Machu Picchu and Peru Photography Workshop

Event Details

  • From: November 5, 2022
  • To: November 12, 2022
  • Starting at: 03:00 PM
  • Finishing at: 12:00 PM


  • Lima, Peru

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

A Peru and Machu Picchu photography workshop is a must for every photographer. Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most multicultural countries of Latin America due to the mix of native Indian, Afro-American and European cultures. Peru is a country where the traditional customs have transcended through the years and they are the basis for the current way of life. The mix of different landscapes and people is the reason why Peru is a country so interesting to visit and photograph.

Lima, The City of Kings, was once the scenario of the war against the Spanish conquerors, who came in a ruthless search for the gold that was hidden somewhere in Peru. However, their most wanted treasure was the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which they never found. However, Machu Picchu is not the only highlight of Peru. We will also have the opportunity to photograph Cathedrals and Plazas in Lima, Cusco: the ‘Naval of the Earth”, the Sacred Valley with its many wondrous sites, as well as many small and fascinating villages and sites in-between.  We are also very fortunate to have one of the best guides in all of Peru! One that has guided Hollywood stars, as well as having won multiple “Peruvian Guide of the Year” awards. Loren is working with fellow photographer Sarah McGarghan, a partner in a Peruvian photography tour company. They have handpicked our guides, all of whom speak great English and love to share their culture with insight and passion. We have an action packed itinerary planned but we are always looking for more opportunities and will make last minutes changes if needed.

The main trip is eight days through central Peru, we’ve added an optional three-day pre workshop extension so you can photograph the beauty of the capital city of Lima. For the main trip you’ll meet us in Lima and then we make a quick 80 minute flight to Cusco, which is included in your registration.

Photo workshop in Peru and Machu Picchu

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Our itinerary (subject to change)

Pre-extension, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to Jose Antonio Hotel. We will have activities for those who arrive early in the day.

Pre-extension, Thursday, Nov. 3

Today we will adventure to Barranco, considered a Bohemian barrio just south of the ritzy Miraflores and home to many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. Barranco is filled with many colonial and Republican style houses (called “casonas”), flower-filled parks and streets, and beautiful beachfront areas. Here we will have time to roam and flex our trigger finger before heading to a newly discovered Marvel in the heart of Lima, Pullanca.

Unearthed in 2005, Huaca Pucllana, the adobe-and-clay pyramid, has seven staggered layers, and was built by the Lima Culture in around 500 A.D. It served as an important ceremonial temple and administrative center for the various cultures which prospered in the Lima region before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Here, we will be able to observe an interesting juxtaposition of the ancient ruins in amongst the bustling cities of Miraflores and San Isidro.  After our time spent here, we will go to Pucllana restaurant, noted as one of the beautiful places to eat in Lima.

Overnight at Jose Antonio Hotel

Pre-extension, Friday, Nov. 4

The Peruvian capital of Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizzaro. In it we will find colonial richness and the bustling vitality of a modern metropolis. It is divided into 43 districts, each with its own magic and magnetism. The weather tends to be warm and humid throughout the year but November is the perfect time to visit.

We will be picked up at the hotel and start our tour through Lima. Our first stop will be at the popular local market filled with great photographic opportunities. Fruits and vegetables are beautifully exhibited as well as an interesting display of meat, poultry and seafood, of which some are still alive!

We will then continue to the Plaza de Armas with its colonial buildings such as the Government Palace, the Municipality, the Palace of the Archbishop and the Cathedral, amongst others. All these buildings are gathered around this historical square. We will visit the Cathedral, which was built in 1625 in Baroque style. It contains a unique collection of sculptures and paintings dating from the 17th and 18th century. After photographing the historic city center, we go to the modern quarters of San Isidro and Miraflores. In San Isidro, we will visit the Olive Park where old olive trees survived next to modern shopping centers Then we travel to Miraflores, the Love Park, where we have a panoramic view over the cliffs and the Pacific.

