The Author

Kim MacQuarrie

Kim MacQuarrie is a writer, a four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist. He was educated in France, the U.S. and Peru. MacQuarrie is the author of four books on Peru and lived in that country for five years. During that time, MacQuarrie lived with a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians, called the Yora. It was MacQuarrie's experience filming a nearby group of indigenous people, whose ancestors still remembered their contacts with the Inca Empire, that ultimately led him to investigate and then to write his latest book, The Last Days of the Incas. Currently FX Channel is developing the book as a 13-part scripted television series. MacQuarrie is presently finishing a book about a 4,500-mile journey, from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, along the spine of the Andes. It will be published in 2014.

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Peru & South America Blog

Global Warming and the Andes’ Shrinking Glaciers

Posted on March 9th, 2015

The stranded ski resort of Chacaltaya, just outside of La Paz, Bolivia   (Excerpt from the book: Peru: Country of Mountains–In the Shadow of Global Warming by Wust Ediciones, 2014) By Kim MacQuarrie “And isn’t it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For […]

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Adventures in the Andes–A Voyage from Colombia to Patagonia

Posted on December 6th, 2014

In 2011 I set off for a 4,500-mile road, boat, bus and train trip down the Andes of South America, from Colombia in the north to Patagonia and Cape Horn in the south, while working on a book that eventually would be called Adventures in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries. It’s […]

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Machu Picchu Facts

Posted on November 8th, 2014

Machu Picchu Facts Where it’s located: in the cloud forest of the Andes Mountains, in southeastern Peru, South America. Who built it?: The Incan Emperor Pachacutec ordered its construction. When was Machu Picchu built?: in the mid-15th century A.D. When was Machu Picchu abandoned? Probably 100 years after its construction, most likely during the time […]

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Atahualpa: The Inca Lord Who Lost an Empire

Posted on September 21st, 2014

   Atahualpa: Emperor of the Incas Note: Atahualpa, lord of the Incas, was captured in Nov of 1532 by 168 Spaniards. Atahualpa was captured in the Inca town of Cajamarca, in what is now northern Peru. The following is an extract from The Last Days of the Incas: “Most Inca accounts state that after [Atahualpa’s […]

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Recommended Tours

Kim recommends the travel operator Latin America for Less and Peru For Less, and has helped design some of their travel itineraries for Peru.