The Q’ero People of the Andes
Five hundred years after Spanish Conquistadors invaded South America and decimated the great Inka Empire, the Q’ero people survive in tiny villages that lie between 12,000 and 16,000 feet in altitude. The climate is cold all year. In these harsh and remote lands, little has changed for five centuries. Like all indigenous communities in Peru, the Q’ero face severe pressures regarding the fate of their ancestral lands, the survival of traditional practices, and their place in Peruvian society.