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!
Trip Details for Cusco Photo Tours
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Physical Rating: 2 – Light – Moderate. Hotel, Lodge nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, rafting, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Activity: Photography, Hiking , Cultural Adventures.
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
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.
Included on the Cusco Photo Tours
- Private Transport.
- Entrance fee to the Incan Sites.
- Photography workshops.
- A photographer Guide.
- 2 packed lunches.
Not Included on the Cusco Photo Tours
- Extra expenditure during the tour, such as bottle water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
- Travel Insurance.
Prices & Dates
|Number of participants||Price per person||Total ($ USD)|
|1 Participant||We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.||Enquire Now|
|2 Participants||$ 750.00||$ 1 500.00||Enquire Now|
|3 Participants||$ 720.00||$ 2 160.00||Enquire Now|
|4 Participants||$ 690.00||$ 2 760.00||Enquire Now|
|5 Participants||$ 650.00||$ 3 250.00||Enquire Now|
|6+ Participants||We have special rates for groups, which are over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.||Enquire Now|
(We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.)
(We have special rates for groups, which are over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.)
- Flexibility on dates: Choose your own dates, you decide when to start your journey.
- Perfect for families, group of mates (friends), honeymoon: Make this trip for you and your loved ones or someone special.
- Totally customizable: Travel the way you want; so you can travel exactly how you want. Book this trip as is or customize it to be as active or relaxed, rustic or luxurious as you wish to go. Perfect for multi-generational families and to celebrate a special anniversary or milestone birthday.
- Go at your own pace: Walk or explore on your own rhythm, forget to stay or keep up with the large groups. It's your own journey.
Note on Prices
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars. To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule
- At time of reservation: 50% of the total balance.
- 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule
- Minimum fee (Tour permit fee): $80 per person
- 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
- 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
- 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
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Do I need to bring my photography equipment?
You do indeed need to bring your own equipment, you will soon find that choices in photography equipment are very much based on personal preference, and there is no way we could accommodate everyone’s tastes.
You can bring more than just basic cameras if you choose, but keep in mind you have to be able to carry the gear in your day pack during the day hikes and it has to fit safely inside a duffel bag. You should at the very least bring a waterproof bag to carry your camera in – Multiday treks tend to drizzle at high altitudes close by to the glaciers. If you have any questions at all about whether your equipment is appropriate for one of our trips please call us at +51 98 4464 391 or send us a note via our contact page also via WhatsApp and we will be happy to assist you get sorted out.
Other items that you need to bring with
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
- Camera kit and accessories.
- Camera charger and, extra batteries.
- Sun hat.
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Rain gear
- Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
- Long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g., Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
Whats the Trip Like
This photography tour in Cusco can be explored all year, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months, when some Inca sites are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April, when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December are considered shoulder season, when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.
A professional Peru Summit Adventures Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, photography, gastronomy, local language, etc. with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
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