Cusco,Colors Machupicchu package 8d/6n
Our unique blend of photography masterclass and exciting trek enables you to improve your skills in the perfect environment. You will have the opportunity to explore various styles of photography, such as macro, flora, fauna, astro, light painting and Milky Way, with the careful guidance of our expert guide, Flavio. We, at Photo Tours Peru, want to help you discover new techniques and different perspectives to enrich your photography. We want to send you home with photos that will last a lifetime, along with the amazing memories that go with them.
This is one of our most popular package for passangers who have short time in Peru. These 6 day and 5 night package includes: Cusco, Sacred Valley , Machu.Wacarpay lake,Tipon,pikillacta These destinations are a must for all those visiting Peru and the Cusco Region ; ending in Lima.
Realize why Photo Tours Peru has a good reputation.First of all we are a 100% Peruvian Agency based in Cusco Peru and We offer the very best service, using carefully 3stars,4stars and 5stars hotels which are based on great Standards and the leaders in their category here in Cusco Region. When you arrive to Cusco you will be greeted by one of our representatives holding a sign with your name on it. After your arrival at your hotel you will meet your guide who will be given a pre-briefing. During our tours we look after our passengers every step of the way. There are no hidden surprises. Yes - we included the train to Machu Picchu and all internal land and air transportation (Included domestic flightsin Peru) All our full day tours include lunch.
Tour Itinerary :
Day 1: Lima Cusco Free Day
You must be in the airport of Lima at least two hours before your flight leaves to Cusco, you only have to approach to the airline counter and display your ID's to check in ,the flight to Cusco lasts 1 hr and 10 minutes, In Cusco " The Archaeological Capital of America ", Our staff will be waiting for you to drive you to the Hotel, where you will drink coca tea then you can rest or wonder around cusco main plaza.
Day 2:Cusco Wacarpay,Tipon, Pikillacta,Andawailillas,Cusco.
We come to pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am, from where our first stop will be Huacarpay Lake - we should be there around 6:00 am. Once we get there, we will start to see many birds of Peru such as ducks, teals, herons, grebes, yellowlegs, lapwings, etc. After those we will start to see the flycatchers, ovenbirds, hummingbirds, tanagers, hawks and others. We will enjoy our breakfast outdoors, among the birds.
The next hours will spend visiting some specific places for the endemic birds of Peru, depending on which species are of particular interest to the group, since our guide has a wealth of knowledge on where each one can be found. After this we will enjoy a traditional lunch of guinea pig.
It is an excellent alternative to visit the South Valley of Cusco. You can explore the magnificent hydraulic architecture in Tipon, the pre-Inca architecture in Pikillacta and the excellent works of art of the Cusqueña School in Andahuayllilas, Tipon, where we will learn more about the hydraulic works, such as the fountain and its wonderful channels, about the system of distribution of the water to every dam. After a guided tour, our trip leads us to Pikillacta, a site which offers us a combination of landscape, history and above all the urban organization. It demonstrates how the surrounding area used to be. Our final destination will be Andahuaylillas, also known as “The Sistine Chapel of America”, where you can find a fabulous collection of Cuzqueña Paintings as well as mural paintings dated to the 16th and 17th century. Within this temple you can appreciate the famous door with inscriptions in five languages, which was completely covered in gold.
Day 3: Pisac, Saqsaywaman & nearby Inca sites Full Day Tour
This is the ideal tour for anyone looking to explore all of the Inca ruins near to Cusco. Your expert guide will explain the purpose of each site, highlighting interesting details as well as teaching you about the ancient Incan beliefs and their impact on their constructions. Not only that, but he will also share his extensive photography knowledge with you to enable you to take the best possible photos of these impressive ruins. You will be encouraged to explore new techniques and perspectives to capture unique images. Other than the ruins, you will have the opportunity to experiment with colour and photography of local people at the market of Pisac. This tour is not only a journey of historically discovery, but also of photographic exploration, enabling you to take home memories and pictures that will last a lifetime.
Day 4: Pisaq Cusco Saqsaywaman.-
At 8.00am we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the start of the tour. We travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor, where we find ourselves by the sacred Urubamba River and the village of Pisac. In Pisac village we stop to visit a traditional market where you can browse and buy some local souvenirs if desired. We will spend around 30 minutes here.
