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Ultimate 10-Day Cusco Region Tour: Discovering Hidden Gems

Ultimate 10-Day Cusco Region Tour: Discovering Hidden Gems

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Experience the unparalleled beauty of the Cusco region with this immersive 10-day photography tour. From the iconic Machu Picchu to the enchanting Rainbow Mountains, each day offers a blend of history, culture, and spectacular landscapes. Guided by a professional photographer, this Cusco region tour promises captivating shots and unforgettable memories.

Cusco Region Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival in Cusco with a warm welcome dinner.
  • Delve into the Sacred Valley: Maras Mines, Andean secrets, and traditional Chinchero textile market.
  • Marvel at the ancient wonder of Machu Picchu bathed in morning light.
  • Capture the essence of local life in Calca and a remote village, including an Alpaca Blessing Ceremony.
  • Witness the celestial drama with a night under the stars near Humantay Lake.
  • Wander the historic streets of Cuzco, with panoramic city views from Qenqo and Santa Ana.
  • Discover the lesser-known beauty of Pallay Punchu and the alternative Rainbow Mountain in Palccoyo.
  • Conclude with the mesmerizing 7 lagoons of Ausangate, encapsulating the magic of the Cusco region.


  • Full airport transfers and private daily transport.
  • Entrances: Machu Picchu (incl. Huayna Picchu), Maras, Moray, and other select sites.
  • Accommodations: 5 nights in Cusco, and diverse stays in Aguas Calientes, Urubamba, Pacchanta, and Soraypampa.
  • Meals: Select delicious local meals.
  • Guidance: Professional photographer and a local guide for Machu Picchu.
  • Daily 1L water and other amenities.


  • Flights and personal insurance.
  • Individual equipment.


Detailed pricing available on request. Email us for inquiries.

Join us for a journey where history, culture, and photography converge, capturing the heart of the Cusco region.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Your hotel in Cusco
  • Departure Time
  • Return Time
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing & shoes
  • Included
    Entrance Fees
    Photo Assistance
  • Not Included
    Local Flights

