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The lost communities of Peru. Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains - 12 day expedition

 

Info and Booking requests : info@andeanphotoexpeditions.com

 

Amazon Photography

ITINERARY and highlights

This photography expeditions 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, visiting the community of Cuncani lost in time in the Valley of Lares.

We will take you to the seven colours rainbow mountain but off the beaten path, where few tourists go and locals live their daily lives and activities without interruptions.

Next, the 7 lakes trek of Ausangate Mountain. Meet the local Quechua Community.

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.

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

NOTE: All our Expeditions can be customized to suit you.

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DetailED Itinerary

1st Day - Cusco ( THE TOUR CAN ALSO START IN LIMA )

After everyone finally reaches Cusco (3400m, 1h20 flight from Lima ), and gets settled in their hotel room, we will have a short walk in the streets of the old capital of the incan empire.             

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2nd 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 sacred valley, 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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 3rd 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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4th Day - Cuncani 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 traditional 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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5th Day - Cusco. City tour, Street Photography.

Excursion through the city of Cusco with a local guide. He will take us to a traditional local market, the main square, some beautiful churches and a couple of Inca palaces. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a Street photo tour with your photography guides.

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6th 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 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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7th 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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8th 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 get to our Sunset point.

Once dark has fallen we will start the night search for caiman and Capibara.

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9th 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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10th 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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11th Day - Lima. Sunset at Malecon

This is our last day in the Jungle, it is time for us to fly to another kind of jungle… Lima.

We will have a last sunset photography session in the Malecon by the ocean and also enjoy our last dinner with the group.

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12th Day - Departure day

This is where our Photography trip ends. Anyone staying in Lima for a few more days can utilise the advice of our guides or our hotel recommendations. Time to fly back home. 

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Details

Included :

  • All transport starting from Cusco or 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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING

TRIP DURATION: 12 days
Price on demand : info@andeanphotoexpeditions.com