Standing under the hot ray of the shower after a long day in nature, I suddenly realize I am being watched. There is a big spider in the corner.
I had almost started getting used to my neighbour under the sink, but this one?! Well; I guess I have to keep up with this one as well, having promised my self not to kill the creatures living side by side with me along the trip. A promise I have not managed to hold all the time, but try to maintain most of the time.
By living in the rural South American areas I have made a pact with nature. This contract has led me to a world of discovery. I am ringed by many different living creatures and every time I discover a new one that I have not seen before, and this makes me realize how little I actually know about nature. Not being able to distinguish between which living thing is dangerous and which one not, has from time to time made me feel uneasy.
This time I just watch the fellow in the corner, dancing up and down by its invisible thread. When I take a closer look I see the huge invisible spider-net which must have been there the whole time. Yes, so many things pass by our attention in everyday life because we are in our heads or emotions, totally ignoring the small details we are in the midst of.
Under the hot water, I breathe the majestic grace I have been surrounded by the whole day. The Andes! The adorable power of it has been an inspiration and I want to know more about the mystical nature I have been bounded by the last two months of my trip. In Bolivia and Peru. In Bolivia, I learned that mountains are viewed as sacred, and there are different myths connected to how mountains were created. Before mountains were like human beings, but by misbehaving they woke up God´s rage. God responded and they were frozen to mountains. Mountains are also viewed as a protector in Peru. Have the high mountains been protecting the inhabitants from other warriors and enemies? Have the peaks covered by snow and ice been providing the settlers with water? A local guide in Sacred Valley with good knowledge about the history told me that the natives have different names for each level of heights on their mountains. That is because each elevation level is home for different growth.
Being in the Sacred Valley with these enormous cliffs as my scenery I wonder how harsh life must have been in this environment, during the Inca civilization or Pre-Inca period, without all our modern tools and machines? No wonder they were so connected to nature.The source of their survival. Something that is almost lost in our modern world.
The Inca civilization flourished in ancient Peru between c. 1400 and 1533 CE, and their empire eventually extended across western South America from Quito in the north to Santiago in the south, making it the largest empire ever seen in the Americas and the largest in the world at that time, according to ancient history encyclopedia.
In search for more information I also find out that The Andes, running along South America’s western side, is among the world’s longest mountain ranges, which stretches over 7,000 km, and spans seven countries — from Venezuela in the north, the range passes through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile and boasts some of the highest peaks. Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America, at 22,841 feet (6,962 meters) above sea level. Its varied terrain encompasses glaciers, volcanoes, grassland, desert, lakes and forest. The mountains shelter pre-Columbian archaeological sites and wildlife including chinchillas and condors.
The nature I am living next to is just so wonderful and the beauty of it makes me be totally present. Nature absolutely is us and we are part of nature. I wish Trump would understand it.