Our lunch today will be at a local restaurant where we will be sure to be treated to authentic Peruvian food. After lunch, and a bit of free time, we will head to the water fountain park where we will experience 13 first class water fountains surrounded by great architectural monuments. It will be a fun and different opportunity to photograph. If we stay late enough, we may also be able to enjoy a laser show that projects colors onto the mist of fountains accompanied by music.

Today’s breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at Jose Antonio Hotel 

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Main Trip

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2021: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

We will meet at the Ramada Inn across from the Lima airport, prior to our flight to Cusco.  Those on the pre-extension will be transported from their hotel.

After our short flight to Cusco, we will board our bus and make our descent into the amazing Sacred Valley.  Here we will first go to Pisac which is set high above a valley floor patch worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing.  The stonework and panoramas at Pisac’s Inca citadel are magnificent. Pisac also offers a very colorful “Market Day” where we can purchase handcrafted jewelry and leather, beautiful woolens and ponchos, carpets and alpaca products.

We will end our day early so that you can rest and acclimate to the altitude.

Today’s breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay.

Sunday, Nov. 6, Willoq and Ollantaytambo

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Pick up from our hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo, a massive citadel which served as both a temple and a fortress. This afternoon we will explore the town and wonder how the amazing Incas built their terraces with the stones that were quarried from a mountainside three miles away.

We then head to Willoq, and on the way will be treated to a glorious drive filled with farms, vistas and waterfalls. When we arrive in Willoq we will be met with a traditional song and dance. This community, it is thought, maintains a direct line of the last Incas and consequently is  one of the last towns where you can have the living culture of Peruvian ancestries. Willoq is known for their textiles and clothing and very colorful ponchos woven in different shades of earth, chullos decorated with beads and buttons, embroidered monteras and ribbons.  Holes, balls, looms, pots with boiling dyes, dye plants and raw fibers attract the attention of the photographer and will make for an outstanding photographic day.

Today’s breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay

Monday, Nov. 7: Sacred Valley, Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas,” might be the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It was built around 1450 AD at the top of a granite mountain but abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Forgotten for centuries, the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by an American historian Hiram Bingham. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1983. Recently it also has been named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” and the most ecological travel destination in the world. Machu Picchu is a perfect example of the Incas ingenious engineering and masonry techniques, which enabled them to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side and to form them into amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly without any cement. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure – it is one of the most impressive and breathtaking sites you will have ever visited. 

This morning we will be picked up from our hotel and transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes.

After settling into our hotel, we will venture up to Machu Picchu where we will enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, including the main plaza, the royal quarters, Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower and the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. After our tour, and at our leisure, we will have time to wander around and photograph.

Today’s breakfast and dinner included. Overnight at Hotel Waman Machupicchu

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Machu Picchu – Sungate

Today, for those who wish, there will be an opportunity to return to Machu Picchu, the citadel and hike up to the SunGate. This will require an early morning departure of 5:00 am. It is a moderate hike to Sun Gate (Intipunku) which was believed to be the main entrance to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. After the 1.5 hour hike up, you will be rewarded by an incredible vista of the citadel (Machu Picchu) below. If you choose not to make the hike, you can return to the citadel or visit the shops and local scenes in Aguas Caliente, or soak in a natural hot spring.

We will meet back down in the village of Aguas Caliente around noonish where we will have lunch and a bit of free time before boarding the train back to Cusco.

Today’s breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at Hotel Andean Wings

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Maras and Moray, Chinchero

We will be picked up at the hotel and driven to Moray, a Pre-Incan site built with round, agricultural terraces, some of them up to 500 feet deep.  Then we will be off to visit the salt flats near the small village of Maras. Since before Incan times, salt water has been distributed in pans and dried for harvesting, making Maras, in Inca, times an important trading center. The harvesting of the salt here, as in the past, is done by hand.

