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

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

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!

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.

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2018

 
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Full
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!
Full
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!
Full
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!
2 Spaces
Nov 7-16

 

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
Dec 2-12

2019

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... We offer the best itinerary, the best oversnow vehicles, and a balance between wildlife, landscapes, thermal features, waterfalls, and macro photography! Join us!
Space Available
Jan 6-12
Two
Spaces Available
Jan 13-19
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Limited
Space Available
Mar 14-23

Spain Wine and Photography Adventure

We are off to Rioja and Ribera del Duero in Spain in search of castles, Roman aquaducts, cathedrals, and great wines. We'll venture into centuries old underground wine caves, visit modern wineries, walk among the vines, eat gourmet meals, and taste excellent wines - photographing as we go.
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Apr 1-11

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25

Private Ecuador Bird Photography

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Private Adventure
Jun 8-16
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Space Available
Jul 8-17
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7
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!
Space Available
Oct 27 - Nov 5

Northwest Argentina's
High Desert

Imagine the US desert southwest on steroids! More colors (like green and purple), exciting cactus; rock formations similar to Bryce, Canyonlands, and Arches; salt flats. Then throw in camelids (relatives of llamas) and wineries - yes, they make great wine! All of this at high altitude! And country where you don't have to stick to set trails! Oh, and an archaeological site for the Quilmes - a people who resisted the Inca!
Space Available
Nov
12-20

2020

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... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Four Spaces Available
Feb
15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Four
Spaces Available
(Two
Cabins)
Apr 12-25
Turkey! Where the East meets the West - Asia and Europe divide Istanbul at the Bosporus! Blue Mosque. Spice Market. Grand Bazaar. Cappadocia. Ephesus. Hierapolis. Sagalasos. Aphrodisias. The Acropolis. Temple of Athena. Assos. Troy! The list goes on! Throw in incredible artisans - and some of the best olives and olive oil on the planet - and a well executed photographic adventure itinerary! Let's go!
Space Available
Sep 26 - Oct 10