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Chinchero Photo Walk

Chinchero Photo Walk

$200 per person


  • Accessible 7 kilometer photo walk from the Andes Mountains and potato fields into Chinchero old town.
  • Trek is 90% flat or downhill.
  • Meet Quechua farmers working in their potato fields along the trek.
  • Produce documental and portrait work of the locals.
  • Enjoy landscape photography and stunning views of the Andes Mountains throughout the trek.
  • Visit and photograph the Inca ruins of Chinchero.
  • Photograph the old town in Chinchero.
  • Visit a traditional textile centre and learn about the local arts & crafts.


08:00 – Departure from Cusco. Pick up from your hotel or hostel.

08:30 – Quick Stop at a viewpoint to photograph the Andes Mountains.

09:00 – Breakfast – try the best empanadas and tea or coffee at a local Chinchero bakery

09:30 – Drive up to the starting point of our trek

09h45 – Start our trek with stunning views of the Andes Mountains and potato fields. Meet the farmers along the way

12h15 – Arrive at Chinchero Inca ruins and old town to explore.

13h00 – Lunch stop at a local restaurant

14h00 – Visit a local textile centre

15h00 – Start your drive back to Cusco

16h00 – Arrival in Cusco and drop-off at your hotel or hostel


If you would like to end the day in the Sacred Valley or have a train to catch from Ollantaytambo let us know and we can make the arrangements to drop you there on time.


If this tour is booked on a Sunday it will include a visit to a local Andean market that is only open on Sundays. You’ll find lots of locals buying fruit, veggies and wools as well. The workers of this market are typical Quechua people and still dress in a very traditional way. For this reason, this is an amazing location for portraits! The combination of colors in their clothing and hats make for great images. You can also approach specific people for great portraits (we do have some local traditions quechua people that we are friends with – photographic access guaranteed.


  • Breakfast
  • Photography assistance during entire tour.
  • Professional photographer guide.
  • Transport in a private vehicle throughout entire day.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at hotel in Cusco.
  • Lunch


  • Any snacks/drinks extra from breakfast and lunch.
  • Personal insurance.


  • Drop-off in Ollantaytambo or the Sacred Valley at the end of the day


  • Mid-range zoom for all purpose landscape/portrait shots.
  • Prime lens for portraits (50mm, 85mm or similar focal length).
  • Telephoto for use if you like details or for portraits.


  • 200 USD per person. Based on a minimum of 2.
  • Private Tour from 400 USD
  • Big Group prices on demand.
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Your hotel/hostel in Cusco
  • Departure Time
    Please be ready for a departure at 8h00
  • Return Time
    Approximately 16h00
  • What to wear
    Comfortable seasonal clothing and shoes.
  • Included
  • Not Included
    Entrance Fees
    Local Flights
    Photo Assistance

Tour Plan

We begin our tour by picking you up from your hotel or hostel with our private car to begin our drive into the Andes.
Our first stop is at a lesser known viewpoint that gives you a spectacular mountain view. There's a pretty neat spot here that allows for a unique picture in which you can place your subject directly in front of the mountain range in the background (break out the telephoto lens for compression of scale!) We can take this shot for you with you as the subject if you so wish. We explore this location for around 30 minutes before jumping back in the car and moving on.
We make a quick stop in Chinchero to enjoy our breakfast. Try some of the best empanadas in Peru as well as a delicious Andean Muña (mint) tea or a coffee - up to you!
We begin our drive from Chinchero into our secret spot - off the beaten path - where we start our trek.
Enjoy the amazing views of the Andes Mountains 360º before you start your trek through the Andes Mountains and it’s hundreds of potato fields. During the trek you can expect to see different kinds of landscape that allow for a variety of photographic opportunities. There’s always a quechua farmer or a textiles artisan lady on the trek. This is the fun part that any photographer enjoys. You can find a few farmers and artisans or you can find a lot of them. There’s no way of knowing how many people we will meet. Just be sure you’ll find some action and be ready to photograph. This is a great opportunity for documental work and portraits of the Quechua farmers, sheppards and artisans.
Arrival at the Chinchero ruins. Take your time to explore this ancient unique Incan site. The way out to meet our transport goes through the oldest part of town. It’s a beautiful small city with beautiful streets and incan stones.
Quick walk to our Lunch stop and a well deserved break to regain energy.
Hop back in our van and within 10 minutes reach our friends at the Textile Center. At this location you can keep photographing as much as you please. There is also a very interesting cultural part where the locals will teach you how they manipulate the colors to use on their Alpaca wool and produce their textiles. This is all done with Natural Andean products and old traditional ways.
Start the drive back to Cusco. Expected drive time of about 1 hour.
Arrival in Cusco. We will drop you off in your hotel or another location you desire in the city center.

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  • Anthony M. (UK)

    I did a trek with Dan, and it was absolutely amazing! Unbelievable scenery and experience and will never forget it. Cant compliment Dan enough, a very knowledgable and all round nice guy. A truly once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to anybody

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