The 7 Lagoons of Ausangate

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Jungle

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Jungle

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Although each itinerary will be entirely personalized to your individual interests and requests, we’ve crafted a few sample tour itineraries to give you an idea of what is possible.


This photography expedition will take you into the hidden places of the Cusco Valley, deep in the Andes, without forgetting one of the new seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu.

Photographing through the streets of San Blas in Cusco, visit a Quechua village in the beautiful Sacred Valley.

We will take you to the rainbow mountain but off the beaten path, where much fewer tourists go and locals live their daily lives and activities without interruption.

Next, the 7 lakes trek of Ausangate Mountain and to meet the local Quechua community there.

Return to Cusco and jump on a quick flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon rainforest. We will take you to the most beautiful and scenic spots. We compliment this with the local wildlife; from birds to caimans, tucans, capibaras, the variety is immense in this dense region.

But also discovering the Capital : Lima.

This Photography Expedition will provide you workshops on portraiture, landscapes, wildlife, lifestyle, documentary and night photography.


  • All transport starting from Lima.
  • Private transport on tour days.
  • Train tickets to and from Machu Picchu.
  • Photography help throughout the expedition.
  • All boat rides in the Amazon Jungle.
  • Entrance to Sandoval lake.
  • Local guides in Cusco, Quechua Communities and Jungle.
  • All breakfasts
  • lunch with the local communities in the Sacred Valley, Ausangate and Puerto Maldonado (5 lunch meals).
  • constant photography support from your photo guide.
  • Lots of insight from amazing local peruvian guides that will join us on the most important tours.
  • Flights – Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado-Lima.
  • Hotel rooms. (Double occupancy rates apply. Ask for single room rates)



  • International Flights to Peru
  • Personal insurance
  • All dinner meals



  • All your photography equipment (if very heavyweight, get advice with us before travelling)
  • Clothes for the cold of Cusco. Rain coat in case of bad luck. Long and light clothes for the jungle treks.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Repellent
  • Good comfortable shoes to walk.
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Sharp eyes and your smile.
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Your hotel or airport in Lima
  • Departure Time
  • Return Time
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing & shoes
  • Included
    Entrance Fees
    Photo Assistance
  • Not Included
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

1st Day - Arrival in Lima (this tour can also start in Cusco)
Your guide will personally pick you up at the Airport of Lima. And take you to your hotel in Miraflores.
2nd Day - Lima Photo Day Tour
The Lima Photography Day Tour is the only tour that will take you to touristic and lesser known places of the Peruvian Capital, doing so via walking and using the public transport ( safely of course ). Is there any better way to discover Lima other than doing it as a "Limeño" ?
A 7 hour complete Tour of Lima.
3rd Day - Cusco. City tour, Street Photography
We will catch an early flight to Cusco.
Once arrived in the Incan Capital, we will settle in our hotel and start our day in Cusco.
Slowly but surely, we will discover the most important places around.
4th Day - Chinchero Traditions, Lake Huaypo and Maras Salt Mines
We visit a local textile market where the ladies will teach us about the dyeing and weaving process to make the textiles this region is so famous for, we will get amazing portrait opportunities of these ladies in their typical clothes.
Later on, enjoy the amazing reflections on one of the most stunning lakes of the area: Lake Huaypo.
We will finish with the last sun rays over the salt mines of Maras and drive to Ollantaytambo.
Take the famous train through the sacred valley to the town below Machu Picchu - Águas Calientes.
5th Day - Machu Picchu
Morning and mid afternoon reserved for the lost city of the Incas - Machu Picchu. Enjoy 2 hours with a local guide who will explain everything about this archaeological location and then you will have plenty of free time for your photography.
We will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a private transport to Calca where we will spend a relaxed night lost in the Sacred Valley.
6th Day - Calca Market, Scenic Drive, Quechua Community
We leave our around 8am. Stop at the local market of Calca to shoot a while. Here we can also buy some basic supplies for the family we later visit. After the market we drive for about an hour through scenic valleys to reach the community.
Once in the community, our host Bernardiño will be waiting for us with his family and wife to have a welcome tea. After that we will visit the school. The kids there will make you feel like part of their community.
After a traditional peruvian meal with Bernardiño's family in his beautiful typical house we will begin our afternoon drive up to the lakes above the village. This area is surrounded by stunning valleys, mountain peaks, llamas and alpacas.
Around 4pm we will start the return trip to Cusco. It's time for dinner and some very important sleep hours.
7th Day - Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate night photography
Early in the morning we will go to the non touristic side of the famous Rainbow Mountain. The normal tourist route brings about 1000 people per day to the most common tourist path of the famous mountain. However most people do not know that it is possible to visit the other side of this mountain range. That is exactly where we will take you, deep into the Andes.
We will spend the night close to the imposing Ausangate mountain in a Quechua community. Enjoying the hot springs is a must in this location and if the weather permits it, get ready for an Astro-Photography night workshop.
8th Day - 7 Lagoons, Quechua community
The 7 lagoons await us in the morning. We will ride horses for the most difficult part up to the lagoons, we will then take some time to walk the circuit of the lagoons all the while under the shadow of the great mountain Ausangate (6,384m). Use this time to photograph the stunning landscapes, glacial blue lakes and snow-capped peaks.
We return to the community for lunch and to spend time with our hosts before departing to Cusco.
9th Day - Puerto Maldonado, Amazon
Around 10am, we will take you to the airport in Cusco. Our flight time to Puerto Maldonado should be around 30 minutes.
We will take some time to settle in our lodge on the edge of the Madre de dios River.
After few hours of rest, we will get on our boat to reach our Sunset point.
Once dark has fallen we will start the night search for caiman and Capibara.
10th Day - Boat through the Amazon. Wildlife. Indigenous Community.
Early in the morning we will head to the Parrot Clay Lick.
For parrot enthusiasts, visiting a macaw and parrot clay lick is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable highlights of your trip to the Amazon rainforest. The Tambopata National Reserve in south-eastern Peru protects the world’s largest known parrot clay lick and the area contains the highest known concentration of them in the world.
A claylick (locally known as colpa or collpa) is a naturally forming wall of clay on a riverbank caused by erosion from the river.
Every morning at around dawn, macaws, amazons, parakeets and other parrots flock to these clay licks to eat clay, sometimes hundreds at a time, creating an incredible wildlife spectacle.
11th Day - Lake Sandoval
We will head to the Sandoval Lake (Tambopata Reserve) where we will have a 5.5 km walk in the jungle with many opportunities to observe monkeys, snakes, tarantulas and wild pigs.
When we reach the shores of Lake Sandoval, take a boat to navigate on the lake and keep looking for local fauna such as alligators, giant river otters, parrots and a diversity of birds.
12th Day - Flying back to Lima
This is our last day in the Jungle, it is time for us to fly to another kind of jungle… Lima.
This last day depends on you. You can have your international flight the same day in the evening, or choosing to stay an extra night in Lima.

