Step back in time with Photo Quest Adventures on a magical expedition through the heart of the Incan Empire. Peru is a land rich in diverse terrains, indigenous people and lost empires. Capture the ancient culture of the Inti Raymi Festival held in Cusco, the Incan capital at 11,000 foot elevation. Together, we will explore the stunning natural landscapes of this South American gem - from the colonial city of Lima, to the Andean Altiplano, to the soaring Andes Mountains, to the mystical lost city of Machu Picchu.
June 19: Lima
Arrive at the Lima airport and transfer to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (BLD)
June 20: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Early morning, transfer to Lima airport for our flight to Cusco, the historical capital of the Incan Empire that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. Nestled in a valley 11,000 feet above sea level, Cusco’s red-tile-roofed buildings and steep cobblestone streets are surrounded by some of the mightiest peaks in the Andes.
Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas and hone your portrait photography at the Chincheros Market where we will photograph weavers who still use the techniques of their Incan ancestors. Explore the Maras salt mines and capture the white salt and brown dirt patchwork of almost 3000 reservoirs covering the entire valley. Photograph the locals working the mines as they press the spring water out of the salt with their feet. Shoot the Moray Inca site and its green, circular layers of agricultural terraces. The 150-meter deep bowl-like depressions served as natural greenhouses where it is believed that the Incas created their own microclimate enabling them to grow lower altitude agriculture at high altitudes.
Overnight at Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. (BL)
June 21: Willoq – Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Explore the remote Andean village of the Willoq, a community virtually unchanged in social structure, dress and language since pre-Incan times. Practice environmental portrait photography as these indigenous people go about their daily business making textiles.
Later, continue on to the Ollantaytambo Incan site where ancient temples and fortresses were built to protect the Sacred Valley. Walkways, pools and canals, all expertly fashioned, demonstrate the unrivaled skill of the builders.
Overnight Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. (BL)
June 22: Machu Picchu
Transfer to the Ollanta Railway Station for a scenic ride aboard the Vistadome Valley Train to Machu Picchu. Transfer to the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, located on Machu Picchu just feet from the ancient site.
After checking in, explore and photograph the infamous and spiritual ancient ruins surrounded by the dramatic Andes Mountain peaks. These impressive ruins were hidden for 400 years by a semi-tropical jungle in between two peaks with sheer mountainsides falling vertically to the Urubamba River. Wander through and photograph the maze of empty plazas, chambers and stone structures of this enigmatic, archaeological wonder. (BL)
Overnight at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.
June 23: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Capture mystical images during an early morning photo shoot as the sun rises through the misty cloud forest surrounding the lush green mountains and ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. We have secured special access to enter the site before it opens to the general public.
Depart Machu Picchu with a late afternoon train ride from Ollanta to Cusco. (BLD)
June 24: Cusco, The Inti Raymi Festival
Full day excursion to the Inti Raymi Festival. We will have special access to a tribute to the Sun God, Apu Inti Tayta. TA re-enactment of the solstice celebration takes place every year on June 24 in historic Cuzco, the ancient hub of the Inca's vast empire. More than 150,000 colorfully clad natives and tourists assemble in the morning at the fabled Koricancha, or Sun Temple, where the Inca (a local resident designated to play the part) delivers an invocation of praise to Father Sun. Next, the royal entourage moves to the main plaza. After a ceremonial reading of the sacred coca leaf to divine the future of the empire, the Inca proceeds to the massive stone walls of Sacsayhuaman, a cultural treasure situated on a hilltop outside of town.
With its commanding view, the ruined fortress remains one of the most astonishing megaliths of the ancient world. Dressed in full regalia, the honorary Inca delivers his orations in Quechua, the native tongue that is still spoken in Andean highlands.
The formal spectacle lasts just four or five hours, but for an entire week Cuzco radiates renewed life and energy – a recollection of the glories of the Incan past.
Overnight at the Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel. (BL)
June 25: Cusco - Juliaca
Morning transfer to Cusco airport for a flight to Juliaca. Considered “the folkloric capital of Peru,” Juliaca is located on the Collao Plateau in the Lake Titicaca basin.
Overnight at the Libertador del Lago Titicaca Hotel. (BLD)
June 26: Puno, Lake Titicaca
From the small port of Puno, we will take a full day tour on Lake Titicaca – the world’s highest navigable lake with passenger boat services. Lake Titicaca is considered a sacred place for the Inca civilization since it’s said to be the birthplace of the first Inca king, Manco Capac. The lake is located at 12,500 feet above sea level at the northern end of the Altiplano (Andean plateau) basin high in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia.
We’ll visit 3 of the lakes islands by traditional boats: Uros Island, Amantani Isle, and Taquile Island.
Overnight Libertador del Lago Titicaca Hotel (BL)
June 27: Puno – Julaca - Lima
On our way to the Juliaca airport for the flight back to Lima, we’ll visit the Sillustani Tombs. The tombs are commonly referred to as “chullpas.” The chullpas, located on a peninsula in Lake Umayo, are 28 pre-Incan stone burial towers dating back to AD 900.
Evening farewell dinner, then transfer to Lima airport for your flight home. (BD)
Adam has been photographing for over 30 years and has worked as a full time nature and travel photographer for the past 19 years. He travels extensively around the world leading his own photography tours and workshops. As a tour leader, he is widely known for his friendly practical nuts and bolts approach to solving problems in the field and sharing his enthusiasm and expertise with others.
Adam's award-winning images are widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns around the world for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda.
Adam is recognized world wide as an outstanding stock photographer with his images represented by Getty Images, Corbis, Visuals Unlimited, Photo Researchers, and Danita Delimont Stock Photography. His work sells for editorial and commercial uses in over 50 countries. Adam's images are also featured in seven coffee table books.
Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. Considered to be one of the elite photographers in the world, Adam is proud to be sponsored by Canon as an "Explorer of Light." Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels.
Born in Brazil, Najat grew up in between the mountains of Lebanon and the skyscrapers of New York. Her diverse upbringing helped shape her desire to travel the world. Leading workshops, she has introduced many groups to photography while still exploring the cultures and diversity of the more than 40 countries she's visited. Her gift for languages (she speaks Arabic, Spanish and English fluently and a bit of Dutch and Portuguese) has enabled her to put people at ease through out her travels. She enjoys the opportunity that workshops give her to meet different types of people and introduce them to the beauty and marvel of the world. A huge believer in giving back, she is dedicated to supporting local charities throughout her travels. Her work has appeared in NY Times Magazine, American Photo, Financial Times, Interior Design, Popular Photography, The Editor at Large, HGTC.com, Trail of Inspiration.com, mocoloco.com and Oprah.com.
Computer / Digital Accessories
$5900 based on double occupancy. A single supplement is available for an additional $1450.
Limited to 10 participants.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.