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PERU

MACHU PICCHU & THE SACRED VALLEY

Featuring Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Aguas Calientes 

SEPTEMBER 12 - 20, 2024

8 DAYS

From  $5,750 

GROUP SIZE:

6-12 Travelers

STARTING POINT:

Lima, Peru

TRIP LEADERS:

Patrick Campbell (Lead), Michael Downey (Photo Instructor)

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Embark on an extraordinary photographic odyssey through Peru's Sacred Valley and the iconic Machu Picchu with Open Sky's Patrick Campbell and pro photographer Michael Downey.

 

What sets this Peru trip apart from others? We've designed our itinerary to include not just one, but two days to explore Machu Picchu. Capture the magic of this mind-blowing archeological site at both sunrise and sunset.

 

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ancient Incan sites such as Moray and Maras, explore the captivating Ollantaytambo, and enjoy stays in beautiful mountain-surrounded hotels.

 

Our top-notch tour guide, Alvin, will illuminate the journey, making it an informative and entertaining blend of history, culture, and unparalleled visuals through his unique storytelling approach.

 

Join us for a curated experience that unveils the essence of this historical and spiritual mecca in a captivating and concise adventure.

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In this ​PDF you will find the full information for Peru 2024, including our route, a detailed day-by-day itinerary, accommodations, rates, and terms and conditions.

ITINERARY 

DAY-BY-DAY OVERVIEW

DAY 1:  Arrive Lima, Peru

DAY 2: Fly up to Cusco | Drive to the Sacred Valley

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY | Maras & Moray

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY | Ollantaytambo & Pisac

DAY 5: Train from Ollantaytambo to MACHU PICCHU

DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU | Transport back to Cusco 

DAY 7: CUSCO 

DAY 8: Fly from Cusco back to Lima | Fly back to US

September 20th, 2024: Arrive home

HOTEL LIST

Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel Lima Airport

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

El Mapi Hotel - Machu Picchu Pueblo

Aranwa Boutique Hotel - Cusco 

SELECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the archeological site of Moray, with its striking concentric circles and fascinating Incan history , and explore the photogenic hillside salt pools in Mara. 

  • Meet and photograph a local farming community living high in the Andes, learning how to make a traditional meal featuring indigenous crops and spices.  

  • Stroll the ancient streets of Ollantaytambo, a town and an archaeological site in the Sacred Valley. Ollantaytambo features well-preserved Inca ruins, including a temple complex and terraces.

  • Experience iconic Machu Picchu, its visually astounding and mysterious dwellings, terraces, and mountain tops at sunrise and sunset. 

  • Stay in Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture built on Inca foundations. 

  • Enjoy opportunities to workshop your photography technique with photo pro Michael Downey as we venture through the Sacred Valley.

  • Explore all of these sites alongside Alvin, our incredible local guide who offers curiosity insight, encyclopedic knowledge, and colorful storytelling throughout the experience. We simply could not recommend him enough. 

“This was one of the best trip experiences I've ever had. I spent a few days traveling before and after the trip in Peru, and the difference was significant. You all make it look easy, but I appreciate the attention to detail it takes to give us such a special experience.”  -Andrea, 2023 Participant

TRIP LEADERS FOR PERU

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Patrick Campbell

Expedition Associate

TRIP LEADER  - Patrick is a travel and expedition photographer based in Austin, Texas. With a Bachelor's degree in Geography and a Master's in Sustainability, Patrick collaborates with climate scientists, curating photo stories for National Geographic and National Science Foundation grants. In addition to environmental projects, he documents outdoor adventures, including a 2,886-mile bike ride across the US and a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Joining the Open Sky team in 2023, he's excited to share his passion for exploration and art with our travelers. With experience across 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America (camera in hand always), he is a thoughtful and dynamic traveler, and will confidently provide a smooth and safe experience for the Peru trip. 

 

Patrick was on our Peru trip in 2023, and very much looks forward to returning with you.

You can find his photography online at patrickcampbell.photography.

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Michael Downey

TRIP PHOTO INSTRUCTOR  - Michael is a photography instructor based in the New York City area. His passions include photography, travel, and teaching...all three of which he shares enthusiastically! As the Head Instructor at Unique Photo, he teaches several curriculums, and regularly leads photo excursions throughout the northeast U.S. as well as to international destinations in Europe, Africa, and beyond. He has a patient and encouraging teaching style that fosters self-expression through photography. To quote Michael directly: “All students experience a sense of ruthless compassion!” & "Sometimes I photograph to learn, other times I photograph to teach, I always photograph to appreciate.”

Pro Photography Instructor

BOOKING YOUR TRIP

To Book This Trip

Book now by filling out the trip's registration form with the button below, and pay a $900 per person deposit to confirm participation on the trip.

Have More Questions?

We're happy to assist! Please contact us at info@openskyexpeditions.com, or call us at 1.844.OPENSKY or +1.212.441.0024.

FYI, Once You Book

Once you are confirmed for the trip, we'll provide helpful pre-departure information including a pre-trip timeline & insurance recommendations. Flight booking guidelines and a private portal for participants will follow at the appropriate time.

Trip Requirements

To participate on this trip, you will need to:​​

  • Passport: Carry a passport valid for at least 6 months after the trip ends

  • Travel Insurance: Have travel insurance that at least covers emergency medical evacuation. This can be obtained after booking the trip.  CLICK HERE to view details on the options offered via our partner Travel Insured International.

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