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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.

ITINERARY AND HIGHLIGHTS

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 an indigenous community where you’ll meet a native family, happy to share their knowledge and traditions. 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.

INCLUDED:

  • 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)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

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

 

WHAT TO BRING:

  • 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
    Flexbile
  • Return Time
    Flexible
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing & shoes
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Entrance Fees
    Guide
    Lunch
    Meals
    Photo Assistance
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Extras
    Insurance
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

1
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Later on we will head to a Native Matsiguenga family.
In the Matsiguenga house we will learn about the uses and the importance of the forest for the local inhabitants, learn a bit of their culture and develop native skills in the use of bows and arrows. We will have the opportunity to practice our portrait skills.
During that day we will also have the option of visiting the Monkey Island.
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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.
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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.

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  • Leslie
    18/02/2022

    Extraordinary Photographic and Cultural Tour!
    Extraordinary experience! Dan and Alex are excellent guides offering friendly and professional travel and photographic expertise. I enjoyed every moment of this expedition through the Sacred Valley, Amazon jungle and Machu Picchu. I was a photography beginner myself and this trip offered everything I needed to learn about photography and the true essence of the Peruvian culture. This company was exceptionally organized, knowledgeable, punctual and very reliable. Highly recommend this team! Not only did Alex and Dan offer great expertise as photographers and guides but they really connect with the region, people and culture on a deep and personal level, offering a unique and lovely experience. I highly recommend this company for anyone interested in sustainable travel, photography or just simply wanting an authentic Peruvian culture personal tour. We also had excellent and friendly drivers and the most beautiful scenes to capture! This is a must for anyone traveling to Peru – experienced or newbies!

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  • Shyam
    18/02/2022

    Peru – a beautifully bespoke fortnight
    We were a group of 4 friends, on this big holiday to Peru. The itinerary was put together by Dan Søby of Andean Photo Expeditions in partnership with Marius Coetzee of Oryx Photo Tours. It was my first time in South America and I couldn’t have asked for more – we did stuff that was on the tourist trail…Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Amazon rainforest …and a lot of stuff that was off the beaten track – mountain vistas with no other tourists in sight, a visit to a Quechua family in Pampallacta (definitely a highlight for me), a flight over the Nazca Lines (surprisingly this is not on every visitor’s agenda), and some rainforest photography with members of the Machiguenga tribe.

    Dan was an amazing guide and a fab photography tutor, pointing out angles, checking our camera settings – and making me see composition in a new light (pun unintended 😜).

    Our transport arrangements were perfect and we had some wonderful drivers – Bruce, in particular, who safely manoeuvred Lima traffic, the narrow streets of Cuzco and the unpaved tracks of the Sacred Valley with consummate skill.

    I can’t recommend Dan and Andean Photo Expeditions highly enough, and look forward to their expanding their itineraries beyond Peru and Bolivia. I’m sure we’ll be back.

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