After lunch, we will head to the old Inca town of Chinchero, situated about 17 miles north of Cusco. The town is topped by its main mountain, the nearby Chicon. The main square has an impressive Incan wall with ten alcoves in trapezoidal form, all in perfect condition. One of the most important colonial churches of the region is here with its Baroque altars and richly decorated walls. To finish the day we will be treated to a homestyle family meal in the community of Tauccac.

Today’s breakfast and dinner included. Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay

Thursday, Nov. 10: Cusco

The “Navel of the Earth“ is another name for Cusco. During the time of the Incas almost every path led to the capital of the empire. Also nowadays, almost every visitor to Peru eventually comes to the city located at an altitude of 11, 155 feet, which unites archeological evidence from different epochs. You will not only find Incan walls and temples but also colonial mansions and Catholic churches. In combination with the flair of modern Cusco, it is one of the most fascinating cities in the country. 

We will be picked up at the hotel and start our  tour through Cusco and its surrounding ruins. In the heart of the Incan empire, at the Plaza de Armas, we begin our tour with a visit of the impressive Cathedral. Then we will make our way through little alleys that are edged with Incan walls until we reach the temple of the sun, Koricancha. Also known as the Santo Domingo Church, it may be the most beautiful example of Spanish architecture superimposed on Inca constructions to be found in Cusco. This complex was built over the original Qoricancha, meaning the Temple of the Sun. It contains original Inca architecture.

After lunch, we will visit the outer parts of Cusco where one can find important ruins of the Inca Empire. The most important is the archaeological park of the fortress-temple Sacsayhuaman. Here we will be able to photograph the precise zigzags of massive stones, which over the centuries have remained intact which is considered unique in the world due to its singular architectural characteristics. In building Sacsayhuaman, the Incas used stone blocks of up to 29 feet high and 16 feet wide, each fitting perfectly. The fortress is approximately 1,200 feet long and has doors, galleries and watchtowers at strategic points.

Today’s breakfast and lunch included. Overnight at Hotel Andean Wings

Photo by Sarah McGarghan

Friday, Nov. 11: Market Day in Cusco

Today we go where tourists seldom go, authentic Peruvian markets! We will start at the San Pedro Market, a local market that is overflowing with produce, meats and wonderfully displayed fruits, a photographer’s dream. Then we will head to the Sabado Baratillo, a true Peruvian flea market. Here not only will you find amazing opportunities to photograph a wide array of people from all over haggling for wares, but you may be able to find a treasure or two to take home.

Late afternoon is all about the Cusco’s most famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. We will learn from the experts about Pisco’s history, flavors, and aromas, as well as mixing and tasting the local drink. Afterwards we will reconvene for our farewell dinner.

Today’s breakfast and dinner included. Overnight at Sonesta Hotel Cusco 

Saturday, Nov. 12: Cusco

After the included breakfast we sadly leave Cusco and fly back to Lima for your flight home. We will have suggestions for things to do if you have a late departure from Lima.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in the Peruvian culture, ancient history and stunning landscapes will find this to be a memorable trip. Your photographic experience doesn’t matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you’ll come away with amazing photos. There will a good deal of walking involved, especially if you want to explore the towns and villages. We will be at high altitudes and we have planned the trip to give us time to acclimate. Rest stops, restroom breaks and meal times have been carefully planned. Loren and Sarah will be available at all times for professional photography instruction. 

Peru is a country of mountains and high altitude.  If you have any health issues, we strongly advise that you consult with your doctor to see if this trip is suitable for you.  There will be some optional hiking that may be rigorous, but the bulk of the trip would be considered moderate level of difficulty. It is fair to say that if you can easily climb four flights of stairs, then this trip should not be problematic.

