Cusco Photo Tours
Cusco Photo Tours
Cusco Photo Tours
Cusco Photo Tours–Experience The Creative Side Of Cusco Through Photography. Venture deep in the heart of the city of Cusco to the enigmatic ruins of the great Incan Empire through photography. Peru Summit Adventures Photo Tours are unique and creative way to explore this city.
Cusco is one of Peru’s most traditional and historic cities, filled with life and a ginormous output of creativity. Could there be a better way to explore this unique place than through a creative and collaborative event?
Our photography tours, photo workshops and events cater to individuals, families, and corporate groups from beginners through to professional photographers looking for an alternative view on Cusco’s evolving cityscape, or looking for the traditional and historical side of Cusco’s antique atmosphere.
Our creative photography tours, events and workshops are unique in that they help you see the genuine side of the city, encouraging you to venture off the well-trodden tourist trail whilst teaching you how to take great photos in the process. Not just for photography lovers, our experiences take a fresh approach to photography tuition through a range of interactive, informative and affordable tours and workshops that will appeal to anyone and everyone who wants a sociable, fun and memorable adventure in Cusco. Join us!
DAY 1: Sacsayhuaman Sunrise & Sunset Shots, and Other Inca ruins
Today we will start our photography session very early in the morning driving to Cristo Blanco, a white Christ statue located just close by to Sacsayhuaman on a hill, a perfect place to shoot the sunrise over Cusco city. Next, we will journey to the Incan temple of Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop stone construction overlooking Cusco. The largest of the stones used in the construction of Sacsayhuaman weighs over 180 tons and stands more than 29.5-feet tall. Where we will spend about 3 hours shooting this site from different perspectives, while exploring sides where there is no tourist crowds. We will then go to Tambomachay an Incan site ornamented by beautiful water fountains, that was a place where the Incan priests worshipped this liquid element, we will keep shooting more photos of this ancient archaeological sites. At about mid-day we will have our packed lunch on a special look-out point to awesome mountainscapes around. After having our lunch, we will visit Qenqo, a place with underground chambers, that might have been something religious site to worship the Pachamama (mother earth), while others state that this place must have been to make the mummification process of the royal class. We will get into the narrow passageways to shoot awesome pictures in low light. Our next destinations is Cristo Blanco again, where we will wait for the sundown, this experience will bring Cusco and its streets to life through photography. In the evening we will drive back to our hotel. Packed lunch included.
DAY 2: Shooting Cusco typical streets – Coricancha – San Pedro Market
Today, you will engage in a full day photography tour of Cusco. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the quaint district of San Blas, Coricancha (the sun temple), and the San Pedro market.
Firstly, we will visit the typical bohemian area of San Blas, you will get to see another side of the Inca capital as you wander through the cobbled streets learning about the Inca history. The streets still keep the original names in Quechua, the local artisans are still seen carving, painting beautiful little saints and virgins which are sold in Santurantikuy (saints and virgins fair), the day before the Christmas, this neighborhood is perfect to shoot yesteryear houses, streets with beautiful balconies from the colonial, and republic times. Next, we will go exploring through the narrow streets to Plaza de Armas (main square), where will have a great photography session of the colonial architectural, as we will have amazing churches from XVI, XVII centuries surrounding the Main Square. We will then proceed to Coricancha the most important temple of the sun for the whole Inca empire, this place still amazes you by the finest walls the Incas were able to make. We will shoot the internal part of the colonial house, adorned by a beautiful cloister of renaissance style.
The tour ongoings to San Pedro market, a typical market that has been still working for many years since 1920s, where we’ll see very bizarre local things. Our next stop will be at square of San Cristobal, a great viewpoint to shoot the Cusco city from a different angle and closer distance.
After exploring and shooting the genuine part of Cusco we’ll go back to our hotel. Meals not included.
DAY 3: Shooting Condors in Chonta, Apurimac Canyon
Today’s photography tour takes us to Chonta a special place to spot Condors (the largest flying bird in the world), led by our Leader. On the way we’ll stop at Killarumiyoq Inca religious complex with beautiful crop terracing, waterfalls, and a moon-shaped carving on the limestone boulder. Our next stop is at Tarawasi, another Incan archaological site with impressive and unique masonry type, and old colonial buildings (Casona). We will explore these sites with our cameras on hand.
After exploring this ancient site our journey continues through a dirt road to the scenic mountain hamlet of Chonta near the Apurimaq Canyon. We shall briefly visit the school of Chonta before having our lunch at a scenery spot with awesome views around. Chonta town is a highland very typical quaint town speciallly to record unique photos as the town contrasts with amazing snow-capped mountains of Vilcabamba Range further away.
Then we start hiking for about two hours of moderate difficulty to our vantage point. With a little luck, you may spot some highland birds on the way and sometimes even highland parakeets can be seen. There will be plenty of spectacular scenery and interesting flora to see while approaching the canyon. A short hike downhill will take you to the viewpoint. At this marvelous spot, you will stay for about three hours in order to wait and see the condors soar upwards by using the thermal winds. This is an unforgettable bird watching experience and a highlight for every nature and photography enthusiast. After having a great time spotting Condors, In the early afternoon, we’ll start our hike back to Chonta town from where the vehicle will take us back to our hotel. Packed lunch included.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
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