Our Peru photography tour offers a sensory immersion into three of the most stunning and culturally intriguing destinations in South America—Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas, the pristine and awe-inspiring landscapes and villages of the Sacred Valley and finally the majestic Machu Picchu, one of the most coveted and beloved places in the world. For lovers of landscapes, colorful cultures and extraordinary culinary experiences, this tour has it all!
Despite its touristic popularity, Peru retains a mystical quality that is so rarely found in our modern world. The remnants of the ancient Inca culture can be seen in the beautiful faces of the indigenous people and heard in the Quechua language that is still widely spoken. The symbolism found on their pottery and exquisite weaving speaks a beautiful language all its own.
Long before the Europeans arrived here, the Incas had established a great civilization in the Sacred Valley. We will experience many facets of this fascinating ancient world—the ancient ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Machu Picchu and the many traditions of the Incas hard-working descendants.
We will stay in delightful accommodations close to the key archeology sites and villages in order to photograph in the best early morning and late afternoon light. By experiencing the pueblos on market days you will enjoy an abundance of photo opportunities of the modern day Inca and their traditions.
Feel free to reach out to our director, Lauren Hefferon at 617-640-4837 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. A long-time amateur photographer, she has created, scouted and will be co-guiding all departures of this exclusive photo adventure.
- All accommodations
- Expert local guides at all the main sites described in the itinerary
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
- Day activities at The Piuray Outdoor Center
- Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
- Shuttle to the start and at the end of the tour
Services Not Included:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Laundry services
- Additional tours
- Insurance and airline tickets.
- A diversity of cultural experiences that allow for a deeper understanding and visual experience of the Peruvian culture
- A daily gastronomic exploration of the best Peruvian specialties such as: cuy, ceviche, choclo con queso, humitas, Pachamanca, Lomo and so many more!
- Three days in Cuzco, the Imperial City of the Incas
- Three nights in the history and culture rich Sacred Valley
- Traditional lunch with a local weaving community
- Visits to key archeological sites in the Sacred Valley
- Inca Trail Hike
- Guided Visit to Macchu Pichu
- Natural history walks to learn about the native orchids and birds of Machu Pichu
- Visits to the beautiful market villages of Chinchero, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Moray,
- Daily photographic hands-on instruction by Ossian Lindholm
Day by Day
Day 1: Evening Arrival at Lima
Arrive from your flight to Lima. Night at airport hotel. We will have an orientation meeting in the evening and go to dinner. We’ll spend the night at Lima hotel. DINNER & OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL WYNDHAM AIRPORT HOTEL
Day 2: Cusco
We’ll catch our early morning flight to the beautiful city of Cuzco. Foodie tour in the AM to the market and around the city to sample and photograph the many local specialties. After lunch we’ll go on a tour of this colonial gem, visiting the Cathedral and other churches. We’ll see first-hand many of the walls built by the Incas which now form the foundations of colonial buildings built by the Spaniards. We’ll catch the last light on the Cathedral and other buildings on the Plaza de Armas, and then photograph these buildings as the light changes to twilight. We’ll spend the night in Cuzco.
OVERNIGHT QUINTA SAN BLAS OR SIMILAR
BLD lunch in Incanto + walking tour
Day 3: Cusc0Today, we’ll have the whole day in and around Cuzco. In the morning we’ll go on a walking tour with our guide visiting Koricancha, which was the center of the Incan Empire. We’ll continue to the artisan center of San Blas, before returning to the Plaza de Armas. After lunch we’ll have some free time, and then in the late afternoon we’ll visit the Inca ruins site of Sacsayhuaman to capture the last light as it plays on the ancient Inca stones. On our way back down to Cuzco, we’ll stop to take photos of the city as the lights come on at twilight time. That night during dinner we’ll sample Peruvian cuisine and watch a traditional music and dancing demonstration. A final night is spent in Cuzco.
BD Tunupa dinner show
OVERNIGHT QUINTA SAN BLAS OR SIMILAR
Day 4: Cusco – Pisac – Amaru Community
In the morning we’ll drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the beautiful town of Pisac. We’ll stop on the way for photo shoots at dramatic vistas of the Andes Mountains, and at Awana Kancha, a weaving cooperative where we’ll have the opportunity to photograph various traditional weavers, and close-ups of llamas and alpacas. We have a traditional lunch with the weavers of Amaru. In the afternoon we’ll drive up to explore the Inca ruins situated high on the hills above the town of Pisac. We’ll photograph the ruins and the picturesque valley at the last light. We’ll spend the night in THE SACRED VALLEY, AT ONE OF THE BEST LOCATIONS
DINNER LOCAL RESTAURANT Muña restaurant
OVERNIGHT SONESTA POSADA YUCAY
Day 5: Piuray Outdoor Center Chinchero
We have an early morning visit to Chinchero, home to one the best Andean textile markets. This is the perfect location to enjoy the morning light casting its glow on the picturesque churches, narrow streets and the ancient Inca walls. We’ll photograph the smiling market women wearing their colorful traditional dress. After we drive to Lake Piuray and enjoy a photo walk along its peaceful shores before a traditional picnic at the Piuray Outdoor Center. Here a pachamanca meal, cooked the ancient Inca way with hot stones, will be waiting. As well as enjoying the fabulous flavors of slow-baked lamb, chicken, potatoes, and green lima beans, you’ll learn how to recreate a pachamanca at home.
