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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
The Sacred Valley
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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