Sacred Valley Photo Tours
Sacred Valley Photo Tours
Sacred Valley Photo Tours
Sacred valley Photo Tours–Feel the pulse of ancient history on this 2-day photography journey through one of Peru’s most timeless regions–the Sacred Valley, shooting traditional Quechua markets, the breathtaking terraced salt mines of Maras, Pisac with its massive crop terraces, the sunrise at Chinchero, and the sunset at the sun temple of Ollantaytambo.
This tour is about bringing the ancient Incan temples, local people, and its Incan cobblestones streets to life through photography. We believe the greatest way to see and explore a place is with your camera in tow. And it’s not about snapping pictures so you can remember moments later – for us, it’s all about the journey, and the moment itself.
Shoot the magnificent Inca ruins found from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and beyond, some of the finest not only in Peru, but also in all of the Americas, are testaments to the region’s immense ceremonial importance. The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu, positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley. A perfect destination with stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks in the Urubamba Range.
Our photography vacations, excursions, tours, Journeys are unique in that they help you see the genuine side of the city, encouraging you to explore off the well-trodden tourist trail and teach you how to take great photos in the process. Join us!
DAY 1: Visit to Pisac Inca Site, Calca Typical Market, Ollantaytambo Inca Site, Ollantaytambo Town, And Sunrise shooting in Ollantaytambo Town.
Today early in the morning we head out on a full-day photography exploration of the Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. Shortly after leaving Cusco. En route, visit a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred, a great place for shooting these animals. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals. Our next photo stop will be at the exceptionally well-preserved ruins at Pisac, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we shoot the site’s various structures and terraces before making our way down to Pisac town and its bustling crafts market, where we’ll explore this colorful market as we take amazing pictures. After exploring, we travel through the Sacred Valley to Calca, a small town in the Sacred Valley, it has something special to offer us, its typical market.
We will then continue to Urubamba where we have our lunch, Our next traveling is through the same valley, past Incan terraces and fields of corn, wheat, barley and quinoa, ultimately arriving in the town of Ollantaytambo, where a stunning temple of the sun is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away. We’ll take our time to shoot unique photos with our creative Tour Leader. We then explore Ollantaytambo town whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo. After a photo tour of the town and remarkable namesake ruins.
Our tour ongoings on the hillside of Pinkuylluna mountain, located in front of the temple of the sun of Ollantaytambo, where some Incan constructions are perched on the hillside, and perfect place to shoot the sunset, with the backdrops of Mountains and Inca ruins. In the evening we drive to our hotel located in the same valley, upon our arrival hotel check-in. Next, dinner, after having dinner, we have a chance to go to hotel garden to shoot some night sky pictures. Meals not included.
DAY 2: Sunrise Shot in Chinchero Inca Site, Moray Inca Site, Maras Town, Maras Salt Pans, Andean Hills
We’ll take our early breakfast at hotel to head out on a full-day exploration of the western side of Urubamba Valley. We travel to the lovely high Andean village of Chinchero, with beautiful colonial church and Inca temples, a perfect place to shoot the sunrise. Next, we visit a textile cooperative and learn more about the weaving traditions that have been passed down among the local people for centuries, a great place to take amazing shots about the Andean textile.
Our next photography destination will be the Inca ruins of Moray. The circular terraces of Moray were used as an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. We continue to the small town of Maras, and the picturesque salt mines. Originally used by the Pre-Inca and Inca culture, villagers from surrounding communities still mine salt by hand from the spring-fed terraced pools. We’ll finish our photography session of the Sacred Valley at this amazing place. In the late afternoon we return to our hotel. 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.
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