May 11 - 20, 2018
Explore a country still deeply tied to its ancient tradition and customs. Our adventure begins in the capital of Lima and we'll venture South to a magical desert oasis. After, we'll explore the Sacred Valley and meet with local Shamans and Artisans for intimate photography portrait sessions. We'll taste Peruvian chocolate and learn to cook Peruvian food from a Michelin Star Chef. Adventure awaits as we ride ATVs, go sand boarding, rock climbing, zip lining, river rafting, ride on scenic trains and explore and photography the ancient city of Machu Picchu PRIVATELY (yes we have exclusive access to the city before gates open to the public)!!!
Join us for adventure, photography, and giving back in the beautiful country of Peru.
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May 11 - 20, 2018
Day 1: May 11th: Lima
You'll arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) to begin your adventure. A private driver will be waiting for you to help you with your luggage and welcome you to Peru. You'll be whisked away to the Dazzler Hotel to relax, mingle with the other guests and explore the city at your leisure.
We'll have a welcome reception and dinner.
Day 2: May 12th: Lima - Haucachina Oasis
We're up early to catch our private transport South to Haucachina - Peru's tiny, adventure filled desert oasis. A tiny town surrounding a lagoon, nestled into massive sand dunes makes Haucachina a must visit.
We'll start the day conquering 300' dunes on ATVs and when we're done with that we'll try our hand at Sand Boarding down them! Sand boarding is similar to snowboarding, just take away the snow and add sand. If that seems daunting, sit on the board and relive those early years! 🙂
After a fun day playing in the dunes and exploring the tiny town, we'll retreat to the Las Dunas Hotel for a relaxing dinner and some rest and relaxation.
(B, L, D)
Day 3: May 13th: Haucachina Oasis - Pucusana - Lima
After breakfast we'll board our private transport and make our way to the tiny fishing village of Pucusana. Once we've arrived we'll sit down for a wonderful lunch consisting of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. After lunch we've arranged a special portrait session with some of the local elders and fishermen in the village. This is going to be an incredible opportunity to get up and close with the locals. Not to mention capture some amazing and powerful Environmental Portraits.
After our feast and intimate portrait session, we'll head back to the Costa Del Sol Airport Hotel in Lima. We have an early flight to catch in the morning (not to mention an action packed day)!
(B, L, D)
Day 4: May 14th: Lima - Cusco - Chincheros - Moray - Salineras - Skylodge
We wake up early and jump a flight (included) to Cusco to begin our journey into the Sacred Valley.
Our first stop is Chincheros, home to artisans and weavers. True to form, we've arranged another special portrait session with some of the local artisans and weavers. After we'll flex our Landscape Photography muscles and visit the ancient Incan terraces of Moray. We'll push on to the salt mines of Salineras and have another private portrait session with the local salt miners.
After our cultural afternoon, we'll head towards the Skylodge and climb Via Ferrata (translated from Italian to English to mean The Iron Road). A safe, 300 foot ascent up the peak, followed by a 100 foot repel to the Skylodge. Once checked into the Skylodge, we'll unwind with some cocktails and dinner. For those interested we can practice some Astral Photography once the sun sets.
(B, L, D)
Day 5: May 15th: Skylodge - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguana Cancha - Cusco
What goes up, must come down! After breakfast we'll get geared up and prepare to zip line down the mountain via 7 secure cables ranging from 150 meters to 2800 meters in length! Once down the mountain, we'll catch our private transport to explore and photograph the ancient Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
After lunch we'll venture on to Aguana Cancha and visit a local Alpaca Farm. We'll of course have plenty of photo ops with the alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. After we spend some time at the farm, we'll head to the 5 Star Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco to check in and get freshened up and ready for our..
Peruvian Cooking Class! We've arranged a wonderful 2 hour cooking class for our group. We'll learn about how the ingredients are sourced, how that relates to the country and its various microclimates and of course, we'll get to cook and eat our creations! We'll also be taking some time to teach a short lesson on Food Photography and Food Styling.
After we'll retire and enjoy the evening in the Belmond Monasterio Hotel.
(B, L, D)
Day 6: May 16th: Cusco - Urubamba River Rafting - Cusco
Rise and shine! Today we're up early to go white water rafting on the Urubamba River! We'll enjoy a mellow Class II and Class III whitewater experience with plenty of lulls in the action to swim, float and relax in the sun. After our whitewater adventure we'll have lunch and make our way back to the Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco.
After dinner, we'll regroup and go enjoy a Peruvian Chocolate Tour in Cusco. After the tour you're free to relax or go explore the city and nightlife!
(B, L, D)
Day 7: May 17th: Cusco - Willoc - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Today we travel to the small village of Willoc Alto to initiate the build-a-school
funding project and experience the local way of life. You will be treated to local music, dancing, and experience a Traditional Shaman blessing ceremony. Once again, we've arranged a special and intimate portrait session with the local Shahmans for our guests.
