When the Germans went to South America

In the early 1500s, the Spanish king Charles I of Spain owed a powerful German banking family money. To pay off his debt, he gave them a small territory in modern day Venezuela.

Holy waterholes

Cenotes are natural pits, wells or sinkholes. In South America, cenotes have a history of being used as places of worship, due to the belief of the Ancient Mayas that the rain god Chaak resides within them. To this day some Maya farmers appeal to Chaak for rain. Sometimes, cenotes were being used for more worldly purposes though. In the …

The Secret Language of the Andes

Spoken in the Bolivian Andes, Machaj Juyai is a secret language used by traditional healers known as the Kallawaya to pass healing secrets down to their sons.

The King of South America

Simón Bolívar (1783–1830) may not have been the King of South America, but he came pretty damn close.