Tour Plan

Arrival in Cusco, we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in our private transport. Take time to check in and relax before a welcome meal in the evening, an opportunity to get to know the whole group and discuss what is to come.
DAY 2- Maras Mines and Andean SECRETS
Begin our drive into the Sacred Valley in our private transport, we will make our way into the town of Chinchero to a local artisanal textile market to learn about the dyeing and weaving process Chinchero is so famous for, here at the market we will also be able to have portrait sessions with the local ladies wearing the traditional clothes of Chinchero. After the session at the market we will head to our own ‘secret’ landscape location to photograph snow-capped peaks over the Sacred Valley. We next move on to a beautiful Andean lake to eat our lunch box. After lunch we will visit the amazing Salineras de Maras before we head to Olantaytambo to take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes located underneath the site of Machu Picchu, here we spend the night.
DAY 3- Machu Picchu
Early start today to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu, here we can enjoy the ancient Incan citadel bathed in the early morning light. We will spend time photographing it from the best vantage point before taking a full guided tour with a local guide to learn more about this amazing place. After our tour we will return down to Aguas Calientes by bus, eat lunch there together and get the train in the afternoon back to Ollantaytambo, here we will be picked up in our private transport and transferred to a hotel in the Sacred Valley to spend the night.
DAY 4- The FACES of Peru
A fairly leisurely start at the hotel today, we will eat some breakfast there before heading to the market of Calca, this is a very local market and will provide some great photo opportunities, we will spend some time here, pick up some supplies before getting back into our transport to start the drive to a beautiful rural village. Here at the village we will be greeted by a local family who will host us for the day, we will spend time in the village, visit the school there and learn about the lives of these people. Our hosts will prepare us a delicious lunch in their home and we will have the chance for full portrait sessions of these people in their traditional, colourful clothes. And we will also enjoy a beautiful Alpaca Blessing Ceremony. After the day in the village we make our way back to Cusco and check into our hotel for the night.
DAY 5- Road to Humantay
On This Day we will drive to Mollepata, close to Humantay and Salkantay Glacier. During our drive we will have few stops to shoot some landscape and meet some locals. Then we will arrive to our Eco-Camp, where we will settle before dinner. Great opportunity to catch the Milky Way.
DAY 6- Humantay Lake
Very early start today to begin the horse ride up to Laguna Humantay early to avoid the crowds, here we will spend a few hours photographing this incredible glacial lake in the morning light before heading back down to the domes to eat some breakfast. After breakfast we will begin the drive back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco it will be free time to do as we please, and catch up on some much needed rest.
DAY 7- Cusco Photo Day Tour
A very relaxed start to the day, get up and have a leisurely breakfast before all meeting that morning to talk photography and go through the photos we have taken so far for some critique and discussion. After some lunch the afternoon will be spent exploring the beautiful streets of the San Blas neighbourhood before we make our way up to the Eucalyptus forest of Qenqo and then the arch of Santa Ana, sweeping vistas of the city of Cusco.
DAY 8- Pallay Punchu
Visit of Pallay Punchu Mountain. We will leave early morning from Cusco, you will enjoy a very scenic drive to the spot. The sun starts giving light on the mountain around 11am. After visiting that mountain, we will drive back to the Village of Sicuani where we will rest for the night.
DAY 9- The Alternative Rainbow Mountain
An early start to make our way to the community of Palccoyo, here there are rainbow mountains much less visited than the famous Vinicunca but just as incredible. At this location we can find panoramic views all around of the amazing landscapes, all the way to the snow-capped peaks of the mountain Ausangate and its surrounding ranges. After spending some time here we head down to the community of Palccoyo and eat our packed lunch. After lunch we will begin the drive to the village of Pacchanta located in the shadow of Ausangate. Upon arrival we will check into our small, local accommodation there and eat our evening meal prepared for us by our host. We will have free time in the evening to enjoy the village, meet the locals and bathe in the natural hot springs (bring a bathing suit!). At night if the conditions allow it, we will have the chance to try out some astro photography including Ausangate in the composition.
DAY 10- 7 lagoons of Ausangate
Another very early start to photograph sunrise from just outside the village, here we can find a great composition with the river leading to the mountain and practise some long exposures on the water. After sunrise we will eat some breakfast prepared by our host. Once we are finished with breakfast we will jump on our horses to begin the 1.5 hour ride to the lagoons, when there we will dismount and explore this beautiful area on foot. Once we have explored and photographed the circuit round the lagoons we will get back on the horses to start the ride back down to the village. At the village we will eat a spot of lunch and begin the drive back to Cusco. In Cusco you will be dropped off at your hotel. We will meet that evening for a farewell dinner. Time to say goodbye.  Fly out from Cusco in the evening or overnight in Cusco. Private transfer to the airport.

Tour Location

Discover Machu Picchu

More than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. A symbol of the Incan Empire and built around 1450AD, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

10 Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu

10. In the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.”
9. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries.
8. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone.
7. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain. Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side.
6. Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them.
5. The Incas were some of the best masons in the world. The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones.
4. Machu Picchu was only known locally until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911. His book, The Lost City of the Incas, was based on his findings.
3. A long-standing dispute between Peru and Yale University has existed over the artifacts collected by Bingham during his exploration of the site. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan.
2. Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes. Twice a year, the sun sits directly over the stone creating no shadow.
1. Unfortunately, most cities built by the Inca civilization were destroyed by the Spanish conquest. Machu Picchu was in a hidden location—invisible from below—and not found, making it one of the most well-preserved Inca cities and an archeological gem.

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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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  • Marco

    Traveling with Dan was pleasant, eventful and rich of personal experiences: this is twice as much remarkable for me, because I always travel alone, and like to plan my trip by myself. Dan has rare ‘people-skill’, both with the ‘locals’ (he can struck a pleasant conversation with anybody, get precious local information, and get accepted in everybody’s home when necessary) and with clients (he always there when you need him, and he discretely disappears when it is the time for you to have the space of a ‘personal’ experience, either with people in the street or with the beauty of the environment). These are the most important qualities for a guide. The trip organisation was seamless, and his personal attention to my satisfaction and enjoyment was heartwarming. His network – drivers, hotels, restaurants.. – is excellent, and everybody loves him. He has special connections with Peruvian people living in remote villages, he introduced me to some of them, and shared with the locals moments of their life. Priceless, for me. The destinations were all well selected, a special experience for each of them. I came back with lots of beautiful photos, and desire to be back soon.

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