I hiked the Salkantay Trail and part of the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu in Peru last week, 9/14 – 9/24/2010, with a group sponsored by REI Adventures partnering with Mountain Lodges of Peru. I had debated whether to take any books for reading, or just my sketchbook and camera. As it turned out, I had no time for reading, and hardly any time for sketching, because we spent so much time and energy hiking. Any down-time was consumed by rehydrating and recovering. I did get 3 hours to sketch in Machu Picchu Sanctuary on my last day there.
The friend who was coming with me on this trip had to cancel, so I was with people I didn’t know, but we all became friends. The group consisted of an incredible guide, Dalmiro Portillo Esquivel, and 9 people in addition to myself, ranging in age from 30 to 74 years old. All were well prepared, physically, and we all were well-motivated. Several other members of the group also were taking photographs, all of us being amateurs, but some with technical training. I myself have essentially no technical training in photography, trusting my instinct for composition and letting the automatic point-and-shoot camera do the rest. For the most part, I just take advantage of time, place, and light with the subjects I happen upon.
These are my sketches and a few of my photographs. Later I may put all of my vacation photos together in a photo-journal of sorts.