For centuries aboriginal communities across Latin America lived in perfect harmony with nature and in resonance with the magic of their spirits. It was a time when this part of the world was very much like paradise, as many adventurers have described it. From Cuzco in Peru, to the Lost City in Colombia, to Chichenitzá in Mexico or the myth of El Dorado in Trinidad and the Guyanas, Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and La Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire) in Argentina, the region was inhabited by diverse civilizations with ancient knowledge that still remains inexplicable today. However, the colonial expansion of European powers brought “civilization”, relegating these rich cultures to a position of subservience, and changing the continent forever.

As the new world began to develop, technology and rationality promised to make daily activities easier and faster. Progress was made by building roads, skyscrapers and thousands of kilometers of cables and communication that promised to unite people. Neglected and abused by the colonizers and the governments, these cultures managed to survive thanks to the power of their past.

Modern Latin America is a region where diverse beliefs and different periods of time seem to coexist in a unique manner. While cities copy the urban settings of North America or Europe, aboriginals struggle to maintain their traditions, beliefs and way of life, which resembles that of their ancestors. The situation of aboriginal cultures in Latin America is a sad reminder of the exclusion many suffer in these developing nations. The lack of access to education, territorial displacement and even lack of proper health care symbolizes the situation of many others. But the power of their actions is so strong that they have managed to bring down governments in Bolivia and Ecuador, stop guerrilla armies in Colombia, regain land and catch the attention of others across the world that is now recognizing the value their way of life has for the rest of civilization.

One of the episodes of Quest For Tomorrow will take us to the Peruvian Andes, in Cusco and Machu Pichu. In this area a diverse group of individuals live in harmony with nature and the ancient traditions and make a living from guiding others in the mystical experience of traveling through the ancient Inca Culture. One of these men is Don Ignacio, a 60-year old man who is one of the most respected Shamans and Ayahuaskeros in the region. He lives in the jungle curing people with the spiritual power of the Ayahuaska. Ignacio is in constant communication with the Qeros, the “keepers of the ancient knowledge”, who live at altitudes of 6000 meters above sea level in a multidimensional world of spirits and ancient traditions from the Inca culture of Peru. Another is Simon Myburgh who arrived from South Africa in 1997 at age 18, suffering from cancer. He is now married and is the father of angelic daughters. We will also document the Shamanic work being explored by spiritual seekers from Canada and other countries around the world who are working with guides and teachers in the area to seek the understanding and insights found in the ancestral powers of Machu Pichu and the Inca culture.

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