Peru is as complex as its most intricate and exquisite weavings. Festivals mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard fuels innovation and nature bestows splendid diversity. From downtown Lima to smack-dab in the middle of nowhere, this vast country is a paradise for the photographer and traveller. Meet the locals, Explore the mountains, Visit unique locations without the presence of huge crowds. Learn from international photographers. Our Photo Tours in Peru includes : Landscape, portraits, street, documental and astro-photography. Meet isolated Quechua and Indigenous communities. If you are not a photographer don’t worry! Join us for the ride, live the real Peru and we will tag along to photograph your journey and preserve your memories for life!
Day 1 – 28th May : Lima – Cusco
Arrival in Cusco airport, This first day will be a relaxed one as you may need time to rest from the trip, to get used to the jetlag, and to acclimatize slowly (Cusco is at 3,400 meters high). According to the time of arrival, we can go to the center to eat something and have a look around this wonderful colonial city for some street photography. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco
Hotel: Monasterio San Pedro
Day 2 – 29th May : Cusco City Tour
Short visit of the Cathedral, The Temple of the Sun in Qoriqancha and the Main Square. Then we go with our private transport to the archeological sites that are around the City, such as Saccsahuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara.The afternoon and night will be dedicated to street and people photography, as well as to discover more the city!
Hotel : Monasterio San Pedro-B
Day 3 – 30th May : Cusco – Maras – Ollantaytambo – Maranura
Early start this morning to enjoy the best light on our way to Maras to see the salt pans. We’ll also make a few stops on the road if it’s worth taking photos. Then we’ll stop at Ollantaytambo to visit an incredible archeological site! Lunch in this pretty town. Then, we continue to an incredible mountain pass, the “Abra Malaga” to enjoy stunning views on the mountain road, glaciers and 6,000 meters peaks. From this pass, at 4300m, we go down until the jungle at 1,200m. The environmental change is brutal! We’ll do one part of this descent by bike to get some good adrenaline! We’ll arrive in Maranura and spend the night in a simple but cosy hostel in this little town…
Hostel Don Pepe-BD
Day 4 – 31st May : Maranura – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
This morning, we’ll go for a little hike in the forest to see beautiful waterfalls. Then we’ll take our transport and go to Santa teresa on an impressive dirt road in a Canyon! We’ll rest in natural hot springs before starting a three hour hike following the railway to reach Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu
Hotel Inka Tower-B
Day 5 – 1st June : Machu Picchu – Cusco
One of the highlights of this trip, for sure! Early in the morning, we take a bus to enjoy the best light on the ancient city of Machu Picchu. There is one particular viewpoint where we’ll go first. Then we’ll take the time to hike to the Incan Bridge and to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) before our guided visit of the ruins. Back in Aguas Calientes, we’ll take the train to Ollantaytambo and then a private transport to Cusco where we’ll spend the night.
Hotel Monasterio San Pedro-B
Day 6 – 2nd June : Cusco – Santa Lucia – Waqra Pukara (2-day trek)
Early start this morning since we must drive three and a half hours on a beautiful road again to reach the small and remote village of Santa Lucia, from where we will start our hike. We’ll have to walk between two and three hours on a relatively flat path, except at the very end, to reach Waqra Pukara, a pre-incan fortress built on top of the impressive Apurimac Canyon. It is really not known yet so very few tourists come here. And there are amazing opportunities to get stunning images of this archeological site and the canyon with the sunset! The camping site itself is also really beautiful…
Camping in tents-BLD
Day 7- 3rd June : Waqra Pukara – Huayki – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
For the motivated ones, we can wake up early to photograph the sunrise. Then we’ll have to hike two to three hours mostly going down. Our transport will wait for us in the village of Huayki. Then we will have to drive another 3 hours until the foot of the Rainbow Mountain. The idea is to arrive in the afternoon to avoid the crowd and be alone in this incredible environment! We’ll also enjoy the sunset either on the Rainbow Mountain, or in the Red Valley. We may go down with our headlamp to reach the car. We’ll probably arrive late in Cusco but we’ll rest on the next day.
Hotel Monasterio San Pedro-BL
Day 8-4th June : Cuzco
Free photography day today to rest and keep acclimatizing before sleeping higher in the Andes.
