I still have a number of sketches from my summer travels through Brazil and Peru to post and share. This iconic view of Machu Picchu in the remote Peruvian Andes was only possible after two days of travel from Brazil by plane, train and bus, adjusting to ever higher altitudes along the way. Many in our group were completely disabled for a time from altitude sickness in combination with other maladies; luckily Patti and I were able to experience the splendor of this remote Inca site with only minor queasiness. We were part of a group of landscape architects, urban designers and kindred spirits who have traveled around the world together for a dozen years, seeking out, studying and sketching the great places. Machu Picchu will certainly always be at or near the top of that list.
We arrived early morning, and were led through the site by a very able guide over the course of 4 hours. After a light lunch I climbed back up to this vantage point with my sketching partner Brian Goad to capture the scene while perched on a boulder. The site was much more crowded in the afternoon, but sketching allowed me to become completely absorbed in imagining how the place must have looked and felt when most occupied and active. I couldn't more enthusiastically recommend a travel destination; put this one on your bucket list.
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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