Market day in CHINCHERO : We’ll wake up early and visit one the best textile markets in the Andes. We’ll photograph the villagers who come from miles around in their colorful traditional dress. Drive to Lake Piuray and then a photo walk along the shores through tiny villages before a traditional Pachamanca at the Piuray Outdoor Center. Option to kayak on the lake or OTHER ACTIVITIES . This is a great sunset location, with the last light hitting the picturesque church, and the colorful villagers selling their wares. We’ll spend the night in THE SACRED VALLEY
BLD buffet at Piuray dinner at Muña
Sunset in Chinchero
DINNER LOCAL RESTAURANT
OVERNIGHT SONESTA POSADA YUCAY
Day 6: OllantaytamboIn the early morning we’ll explore the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo.From the ruins, we’ll have a view of the VILLAGE of Ollantaytambo, as well as the Urubamba Valley, with the snow-capped Andes rising in the background. We’ll also explore the VILLAGE – nestled in the Urubamba Valley, it is the best surviving example of Inca city planning with narrow cobblesone streets that have been constantly inhabited since the 13th century. The traditional villagers still utilize the Inca-built irrigation canals that run right through the town. AFTER AN EARLY LUNCH, WE WILL DRIVE TO visit the archeological site of Moray and the village of Maras and finally Salinas, where thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since Inca times. We’ll photograph views of the valley, and the last light reflecting in the ponds. We’ll spend the night in THE SACRED VALLEY BLD
DINNER & OVERNIGHT SONESTA POSADA YUCAY
Day 7: Machu Picchu
EARLY TRANSPORT TO THE TRAIN STATION TO RIDE ALONG THE URUBAMBA RIVER, ENTERING THE NARROW VALLEY AND GORGE, GETTING OFF AT KM 104 to hike the last section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We arrive at Machu Pichu in the early afternoonTHROUGH THE GATE OF THE SUN to catch the play of the golden light on this iconic ancient landscape. Tonight we stay at the four-star Inka Terra Hotel nestled in the lush CLOUDFOREST at the base of Machu Pichu. BLD
Late afternoon light
DINNER & OVERNIGHT AT INKATERRA MACHU
Day 8: Machu Picchu
We wake up early to catch the bus to see the first light of Machu Pichu. In the morning we’ll visit the world famous Inca CITADEL at Machu Picchu. We’ll spend several hours of free time photographing the ruins. You’ll have the option of taking side hikes up to, the Moon Temple, or to scale the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers over the ruins. We’ll have a guided tour and then take the 30 minute scenic bus ride down to THE VILLAGE . In the afternoon there is an option of a jungle walk to photograph orchids and a visit to the hotel’s bear reentry project . Dinner and relax at Inka Terra. BD
DINNER & OVERNIGHT AT INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL
Day 9: Cusco – LimaEarly morning to photograph the birds of Inka Terra or rest and relax in the hotel’s spa before taking the mid-morning train and then drive to Cuzco. We’ll have free time in Cuzco to wander the ancient streets and photograph, shop and relax. We’ll also have some time for image sharing before dinner. Tonight is our final night in Cuzco. BD
OR FREE MORNING TO ROAM THE HOTEL SURROUNDINGS , THE CITY OF SOME TIME TO SHOP.
FAREWELL DINNER – FOLK SHOW
Day 10: Adios! or Enjoy Optional Extension to Lake Titicaca
Adios y buen viaje! We will take you on the last leg of your Panoramic Peru experience from the hotel to Cusco Airport for your fight back to Lima—You may opt for our extension in Lima or our three-day photo excursion to Puno and Lago Titicaca. In the afternoon catch your flight back to Lima, then onward to fly back home in the evening. (Those with flights the following morning will have the option to spend the night in a hotel). B
What to Take
- Robust walking shoes (with rubber soles)
- Outdoor clothing suitable for both cool mountain and tropical climes
- Lightweight outdoor activity gear
- Rain protection gear
- Sun protection and insect repellent.
- Body SLR or compact digital camera
- Wide-angle lens
- Laptop (for selecting images)