Award-winning tour of the photo highlights in the City of the Incas
Published in Nat Geo and Lonely Planet 2019
Professional, multilingual guide to help you discover Cusco in a unique and fun way
The Cusco photo day tour is the only one that will take you to the touristic and untouristic places of the Incan Capital. Visit unknown incan streets, traditional markets, catacombs and typical local places unexplored by mass tourism. Get some photography tips from your guide, no matter if you use a phone or camera and enjoy the real Cusco from a different perspective.
All year round
Cusco Main Square, outside Mcdonalds
Limbus bar, San Blas Square
ANDEAN PHOTO EXPEDITIONS
We start the morning in Plaza de Armas at 09:30. We’ll be waiting for you in the main square, by the Mcdonald's there, with the Andean Photo T-shirt.
We move up to Santa Ana and have a quick breakfast in UMA Café at 10:00.
After a quick breakfast, we move up the street for a magnificent unique perspective from the Arch of Santa Ana. This ancient arch has a vantage point to photograph the city and barely anyone knows you can actually go to the top!
We move down into San Pedro market around 10h30. Also known as the Central Market (Mercado Central), the San Pedro Market is one of the most traditional and classic places to photograph in Cusco. Built by the famous Gustave Eiffel in 1925, this location concentrates the local Quechua residents and is usually busier and more attractive in the morning. Entering this market is a different experience. You’ll find everything from fresh fruit and veggies, natural medicines, people having a meal next to cow heads for sale, lots of crafts and an entire world of Quechua influences and amazing colors.
After that, we move to Plaza San Francisco and visit San Francisco de Assis Church, convent, and catacombs. The San Francisco Church is one of the oldest and most forgotten wonders of the city. We will visit this convent/church and explore its history and architecture. We will explore the underground catacombs, the church, choir area with amazing carved cedar chairs and one of the highlights - the Bell Tower, where you can enjoy an impressive view of the city. We will also visit the outdoor patio, designed with superb detail in the Spanish colonial style.
At 12:40 pm there is a mandatory stop in the main square (Plaza de Armas). There’s no escaping the main plaza. It concentrates so much history about the Incan empire! Explore this area with a more photographic approach but get to also learn a little bit about the history of Cusco.
Then we move up to San Blas neighborhood and have our lunch, round 13:00 pm, stop in San Blas Market. Lunch is quick and simple but delicious. A healthy local sandwich of your choice and fresh fruit juice. San Blas market is known for an alternative vibe, healthy food options, and few tourists.
Around 14:00 we move out of the market and explore the San Blas Neighborhood. The oldest and most beautiful neighborhood in Cusco. Known as the location where all artists live in the city. This area has some hidden gem locations that make for amazing street photography and not a lot of people know about them. We will take you there along some mandatory
tops like the “Mirador de San Blas” where you can have an amazing overview of the city.
Our day tour is about to end. A quick stop for a typical cocktail(optional) in a bar with a wonderful overview of the city for sunset.
This tour finishes between 15h00 and 15:30. If you’re staying in Cusco for a few more days our guide will gladly give you lots of tips on other locations to photograph around Cusco.
***If you are a solo traveler and want to join a group please contact Andean Photo Expedition to check availability, directly via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org***
Meet at the door of McDonald's in the main Square
Quick coffee at Uma Café in Santa Ana
Explore the panoramic view of Cusco in the Arch of Santa Ana
San Pedro Market, explore the most local cusqueñan market during the best morning light
11:30 - 12:00
Visit the Catacombs, Church and Convent of San Francisco
Explore Plaza de Armas through a photographic point of view
Move up to San Blas Market for Lunch
Explore some of the incan streets of the Artsy neighbourhood of San Blas
Finish your tour at a local Chicheria or the panoramic bar Limbus.
- Entrance fees
- All activities
- Professional guide
- Professional photographer guide
- Walking tour Exclusions
- Food and drinks
- Lunch in San Blas Market
- Personal insurance
- Optional breakfast in Uma Café
- Cocktails at Limbus
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- A bottle of water.
- Sunblock cream.
- Camera gear (a lens equivalent to 24-70 is recommendable)
- Charged batteries
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 5:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
No Shows & Cancellations of this tour - If you cancel 2 days prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
Is this a tour for photographers only ?
No. This tour is for everybody. If you have no interest in photography we will actually take your pictures on the tour and send them to you the next day. This is a very interesting cultural tour of Cusco as well as a photography tour.
My camera is my phone. Is that a problem?
No problem! You can use any camera you want. we will still provide all the tips no matter what gear you carry.
What kind of transportation will we be using?
This will be a full walking tour as Cusco is not that big.
What is not included in this tour ?
Meals and drinks are not included in this tour.
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