AUGUST 30TH – SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2020
Join me for a magical Photo Adventure to Peru, where we’ll photograph and explore mystical Inca citadels, World Heritage Sites, breathtaking mountains, and vibrant traditional culture.
This expedition to Peru will take you from Lima to Arequipa, through the amazing and unique landscape and villages of the Sacred Valley. Of course we will also explore and marvel at one of the most ancient wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
This photo tour of Peru will take you to all of the right spots for a simply perfect shot. We’ll spend plenty of time photographing the country’s popular wonders, like Machu Picchu, as well as taking you on specially-designed excursions to photograph many of Peru’s hidden gems as well.
Day 1 | August 30 – Arrive in Lima (D)
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met at the airport, where you will be transferred to our hotel. After checking in, you will be free to relax and settle. We will formally meet as a group for the first time in the early afternoon for a welcome meeting, and orientation. We will have our first photo shoot at sunset time followed by dinner at a very special place
Day 2 | August 31 – Lima / Arequipa (B,L,D)
Our first full day together will be spent exploring Lima.
After enjoying breakfast together at the hotel we will travel to the airport to take a flight to Arequipa. Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of the Arequipa Region framed by three volcanoes. This pretty town is known for its chalky white baroque buildings constructed from volcanic stone. You will have some time to settle into our hotel before we head out to lunch in the oldest part of Arequipa. After lunch you will have free time to wander the square. In the afternoon we will drive to Yanahuara for a sunset shoot from a stunning viewpoint overlooking the city.
Day 3 | September 1 – Arequipa (B,L,D)
We will start our day with a morning shoot at Complejo de la Compañía de Jesús with models. Later on we will photograph the Monastery of San Francisco. We will spend the afternoon tour in our first visit to the Monastery of Santa Catalina. In the evening we will shoot the sunset and blue hour from terrace overlooking the wonderful cathedral and central plaza.
Day 4 | September 2 – Arequipa (B,D)
This morning we will head to photograph the San Camilo market, a great opportunity to photograph the locals and their daily activities. Today, lunch will be on your own and you’ll have time to relax or wander the old town in the afternoon. Tonight we will have a second chance to photograph the Monastery of Santa Catalina. With tripods, we will head back to the monastery where you will photograph its many sections under a different light.
Day 5 | September 3 – Arequipa / Cusco (B,L,D)
Our fifth day together begins with an early flight to Cusco. In the afternoon once settled in, we will take an easy walk together along the cobblestone streets of the old capital of the Inca empire to begin acclimating to the altitude.
Day 6 | September 4 – Cusco (B,L,D)
We will be spending the day together exploring the city of Cusco. Highlights of the day will include the Qoricancha museum, the San Pedro Market, and the amazing lights in the district of San Blas.
Day 7 | September 5 – Cusco (B,D)
Today we will have some free time in the morning to wander the city on your own. Then we will spend the afternoon visiting Sacsayhuaman and the amazing Inca sites around Cusco.
Day 8 | September 6 – Cusco / Sacred Valley (B,L,D)
We will depart from Cusco in the morning to travel to the Sacred Valley. On the way we will pass through the Valley in Chinchero, and then spend some time visiting the village of Maras. We will be stopping to photograph the several stunning points of views of the Sacred Valley.
Day 9 | September 7 – Sacred Valley (B,L,D)
Today we will visit a local community with the NGO organization of Awamaki. We will travel to Ollantaytambo and then drive to the village where we will spend time photographing the locals. Learn their way of life and enjoy a typical Pachamama lunch. We will return to Ollantaytambo wander town, followed by blue shoot and dinner.
Day 10 | September 8 – Sacred Valley (B,D)
Two of the highlights of the tour are in schedule for this day. We will visit the famous Inca terraces of Moray and after spending some time there we will head to the salt mines (salineras). In the afternoon we will photograph the kids and activities of a local charity.
Day 11 | September 9 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu Pueblo(B,L,D)
After Breakfast together at the hotel you will have some time to wander around the Inca-era cobblestoned streets whilst exploring the colorful and vibrant artisan market of Ollantaytambo. After lunch at the market we begin our journey to what will be the highlight of this Peru photo tour, Machu Picchu. Together we will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo (previously known as Aguas Calientes). On arrival we will check into our hotel for the night, enjoy dinner together and then it’s time for an early night as we will have an early start in the morning to make it to Machu Picchu for sunrise.
Day 12 | September 10 – Machu Picchu Pueblo (B,L,D)
Today is the day you have all been waiting for! We will spend the morning exploring the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu. After our tour, guided by a local, you will have plenty of free time to capture this exquisite world wonder for yourself. The afternoon will be free to rest or enjoy a photo walk on your own around town.
Day 13 | September 11 – Machu Picchu Pueblo / Cusco (B,L,D)
Today, our Vistadome train will take us back to Ollantaytambo. We will have lunch there and in the afternoon we will drive back to Cusco stopping in the Pisac market for one more opportunity to photograph the locals. We will have our farewell dinner in a special restaurant.
Day 14 | September 12 – Cusco (B)
After we share our last breakfast together at the hotel your journey home begins. Alternatively, you can choose to extend your trip, at your own expense, and stay on a few more days in Lima.