PERU'S SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCA EXPEDITION:

july 1 - 10, 2016

photo guides: michael robinson chávez and alex kornhuber

$4,895.00 per person based on double occupancy. add $1,200 Supplemental charge for single traveler. $500 deposit per-person reserves your space.

MAXIMUM OF 14 PEople ON THIS EXPEDITION.

Arrival Day - Lima, Peru

You arrive in Lima, Peru’s City of Kings, and are transferred to our beautiful hotel in the leafy seaside suburb of Miraflores. Depending on your arrival time, explore the city’s fabulous museums, see the changing of the guard in the historic Plaza Mayor or just relax. We will happily provide you with a long list of recommendations.

Day One - Barranco, Chorillos, Lima, Peru

Enjoy a welcome breakfast, meet your fellow travelers and talk to Fiorella, Alex and Michael about the expedition and their decades of experience exploring the region. We start by exploring the colonial neighborhood of Barranco. Then we board boats at the colorful Chorillos fish market to photograph the fishermen as they haul in the day’s catch. A sumptuous lunch at La Picanteria, one of Lima’s best seafood restaurants follows. Afternoon is at your leisure exploring Lima. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Lima’s gastronomic gems or join Alex and Michael for conversation, food and drinks at the Astrid y Gaston bar. (B, L)

Day Two - Cusco

We take a morning flight to the “Navel of the Universe,” Cusco. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing and acclimating to the altitude. (11,150 feet above sea level.) After a light lunch, you will explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities with Michael and Alex. We meet for a great sunset overlooking the city and then have an epic dinner at Cicciolina, one of the best restaurants in the Andes. (B, D)

Day Three - Sacred Valley: Urubamba, Pisac, Chuchubamba

We leave Cusco early and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First stop is the famous ruins and photogenic market of Pisac. Then it’s a fabulous lunch in Urubamba before spending the rest of the day in the lovely town of Chuchubamba. We will sleep in the homes of the locals, learning, photographing and experiencing their way of life. The bucolic community is known for cacao and ceramic production. If you like, you can don a beekeepers outfit and photograph, or just enjoy, this important art.  (B, L, D)

Day Four - Sacred Valley: Salar de Maras, Ollantaytambo

After a breakfast of locally grown food we head to the other worldly Salar de Maras, terraced salt works that have been operating for centuries. Wander through this surreal landscape before heading to the nearby town of Ollantaytambo. Overnight at the hotel and restaurant El Albergue, where they grow their own organic produce for their amazing dishes. (B, L, D)

Day Five - Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes

Wake at your leisure and explore the amazing ruins, countryside (on horseback if you wish!) and town of Ollantaytambo, the site of a great battle where the Incas were victorious against the Spanish conquistadors. After a great lunch we board the afternoon train through the Andes to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Remember, Michael and Alex are always on hand to help answer all of your photographic questions. Evening meal at The Treehouse, a sensational and unique location in the high Andean jungle, where we will be spending the night. (B, L, D)

Day Six - Machu Picchu

See the sunrise and enjoy an insider’s photographic tour at one of the true wonders of the world: Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Inca. Test your mettle and hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for exhilarating views of the Urubamba River valley or explore the ruins further with Michael and Alex. Spend the rest of the day in the ruins or join us for a late lunch (or a dip in the hot springs!) in Aguas Calientes before returning to Cusco in the late afternoon. (B, D)

Day Seven - Andahuaylillas, Tipon, Oropesa, Cusco

After breakfast in Cusco we explore the colonial village of Andahuaylillas and the seldom-visited Incan aqueduct of Tipon, The local gastronomy is spectacular and we will sit down to a great lunch in the town of Tipon. We will also go to Oropesa, a village where we will photograph true local life in the Peruvian Andes. Overnight in Cusco. (B, L)

Day Eight - Cusco

This is a day to relax and photograph Cusco with Michael and Alex. Roam the cobblestone streets of San Blas, an artistic enclave with excellent shopping opportunities or venture through the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Temple of the Moon. We have lunch at Gaston Acurio’s fabulous Chicha restaurant where locally caught ceviche de trucha, trout ceviche, is one of the highlights. Late afternoon get together with Alex and Michael to talk about your photos. In the evening we hit the Mueso del Pisco or Pisco Museum for a goodbye to the Andes fiesta. (B, L)

Day Nine - Lima

Late morning flight to Lima after a leisurely breakfast. Lunch on your own as Michael and Alex get your best photographs together for an evening projection and farewell party with live local music. You are more than welcome to join them to learn the art of editing your photographs (never an easy task!) or just roam around Lima taking in the fabulous Museo Larco Herrera or doing last minute shopping at the artisanal markets. (B)

Day Ten - Home or further exploration!

Transfers to the airport for those returning home and advice and tips for those staying in South America! Feliz Viaje!

Price includes:

  • Expedition accompanied by a world class photographer
  • Lectures and expert advice in the field
  • All hotels and lodging
  • Home stay with a local family
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Round trip airfare between Lima and Cusco
  • Photo talk and last night projection/fiesta
  • All admissions and passes to ruins and museums
  • Most meals
  • Water and snacks during road trips

 

not included:

  • International airfare to/from Peru
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Alcoholic beverages

Please see Terms and Conditions for detailed information on what is and is not included.