Mile high: Local filmmaker does Machu Picchu
"Why did the Incas abandon their city in the clouds?" asks the promo for NOVA's Ghosts of Machu Picchu. The National Geographic special airs February 2 on PBS and is produced and directed by occasional Crozetian Rick Preve.
"The biggest challenge about filming at Machu Picchu was, without question, the altitude," writes Preve in an email from somewhere in South America. "Machu Picchu is at about 2,300 meters [nearly 1.5 miles up], which is quite high in itself, and hauling cameras, sound equipment, etc., up and down mountains and valleys was a challenge to all in the crew." And to get there, they had to drive through mountain passes that reached 4,200 meters.