ANCIENT PEOPLES OF THE HIGH DESERT
Learn how little life has changed over the centuries in this historic village in the Bolivian Andes.
High in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes in the historic village of Santiago de K, life continues nearly the same as it has for centuries. An archeological site nearby reveals, through ancient ruins, just how little life has changed over the centuries. Here at over 12,600 feet above sea level, in the highest desert in the world, residents harvest the endemic potatoes and quinoa to use to barter for outside goods. Much of the native Quechua customs, music, and lifestyle have their roots in age-old traditions. There are some interesting, relatively modern influences such as the Carnaval celebration of the first potato crop of the season.