sep 11-18, 2017

$3,995 (per person, based on double occupancy)

Our photographic journey in Peru offers a diversity of cultures and unique landscapes such as mountains, jungle, lakes and valleys. We also visit Inca structures - architectural art in perfect harmony with the natural environment. In this magical place, there is an incredible assortment of photographic opportunities. 


Day 1 - Arrival

Upon arrival to Lima, we will head to the hotel and have dinner at the hotel restaurant (D). 

Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, we will head to the Sacred Valley. Valle Sagrado is embraced between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo. It has wonderful landscapes where its inhabitants, native of the Quechua ethnic, conserve many customs and ancestral rites. It has the best “andenería” system (platform system) achieved by the Inca in all of the Andes. Near the town is the“Parque Arqueológicode Pisac”  (Archaeological Park of Písac),  Incaarchaeological locations, constructions in finely assembled refined stone, citadel, turrets, military fortresses and astronomical observatories. Písac is located at 32km (20 miles) from Cuzco, 2,972 meters above sea level (9,751 feet). 

Calca - The town is located between beautiful landscapes, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility that has as a beautiful background the snowy mountains of Pitusira and Sahuasiray. Near the town are the medicinal spas of Machacancha (thermal sulfurous springs) and Minasmoqo (cold gassy springs). Near Calca is located the archaeological Inca complex Huchuy Cuzco. Calca is located at 50km (31 miles) from Cuzco, 2,928 meters above sea level (9,606 feet).

Yúcay - The beauty of its landscape, and the benign weather, made Yúcay the elected place for the Inca royalty resort, which is also attributed to be a place with mythological characters and powers on the human spirit. Numerous Inca constructions exist, outstanding among those the Palace of the Inca Sayri Túpac, stone and adobe construction with decorations in its walls on high and low embossment. In the town a small museum exists. It is located at 68 km (42 miles) from Cuzco, and 2,857 meters above sea level (9,373 feet). 

Urubamba - Another old Inca town, located in fertile valley, was formerly a great agricultural producer center of the Inca. Today it is a beautiful countryside, with great production of fruit. Urubamba is in the skirts of the majestic snowy mountain Chicón, to which you can achieve its ascent fairly easily. Urubamba is also called the “Capital Arqueológica del Perú” (Archaeological Capital of Peru), for the rich Inca archaeology that exists in the area. The area is also called “La Perla del Vilcanota,” for the incomparable landscapes that surround it, natural scenes of an indescribable beauty. Indigenous communities with intricate ancestral customs are found here. Lunch will be had at a local restaurant, Tunupa. It is located at 72 km (45 miles) from Cuzco, via Písac, and at 58 km (36 miles) via Chinchero; 2,871 meters above sea level (9,419 feet).

Ollantaytambo - The legend counts that Ollántay (the titan of the Andes) of plebeian origin, loved the princess Cusi Coyllor (cheerful star) the Inca king’s daughter Pachacútec, who was in disagreement with this love. Pachacútec sent the princess to a house of Virgins. Ollántay tried to abduct her, without getting her, being able to escape. From the fortress that Ollántay controlled he rebelled against Pachacútec, and after bloody battles he was defeated, but the generosity of Pachacútec forgave the life of Ollántay. We can visit this fortress, and also the rich Inca archaeological locations, the icamisana, the spas of the Ñustas (princesses) and the chullpas of Cachiccata, a group of terraces with symmetrical and steep stairs carved into the slope of a hill. In the summit of the archaeological complex stand six monoliths of enormous size, assembled with incredible precision, that have mysterious engravings of Inca iconography. The complexity and beauty of the Inca constructions and the contemporary town, the immense agricultural complex, great administrative and social center, religious and military, is considered by many scientists and historians as one of the most important alive museums in the world. Return to the hotel in Urubamba and Dinner at the hotel restaurant. 

(B, L, D).

