LACHAQUI, Peru — His left knee to the ground, Nuno Casquinha theatrically tosses away his red cloth, muleta and sword and stares down the bleeding bull that is scratching the dirt with its hooves in a haze of rage.

Casquinha pivots, rising to his feet, and turns his back on the fuming half-ton beast, its rack of sharp horns just paces away.

The crowd jumps to its feet and cheers the 27-year-old Portuguese matador whose Iberian elan graces the makeshift ring on the edge of a cemetery in Lachaqui, a tiny town more than 12,000 feet up in the Andes. [6 photos total]

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July 16, 2013: Lisbon native and bullfighter Nuno Casquinha bows his head in prayer before his performance at a makeshift bullfighting ring in Lachaqui, Peru. Dozens of bullfighters, mostly Spaniards, are hoping to gain fame in Latin America since Spain's economic crisis, compounded by rising ethical opposition to the bloody sport, has made it near impossible to compete there. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press) #
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July 16, 2013: Lisbon native and bullfighter Nuno Casquinha, left, and bullfighter Emilio Serna of Spain, prepare for their performance at a bullfighting event in Lachaqui, Peru. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press) #
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July 16, 2013: Lisbon native and bullfighter Nuno Casquinha choreographs moves before a performance in Lachaqui, Peru. Casquinha has notched 48 Peruvian bullfights, and his confidence is up. "I'm going to leave here a winner, a well-known figure in bullfighting. I'll make a mark. I won'­t return to Europe a failure," Casquinha asserted during one of his daily two-hour training sessions in a Lima park. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press) #
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July 16, 2013: Nuno Casquinha, right, talks withfellow bullfighter Emilio Serna of Spain, second from the right, and a local bullfighter outside an arena in Lachaqui, Peru. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press ) #
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June 23, 2013: Bullfighter Conchi Rios of Spain looks on during her performance in Lima, Peru. Star matadors in Spain can charge more than $200,000 for a single performance. In rural Peru, the European migrants get paid about $1,500 per outing. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press) #
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July 16, 2013: Spanish bullfighter Emilio Serna performs during a bullfighting event in Lachaqui, Peru. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press) #

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