We then drive up to the ruins of Pisac. We will explore the extensive ruins, whilst enjoying stunning views over the valley. You will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which we see temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana "The hitching post of the sun". We have around 90 minutes to explore the ruins, followed by lunch in the town. After lunch we will drive back toward Cusco where visitors have the opportunity to visit 6 places. Get ready, then, to dive into the mystical and amazing world of the Incas and be witness to the energy that emerges from these magical places. The first is the Cathedral, whose foundation stone was laid on site in 1560. This marvel of religious art has approximately 300 paintings of the Cusco School, among many other expressions of art.Then visit the temple of "Koricancha" (Temple of the Sun), now the Convent of Santo Domingo, a place that houses one of the most important religious centers of the Inca period. This archaeological site is located in the heart of the city of Cusco, only 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.Then we move to the outskirts of the city to visit the magnificent Sacsayhuaman, which can be translated either as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca empire. Here the famous Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is celebrated on June 24 of everyyear.
Just 200 meters from Sacsayhuaman is our next destination: Q'enqo (Labyrinth or Zigzag). This is one of the finest examples of a rock artfully carved in situ showing complex patterns of steps, seats, geometric reliefs and a puma design. It was a religious center dedicated to the worship of the Earth and, according to some theories, funerary rituals. Our next visit is Puca Pucara (Red Fort), which was used as a center for military use and control, as well as a place where travelers may have lodged here with their goods and animals before entering or leaving Cusco.
Our last destination, is Tambomachay (Cavern Lodge) which played an important religious function linked to water and land regeneration. It is estimated that was built around 1500 AD. The site covers approximately one acre and the material used for its construction was limestone with polygonal style gear. It has the following sectors: industry sources at various levels with terraces at the base. It is a source of great size which has two important ritual channels.
At the end of the tour, we will return to Cusco, arriving at 6:30pm approximately at the main plaza.
Day 5: Cusco, Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes:
After pickup from your hotel, your first stop is in the Andean village of Chinchero. Here, you'll take in mountain views, visit the main square and see an ancient church with unique floral and religious interior designs. Next, off the beaten path to the small town of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that dates back all the way to colonial time From there, you'll head to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray, located only about 2 miles (4 km) from Maras. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After visiting Moray, we take a lunch break at Tunupa restaurant. Once full of delicious food, you'll be ready for the next part of the day trip; we continue on the tour to Ollantaytambo, home to a magnificent Inca fortress that you can explore. This historic fortress was where Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle against the Inca Empire. After you visit the fortress, you'll have time to walk around the cobblestone streets of Ollantaytambo before heading back to Cusco. Overnight at aguas calientes
Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Cusco
We start with an early morning transfer from your hotel to the Cusco or Ollantaytambo train station (upon request or due to availability) where you will catch your train to Aguas Calientes. This is a train journey where you will enjoy breathtaking views from the highlands to the Sacred Valley and a trip along the Vilcanota river. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice. In the afternoon we highly recommend the guided tour around Machu Picchu ruins because it is not as crowded as in the morning. You will definitely enjoy more of the tour in the afternoon. Our professional tour guide will show you around the archeological citadel of Machu Picchu including its temples, terraces, aqueducts, houses and more. After the guided tour you will return to your hotel. (L / D)
Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today you have the whole day to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure. This is also a great opportunity to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain for an amazing view of the Machu Picchu citadel from the top. Considered as a difficult hike, this option is really worth it if you want to challenge yourself. Otherwise, you have plenty of options for hiking and exploring different areas of the Machu Picchu citadel. During the afternoon, we have a transfer back to Aguas Calientes to catch our train service back to Ollantaytambo, or Cusco. Finally we will transfer you to your hotel. (B / L)
Day 8:- Cusco - Lima
Free morning in Cusco, then we’ll drive to the airport, where our service concludes. You’ll board your flight to Lima and your next destination.
Choose your dates, then contact us for availability. Please include name of trip, number of people in your group and time of year you plan to travel. We try to reply the same day.
Does not include: Lima Transfer (available on request), Domestic or International flights ,Travel Insurance, Meals in Cusco, Tips, Travel Insurance
- STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
- ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person