Main trip includes:

  • Seven nights in excellent 3-4 star hotels
  • All ground transfers by private bus or vans
  • Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in itinerary
  • Domestic air, including flights from: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima
  • Services of award winning guides and experts throughout the tour
  • Guide & bus driver tips and taxes
  • Meals as specified (7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 3 dinner) 

Not included

  • Round trip intercontinental air fare
  • Passport fees
  • Services, meals and drinks, including alcohol not mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals not included: four lunches and seven dinners
  • Tipping for these meals and housekeeping
  • Optional extra days in Lima and related meals and transfer
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditures of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance 
  • Entrance fees at optional sites/activities

Pre-extension includes:

  • Two nights lodging
  • All ground transfers by private bus or vans
  • Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in itinerary
  • Services of award winning guides and experts throughout the tour
  • Guide & bus driver tips and taxes
  • Meals as specified

Not included

  • Round trip intercontinental air fare
  • Passport fees
  • Services, meals and drinks, including alcohol not mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditures of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance 
  • Entrance fees at optional sites/activities

We recommend bringing 100 new $1.00 bills to be used for tipping housekeeping and meals when you are on your own – 10 % is standard tipping when dining at a nice restaurant.

Maximum group size: 12

Photo Equipment

You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. Since we’ll be doing a good deal of walking you’ll want to have a light weight backpack or another way to carry your equipment. While we will be in safe areas, it is always wise while traveling to keep you camera and lenses out of sight. Loren will be shooting extensively with a tripod but that may not be for you. If you bring a tripod you’ll want a sturdy tripod, don’t skimp here either on quality or size. Stay away from light “travel tripods” since we are going be shooting things you probably won’t see again in your lifetime and getting a fuzzy photo because of shaky tripod would be criminal. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems. I always suggest people download a PDF version of their camera manual to their phone.

Prior to the trip you’ll receive information about electrical converters and other suggested equipment and clothing.


Registration fee includes professional photography instruction, pre-trip planning, single occupancy lodging, flights within Peru, ground transportation and meals as listed in itinerary. If you are a couple or have a roommate, there is a $300 discount per person for a double room. The registration fee does not include airfare to Peru, alcohol, snacks, beverages or personal items. Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars. Final payment is due July 15, 2021.

Registration for the main eight day trip:

Regular registration: $5175
Previous clients: $4825
$300 discount per person for couples sharing a room

Cost of the three night Lima extension: $1095
$125 discount per person for couples sharing a room

Deposits and Cancellations

A $1500 deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in the workshop. Full payment must be received by July 15, 2022.

Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
• 120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund minus the deposit. Your deposit, minus $75 credit card and handling fees, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
• 120 or fewer days before workshop: no refund guaranteed. Your payments, minus $75 credit card and handling fees, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid. But if the workshop is canceled, LorenPhotos, LLC, will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance to be safe.


We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance before leaving your home country to cover at a minimum the following: medical evacuation, repatriation of remains and medical insurance. We highly recommend the following travel insurance sites:

About Loren Fisher

This workshop is being led by Loren Fisher, who has been a professional photographer since 1978. He worked at seven newspapers including USA Today, is a past president of the New Jersey chapter of ASMP, was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and sells his fine art photography at his gallery in Bedminster, NJ, and at juried art festivals. He has lead dozens of workshops around the world including Iceland, Chile, Italy, France, Guatemala, Florida, Oregon, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Boston and Washington, D.C. He has published two photography books “Pope John Paul II: An American Celebration” and “Branson Backstage.” Loren has been to 50 states and over 20 countries.

About Sarah McGarghan

Sarah McGarghan, professional photographer, past president of the Vermont Professional Photographers Association and tour operator, is passionate about photography and traveling. Through her visits to Peru she has discovered the most amazing people and places and guides. Recently, she took her then thirteen year old son and journeyed around Peru’s less traveled roads. Together, they traveled some 1,300 miles along dusty, bumpy back roads and each place they stopped was more magical than the last!  Not only will Sarah be traveling with you to find her heart and soul, which she left behind on her last visit, but she will be there to coordinate all aspects of the trip.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive more information about the trip. It includes suggestions for traveling in Peru including photo equipment and clothing and visa information. It is highly recommended that you have trip insurance and evacuation insurance in case of sickness or an emergency.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call/text 802-332-6611.

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