This collaborative creation by three extraordinary artists transports readers into the living heart and soul of the sacred Inca ruins.
The other day, while looking for a picture book for a friend who is about to visit Machu Picchu, I stumbled upon a book that offers a unique – and uniquely penetrating – evocation of that special place.
The book is called simply “Machu Picchu,” and it is a combination of creations by three extraordinary artists: novelist Isabel Allende, poet Pablo Neruda and photographer Barry Brukoff. The compact, elegantly designed hardcover treasure interweaves Brukoff’s moody and exquisitely insightful photos with Neruda’s poignant, passionate, probing poems.
As Allende writes in her brilliant introduction, this book braids two pilgrimages separated by a half century. The product of this braiding is an intensely layered and angled evocation of one of the planet’s most sacred places, an evocation rich in light and shadow, spirit and stone.
It is the perfect gift for any pilgrim on the path to Machu Picchu.
[Machu Picchu; text and photographs by Barry Brukoff, poems by Pablo Neruda, prologue by Isabel Allende; published by Bulfinch Press, a division of Time Warner Book Group; copyright 2000 by Barry Brukoff; hardcover, 128 pages; $40.]
Here is a selection of Adventure Collection member trips to Machu Picchu and other regions of Peru:
Backroads: Peru Family Insider
Bushtracks Expeditions: Expedition Cruise to Galapagos, Peru's Urubamba Valley and Machu Picchu
Geographic Expeditions: Machu Picchu and the Urubamba
Natural Habitat Adventures: Amazon and Machu Picchu
OARS: Mystical Peru
Off the Beaten Path: Walking Through PeruFor more on the wide world of Adventure Collection journeys, visit AdventureCollection.com.