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Machu Picchu

Photograph By Joel Meinholz

In June, pro skateboarder Joel Meinholz joined brothers Elias and Simon Bingham, who run the No Comply skate shop in Austin, Texas, and their father, Ben, for a special trip to one of the most breathtaking (literally, it's nearly 8,000 feet above sea level) ancient sites on the planet: Peru's Machu Picchu. The group spent time on and off the Inca Trail, getting to understand traditional and skateboarding culture in the Andes. (The Binghams are the great-grandsons of Hiram Bingham, who introduced the modern world to the ruins in 1911 through the National Geographic Society). Meinholz, pictured here, amassed a wealth of photos that speak to the vibrancy of the place and its people.