Green Machine under Salkantay
Cordillera Vilcabamba, Peru
Bright green is the signature color of Alpaca Expeditions, the company we chose for our seven-day trek through part of the Peruvian Andes to the Inca Trail and culminating at Machu Picchu. Alpaca Expeditions' guides, chefs, and porters are known collectively as "The Green Machine" not only because of their bright green clothing but also because of the incredible speed with which they traverse the landscapes, even at high altitude. I made this photo just a few minutes after being passed by The Green Machine. For the speed at which they practically flew past me heading straight for the foot of Nevado Salkantay, I may as well have been standing still. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.