Countdown to Peru 2013: Winds of Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu Wind, 2011.

I’ve made the trip up to Machu Picchu about six times now, and I realized after the second visit there was no way to predict what I would see. I’ve seen the place completely and uttering deserted and I’ve seen it overrun with tourists. Both situations were fantastic. I’ve seen it rain. I’ve seen the sun shine. I’ve seen incredible clouds and I’ve seen wind which is what this post is about. The wind comes up from the valley and just rockets past the areas near the edge of the site. If you are lucky people slap on their plastic rain sheets and let the wind take them for a ride. I’m not really a ruins guy, but I don’t think I will ever tire of this place. I could stare into those mountains forever.

Flemming gets blasted, Machu Picchu 2011.

This second image is of Flemming Jensen, a student from last year’s workshop. It had been a slow, wet day at the site, perfect in so many ways, and Flemming and I ended up in the same area. As you visit the site everyone breaks off and goes their own way, but you keep running into people you know here and there. I ran into Flemming just as his rain gear was in full revolt. Oddly enough he’s Danish, and in Denmark they routinely wear their rain gear this way, something about their Viking past, but I still found it worthy of a quick snap with phone.

Machu Picchu Wind from Smogranch on Vimeo.

This is maybe the worst video footage in history but someone had to shoot it. Might as well be me. We are headed back to this sacred site at the beginning of this year’s workshop. I’m already scheming and planning as to how I’m going to work this place. Can’t wait.