PERU (December 2007)

I have always been attracted to ruins, whether they be of ancient civilizations or failed modern enterprises. Here in Southern California most ruins are not very old and do not last very long, often toppled over to make room for the next failed endeavor. In fact, many of the "ruins" I have photographed in the area no longer exist. This area in Redlands was demolished six months after photographing it to make way for a church that never was constructed. This location in Loma Linda was gone only two weeks after photographing it, the area replaced with mammoth, rectangular warehouses.

This time the ruins pursued are much older--the "lost" civilization of the Incas, Machu Picchu. While this is the main attraction of Peru, my trip was not just to see Machu Picchu. This trip begins with a flight to Lima, then a flight to Puerto Maldonado, an entryway into the Amazon. From there, another flight to Cusco, which then leads into the Sacred Valley, culminating with Machu Picchu. Finally, a drive to Puno, a port along Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

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