“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”— Endymion by John Keats
Who are we?
Semper Veritas is an organisation that was created to celebrate truth. And what is truth? The poet John Keats would argue — beauty.
This website has been developed to showcase and share content that celebrates the beauty found in nature and attempts to capture its magnificence, in some cases, before it is lost or destroyed.
The history of Semper Veritas began with a passion and admiration for the work of Alexander von Humboldt ( 14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859 ), the notable Prussian geographer, explorer, and naturalist. He is still known for his works on botanical geography which laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.
His magnum opus Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent translated into English by Helen Maria Williams details his journey in seven volumes and is a fascinating read.
During one of his journeys Humboldt is known to have said “What speaks to the soul, escapes our measurements”. Indeed, as fellow adventurers we have all found moments of tranquillity and reflection in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
“What speaks to the soul, escapes our measurements”— Alexander von Humboldt
The Shanay-Timpishka or Boiling River (a tributary of the Amazon River) is one such site of outstanding natural beauty. A place of mysticism and Amazonian spirituality, and significant as a dwelling for powerful spirits according to the local indigenous Asháninka community. It is a place where traditional knowledge of plant medicines and appreciation of flora and fauna has been passed down from masters to apprentices for generations.
If you have any travel experiences you would like to write to us about we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org