After, we'll drive to the Ollantaytambo train station and catch the scenic Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the small town below Machu Picchu and our jump off point. Here we check into our 5 star hotel - The Sumaq Machu Picchu - where we can freshen up before enjoying dinner and cocktails.
(B, L, D)
Day 8: May 18th: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Sanctuary Lodge
Today we visit one of the 7 man made wonders of the world - Machu Picchu. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu is situated at 7,970 feet above sea level and is thought to have been built around 1450 A.D.
We have secured private early access to Machu Picchu to ensure we get amazing photographs without tourists in them. The historical site will be ours to photograph exclusively before gates open to the public!
We'll wake early and watch the sunrise over the ruin city while practicing our Landscape Photography. Later we'll explore via a special guided tour. We'll also have a chance to hike Wayna Picchu and see the city from above (aka a different PRSPCTV!). When you are done exploring Machu Picchu, head over to your room at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, just steps away from the main entrance to Machu Picchu.
Freshen up and enjoy dinner at the lodge.
(B, L, D)
Day 9: May 19th: Sanctuary Lodge - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today is a relaxing day. You can sleep in and relax at the Belmond Sanctuary Hotel overlooking Machu Picchu or you can again explore Machu Picchu and continue to hone your photography skills.
We'll have a wonderful lunch at the hotel and gather our things for checkout. After, we'll head to the train station and catch our train back to Cusco.
Enjoy your afternoon exploring Cusco or enjoy all that the Belmond Monasterio Hotel has to offer.
We'll have a farewell reception with dinner and drinks.
(B, L, D)
Day 10: May 20th: Cusco - Lima
After breakfast we'll head back to the airport and catch our flight (included) back to Lima. Once in Lima, you're free to extend your stay, explore the city or catch your flight back home if needed.
John D. Russell is a Commercial Photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.
He has been shooting professionally since 2006 but his interest in photography started at the young age of 13.
Old school, John learned photography in the classroom and spent hours in the darkroom processing black and white film.
Fast forward to today and John works regularly with multinational brands like Toyota and has photographed mega celebrities such as Bruno Mars, Kaley Cuoco, John Legend and many more.
His broad mastery of photography has him shooting diverse assignments all over the globe. His work has been published internationally and John was recruited to be a contributor to Getty Images.
With the encouragement of some close friends, PRSPCTV was born. Each experience combines the things John loves and values the most including Photography, Travel, Adventure, and Giving Back!
We want to reiterate that this adventure is not just for amateur photographers and enthusiasts who own a lot of photography gear. There's an old saying and we're not sure of the origin however it rings true to us -
"The best camera is the one you have with you."
You can take excellent photos with today's mobile devices IF you know what you're doing. Photography fundamentals such as lighting and composition apply no matter what camera or cell phone you are using. We promise you that your photography skills will improve and you'll come away with amazing photos no matter what camera you decide to bring.
That said, if you have gear bring it. Here's an extensive list of gear we recommend..
Recommended Camera Gear
- Cell Phone w/Camera
- dSLR or Mirrorless
- Memory Cards
- Wide Angle Lens (14mm - 24mm)
- Prime Lens (35mm or 50mm or 85mm)
- Telephoto Lens (70mm - 200mm)
- Speedlight / Flash
- GoPro & Mounts
- Tripod and Head
- Wireless Tranceivers
- Appropriate Cords
- Lens Cloth & Air Blaster
- Card Reader
- External Hard Drive
- Extra Batteries
PERU PHOTO ADVENTURE
May 11 - 20, 2018
COST PER PERSON
$6000 per person based on double occupancy.
A single supplement is available for an additional $2000.
This adventure is limited to a maximum of 8 participants and a minimum of 6 participants. As of 11/20/17 only 4 spots remaining.
$1500 Deposit Due December 15, 2018
$1500 2nd Installment Due January 15, 2018
$1500 3rd Installment Due February 15, 2018
$1500 Final Installment Due March 1, 2018
No refunds will be given for cancellations after February 15, 2018
- PRSPCTV Workshop Fee
- Domestic Flights (LIMA > CUSCO > LIMA)
- Accommodations based on double occupancy
- All listed activities and entrance fees
- 3 meals per day (B, L, D) unless noted otherwise
- International Flights & Visas
- Airport taxes for International Flights
- Domestic & International Luggage fees
- Alcohol and Souvenirs
Please note that this is a $10,000 trip offering. We've secured incredible discounts (upwards of 40% savings!) on lodging alone. The hotels we have reservations at are the absolute nicest properties available. Add in the activities, transportation, flights, private portrait sessions, exclusive early access to Machu Picchu, and all of the photography instruction you'll receive...and you are receiving extraordinary value!***
Until the adventure begins!
Please note that side trips are available including: trekking, amazon jungle tour, paragliding, shamanic ceremonies, camping and more advanced white water rafting. If interested please let us know and we'll be happy to assist you with your extended itinerary.