You might think that traveling to Peru and bearing witness to the wonders of Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I would have thought so, too, except that I just got back from my third trip there.
I’m always the one advocating some new and exotic locale whenever Oksana and I plan our travels (with the whole world to see, why keep going back to the same places?), but somehow Peru just keeps falling into my lap.
The first time I went was in 1998, when my roommate and I stayed in South America for a couple months after a university trip to Ecuador. The second time, in 2002, was when I was invited by the university to help lead a class through the country. Last month, six years later, opportunity came a’knockin’ once again. Peru had treated me well twice before; how could I say “no?”
Even with my desire to see something new, these recurring trips never disappoint. The first time there, we flew to Machu Picchu on a helicopter because the train tracks leading to the ruins had washed out in a storm. The second time, we hiked the Inca Trail and visited many more of the ruins around Cusco. This time, I was a part of a group that headed down into the Amazon basin for a few days in the jungle.
This was also the first university trip upon which I lugged my video camera around. The students gave me permission to point my lens in their direction after I promised to make them a great DVD of their adventures. I shot 14 miniDV tapes worth of footage while we were down there and I plan to add a few more hours of interview footage in the coming weeks. Before I started editing a project of this magnitude, however, I needed to familiarize myself with what I already had. It seemed like putting together a short music video would accomplish that goal nicely.
While many of these snippets of video will only mean something to those of us that were in Peru, I trust that the imagery will convey not only the amazing sites we saw, but also how fun, adventurous, diverse, and just downright awesome the people in our group turned out to be.