Cusco Photo Night Tour
$90 per person
Explore the Imperial city of the Incas from a totally different perspective.
See your surroundings with a photographic eye with the help of a professional photographer guide.
Learn long exposures to achieve light trails and ghost figures in your shots.
Utilise optimum camera settings for night photography with help from your guide in order to capture the best shots possible.
A tripod is necessary to make the most of the photography, however we do have one spare tripod we can lend out for use during the tour.
Also try to make sure you have Wide-angle lenses and Mid-range Zooms so you don’t miss out on the best shots.
Departure/Return LocationPlaza de Armas, Cusco
Departure TimePlease arrive by 17:45-17:55
Return TimeApproximately 21:30
What to wearComfortable walking shoes and warm clothes (as the nights can get a little chilly). And don't forget your camera equipment!
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18h00 - Meeting
Meet outside the McDonald’s at Plaza de Armas and begin walk to Santa Ana.
18h15 - Arch of Santa Ana
Arrive at Arch of Santa Ana, photo session on location composing the arch in shot and capturing light trails.
18h45 - Plazas San Francisco and Regocijo
Head down to Plazas San Francisco and Regocijo to explore and shoot, here we can find some beautiful fountains which we can include in our compositions to achieve some great long exposure effects.
19h30 - back to Plaza de Armas
Begin walk back down to Plaza de Armas, photos on the plaza exploring best compositions to be found there.
20h15 - San Blas
Start walk into San Blas neighbourhood, making stops to shoot in streets on the way, here we can line up compositions and capture ghost-like figures of passers by in the streets.
21h00 - Finish
End tour in Plaza San Blas.
Welcome to the navel of the world
The undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and the gateway to Machu Picchu.
Cosmopolitan Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in Quechua) thrives with a measure of contradiction. Ornate cathedrals squat over Inca temples, massage hawkers ply the narrow cobblestone passages, a rural Andean woman feeds bottled water to her pet llama while the finest boutiques sell pricey alpaca knits.
Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson; it is also surprisingly dynamic, enlivened by throngs of travelers who have transformed the historic center around the Plaza de Armas into a mecca of sorts for South American adventurers. Yet for all its popularity, Cusco is one of those rare places that seems able to preserve its unique character and enduring appeal despite its growing prominence on the international tourism radar. Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It’s a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture.
The Incas made Q’osqo (meaning “navel of the world” in Quechua) the political, military, and cultural center of their empire, which stretched up and down the Andes, from Ecuador through Bolivia and all the way to Chile. Cusco was the empire’s holy city, and it was also the epicenter of the legendary Inca network of roads connecting all points in the empire. Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It’s a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture.
The Spanish conquistadors understood that it was essential to topple the capital city to take control of the region, a feat they ultimately accomplished after an epic battle at Sacsayhuamán. The Spaniards razed most Inca buildings and monuments, but, in many cases, they found the structures so well engineered that they built upon the very foundations of Inca Cusco. Many perfectly constructed Inca stone walls, examples of unrivaled stonemasonry, still stand. After a devastating earthquake in 1650, Cusco became a largely baroque city.
The result is a city that showcases plainly evident layers of history. Cusco’s highlights include both Inca ruins, such as Sacsayhuamán, a seemingly impregnable fortress on a hill overlooking the city, and Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and colonial-era baroque and Renaissance churches and mansions. The heart of the historic center has suffered relatively few modern intrusions, and despite the staggering number of souvenir shops, travel agencies, hotels, and restaurants overflowing with visitors, it doesn’t take an impossibly fertile imagination to conjure the magnificent capital of the 16th century.
Today Cusco thrives as one of the most vibrant expressions of Amerindian and mestizo culture anywhere in the Americas. Every June, the city is packed during Inti Raymi, the celebration of the winter solstice and the sun god, a deeply religious festival that is also a magical display of pre-Columbian music and dance. Thousands trek out to Paucartambo for the riveting Virgen del Carmen festival in mid-July. Other traditional arts also flourish. Cusco is the handicraft center of Peru, and its streets and markets teem with merchants and their extraordinary textiles, many hand-woven using the exact techniques of their ancestors–Sacred Valley and Cusco Travel.
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