Peru & South America Blog

A Visit to La Catedral, Pablo Escobar’s Prison, Part II

Posted on November 22nd, 2015

From my travel journal: Medellín, Antioquia: Pablo [Ochoa] and I arrive on the dirt road finally at the cluster of buildings that used to house Pablo Escobar, his brother and other Medellin Cartel associates. But the road to the buildings is blocked by an empty kiosk and a gate with a chain lock. No one […]

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Kon Tiki 2 Rafts Set Sail from Peru for Easter Island

Posted on November 1st, 2015

Kon-Tiki Expedition Raft Trip Revived with Trip to Easter Island Oct 29, 2015 El Comercio (Translated by Kim MacQuarrie) (Note: I met Thor Heyerdahl in 1988 up in Tucume, in northern Peru, as he was excavating among the Moche pyramids. I spent about three days helping him to clear the site and he was a […]

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Spanish Team Discovers Lost Ruins of Inca Guerrillas

Posted on October 24th, 2015

A team of Spanish explorers and scientists, using satellite imagery, discovered in mid-September a previously unknown Inca site some 150 miles north of Cusco. Using computer imaging software, the expedition reached a mountain top and discovered some 50 structures and an Incan cemetery complete with skeletal remains. In addition, near the summit, the team discovered […]

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A Visit to La Catedral, Pablo Escobar’s Prison

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

From my travel journal: Medellín, Antioquia I met Pablo Ochoa—not the Colombian drug king, but the name of my cab driver—sitting in the fifth cab in a long line of cabs in Envigado, a suburb of Medellin where Pablo Escobar grew up. I wanted to visit La Catedral, the prison Escobar had first built and then […]

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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 the book, The Last Days of the Incas. Currently, FX Channel is developing the book into a 13-part scripted television series, called Conquistadors. MacQuarrie's latest book is about a 4,500-mile journey, from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and is called Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries. During the journey, MacQuarrie investigated the lives and stories of Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Charles Darwin, Thor (Kon Tiki) Heyerdahl, and even an Inca "Ice Maiden," sacrificed 500 years ago on top of a 20,000-foot volcano, yet still perfectly preserved. The book will be published by Simon & Schuster on Dec 1, 2015.

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The Last Days of the Incas Television Series

Posted on August 26th, 2015

My book, The Last Days of the Incas, is currently a 13-part series in development at the FX Channel. Click below to watch the original trailer.

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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.