First Place | “Marcahuasi: A Timeless Stone Forest” | San Pedro de Casta, Huarochirí, Lima, Peru
Four hours inland from Lima, Peru, Marcahuasi sits 4,000 meters above the sea. This mysterious rock forest carries legends of gods and giants. A local townsman shared stories and songs as we wandered the plateau. He crushed a local plant so I could breathe in its strong scent after the altitude made me faint. The fog lifted as the sun set, and I turned to see this new world.
Photo by Carolina Valder ’17