco have created a billion-dollar nightmare,  the Chinchero airport. Thousands of tourists travel every day across this patchwork kaleidoscope of thousands of rolling acres of ancient potato and quinoa fields and grazing land, with […]

COUNTRY NOTES: Here Comes the Window Tax

By Nicholas Asheshov Special to the Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES I have a suggestion for Mr. Castilla, the young Finance Minister, which will help him iron out what he calls disruptions in the economic agenda.  It happens to us all. My idea is that he create a new […]