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Stop At: Andean Photo Expeditions, Cusco Peru

We start the morning at 09h30. We meet in the main square, Plaza de Armas outside Mcdonalds.

We move up to Santa Ana and have a quick breakfast in UMA Café at 10:00. After 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.

At 12:00 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 1 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 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 stops like the “Mirador de San Blas” where you can have an amazing overview of the city.

At around 15h00 we have the option either visit a local, traditional Chicheria, serving the drink chicha made from fermented corn, this is a very local spot and a perfect way to get to experience some of the true local culture, if this doesn’t take your fancy we have the option to visit a local bar with the best view in Cusco, here we can relax and drink a pisco sour while overlooking the entire city, you’ve earned it!

Also very important about this tour : Cusco's dynamic changes daily! So some locations in it's streets are not open every day! We leave this as a surprise as it is not garanteed. But we always pass by the places and if open we go inside to show you some hidden gems of Cusco! Fingers Crossed!

Duration: 6 hours
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Departure Point
Monumento al Inca, Plaza Mayor del Cusco, PLAZA MAYOR CENTRO DE, Cusco 08002, Peru
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
5h
Return Details
LIMBUS RESTOBAR, Calle Pasñapakana 133, Cusco 08000, Peru
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Local guide
  • Professional photographer guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent an enjoyable day with Alex having a look at Cusco from a photographer's perspective. I picked up some good photo tips during the day. We visited places which were not on the usual tourist route, and which provided excellent vantage points and photo...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JungleJim1
Dan S, Manager at Andean Photo Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Appreciate the kind words Jim! Thanks for coming along, All the best, Alex

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was great. Alex our guide knew the area well enough to get us into areas not open to other tourists (a locked tower and walkway over one of the streets and the bell tower and roof of San Franciscan cathedral). In addition to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kurt L
Dan S, Gerente at Andean Photo Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kurt, thank you so much for the review and a great day! I’m terribly sorry about the Pisco sour - that was an oversight on our part; and outdated itinerary that we missed when making changes. I can assure you we are in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we all expect, Cusco is an amazing, wonderful place to visit. Thanks to Alex, our Guide, those expectations were even exceeded, and the day of Photography Tour, became our favorite one in over 2 weeks of exploring Peru. Alex took us to spots were...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DorotaY
Dan S, Manager at Andean Photo Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Dorota, Thank you so much for the kind words, I'm so glad you enjoyed your day! All the best, Alex

Reviewed 29 August 2019 via mobile

We had an amazing day with Alex. He gave us a lot of valuable information about photography that suited our needs, skills and equipment. He showed us a lot of special non touristic places in Cusco with good photograpgy oppurtunities.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Dan S, Manager at Andean Photo Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2019

Thanks so much for coming along, I'm glad you guys enjoyed the day! All the best, Alex

Reviewed 26 August 2019

As it turned out we were the only ones on the tour. Alex was engaging and had many helpful tips. We had a relaxed walk around the city and to a few special photo points. It was a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Cusco and we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Esther A
Dan S, Manager at Andean Photo Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Thank you so much for touring with us and for your kind words! It was a pleasure! All the best, Alex

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