Peru & South America Blog

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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Medellín, Colombia: Pablo Escobar’s Home Turf

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

  Journal Entry: Medellín, Colombia:

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South America Travel Gear

Posted on September 13th, 2015

South America Travel Gear: Overland Equipment to Take Although this wasn’t my first trip to South America, the voyage down the Andes was going to be my longest and in many ways the most challenging as far as what kind of gear to take. I was traveling solo, yet needed to pack South America travel […]

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Life and Death in the Andes: The Strange Places Book Ideas Come From

Posted on September 7th, 2015

The journey down the spine of the Andes, from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, actually began several years before I left. The idea for such a voyage had been in the back of my mind for several decades, actually, but didn’t crystallize until I finally pitched the idea of a book to my editor at […]

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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 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.