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Perú Photography Workshop with Nate Luebbe and Dani The Explorer

As the former capital of the Inca empire, Perú is steeped in culture as well as abundantly beautiful landscapes. Join us for the bucket-list trip of a lifetime as we explore all the must-see locations in the Cusco region from Machu Picchu, to the dazzling Rainbow Mountains. 

Dates

July 10-16th, 2020

Tuition

$3,450

Group Size

6-10

Fitness Level

Moderate-Advanced: High altitude, cold temperature, mild hiking


Itinerary

DAY 1: July 10th - Arrival and acclimatization day

Please try to arrive no later than 12pm! After collecting your bags and clearing customs, your guide will take you to your hotel for check in and a bit of relaxation. 

Cusco sits over 11,000 feet (3,400m), and many of our photo adventures will be higher than that. As such, we'll be spending our first day in town mostly relaxing and adjusting to the high elevation. We'll take a leisurely stroll through the historic district and get our first immersive look at the local culture. We'll visit the ancient Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman for our first photo excursion. At 7pm we'll head to a favorite restaurant in the town center for a group dinner. 

Overnight: Three Star Hotel in Cusco, Peru (double occupancy)

Meals: Dinner in a local restaurant.


DAY 2: July 11th - Salineras and the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

Today we will explore three beautiful sites, also located in the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Departing around 8:30am we will take private transport to the local village known as Maras. Here you will see colonial architecture with incredible facades made of thin stone and lintels with sculptures in bas-relief. We then drive to Moray (3450m/11,319ft) where you can explore the incredible and still mysterious circular agricultural terraces with complex irrigation system that are surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Finally, we will visit the salt mines (Salineras) where you can walk amongst the 3000 salt pools and watch the salt miners harvesting the salt of the Incas! They have a cute little shop where you can buy some hand mined Andean salt to take home with you if you wish. After seeing Salineras we take our private transport to the train station in Ollantaytambo where we catch our train to Aguas Calientes. Check into the hotel and freshen up before we have our group dinner!

Overnight: Three Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Peru (double occupancy)

Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, snacks on the tour, dinner in a local restaurant

DAY 3: July 12th - Machu Picchu Sunrise, back to Cusco

A very early morning breakfast prepares us for the amazing day we have ahead of us! We take the first (5:30am) bus directly to Machu Picchu (2,400 m/7,875 ft.). From the entrance it is a 15-minute walk to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Along our walk we encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.  We spend the morning on a guided tour of the city’s highlight, unfolding the mysteries, history, architecture, flora and fauna of this magical site. You will enjoy a packed lunch in sitting in this most magical of cities, after which you will spend time with Nate and Dani taking pictures among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and crannies.  Enjoy a boxed lunch in the ruin site and continue exploring Machu Picchu until it closes (5:30pm), getting to take pictures of the ruin site as the sun sets. After closing time we will walk down to Aguas Calientes (1 hour) where we will relax at the hotel and enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choosing. Rest up for another early morning in Machu Picchu again tomorrow!

Overnight: 3 Star Hotel in Cusco, Peru (Double Occupancy)

Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, snacks, boxed lunch in Machu Picchu

Optional Add-Ons: Extra hike within Machu Picchu

DAY 4: July 13th - Day in town

After several early starts, today will be more relaxed. We'll sleep in and eat a leisurely breakfast, and then tour the beautiful and historic city of Cusco. The streets are rich with history and culture, and teeming with vibrant colors and street vendors. We'll practice some street photography before an afternoon editing session and sunset photos in the main plaza. 

Overnight: 3 Star Hotel in Cusco, Peru (Double Occupancy) 

Meals: Breakfast in the hotel

DAY 5: July 14th - Palccoyo, the valley of Rainbow Mountains

We depart this morning very early to begin our drive down the valley towards Palccoyo, one of the most famous rainbow mountains in the world. We'll eat breakfast in the bus and stop in a small village for snacks before arriving at Palccoyo for sunrise. Palccoyo is very high in elevation (~5,000m), but there is very little walking, making this a beautiful sightseeing option. 

