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"The Andes" can refer to the mountain range that stretches along the west coast of South America, but is also used to refer to a broader geographic area that includes the coastal deserts to the west and into the tropical jungles to the east of those mountains. This region is seen as home to a distinct cultural area and many of these cultures still persist today in various forms. As traveling through and lived in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru, the author found himself surrounded by indigenous peasant leaders and communities in raucous tribal celebrations, social movements for change, wonders of nature, and marvels of human kindness and romance while hitchhiking to the very tip of South America and its glaciers and penguins. Now, in this book, the author shares story of discovery and adventure among the peoples of the Andes. With stark honesty and powerful prose, the author tells the tale of his own enlightenment in the hopes of inspiring the next generation to dedicate themselves to the principles of working to build a better tomorrow. This book is a captivating memoir of more innocent times that embody the spirit and human values. If you like extraordinary experiences, eye-opening challenges, self-deprecating humor, and rich observations, then you'll want to grab it.