Machu Picchu Photo Tours
Machu Picchu Photo Tours
Machu Picchu Photo Tours
Machu Picchu Photo Tours–This 3-day trip combines a love for photography adventure with a desire to make a difference. Shooting sunrise, sunset, discovering the genuine sides as we explore this Sacred Inca city with cameras on hands with a private photographer guide.
Bringing Machu Picchu its temples, sunrises and sunsets to life through photography, this special tour offers creative photography experiences, and workshops that will help you see the Incan city in a different light.
Towering 1500′ above the raging Urubamba River in Peru’s Andean highlands, the royal retreat and sacred center of Machu Picchu—now considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World—is spectacular by any measure. Our trip takes us into the heart of this beautiful place, beginning and ending in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Our creative photography tours, events and workshops are unique in that they help you see the genuine side of Machu Picchu, encouraging you to explore off the well-trodden 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 Machu Picchu, Cusco.
Trip Details for Machu Picchu 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: Cusco – Aguas Calientes Town/ Machu Picchu Pueblo
In the afternoon, transfer from hotel to Ollantaytambo by private guide and transport.
Where we’ll take the train to journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), gazing out at the spectacular Peruvian countryside, the train trip duration is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival hotel check-in. Meals not included (For a good restaurant choice get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).
DAY 2: Shooting Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu Mountain – Machu Picchu Sunset Shot from Sun Gate
Today we will board a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. For your convenience, the bus ticket is provided. Buses depart about every 10 minutes, once the bus is full.
The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once we get there we will get into Machu Picchu, where we will take some shots from the viewpoint, after shooting some photos, we will hike up to Machu Picchu mountain following an original Inca trail for about 2 hours, from every break spot we’ll have amazing views of Machu Picchu with impressive mountains in the backdrops. Once we get the top of this great Mountain we will have breath-taking views around, Machu Picchu in our below part, other mountain views in every direction, and even a part of classic Inca Trail is seen. We’ll make our photo gears and accessories ready to start shooting this unique place. Around the mountain top we will take a time to have our snacks, enjoying awesome views. Our next shooting spot is the Gate of the Sun, we will walk for about one hour and thirty minutes to get this place following a short section of classic Inca Trail, upon our arrival we will enjoy our packed lunch while gazing out Machu Picchu. We will then make our photo gears ready again to shoot the afternoon views of the Inca city, spending about 2 hours at this lookout place. Next, we will start walking back in leisurely steps to Machu Picchu in the late afternoon, whilst shooting more afternoon vistas (Note, Machu Picchu is closed at 5:00 pm, we stay in Machu Picchu until 4:45 pm). After a full-day shooting Machu Picchu from different angles, we will take the bus back to our hotel in Aguas Calientes town. Only breakfast included.
DAY 3: Shooting the Sunrise at Machu Picchu, Guided tour – Machu Picchu Shots from Wayna Picchu Mountain - Cusco
Waking up early in the morning, we will take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu with our private guide. For your convenience, the bus ticket is provided. Buses depart about every 10 minutes, once the bus is full.
Once we get the checkpoint, we will start with our photography adventure for the second time at this impressive place. We will then go to the Guard-house, a perfect place to shoot the sunrise at Machu Picchu, after that, we will go exploring the Inca City, built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca empire, it was most likely the estate of an emperor. Curiously, excavations here have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. Tour the ruins with your expert guide. You may view the Temple of the Sun or Intihuatana, a ritual stone that may have been an astronomical clock or calendar. As you wander, sense the majesty of the age-old stone walls and picture life as it might have been for the leaders, warriors, priests and craftsman who once inhabited this Incan citadel some 8,500 feet above sea level.
After exploring the Inca City, we will start hiking up to Huayna Picchu mountain for about 45 minutes following a very steep Inca trail section to crown the top. Upon our arrival to the mountain top, we will get ready our cameras to shoot Machu Picchu from different perspectives, and other vistas in every direction, spending about 45 minutes at this point, and we will enjoy our packed lunch gazing out Machu Picchu from this mountaintop. After having a great time shooting awesome vistas, we will return to check-point through Machu Picchu Incan city, where we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo station, then to take a private transport to hotel in Cusco. End of the adventure. Breakfast and 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 Machu Picchu Photo Tours
- All Transfer in private transportation.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Inca City.
- Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Mountain.
- Bus tickets up & down in Machu Picchu.
- A photographer Tour Leader.
- 2 nights hotel in Aguas Calientes (3-star hotel or lodge) with breakfast included.
- Round trip train tickets.
Not Included on the Machu Picchu 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||$ 1,450.00||$ 2 900.00||Enquire Now|
|3 Participants||$ 1,420.00||$ 4 260.00||Enquire Now|
|4 Participants||$ 1,390.00||$ 5 560.00||Enquire Now|
|5 Participants||$ 1,350.00||$ 6 750.00||Enquire Now|
|6+ Participants||We have special rates for groups, which are over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.||Enquire Now|
|1 person |
(We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the inquiry form.)
|6+ people |
(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. Prices are per person based on SEMI-PRIVATE service; we depart with 2 ppl as a minimum, 8 ppl as maximum, and an average of 4 ppl in a group. This tour is also based on a double twin-bed (matrimonial if requested) or triple occupancy in case of families or friends for hotel rooms, single rooms are subject to a single supplement fee.
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): $250 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
When To Go
This photography tour to Machu Picchu 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.
Hotel in Machu Picchu Town. You’ll overnight at charming IntiPunku Suites & Hotel in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
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