Accompanied by an experienced collaborative team of wildlife and travel photographers from the Untamed Photography outfit and conservation biologists from Fauna Forever, you will start this tour in the Peruvian Andes gateway city of Cusco and proceeds to snow-capped peaks, alpaca-dominated puna grasslands and highland lakes or cochas, down through orchid- and tanager-rich cloud forests, with a fantastic finale of two full days among the archaeological and landscape wonders of Machu Picchu. Price is all inclusive from Cusco. Limited dates. Not to be missed.
Accompanied by our experienced photography and biology leaders, this landscape, wildlife and cultural photography tour starts and ends in the city of Cusco. Having visited several unique sites and panoramic lookout points in and around the city, the tour proceeds to snow-capped peaks, high altitude puna grasslands dotted with alpacas and small lakes, before plunging down through orchid- and tanager-rich cloud forests and coffee plantations to an adorable, welcoming and comfortable private homestay located a few miles from Machu picchu. Having explored the cloud forests, ravines canyons around the homestay we end with a fantastic finale of two full days among the archaeological and landscape wonders of Machu picchu, taking the Vistadome train back to Cusco where we started.
|21 Jun - 2 Jul 2016||US$6,000 per person (max 8 people)|
|8 Jul - 19 Jul 2016||US$6,000 per person (max 8 people)|
|13 Oct - 24 Oct 2016||US$6,000 per person (max 8 people)|
|14 Apr - 25 Apr 2017||US$6,000 per person (max 8 people)|
|10 May - 21 May 2017||US$6,000 per person (max 8 people)|
When in the city itself we will be walking around the old town within 4-5 blocks of the central plaza, the area in which the hotel is located too. Many of these areas are pedestrian only, making it easy to walk around. When leaving the city to visit specific photography locations we will use our mini-van to get there and back. On these day trips, please remember to bring at least 2 litres of water to drink (drinking water is supplied by the hotel but you'll need to bring your own water bottle) as well as sun-cream, sun-hat, and sunglasses. Pack for all weathers, based on a temperature range of 5-25C, with a chance of rain. We will supply umbrellas for those that need them, in case of a downpour. We have an office in Cusco, which can be used to store any bags or belongings that are not required during the trip.
We will be doing some hiking along narrow paths through sometimes thick cloud forest habitats, as well as along rocky and pebbly shores of streams and rivers, not to mention walking through parts of a canyon, so definitely bring stout walking shoes or hiking boots. If these are leather, don't forget to pack a waterproofing agent to keep your boots from getting destroyed. Insect repellent at times will also be required. Pack for temperatures ranging from 10-25C.
Plan for all types of weather when at the ruins. That means it could be gloriously sunny one minute, foggy the next, and even raining half an hour after that. Fog and rain is more common during the rainy season (Nov to Apr). Bring some Soles change with you to pay for the toilet or rest room located near the entrance to Machu picchu itself. There is a nice, if expensive, restaurant near the entrance in case your box lunch is insufficient. Bring cash Soles to buy food and extra drinks here. Once your guide has given you her bespoke tour of the ruins, she will give you several hours to wander freely and explore around the site. We recommend you bring the following guide book to get the most from this free time: The Machu Picchu Guidebook: A Self-Guided Tour, by Ruth Wright & Alfredo Valencia. Do bring insect repellent, or wear long trousers / pants to keep the sometimes irritating flies at bay. Although your guide will remind you in Cusco before setting out, don't forget to bring your passport, as you'll need to show it at the entrance to the ruins.
“The lodging was superb! Great views over the lake and the photographers had great enthusiasm for teaching the camera techniques. I would recommend this macro workshop to anyone!” -Joe Eden
“I had a great time, the Untamed team were great photographic teachers and allowed me to do more than photography and allowed me to truly explore the cloud forest floor.” - Anna Bead