January to April: This photography tour is not currently in
schedule, but can be added by request
6 nights/7 inclusive days | Maximum of 10 participants, and a minimum of
$3,660 USD per person | Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip
The deposit for this photography tour is $500. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance
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Gateway and departure airport: Lima, Peru [LIM]
Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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Updated: Wednesday the 4th of August, 2021
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Photography Tour Overview: Brought to the attention of the ‘civilized’ world in the early 1900’s, but dating to circa 1460, Machu Picchu is a unique time capsule of the Inca empire. When designated as a World Heritage Site in 1983, it was described as "An absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization". Photographically speaking you’ll just love it. Also included on this photo trip are old Cuzco, the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress, and Lima et cetera.
As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.
Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included
Day 1 | Lima
You will be met at the airport by our bilingual transfer agent who will take you to our hotel, and the remainder of the day can be spent recuperating from your travels and adjusting to the 9,000 foot elevation, or ambling around the vicinity of the hotel in search of pictures.
Lima, 1 night
Day 2 | Cuzco
After breakfast we will be met at the hotel and taken to the airport for our short flight to Cuzco. Here we will be met by our local guide who will take us to our hotel.
After a break and lunch we will take a guided tour of this magnificent city, once capital of the Inca empire, and you will be able to photograph many of the walls which the Incas built, and which now form the foundations of colonial buildings later built by the Spaniards. We'll explore the center of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings that are now being used as hotels and so on. Then to Sacsayhuaman which is a ruin located approximately 3 km above Cuzco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. Next to Tampu Machay is the bath of the Inca and Kenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in an unusual manner. Plus Puca Pucara, the ruin of a small fort.
Cuzco, 1 night
Day 3 | Pisac ruins and Ollantaytambo
After breakfast we will depart for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with its beautiful scenery, colorful Indian people and rich Inca heritage. We shall stop throughout the journey to take advantage of the dramatic vistas of the Andes. On to Ollantaytambo which is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas, complete with canals unchanged since Inca times. Below the fortress is an exquisite traditional community and a living Inca village that retains the stonework, narrow streets and family courtyards of its original Inca Plan.
Ollantaytambo, 1 night
Days 4 + 5 | Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, and off to the Ollantaytambo train station to board the Vistadome train. The northbound train follows the lower lands towards to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and ends its service at the Aguas Calientes station. We'll check into our hotel, and then we'll head up the Hiram Brigham road that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Known as the 'Lost city of the Incas', it's one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world. John and our local guide and will take us through Machu Picchu telling the history of the area and answering any questions you may have about this spectacular wonder. We will stay here all afternoon after the majority of visitors leave, photographing until the site closes.
We will be away well before dawn on day 5 so as to catch the first light at Machu Picchu, followed by a chance to explore the ruins with John's guidance or on your own. In late morning we'll return to Aguas Calientes, take lunch and some relaxation time, then finish the day with a photo-exploration of this rustic mountain town on the banks of the tumbling Urubamba River.
Aguas Calientes, 2 nights
Day 6 | Cuzco
Morning light in Aguas Calientes which translates as 'warm water' in reference to the local hot springs, but a place often referred to as 'Machu Picchu Pueblo'. We'll then take a buffet breakfast, and take a return ride on the Vistadome train back to Cuzco to relax until late in the day when we'll venture out on foot to explore Cuzco. We'll take advantage of the array of photographic opportunities offered by this great city that once formed the center of the Inca Empire. Subjects will include the Inca stonework that forms the heart of this city, indigenous people selling their traditional weavings, a vegetable market and the Andean scenery et cetera.
Cuzco, 1 night
Day 7 | Old Lima and late
Morning flight to Lima, and lunch with a view toward the Pacific Ocean. We'll then explore old and new Lima pointing cameras at photogenic spots such as the Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace; the town hall; the Palace of the Archbishop and Cathedral; the San Francisco and Santo Domingo convents, and the popular Plaza San Martín.
The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour
will feature an
'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
If you have a late flight you'll also have time for the Olive Grove of San Isidro; Miraflores and Larco Mar.
A departing flight after 8 pm is recommended today.
Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours, and local guides
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours
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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'mildly strenuous' to 'strenuous'
Cuzco sits at 11,200 feet for which we provide aid. Slow movement is also encouraged!
Machu Picchu is at 8,000 feet, but has terraces that should also be tackled at a slow pace
In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous
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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance
Trip Cost: $3,660 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy
Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip
The deposit for this photography tour
is $500. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance
Cancellation policy: Go
Enrollment guidance: Go here
Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .
Photography instruction throughout the trip by John
All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]
Round-trip flights: Lima-Cuzco-Lima
Lunch on day one of the trip
Dinner on the last night of the trip
On-vehicle snacks and bottled water
All ground transportation including the Vistadome train to and from Machu Picchu
Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included
Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’
Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip
Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .
Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return
Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates
Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation
Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip
Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary
Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera
Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone
Passport or visa expenses
Airport departure taxes, if applicable
Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:
photography sessions at Machu Picchu
The Sacsayhuaman and Pisac ruins
Any other admissions are optional and not included