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Explore the Peruvian Andes, Land of the Inca with Nature Photography Adventures

June 4-12, 2018
Lake Titicaca Extension June 12-16, 2018

Exploring the Peruvian Andes, Land of the Inca

With Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Machu Picchu
The Inca
Cuzco
The Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo
The Andes

These are words that paint images in our minds.
These are words that have photographers eager to compose!

Now, add Lake Titicaca
The Uros

Read on!

2018 Prices
$7,150 (double occupancy)
$8,980 (single occupancy)
Before June 1, 2017
Deposit: $800

Lake Titicaca Extension
$2,890 (double occupancy)
$3,290 (single occupancy)
Before June 1, 2017
Deposit: $400

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The Inca ruled a group of cultures which built impressive cities, utilizing stonemasonry techniques that are not rivaled in today's world. Many Incan structures stand alongside collapsed modern architecture that could not survive time and earthquakes. Even the conquering Spanish tore down the temples, but used the same foundations to build elaborate cathedrals. All of that combines in great ways to create amazing photography opportunities.

The Inca, and those before them, were masters of agriculture, breeding hundreds of strains of corn, beans, and potatoes to produce well among the many micro-environments the Andes Mountains create. They domesticated quinoa and amarantth, which both have the same balance of proteins as red meat and so much more! They designed terraced fields and irrigation systems that were far ahead of contemporary systems around the world.

The Quechua people are the modern day descendents of the cultures ruled by the Inca- and carry on many of the traditions that were practiced when the Inca ruled this land. Today, Quechua peoples farm the same terraces and plant varieties of corn, beans, potatoes, quinoa, amaranth, and other exotic crops that their ancestors grew. They tend llamas and alpacas, harvesting wool and weaving it into wonderful and intricate patterns.

They live in simple structures, often near to impressive archaological wonders and carry out a simple life. The Quechua people of the Andes come together in marketplaces where they sell and buy just about everything that one can need to enjoy their simple lifestyle and rich cultural traditions.

Crafting a photography adventure among the ruins of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people is tricky. There is so much to see - and there is a temptation to keep moving so we can see it all. On the other hand, you travel with us because we work hard to get you to great compostions when the light is just perfect.

Then there is Machu Picchu - we insist on having enough time dedicated to this magnificent treasure that we can work around whatever the weather throws at us! And our times there in the past tell us that each weather change presents a whole new set of imaging opportunities!

We need to train our lenses on the amazing marketplaces, the incredible storied faces of the Quechua people, and the entire process of raising alpaca wool and getting it into the signature weavings of the Andes.

And, we don't want to spend all our time photographing old rock walls and forget to capture the vibrant agricultural practices and rich cultural heritage that will be all around us.

 

 

 

We designed a photography adventure that weaves together both current Quechua culture and great Inca archaeological sites, protects a good block of time at Machu Picchu, gets us to great spots in good light, and gives us enough time to act like photographers instead of common tourists!

Then, join us on an exciting extension to Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes on the border between Peru and Bolivia. This is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world - and the area is packed with good reasons to show up with a camera!

The Uros people have a long tradtion of building floating islands made of the reeds that grow profusely in the shallows of Lake Titicaca. They anchor these floating islands and then build a small settlement on top, again using the reeds as primary architectural materials. And, to top it off, they have a long history of building boats from the reeds and using those to catch fish! We get to spend time on one of these floating islands - and you wont think you have enough when you see all there is to photograph!

We'll explore Lake Titicaca by power boat and kayak, finding unique vistas and close up views of unique waterfowl. And we'll visit an island so renowned for its weaving that it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We'll venture to nearby Lake Umayo where we'll be rowed by local fishermen to photograph vicuñas, smaller relatives of llamas and alpaca. Then, we'll climb onto a peninsula in the lake to photograph ancient burial towers built before the Inca took power!

We are extremely excited to invite you to join us for an adventure in the Peruvian Andes that promises a wealth of natural, heritage, and cultural photographic opportunities. This adventure is choreographed to enablue us to be artists with our cameras - and to develop a real sense of this region and it's past and present peoples.

  • June 4-12, 2018
  • Lake Titicaca Extension June 12-16, 2018
  • Begins and ends in Lima, Peru
  • Small group - 5-10 participants
  • English speaking guides
  • Domestic Airfare and two Train Rides (in and out of Machu Picchu) included
  • Superior lodging
  • All breakfasts and some dinners included.
  • 2018 Prices:
    • $7,150 (Double Occupancy)
    • $8,980 (Single Occupancy)
    • For applications and deposits received before June 1, 2017
    • $800 Deposit due with Application
  • Lake Titicaca Extension Prices:
    • $2,890 (Double Occupancy)
    • $3,290 (Single Occupancy)
    • $400 Deposit due with Application
  • Prices will be adjusted as we get closer to 2018 as providers develop their 2018 rates.

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2017

 
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in West Yellowstone, Montana for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Full
May 20
Springtime in Yellowstone and the Tetons is all about baby animals, green grasses and wildflowers, reflections of snow-capped peaks and some of the best times to photograph thermal features, waterfalls, and wildlife! Join us!
Full
May 20-27
Tidepools, sunsets, sea stacks, arches and caves, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and huge old growth forests. Fall asleep to moonlight on the waves and the sounds of breaking waves. We built in a full day of waterfall photography for 2017. Read the details! This is one you won't want to miss!
Full
Jun 20-27

Alaska Bears and Salmon

When the salmon come upstream, the bears are there to meet them. And we'll be waiting to see and photograph the action! While this adventure begins and ends in Anchorage - the real action will be based in Lake Clark National Park and the Katmai Preserve! We'll base in the park and fly out in floatplanes daily to meet the salmon runs! Contact us for details! Full Aug 1-8
We're off to Spain to explore the wineries of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero with cameras - and tastings. Our journey will take us through vineyards to old castles and cathedrals and even Roman ruins! And underground into very old wine cellars and tunnels under historic communities! A big focus on pairing wines with excellent cuisine! Contact Us Sep 2-12
Monument Valley, Mystery Valley, Antelope Canyon and more - as we explore the red rocks and strong light of this magic land of Navajo and Anasazi! Full Oct 3-8
Come see those huge stone heads on the beaches of Easter Island - and find countless landscape photography opportunites using the heads, the full moon, sea caves, petroglyphs, exciting coastlines, and the site of the Bird Man ceremonies. Limited Space Available Oct 31 - Nov 7
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us a day early for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Space Available
Nov 29
Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Space Available
Nov 29 - Dec 9

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available
Jan 14-20
Space Available
Jan 21-27
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Space Available

Feb 11-22

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Limited
Space Available
May 1-9
Extension
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Space Available June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
Space Available
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
Full
Nov 7-17

2019

Join us for a photographic exploration of the mountains, Pacific-facing rainforests, cloud forests, and coastal mangrove wetland forests - and all the great species that live there! Think birds, reptiles, monkeys, frogs, butterflies, leaf cutter ants - and more! Hummingbirds with flashes and night critters with LED lighting.
Space Available
Feb 16-26