Hotel Monasterio San Pedro-BL
Day 9- 5th June : Cusco – Tinki – Upis Alto (Ausangate trek in 3 days)
No need to leave too early this morning as we’ll have “only” 4 hours of hiking today. So we first take our transport which brings us to Tinki, a little town at the foot of the Ausangate mountain, the highest and most sacred one in the region. The hike is not too difficult as the ascent is progressive. Tonight, we’ll sleep at Upis Alto, at 4400 meters high. We’ll have many photographic opportunities in terms of landscapes, people and animals.
Night in a basic shelter-BLD
Day 10- 6th June : Upis Alto – Pacchanta
Today is the hardest trekking day of this trip, but probably the most beautiful one! The nature is absolutely stunning. We’ll see lots of turquoise lagoons at the foot of the glaciers, with 6,000 meters peaks all around, and local Quechua people living mostly from their alpacas. We’ll first have a 3 hour hike to several lagoons where we’ll stop for lunch (and photography of course). Then we’ll keep going up to a 4,850 meters pass, to enjoy the views from the other side of the valley, and we’ll push a little bit higher on a steep but relatively short ascent, until 4950m, to enjoy the best panorama of the region (4 more hours). At the end of the day, we’ll be rewarded with beautiful natural hot springs in the village of Pacchanta!
Night in a basic shelter-BLD
Day 11- 7th June : Pacchanta – Tinki – Qoyllur Rit’i Festival
We’ll take a taxi this morning to come back to our initial point, Tinki village. From there, we will take another taxi to get to Mahuayani, the beginning of the Qoyllur Rit’i Festival. It’s considered as the most important catholic pilgrimage in the entire Andes! Every year, about 100,000 people come up here to pray the “Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i”, at 4,700 meters above the sea level. Thousands and dancers and musicians perform and celebrate Catholic, incan and other religious beliefs during more than a week, but 3 or 4 days are really important and full of people. This is the best cultural experience one can get from a trip in Peru! And photographically speaking… The best as well! People are in a happy mood and nobody minds being photographed! But before getting there, we’ll have to hike up for three hours. Tonight, we will spend the night in a tent at 4,700 meters high!
Night in a tent-BLD
Day 12 – 8th June: Qoyllur Rit’i Festival
This day will be entirely dedicated to the festival. We’ll take advantage of the beautiful light in the morning, during sunset and even at night, to get the best out of this event. There will be many opportunities to take great photos of people in their best traditional costumes… There are also many mountains to climb for those more interested in landscape photography, as the environment around the festival is wonderful!
Night in a tent-BLD
Day 13 – 9th June : Qoyllur Rit’i Festival – Cusco
Last day at the festival. It will be time to come back to Cusco. Two hours going down to Mahuayani where our transport will wait for us. Last photo opportunities on the way down too… End of this incredible “off the beaten path” trip in Peru with thousands of photos to edit at home…
Night Monasterio San Pedro-BLD
You are going to travel in remote areas where sometimes the arrangement/logistic can slightly change due to weather condition
This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs.
Backpack or soft bag / dowel bag for luggage
Day pack • Head lamp/flashlight
Waterproof hiking boots
Waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece jacket or wool jumper
Long sleeve shirts
Thermorest style mattresses
Resealing (ziploc) plastic bags
Deposit and Final Payment
A deposit is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
On cancellations more than 120 days prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a $350 administrative fee and less any monies spent on the participants behalf, such as airline tickets, etc.
Less than 120 but at least 90 days prior, total deposit amount is forfeited.
Less than 90 but at least 75 days prior, 50% of trip price is forfeited.
Less than 75 days prior to departure, 100% is forfeited.
Notification by phone or email is acceptable, but please follow with written notice. In the unlikely event we have to cancel a tour, a full refund will be given. If RemotExpeditions ltd is forced to change or cancel a trip after it has started because of events and situations outside his control – “force majeure” – no compensation will be paid. Force majeure includes, but is not limited to war or threat of war, terrorist activity, strike, natural disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and health risks. In case of cancellation of the planned trip due to force majeure, RemotExpeditions ltd will make every effort to provide clients with a similar alternative itinerary but do not guarantee it. Upon cancellation by RemotExpeditions ltd for any reasons other than force majeure, like not reached the min participant (4 participants) in the expeditions, 100% compensation will be paid. In case of shortening of a trip that has already begun by RemotExpeditions ltd for any reasons other than force majeure, 100% compensation will be paid for every lost day of the trip.
