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Our way to Machu picchu

3Days/2 night

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit hidden spots near Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.

  • Experience the incredible and famous Machu Picchu, a must see for anyone visiting Peru.

  • Meet the real locals of rural Peru, spend time and be hosted by a beautiful family in their home.

  • Photo opportunities in Landscape, Portrait and documental styles with the incredible backdrop of Peruvian landscapes.

  • As well as the big attractions get to know a special side of Peru not many do, well off the beaten path.


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DETAILED ITINERARY

1st Day - Departing from Cusco

8h00 - Pick-up from hotel or hostel and begin our drive into the Andes.

9h00 - Stop in Chinchero to pick up some local empanadas to eat later for lunch.

9h45 - Landscape workshop at our secret location. Here we get an incredible view over the sacred valley and also a chance to meet and photograph some of the local farmers and shepherds who work on these lands.

10h45 - Stop at a local textile market in Chinchero, here we get to learn about the textile process and also can have full portrait sessions with the ladies there wearing local traditional clothes.

12h00 - Lunch at Laguna Huaypo, after lunch we can spend time shooting at this beautiful lake framed with huge mountains

13h00 - Workshop at the Salineras de Maras, here you can find many opportunities for awesome photography, from small details to big landscapes and the locals seen working in this otherworldly place.

14h00 - Leave the Salineras and begin the drive to Ollantaytambo.

15h00 - Arrival in Ollantaytambo, here we catch the 1h30 scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

17h00 - Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time to relax for the evening.

The Salineras de Maras

The Salineras de Maras

 

2nd Day - Machu Picchu

4h00 - An early start this morning to begin queuing for the bus up to the site of Machu Picchu.

6h00 - Gates open to the site, we have all morning to explore and photograph, also we will have a full historical tour of the site from a local guide.

12h00 - Return from the site down to Aguas Calientes for some lunch and to relax a while.

15h00 - Catch the train back to Ollantaytambo.

16h30 - Arrival in Ollantaytambo where we will be met by our driver, he will take us in our private transport to a hotel right in the heart of the Sacred Valley, on the banks of the Urubamba river, here we will be able to eat some dinner and relax for the evening.

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3rd Day - Community Visit.

 8h00 - Get up and spend a leisurely morning eating breakfast while taking in the stunning views of the valley.

9h15 - Leave the hotel and make a quick stop in Calca to visit the central market, here we can buy a few things to take with us to the community.

11h00 - Arrive in the community and meet with our hosts for the day.

11h30 - Visit the local school, meet and spend time with the children there. Plenty of opportunities for great photos of the locals around the school.

13h00 - Return to our host’s home for lunch of homemeade local food and portrait sessions with the family, all wearing full traditional clothes.

14h30 - Visit lakes above town for landscape session.

16h00 - Return to our family to say goodbyes.

16h30 - Begin drive back to Cusco.

18h30 - Arrival in Cusco and drop-off at hotel.

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giving back

Here in Andean Photo Expeditions it is very important to us to make a positive impact within the communities we visit, so each time we book a tour to see this community we donate a portion of the profit directly to this family and to the local school. These are people with relatively little, so that donation can make such a huge difference in their lives, from paying their children’s educational fees to buying school supplies.


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includes

  • Private transport all the way (except for to and from Machu Picchu in which it is necessary to get a shared bus)

  • Train, bus and entry tickets to Machu Picchu plus local guide on site.

  • All entry tickets for other places visited.

  • Two nights in hotels

  • Food: breakfast included in hotels, lunch on day three with local family.

  • Photography guide every step of the way.

what to bring

  • Clothes for all conditions, the weather can be unpredictable in the Andes, it’s best to be prepared!

  • Comfortable walking shoes. Although no strenuous hiking is involved its always recommendable to wear sensible footwear.

  • Camera gear, spare batteries, SD cards etc. Note: tripods are not allowed on the site of Machu Picchu.

prices

Private Expedition (1 person): $1590 USD

2 people: $950 USD per person

3 people: $810 USD per person

Note: Lower cost option is available, email us for info.


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