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CABLE'S SCHOLARLY CHANNELS TRAVEL to Peru this week. The Learning Channel's Secrets of the Moche (Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. ET) is devoted to one of the century's most important archaeological discoveries. The Moche were a civilization that thrived in northern Peru seven centuries before the Incas. This complex, warlike society was creating striking art (particularly metallurgy and ceramics) and conducting human sacrifices through roughly the same period as the Roman Empire's. Spirits of the Rainforest on the Discovery Channel (Tues., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. ET) visits Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve, the world's largest tropical rainforest preserve. This remarkable film chronicles the region's exotic flora and fauna as well as the Machiguenga, one of four ethnic tribes indigenous to the easternmost stretches of the Amazon basin.