Peru Photo Workshop Itinerary
Pick up at the Lima International airport for transport to the hotel. Free time to relax or explore until we meet again at 7 pm for a welcoming dinner at a traditional Peruvian restaurant. Lima is considered the food capital of the world by many.
After breakfast, Steve and Dan will conduct an orientation meeting.
In the afternoon, we will photograph Barranco, the artistic district of Lima; The fisherman harbor of Chorillos; and end at sunset with an amazing view of Lima from at the top of the Morro Solar.
After breakfast, we will take a 1h20m flight to Cusco (11,000 feet/3500m). In Cusco, we will walk the streets of the capital of the Incan empire to begin acclimation to the altitude.
Excursion through the city of Cusco to photograph in and around a traditional local market; the main square; beautiful churches and Inca palaces.
In the afternoon there will be free time to explore and photograph and edit images
We will meet in the evening to view and discuss the images you have made so far.
Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day) is a week-long event in Peru. Celebrations include fireworks, live music, and plenty of tasty food enjoyed in public gathering spots. The two centers are Lima and Cusco, where we will be well situated to take advantage of the festivities.
If we become bored with fireworks and live music, we can always explore the photographically rich Maras salt mines and locals in the Sunday Chinchero Market, where Peruvians come from all over to buy and sell their local wares.
We will spend the morning and mid-afternoon in the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu. A local guide will orientate you to the history and physical layout of the city after which you will have free time to photograph.
We will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by private transport to Urubamba where we’ll spend time along the river in the Sacred Valley.
Leaving Urubamba around 8:30 am, we will stop at the local market for a portrait session and fresh Peruvian specialties. We will also buy bread for the community we will visit.
After a 2h scenic drive and a stop at an amazing point of view, we will arrive in Pampallacta where our host Bernardiño and his family will be waiting to greet us. On the way you can expect the most breathtaking landscapes you will see in the Sacred Valley. We will stop for landscape photos as often as is safe.
After a traditional Peruvian meal with Bernardiño’s family, we will continue to the lakes for wildlife and landscape photography. The region is surrounded by stunning valleys and mountains with Llamas, Alpacas and Quechua shepherds.
Around 3:30 pm we will begin the return to Cusco for dinner and prepare for the next days photographic adventure.
Early in the morning, we will travel to the unknown side of the famous Rainbow Mountain. The normal tourist route tracks as many as 1000 people per day to the well-known path of the famous mountain. Most tourists do not know that it is possible to visit the other side of this mountain range, and most guides don’t bother to take them there. That is where we will photograph, deep inside the Andes.
We will take a 30-minute flight to Puerto Maldonado along the edge of the Madre de Dios river in the Amazon rainforest.
The first evening we will enjoy the sunset on the river and a night caiman (alligator) hunt.
Our first location will be in the Tambopata National Reserve, the world’s largest known parrot clay lick. Each morning, macaws, amazons, parakeets, and other parrots flock to these clay licks to eat clay, creating an incredible wildlife spectacle.
From the clay lick, we will visit Monkey Island, where we will stalk and photograph wild monkeys in their natural jungle habitat.
We will then visit with a native Matsiguenga family where we will learn about the uses and the importance of the forest for the local inhabitants, learn of their culture, and receive instruction in the use of bow and arrows! We will also have the opportunity to practice our portrait skills.
Explore and photograph Puerto Maldonado, the capital city of the Madre de Dios region in southeast Peru, known as the gateway to the southern Amazon jungle.
This is our last day in the Jungle, anyone not eaten by a caiman the first night will fly back to Lima at mid-day.
We will have a last sunset photography session on the Malecon (sea wall) by the ocean and enjoy our last dinner with the group.
The workshop officially ends with transport to the airport for those departing.
Anyone wishing to remain in Lima for a few days may engage one of our guides for a private tour. We will also assist you with your hotel arrangements. Transport to the airport is not included but we will be available to assist you should this become necessary.
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