Remotexpeditions ltd and their agents act only in the capacity as agents in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, and transportation, and are not responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or injury to person or property resulting from a defect in any vehicle, or the actions of any persons who provide services for this tour or for the action or inaction of any third party. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The tour operator reserves the right to withdraw the tour at any time, to decline any person as a member of the tour for any cause at any time. All prices are based on current rates of exchange and, while every effort will be made to hold them firm, they are subject to change. All participants are required to submit a signed Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form prior to the tour’s departure. See Terms and Conditions in the Expeditions page.
Insurance and medical
Insurance Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all expeditions. You should be aware that many standard insurance policies may not cover you adequately for all aspects of a remote expedition and so we strongly recommend that you purchase a suitably designed insurance policy.
Check-list. Please ensure that you check your insurance policy details and ensure they cover you for:
Emergency medical repatriation (to home country) including any associated expenses abroad
of at least $500,000.
Activities – ensure that any activities carried out on the expedition are included, these could be trekking, horse riding, rafting, mountain biking etc.
Geographical region – check the geographical region you are going to is insured (often the US and Canada or areas such as Afghanistan are not insured).
Foreign Ministry advice –check your insurance is not sensitive to any travel warnings issued by your respective foreign ministry.
Dates – make sure the period of cover begins at the departure and ends at the return to your home country. Many flights take a day or two and time zones vary. Insurance companies may prejudice your claims due to this.
Pre-existing medical conditions – if you have any pre-existing medical conditions please ensure you disclose this to your insurance company.
We also need to know the insurance company you are travelling with, their 24hr emergency number and your policy number. These details must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to travel. We are not able to comment on whether your cover is suitable for this expedition, if you have any doubts, please contact your insurance company for clarification.
Vaccinations. Please seek advice from your health professional. Recommended vaccinations are Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Diphtheria.
All our expeditions are achievable by people with an active and healthy lifestyle. However, this is an arduous expedition that will test you and at times you may be sore, tired, hungry and possibly wet! You must be prepared physically and mentally for the expedition and for living in basic conditions for the duration. Please ensure that you train accordingly and arrive fit and ready to go. You will be required to be fit enough for the following.
Daily activity: up to 10 hours trekking per day.
Walk: up to 25km a day.
Terrain: over rough, mountainous, steep terrain up to 4850m.
Climate: temperate mountain climate with exposed conditions at times. Special note on the Wakhan: the combination of being above 4000m for the majority of the trip, a change in diet and camping all combine to wear people down.
Expeditions are inherently risky affairs; this is part of the appeal for participants. We do not make expeditions safe, as by definition that is impossible. We do construct and implement a risk management approach to reduce risk to what we perceive as a tolerable level. In doing so we:
Risk Assess. Conduct a thorough risk assessment of potential hazards and threats that may be encountered on the expedition and provide recommendations to reduce the likelihood of harm occurring and reduce the severity if it does occur.
Safety Plan. As part of our expedition plan, we detail actions to be taken to implement and resource the recommendations of the risk assessment.
Deliver. The expedition leader is responsible for dynamic risk management on the expedition itself.
Incident management and medical. You MUST be aware that on this expedition you will be in a wilderness environment and any medical evacuation will take a long time (potentially over 24 hours) and may require wilderness extraction techniques. In-country search and rescue and emergency services are very basic or nonexistent and the expedition will rely on internal resources for medical evacuation.
Informed consent. It is your responsibility to understand the risks associated with adventure travel in remote areas. You also must understand that medical evacuation will take an extended period of time. By joining this expedition, you accept the risks associated with the venture. You are voluntarily participating on a adventure with RemotExpeditions, with the knowledge of the risks and dangers involved. You agree that I will not sue, or otherwise make any claim against RemotExpeditions or it employees, agents, and contractors, for any loss, injury or damage resulting from participation in this photographic adventure. You freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and notwithstanding such risks You agree to participate in the adventure. You are aware that by agreeing to this agreement You are waiving certain legal rights, including the right to sue. You agree of my own free will.
If you require any more information on specific risk management for this expedition, please get in touch with us.