Day 3 - Sacred Valley - Wiñayhuayna - Macchu Picchu town

After a train ride this morning, we begin walking to Macchu Picchu, across the Urubamba River and through a bridge that offers a spectacular view of the mountains. During the trip we will make our first visit to one of the Inca sites known as Cachabamba, a beautiful palace with nice walls carved in stone. Then our guide will explain part of the story of the Incas. We will start walking again and start climbing through a mountain totally covered by vegetation, for about 8km (4 hours), until we arrive to Wiñaywayna, located at a height of 2700 meters above sea level. After Macchu Picchu, Wiñaywayna is one of the most beautiful buildings made by the Incas. Wiñaywana shows a perfect example of the agriculture during Incas time, showing a great number of terraces, where the Incas used to grow different plants and vegetables, including coca leaves. The name of Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid which grows in that region and means “forever young.” After exploring this marvelous site we will have lunch. Later the same day we will continue our walk towards a cloudy forest until we reach the Inti Punko or “Door of the Sun.” At this point we shall have access to the most amazing view of the city of Macchu Picchu. This is a very special site, where we will rest for some minutes and take a lot of photographs. After we will descend towards Macchu Picchu (the guided visit will be next day) and we will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. At night we will explore and get to know the little town and will be able to try the thermal baths located in the superior part of the city near the Main Square. 

Maximum altitude: 2700m, minimum altitude: 2400m, distance: 8km, approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

(B, ­L, ­D). 

Day 4 - Macchu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast, we will take a short bus ride directly to the ruins (30 minutes). Once there, we will can enjoy an extensive walking tour of the ruins and explanation of the fascinating history behind the Incas (duration 2 and a half hours). If time permits, we can explore the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s Hut or try the strenuous climb to the Sun Gate – Inti Punku. Some may prefer to just relax and take in the stunning location. After a full day exploring the site, we will take the bus down to the Machu Picchu town (30 minutes more), and spend some time in the artisan market. We will have lunch here.  After lunch, we head back to Cuzco and our hotel for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then, if we have the energy, we can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

(B, L, D).

Day 5 - Cusco

After breakfast, we will have a walking city tour in the Cusco historical center, visiting the Plaza de Armas and its impressive cathedral, Qoricancha temple, once home to life-­sized statues in solid gold. If time permits, we will visit one of the bustling markets, full of tropical fruits fresh from the Amazon or visit the San Blas artisan district. We continue with our tour to the near ruins of Cusco. We will visit the impressive archeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheater. Once the scene of fierce battles, it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. We continue to the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet), with its intricately carved water channels, which have been used both for ritual cleansing as well as the worship of water. We will finally visit the Puca Pucara fortress on the way back to Cuzco. Lunch in local restaurant. Dinner at the local restaurant with a folk dance show. 

(B, ­L, ­D). 

Day 6 - Cusco - Puno

After breakfast, we depart to Puno. Today, we will have excursions and guided tours in the corridor south of the plateau Andahuaylillas - visiting the temple or the Sistine Chapel of America, the Inca temple of Raqchi, passage de la Raya at 4335m and the Museo Inka Aymara of Pukara.

(B,­ L,­ D). 

Day 7 - Puno - Uros and Taquile Islands - Lim

This morning, we will be picked up from our hotel to go to the port of Puno, where we’ll take a boat to the floating islands of the Uros. We will arrive at the island in the Titikaka Lake. The residents of the Uros are known as the “water tribe,” because they must add new layers of totora reeds, which grow in the lake, to create conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. Following this exciting tour, we will be led to the Island of Taquile, where customs, rituals, religious and folkloric traditions, are maintained. We will taste a typical lunch with fresh fish (trout). There is also a craft fair on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods, which are of very fine quality. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. We will return in Puno in the afternoon. Later, we transfer to the airport in order to take the flight to Lima.

(B, L, D). 

Day 8 - Departure

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our international flights.

PRICE: $3,995

  • Per person in double occupancy room
  • $250 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Private transportation
  • 7 night accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • National air tickets: Lima / Cusco and Juliaca / Lima
  • Highly qualified local English speaking guides 
  • Inca trail program for 2 days / 1 night 
  • Fee entrances for the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes 
  • Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes 
  • Train ticket (Expedition Class) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 
  • Train ticket (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Professional photography instructors Dean Tatooles and Tim Vollmer

price does not include

  • International airfare to and from Peru
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuity
  • What is not mentioned as included


tour overview:

  • Dates: September 11-18, 2017
  • Price: $3,995 (per person, based on double occupancy)
  • Location: Peru
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
  • Photographic themes: Landscape, architecture, ancient ruins, nature, vistas, people
  • Points of Interest: Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Calca­Town, Yúcay, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Wiñayhuayna, Macchu Picchu, Cusco, Puno, Uros and Taquile Islands

Photography instructor: Tim Vollmer

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Tim has everything. He has the knowledge, the eye, the patience. He is an amazing photographer, one of the best I know. A great person and professional photographer. Highly recommended him - he is just amazing.
— Sharon Hahn