PERU September 2021
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
Single Supplement Optional
$2,000 due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
10 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city.
Tour Pricing Info
About the Tour
M&M Guide Photographers
Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city
All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
All in-country ground transportation
Tips for drivers/ guides
Personal expenses like laundry etc.
Other things not mentioned in the itinerary or "What is included"
We use local boutique hotels and other establishments that give us access to great photos, food, and transport.
More specific information on accommodations will be provided on a closer date to the tour.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL LIMA
Reception and transfer from the airport to the hotel. HOTEL IN LIMA
DAY 2: LIMA – CUSCO: CITY TOUR & ARCHAEOLOGICAL RUINS
Early in the morning, after your breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport to take a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your selected hotel. After Lunch, we start to explore the city of Cusco, on a guided tour visiting the main plaza, the Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha. We then visit the ruins on the outskirts of the city, stopping at the Inca ritual site of Quenqo, the water temple of Tambomachay, the customs house of Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Saqsaywaman, built strategically on the hill standing over the city of Cusco. It’s famous for its enormous stone blocks, assembled with incredible precision to form the imposing external walls of the complex. Some of the stones stand 9 meters tall and weigh more than 350 tons. We then return you to your hotel. In the evening you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B/L/D)
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY
After breakfast we head to The Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop, Pisac, is famous for its Sunday Mass and daily outdoor market. The excursion is best when taken on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, when the market is expanded and attracts traders from surrounding communities. The Sunday mass is held very early in the morning in the native language, Quechua, and is attended by the community elders from neighboring villages, wearing traditional dress. (Note: Special arrangements can be made in private service to witness this weekly religious event, as well as to hike to the impressive Inca ruins of Pisac, which towers above the village.) After lunch, visit the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo, a sprawling complex of ruins characterized by fine masonry, terraces, canals, fortress walls, and the Temple of the Sun. In the evening you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B/L/D)
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU EXCURSION
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train station to board the Orient Express Expedition or Vistadome Train for the 4-hour journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Inca.” Experience these mysterious ruins, with its ingeniously engineered underground water canalization and its sacred citadel of temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses. Widely believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu was the secret
city of the Inca, never discovered by the Spanish. Its rediscovery for the world was made in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, and it remains South Americ´s most spectacular archaeological site. Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge beside the ruins. Afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes. In the evening you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES (B/L/D)
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU
After enjoying a buffet breakfast, you returning to the ruins to explore on your own, in relative quiet before other visitors arrive on the train from Cusco. Taking the earliest bus up from the town will let you witness one of the world’s most spectacular, iconic sunrises over the Inca ruins. Lunch at the Mapi Restaurant. In the evening you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES (B/L/D)
DAY 6: AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO
Enjoy a good breakfast and then enjoy the remainder of the morning and early afternoon on your own. We will meet for lunch at the Mapi Restaurant. Later we'll board train for the return to Cusco and our hotel. In the evening in Cusco you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B/L/D)
DAY 7: MARAS Y MORAY EXCURSION
AM: We will head to the ancient Maras salt pans, a stunning patchwork of terraced pools of mineral rich water that cascades down the side of the Qaqawiñay Mountain. The local inhabitants have tended the Maras salterns since before the advent of the Inca Empire, producing salt by evaporation. We will climb down along the crystalline-encrusted ridges of the pools, as our guide provides a detailed explanation of the ancient salt production process. From Maras, it is a short drive to Quechuyuc Muyu, the central Inca monument of Moray. Inca civil engineers constructed the terraced geometric masterpiece from giant natural sink holes during the 15th and early 16th centuries. Covering 92 acres, the four terraced amphitheaters — known as Muyus — range from 130 to nearly 400 feet in diameter. The agricultural terraces were fed by a complex drip irrigation system, the remains of which are still clearly visible today. Small holding reservoirs, hydraulic channels and carved stone “paqcha” conduits controlled the flow of natural spring water to a mathematically precise trickle. Current scientific theory holds that the Inca tested their crop varieties on Moray’s ancient terraces, which still today are known locally as “the greenhouse of the Inca.” We then return you to your hotel. In the evening in Cusco you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B-L-D)
DAY 8: SOUTH VALLEY TOUR TIPON AND ANDAHUAYLILLAS PIKILLACTA
We will pick you up from your hotel at 09:15 hrs for a guided tour in the South Valley where you can visit the following places: Valle Sur Cusco Tipon: A large area of cultivation containing 12 impressive terraces that are currently cultivated, whose walls were built with finely carved stones. Even more impressive is the irrigation system that is still serving agriculture and the advantage is making water in the spring season. Pikillaqta: Presents characteristics of a large urban center development time for the Wari Empire over a thousand buildings between spaces, Pikillacta Cusco colcas (food stores), tennis or houses, temples, long and narrow streets with buildings that were up to 4 stories high. Andahuaylillas: Typical Andean village of colonial times of unique origin and architecture. Andahuaylillas highlighted in the Catholic church from the colonial era with a beautiful decoration and mural painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries known as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco. The return pass by Saylla typical Cuzco where people can enjoy the delicious pork rinds (optional). We then return you to your hotel. In the evening in Cusco you will have dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B-L-D)
DAY 9: CUSCO FREE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel, Free morning. Lunch in Don Tomas. Free Afternoon. In the evening you will have your dinner. HOTEL IN CUSCO (B/L/D)
DAY 10: Farewell
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
What To Take (These are only suggestions, they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· CompactFlash/SD Cards (bring as much memory as possible. At least 40 gigs)
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries (lots!)—best packed in checked luggage even when traveling abroad
· Lenses (Depending on the tour) Medium telephoto, Fixed, Wide angle & Macro lens that give you a wide range
of length. 10mm to 500mm if possible
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Circular polarizing filter
· Grad ND filters
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO (http://www.benrousa.com/products/travel-angel-ii/) HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Moderate
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
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