Tour Location

Maras Salt Mines

Maras Salt Mines is a fascinating destination located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the town of Maras in Peru. The site consists of thousands of small salt pans that are filled with water from a nearby natural spring. As the water evaporates in the sun, it leaves behind salt crystals that are harvested by local families who have been working these mines for generations.
The resulting view is a stunning patchwork of white salt pans that stretch out over the landscape like a giant mosaic. Visitors can explore the site on foot, walking along narrow pathways between the salt pans and observing the local workers as they carry out their traditional methods of salt production.
The Maras Salt Mines are not only a beautiful sight, but also an important part of the local community and culture. Visitors can learn about the history and significance of the salt mines and how they have been a vital source of income and commerce for the surrounding area for centuries. For photo tourists, the Maras Salt Mines offer a unique and striking subject to capture, with the contrast between the white salt and surrounding greenery providing a beautiful backdrop for memorable photos.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world and is often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas." It is a remarkable ancient site located in the Andes Mountains of Peru and was constructed during the height of the Inca Empire.
The site is situated on a mountain ridge and features a series of impressive terraces, buildings, and temples that blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment. Visitors can explore the site on foot, taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, as well as the impressive stonework of the buildings and the intricate water systems that were used to supply the city.
For photo tourists, Machu Picchu is a dream destination, with endless opportunities for capturing breathtaking photos of the stunning scenery and architectural marvels. Whether taking in the sweeping panoramic views from high above or capturing the intricate details of the stone structures up close, visitors are sure to come away with a collection of unforgettable images. The iconic image of the ruins against the backdrop of the mountain peaks is a must-capture moment for any photographer visiting Machu Picchu.

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado is a city in the southeastern region of Peru, known as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. This vibrant city is a hub for eco-tourism and wildlife photography, with an abundance of opportunities to capture stunning images of the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
From colorful macaws and monkeys to exotic butterflies and orchids, the Amazon Rainforest is a photographer's paradise. With its proximity to several national parks and conservation areas, Puerto Maldonado is the perfect base for exploring the rainforest and capturing breathtaking photos of its incredible biodiversity.
Whether you're a professional photographer or simply looking to capture some amazing vacation snapshots, Puerto Maldonado is an ideal destination for photo tourists.

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  • Sarah Lin

    Amazing Trip!
    Sep 2022
    It is difficult expressing just how perfect our 19-day Peru trip with Andean Photo Expeditions was; mere words feel completely insufficient.

    Peru and its landscapes, flora, fauna, and culture independently are without a doubt already incredible, but both Dan and Noe infinitely elevated our experiences of Peru. They were so mindful, so meticulous, and so knowledgeable in their service, and their love for the country, its people, and history rolled off of them in waves as they revealed to us pockets of Peruvian culture and hidden photographic gems I fully believe most visitors will never get to experience.

    The only problem Dan and Noe have left me with is the dread that no trip I take in the future will ever be able to top this unforgettable, rich, and beautiful adventure they took us on. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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  • Brian S

    Truly excellent!
    It was amazing!
    We had an incredible 12 day tour between Lima, the Cusco Region and the Amazon rainforest.
    Everything was perfect. Amazing logistics and Dan crafted an itinerary with unique, unforgettable experiences which we were able to capture on film.
    Thank you!

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  • James

    Trip of a lifetime. I just got back from a 12 day trip in Peru with Andean Photo Expeditions, and I have to say it was the trip of a lifetime. From exploring the Peruvian Amazon to climbing the heights of the Andes, we were able to not only explore the spectacular sights, but also have culturally rich, off-the-beaten-path experiences.

    From the beginning of the process, Dan worked with us to proactively plan a bespoke trip that catered to our interests and fit within our timeline. Even while we were there, our guide was able to adjust plans according to last minute changes (such as protests closing Machu Picchu for two days). Dan made everything a breeze and had our complete trust.

    If you’re going to do Peru, do it with Andean Photo Expeditions and you will do it right. I can’t recommend Dan highly enough.

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