Cusco 10 days

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Highlights

  • A full exploration of some of the best the Cusco region has to offer.

  • Explore colonial streets and Incan ruins.

  • Experience the famous Machu Picchu; the Lost City of the Incas.

  • Get in touch with the real people of rural Peru and have the opportunity to learn about and photograph them and their daily lives.

  • Photograph some of the most dramatic landscapes in the surrounding areas of Cusco, from huge snow-capped peaks to plunging valleys and bright blue glacial lakes.

  • See all this with private transport and a professional photographer guide every step of the way.

 

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

itinerary

day 1

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

Begin our drive into the Sacred Valley in our private transport, we will make our way into the town of Chinchero to pick up some local empanadas to eat later for lunch. Next we will make our way 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 empanadas for lunch. 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.

Our ‘secret’ landscape location

Our ‘secret’ landscape location

day 3

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.

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day 4

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. After the day in the village we make our way back to Cusco and check into our hotel for the night.

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day 5

We start the day driving to the community of Chonta where we will begin the 45 minute walk to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the Apurimac valley, here we will be able to view and photograph the incredible Andean condor; the largest flying bird in the world. After a couple of hours here enjoying and photographing the birds and eating our boxed lunch we make our way back to our transport and start the drive for 2.5 hours to Soraypampa on the opposite side of the valley. In Soraypampa we will check into the awesome biodomes to spend the night, an evening meal will be eaten upon arrival. Here we can make the most of the little light pollution and do some astro-photography if conditions are clear enough.

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day 6

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.

Laguna Humantay

Laguna Humantay

Day 7

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 ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the White Christ statue providing sweeping vistas of the city of Cusco, here we will spend sunset photographing.

The city of Cusco, photographed with a drone.

The city of Cusco, photographed with a drone.

day 8

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.

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day 9

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 .

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day 10

Time to say goodbye. Start the morning meeting all together to go over the photos from the trip, discussions on photography, editing etc. Fly out from Cusco in the evening. Private transfer to the airport.


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included

  • All airport transfers.

  • Private transport every day.

  • Machu Picchu entrance inc. Huayna Picchu.

  • All trains to and from Aguas Calientes.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu site.

  • Local guide for the site of Machu Picchu.

  • 5 nights at 4 star hotel in Cusco.

  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • 1 night at 3 star hotel in Urubamba.

  • 1 night at local accommodation in Pacchanta.

  • 1 night in Biodomes at Soraypampa.

  • Certain meals.

  • Entrance fees to all sites visited (Maras, Moray etc.).

  • Professional photographer guide the whole way.

  • 1L water every day.

not included

  • International/domestic flights.

  • Personal Insurance.

  • Personal equipment.

price

  • Prices on demand, send us an email to enquire.


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