Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
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Pricing: Please contact us for a custom quote.
The Andes are a photographers dream! Endless blue skies, snowcapped peaks, tiny traditional villages, and colorful markets are among the highlights, along with breathtaking Lake Titicaca and the incredible Uyuni salt flats. Our Central Andes in Focus tour includes the best of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands from a photographer`s perspective; we work with local photographer-guides, providing the perfect opportunity to combine photography with more conventional tours.
Central Andes in Focus is designed with a great deal of flexibility in mind, in order to concentrate on the type of photography that interests you. Whether it is landscapes, people, wildlife or anything else that has drawn you to South America, Ayni will create an itinerary that perfectly matches these interests.
Fly to historic Cusco, center of the Inca Empire. Spend the day wandering cobblestone streets and learning about Cusco`s most important sites. We`ll visit a local market, Cusco`s Plaza de Armas and cathedral, the Qoricancha, and the historic neighborhood of San Blas, all with a leisurely pace for photographs and stops at the most visually compelling spots.
Take the morning to explore Cusco on your own. Just before noon, head up to the ruins of Saqsahuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay for a picnic lunch of traditional Peruvian plates and an afternoon exploring with your photographer guide. Today`s highlights include fortress walls constructed with enormous, skillfully carved stones, sweeping views of Cusco and surrounding hills and valleys, and beautiful natural scenery.
Vist the traditional village of Chahuatire, where locals continue to follow traditional customs and styles of dress. Our next stop is the ruins of Pisac, with extensive Inca terracing and sweeping views of the valley. We`ll break for lunch, then spend time browsing Pisac`s famous artisan market and sampling fresh empanadas before continuing to your comfortable Sacred Valley hotel
This morning we continue our exploration of the Sacred Valley, begining with the interesting ruins of Moray. Moray is a group of circular, terraced depressions thought to have been used for agricultural research by the Incas, set against a backdrop of beautiful snowcapped peaks. Next, visit the Salineras, artisanal salt pans cascading down a steep mountainside.
Travel by train through green valleys, past glaciated peaks and a winding river to Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Discover famous highlights and lesser known gems with your insightful local guide. We`ll stay until closing, when the crowds start to thin out, for convenient access to the best spots
Set out across the starkly beautiful Peruvian altiplano, with stops at a breathtaking colonial church, a visit with alpacas, seldom visited but fascinating catacombs and more. You`ll be traveling with your guide and private transportation, and we`ll be able to stop where we`d like at any point.
Travel by boat over stunningly blue Lake Titicaca to experience indigenous culture in secluded areas of the lake`s famed islands. We begin with the floating islands of Uros, then continue to Taquile, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the Capachica Peninsula. At all points the enormous lake streatches out around us.
This morning we cross into Bolivia and tour Copacabana, then hike across beautifulh Isla del Sol (Sun Island). By evening we`ll arrive in fascinating La Paz.
Get to know Bolivia`s one-of-a-kind capital on a walking adventure that includes descending dynamic El Alto, handicraft shopping in La Paz`s complex marketplaces, and taking in beautiful murals in the city center.
Jet off to awe-inspiring Uyuni. Travel across the shimmering white salt flats to cactus-covered Incahuasi Island.
Spend the day exploring Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, home to endless blue skies, brilliantly-colored lakes, volcanoes, lunar landscapes, roaming vicuñas, flamingoes and more.
Rise early for a breathtaking sunrise, then bathe in gorgeous thermal pools. We`ll bid farewell to Uyuni and head back to La Paz.
Morning flight home, or on to your next destination!
Some areas of Uyuni may be inaccessible during wet season (roughly November-March). Alternative visits will be included if this is the case for your tour.