Painting hair in NaranjosThe indigenous Ts'achila people of Ecuador use a jungle fruit to paint their hair red. Peace Corps Volunteer Clay Martin explains how this tradition came to be. For more, check out this Ts'achila community: http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/los-naranjos/.
Jack eats a bugJack eats a bug
Snorting Tobacco in EcuadorSnorting Tobacco
Gold MineKeteka's Jack Fischl talks with local Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and her counterpart about the gold mine in his community.
Yanamarca Valley's First GeocacheThis is one of South America's first geocaching destinations, in the Yanamarca Valley of eastern Peru. Keteka's Jack Fischl looks for an ancient Incan Bath, of which there are only three in all of South America. Read more about it here: http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/geocache-1-inca-well/
A Beautiful Morning in SoloyPeace Corps Volunteer Scott Mortensen introduces us to the Fonseca River in Soloy, and Jack Fischl makes a big entrance.
Coffee in PeruYour average small restaurant in Peru serves coffee very differently from what we're used to in the U.S. Keteka co-founder Jack Fischl tries his first Peruvian coffee in a small town south of Lima. For authentic, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Peru, go to http://www.keteka.com/peru-adventure-tour/.
Cayuco Ride to Embera Puru in Colon, PanamaKeteka co-founder Jack Fischl rides a dugout canoe to the community of Embera Puru in Colon, Panama. Video by Ila Ilario. See more about the community here: http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/panama/embera_puru/
Intro to the Yanamarca Valley - One of Peru's First Geocaching DestinationsThe Yanamarca Valley in central Peru is one of South America's first geocaching destinations. Read more about it at http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/geocache-1-inca-well/.
Ancient Burial Site Vandalized Next to Road in PeruThe Ancient Wari people inhabited Southern Coastal Peru from 500-1000AD. Now their ancient burial ground, and most likely an important archaeological site is literally open to the public but not in a good way. Thousand year old bones, artifacts, and cloths are strewn acros the hills here next to a major road for everyone to see. Looters have taken most everything of any value.
This is a cautionary tale of greed and mismanagement. Please if you visit Peru, make sure not to buy anything someone calls an artifact and as strange as it seems, visiting the burial ground may help preserve it as local tourism leaders and officials may see the value in taking care of the grounds for future tourism revenue.
Keteka Shamanism in PeruKeteka Shamanism in Peru
Traditional Embera Music in Emebera Puru, Colon, PanamaLocals from Emebera Puru in Colon, Panama entertain tourists with traditional indigenous music and dance. See more at http://www.keteka.com/?p=518. Video by Ila Ilario.
Traditional Embera Music in Emebera Puru, Colon, Panama 2Locals from the community Embera Puru entertain tourists with traditional indigenous song and dance. See more at http://www.keteka.com/?p=518. Video by Ila Ilario.
Bucay at SunsetThe gorgeous valley near Bucay, Ecuador during sunset. See more destinations like this at http://www.keteka.com/.
Classic Latin American Bus SalesmanDudes selling random knick knacks are a staple of any bus ride in Latin America. The best give long speeches to convince you to buy. This guy is selling Xmas CDs ("perfect gifts for the family!")
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Bucay - An Adventure Travel Town in the Andes of Southern EcuadorKeteka's Jack Fischl introduces us to Bucay - a largely undsicovered destination in the Andean rainforest of southern Ecuador, just two hours east of Guayaquil. Read more about Bucay at http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/bucay.
Sandboarding in Ica, PeruKeteka co-founder Jack Fischl bombs a hill facefirst on a sandboard. He had a GoPro on his forehead while he did it. See more cool adventure travel destinations at http://www.keteka.com/.
Ziplining in Bucay, EcuadorKeteka co-founder Jack Fischl ziplines over a valley in Bucay, Ecuador. Check out more authentic, off-the-beaten-path adventure destinations at http://www.keteka.com/.
Beekeeping in IllimoIllimo is a town in Lambayeque, Peru (north) that is famous for its beekeeping and its honey. This video shows you just how many bees are buzzing around while the beekeepers work. Read more about Illimo at http://www.keteka.com/destinations/illimo/ and discover more authentic destinations at http://www.keteka.com/.
Guitarrero Cave in Mancos, PeruSee more on Mancos here: http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/mancos/. Locals claim that the earliest human remains were discovered in the Guitarrero cave. That's not true, but it is supposed to have some archaeological significance and there's a nice hike from the community of Mancos to Guitarrero. See more authentic destinations at http://www.keteka.com/.
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The Kuntur Wasi Ruins in San PabloFor more on the ruins, go to: http://www.keteka.com/destinations/latin-america/san-pablo/. The Kuntur Wasi ruins were used as sacred ceremonial sites by three different pre-Columbian Peruvian civilizations. Keteka's Jack Fischl explains how they were used over the years and gives you a look at the San Pablo valley.
Breakfast Outside Parque Nacional La AmistadA Keteka traveler and a Peace Corps Volunteer get breakfast at a local artisan restaurant just outside the trailhead for Parque Nacional La Amistad in Chiriqui, Panama.