This project, The Mysteries of the Andes, seeks to accomplish something that hasn't been done before, to document the stories of Andean and Amazonian communities from a holistic perspective.

The Mysteries of the Andes is a collection of nine memorable films with the following nine titles:

This documentary delves deeply into the mythological and cultural roots of the indigenous community of the Q’eros. The Q’eros inhabit a territory more than 5000 meters above sea level located between the plateau and Amazonian Regions of Cuzco in the South Central Andes. This “nation” of Andean men and women with extraordinary ways of life dedicate themselves to farming, agriculture, and exchange. They have preserved their ethnic identity for more than 500 years, surviving both the colonial and republic periods, as they project themselves into the future. + READ MORE
The renewal of the last remaining Inca bridge of today shows us the remarkable vigor and liveliness of the Andean people and their culture. Through this bridge, traditionally called the Q’eswachaka bridge, we can witness how they conserve their techniques and renew their culture. This social event that occurs once a year over the Apurimac river, appears before our eyes as a ritual and as a sacred gesture conducted by the men and women of the surrounding territories. + READ MORE
The mountain range of the Andes was chosen by man and woman to symbolize the union between sacred space and ancestral time. Since ancient times, these areas were designated as ritual centers of pilgrimage. Many rituals were practiced, and offerings were dedicated, to the precious waters coming from the mountains. + READ MORE
This documentary takes a close look at the healing practices of the rainforest Huachipaeri society. Their rituals make use of sacred and therapeutic plants and hold a very ancient tradition in the Amazonian rainforest area. Although this area has maintained its health practices for centuries, today it is not valued nor understood from the perspective of the outside world. This traditional practice is also threatened by the loss of biodiversity in the rainforest region, which is where the healer's’ power comes from.+ READ MORE
Ancient indigenous and colonial chiefs displayed their status through actions and “symbols of power”. One of these symbols was the baton, which is usually associated with its origins in Spain, but had a similar Andean tradition that preceded it. Spain’s colonial imposition and hegemony fused both traditions together. + READ MORE
This documentary depicts the value that men and women put on the domestic camelids thousands of years ago. It focuses specifically on the human deification of the animal and the ritualistic practices that are used to stimulate their reproduction. + READ MORE
Currently, traditional and ritualistic battles take place between ethnicities that share common territories. These battles can be violent because of the presence of slings and stones. These ritualistic acts of conflict, which happen annually in the province of Canas, are one of the most intriguing and disconcerting events for outside observers. Without a doubt, the violence exhibited in these battles is what draws the most attention, especially since the loss of human life is often at stake. These battles take place because it’s Mother Earth who reclaims human lives in order to secure the fertility of the harvests, the reproduction of animals, and the social well-being and cyclical abundance for the individuals of these communities. + READ MORE
Cuzco Valley is surrounded by hills and mountains which had particular symbolic and religious value in the past. There were snow-capped “Apus” (mountain deities) and dry “Apus”. Some were revered for being sources of freshwater, while other landmarks, like Mount Wanakauri, were part of the systems of beliefs, ideologies, and symbols of power belonging to ancient modes of understanding social life, religious life, and the cosmovision. + READ MORE
The construction of the citadel of Machu Picchu may have started in the late 14th century, 100 years earlier than is commonly argued. The scale of this architectural and engineering project forces us to critically rethink everything we’ve studied so far. + READ MORE