Today is arrival day in Lima for your Peru tour. After being picked up at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel and tonight at dinner, your upcoming photo tour will be discussed in more detail.
Our Peru photography tour commences by embarking on a full day tour that will explore and highlight all the must sees found in the city of Lima.
Day 3: Paracas National Reserve
This morning we will leave Lima early and drive approximately 3.5 hours to Paracas National Reserve. After settling in at our hotel and a quick lunch, we will pay the reserve a visit, which is known for its beautiful desert beaches hugging the Pacific Ocean.
Day 4: Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines and fly to Cusco
After breakfast, we will board a comfortable and private speed boat and visit the Ballestas Islands. Mimicking an ambience similar to the infamous Galapagos Islands, our private tour will show off the splendour found on and among this island, including the resident Penguin species, Sea Lions and various sea birds.
After our island venture, we will head back to mainland and to Pisco Airport. We will take a short 1 hour and 40 minute flight and fly over the Nazca Lines to observe these trenches found in the desert below from above. After we land back at Pisco Airport, we will then fly to Cusco and upon arrival, drive to Sacred Valley in order to acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 5: Ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes
Today we will explore the picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas. Comprising of rolling green hills and ancient architecture, our first stop will be to visit the Ruins of Pisac, located on the eastern side of the valley. The ruins are considered to be one of the finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the country. It also features an artisan market with hundreds of vendors selling local curios, cloths, jewellery and ceramics.
After our visit to Pisac, our Peru tour continues as we will make our way to Ollantaytambo, which sits on the northern end of the Sacred Valley. The primary attraction is the fortress on the outskirts and once you start to climb the Inca stairs to get to the top, will you know how large the structure actually is!
After visiting this portion of the Sacred Valley, we will catch a train to Aguas Calientes and get some rest before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu!
This morning on our Peru photography tour, we will visit the country’s most well-known landmark, known as the lost city of the Incas. We will spend two hours with a local guide who will take us through this magnificent archaeological location and then spend some time capturing all its splendour.
After visiting Machu Picchu, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to our hotel where we will spend our evening relaxing and perhaps editing our images.
Day 7: Visit the Salt Mines of Maras & Ruins of Moray
After breakfast, we will drive 1.5 hours to the Chinchero market and capture the locals’ authentic portraits as they go about their day and selling their artefacts. We will then drive to a lookout point that boasts an amazing view of the Andes Mountains en-route to the Salt Mines of Maras.
Once our visit is over, we will make our way to the Ruins of Moray, in a remote area of the Sacred Valley. The deep bowl shaped hollows of Moray bear resemblance to a Roman like amphitheatre and although the true purpose behind these concentric terraces is not fully known, it is widely believed that the Incas used this to stud their agriculture techniques.
Day 8: Sacred Valley Community & School visit
Today our Peru tour has an early start as we will depart at 06:00 and stop at a local market for some breakfast and portraiture photography. We will also buy some bread for the local families we that we will visit in the Sacred Valley area and embark on our 1.5 hour scenic drive to reach our host family. After a welcome tea, we will be lead to the community school for some lovely photography time with the children and enjoy a lunch with our host family.
We will then drive up higher into Sacred Valley to marvel and capture the lakes and mountains found in the valley below, along with some locals from the community in order to capture some more magnificent portraits. We will finish off our time with the locals from Sacred Valley and return to Cusco in time for dinner.
With a full day Cusco tour ahead of us during this portion of your Peru photography tour, your guide will present to you the various options found here. After indulging in the amazing ruins in the Sacred Valley, the ruins of Cusco will fail to impress but a number of other options remain: The museum of Qoriquancha, street photography, the market at San Pedro, the neighbourhood of San Blas… the list goes on!
Day 10: Fly Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
Our photo tour shifts today as we mark our way to ther Peruvian jungle! We will catch a mid morning flight out of Cusco to Peurto Maldonado and settle at our hotel upon arriving at this incredible place.
We will have a night boat ride as the sun sets over the jungle canopies.
Day 11: Tambopata Reserve
Early the following morning we will head to Sandoval Lake in Tambopata Reserve and walk (approximately 5.5km) in the jungle and observe the fauna found here, including Monkeys, Snakes, Wild Pigs and Tarantulas. Upon reaching the shores of the lake, we will take a boat ride and be on the look out for Alligators, Giant River Otters, Parrots and an array of birds.
Day 12: Visit Parrot Clay Lick & visit the Machiguenga Tribe
Today we will visit a Parrot Clay Lick – a must when coming to the rainforest! A clay lick (locally known as colpa or collpa) is a naturally forming wall of clay on a riverbank caused by river erosion. The Tambopata National Reserve in south eastern Peru protects the world’s largest known Parrot Clay Lick and the area is known to harbour the highest known concentration of avifauna in the world. Every morning at around dawn, Macaws, Amazons, Parakeets, Parrotlets and other parrot species flock to these clay licks to eat clay, often hundreds at a time, creating an incredible wildlife spectacle!
In the afternoon we will head to our Native Family via boat for our photography session with the Machiguenga Tribe.
Day 13: Fly Lima and depart
This morning after breakfast we will fly back to Lima at a time to be advised as our Peru photography tour sadly comes to an end.