Lima, Southern Coast, Arequipa, Cusco Region
Lima Photo Day Tour
Pick up at Lima Airport.
Rest at your hotel in Miraflores.
Lima Photo Day Tour.
Early in the morning we will take a 3h30 bus to Paracas .
When settled in our hotel, and after a quick lunch, we’ll visit the unique Paracas national reserve. This area is known for beautiful desert beaches by the Pacific Ocean.
After Breakfast it will be time to visit the Ballestas Islands. They are like a small sample of the famous Galapagos. Get on a comfy speed boat and expect to see Penguins, sea lions and lots of different birds.
Getting back from that 2 hour tour, we will catch the next bus to get to Huacachina. (1h30 bus ride) The only sand desert oasis in South America.
At 4pm we will star tour buggy tour in the Sand desert . Sunset and sandboard if wanted.
After breakfast and catch our car to Nazca.
Flight over Nazca lines.
Later on we will catch our bus to Arequipa.
05:30am Arrive in Arequipa - Probably Peru's most beautiful city, the so called "Ciudad Blanca" or white city.
After our long bus journey, we will need a quiet day.
We arrive in the morning and you’ll have time to relax. In the afternoon there is a city tour with a local guide and your guide Dan. In this tour you’ll see colonial buildings, the first jail in Arequipa, a monastery, Juanita mummy museum, love park and much more.
Pick up from your Hotel in Arequipa between 07:45 - 08:00. We begin our trip to the one of the deepest Canyons of the world, taking the highway from Yura, bordering the snow-covered volcano Chachani towards Cañahuas Pampas. We stop for coca tea at the Aguada Blanca National Park, the habitat of the beautiful South American camelid, the vicuñas, alpacas, and llamas. At Tocra lake we will be able to appreciate a variety of migratory birds, sometimes flamingos. We will pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura) and then stop at the famous volcanos panoramic viewpoint, at a high 4.800 meters above sea leavel. From here we can view a great part of the western mountain range, where you can truly appreciate the Pre- Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias". Approximately 13:30, Arrival to Chivay and stop for Lunch (not included).
At 15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by andean communities.
At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the lime kiln whose thermo-medicinal waters are between 35o to 38o degrees Celsius in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry)
Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view- point called " Cruz del Cóndor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you will be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters overhead). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andenería farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models. Lunch at 13:00 then Return and Arrival to the City of Arequipa 17:00 to 18:00 Hrs.
Flight Arequipa-Cusco in the morning.
After we finally reach Cusco in the morning we get settled in our hotel room then in the afternoon we will have a small walk in the streets of the old capital of the incan empire.
We begin the day in the town of Chinchero where we will get to meet some of the locals, learn about the dyeing and weaving of the textiles this region is so famous for, afterwards we will get the opportunity for portait sessions of the ladies here in their typical clothes of this town.
Later on, we will 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.
We end the day with taking the famous train in the beautiful city of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This scenic journey is the best way to experience the Sacred Valley all the way to Machu Picchu.
We will spend the morning and mid afternoon in 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.
We leave our hotel around 8am. Stop at the local market for a portrait session and to try some fresh peruvian specialities after breakfast. Here we can also buy some bread for the community we later visit.
From here we drive 1 hour through scenic valleys to the community where we will meet with our hosts. Once we have arrived in our host house we will drink a welcome tea. From there one of the parents will lead us to the local school, we can gain an insight into the local life and education of children in the Andes, the kids will be on their break when we arrive so be prepared for lots of fun and portrait opportunities.
From there we will head back for lunch time, delicious local food prepared for us by our hosts.
After enjoying a portrait session, we will head a little higher up in the Valley. From there we will have an amazing view over lakes and mountains. Our models will be joining us, so get your camera ready.
Around 5pm we will start the return to Cusco. Upon Arrival we have dinner and get some rest at the hotel.
Early in the morning we will go to the unknown 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 mountain Ausangate 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.
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.
Flight back to Lima.
All transport from Lima.
Professional photographer with you all the way.
Hotel rooms . Double occupancy rates. Ask for single room rates.
Private transport on tour days.
All entrance tickets to sites visited
Not included :
Dinners and few lunches.
What to bring? :
All your photography equipment,
Clothes for the cold of Cusco. Rain coat in case of bad luck. Long
and light clothes for the jungle treks.
Good comfortable shoes to walk.
Sharp eyes and your smile.