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Friday, December 7, 2012

A Line on Machu Picchu

I'm dipping back in to my South America summer sketchbook, to post and share some images that haven't found their way here yet.  This one brings back powerful memories of arduous travel, breathtaking scenery, altitude sickness, lovely locals and a seemingly never-ending stream of pilgrims seeking out this stunning site in the remote Peruvian Andes.  The journey and the site itself were really a transformational experience; I recommend it for any serious traveler's bucket list.  We arrived at the site very early morning, and were led by our guide for about 4 hours to see and understand some of the hidden sights and mysteries of this incredible place.  After a quick lunch, my sketching buddy Brian Goad and I climbed back up the mountainside to this vantage point, and sketched the killer view while perched on cliffside boulders off the main trail.  A park ranger eventually came along and stood over us, watching for some time.  Finally I asked, "We're not supposed to be here, are we?"  He smiled and shook his head, but said nothing.  Brian and I took that as a tacit "okay" to continue our line sketches, which we completed in about half an hour.  I added watercolor later in the studio.


  1. Great sketch. That day was a dream! I wish we could have stayed longer.

  2. Jim...My first trip I climbed to a spot very near where you sketched this one...the second trip I climbed Huyana Picchu(the peak in your sketch). It was truly a spiritual experience...I nearly died! Last one to the top and last one down...nearly missed the bus down and the train back to Cusco! Great sketch brother!

    1. Thanks brother...hope the season is wonderful for you and the family.

  3. Nice one! Someday I'll go there ....

  4. Like a fine wine Jim seems to be getting better at his craft with age.