Soon enough, I felt my own guts rebelling and stepped out into the crystalline Andean night.
At least 50,000 families in the Andean highlands rely on herding alpaca for income and to sustain themselves.
What's more, many offer Andean music and folk dancers in traditional costume.
No one familiar with Colombia is saying the bloody conflict that has roiled this Andean nation for three generations has ended.
But more than rogue diplomacy was on display in the Andean escape.
The famous "nitrates" of Chile are obtained2 in the fiercest part of the Andean desert.
All the Andean people worshiped some object as an ancestral deity.
The condor, which inhabits the higher Cordilleras, is peculiar to the whole Andean region, and is the largest of the Raptores.
Not all the deep Andean valleys lie on or near the eastern border.
The plains and mountains of the Andean land are the haunts of the jaguar, puma, wild cat, and various breeds of wild deer.