The sense of unlimited space and the powerful presence of the Andean peaks have been forever imprinted in my mind and heart. I have traveled the narrow and treacherous roads of the Bolivian Andes and have visited remote communities where life has remained unchanged for the past 500 years. It is precisely in those remote areas that I have felt the strong presence of the Achachilas, the revered mountain gods who, in Andean mythology, protect life and control the destiny of man.