Overnight: Three Star Hotel in Cusco, Peru (double occupancy)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks

DAY 6: July 15th - Lake Humantay

Today is an early departure from Cusco! We'll stop in the small village of Soraypampa for breakfast and coffee before heading up the valley into the Choquequirao Preserve where we'll enjoy a short hike up to Lake Humantay. After some snacks and liesurely exploration of the lake we'll head back down towards our transport and return to Cusco. The drive back will be through staggering mountain passes with glaciated peaks and we'll stop several times for photos along the way. 

Once back in Cusco we'll take some time to freshen up and pack our bags.  Since it's our last night of the trip we'll all meet in the plaza and have one last group dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner at a restaurant in Cusco. 

Overnight: Three Star Hotel in Cusco, Peru (double occupancy) 


DAY 7: July 16th - Departure

Sadly, today is the last day in Peru. This morning you’ll get to share some studio time with the photographers so be sure to book an afternoon flight out so you don’t miss this time! Private transport takes you to the Cusco airport for your departure flight to Lima. Connect to your departure flight home.

Recommended Gear

Below is a list of my personal favorite camera options for photography in Perú. Note: you will be just fine with only one camera and lens (although one wide lens and one telephoto would be best), and I would actually advise against buying everything listed below since this trip will include moderate high-altitude hiking. We're not in the business of selling cameras, we're in the business of having fun while using cameras. 

Above list is not comprehensive or mandatory. These are just our personal favorites. Please use the form at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.


What's Included

  • Pre-trek briefing the night before the Rainbow Trek
  • All transfers to and from airports/hotels, trek
  • 7 Days of professional guide service with a licensed, professional, English-speaking guide and two professional photographers
  • 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (double room)
  • 4 nights in a hotel in Cusco (double room)
  • Tour of Sacred Valley, Cusco Ruins, Maras, Moray Salineras, Lake Humantay
  • 1 night camping Rainbow Mountain) in 3 person, 4 season Mountain Hardwear Tents (double occupancy)
  • Extra thick foam mattress sleeping pads and self-inflating mattresses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Meals on the trek
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Personal porters to carry overnight gear up to 8kg/person – can be removed if desired
  • Dry bags in which to put your overnight gear on the trail (for porters to carry)
  • Machu Picchu Entrance fees (both time slots AM and PM)
  • Trek cook, kitchen and dining tents, tables and stools, stainless steel dishes and utensils
  • Boiled and purified water to refill your water bottle/bladder every morning/afternoon/evening
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Campsites with portable toilets, toilet tent, toilet paper
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Bus ticket roundtrip from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Guided tour of Maras, Moray, Salineras and tourist ticket, snacks and transport
  • Studio time with the photographers
  • Booking/credit card fees


What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal equipment: walking poles (note: walking poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Additional excursions or tours in Peru
  • Single Supplement (Single room, Single tent)
  • Meals outside of the trek and as noted
  • Travel/medical insurance (required)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal meals and expenses beyond what is included above
  • Souvenirs


What to Bring

  • Passport and travel documents
  • Warm clothing layers
  • Wool socks
  • Big winter coat
  • Gloves
  • Beanie
  • Winter boots
  • Headlamp, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Camera equipment: wide angle lenses very important, neutral density and polarizer filters recommended
  • Tripod
  • Laptop for editing
  • Your adventurous spirit
  • Optional: hand and toe warmers
  • Optional: camera remote


Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,000 USD will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $2,250 USD is due by May 1, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

FAQ




Do I have to bring a Sony camera?

No! Feel free to bring whatever camera you choose! The more familiar you are with your camera, the better results you'll get.

What skill level is required to attend?

All levels are welcome, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro.

What fitness level is expected?

Moderate. Cusco and the surrounding areas are at high-elevation, but our planned hikes are not difficult. Anyone of average fitness level will be fine!



Meet The Team

 

Nate  Luebbe

Nate is a professional landscape/travel photographer from Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the Sony Alpha Collective and his work has been featured in several national publications in both print and online.

You can find more of Nate's work at @nateinthewild

Dani Rodriguez

Dani is a professional blogger and travel photographer based out of a campervan. Her background is in social media marketing and she has worked with some of the biggest brands in the outdoor industry on multi-level marketing campaigns.

You can find more of Dani's work at @dani_the_explorer

Questions?

Get in touch using the form below and we'll  get back to you as soon as possible!