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PERU SUMMER TOUR

TOWARDS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS OF THE ANDES

Come join Marco Grassi during his 12-day Peru Tour. During this tour not only will we visit the most amazing locations of the Peruvian Andes but the best photo spots of the North and the South.

In the North we will transport ourselves by car and stay in hotels, while in the South, we will hike towards our base camp underneath the ‘Paradise Mountain’. In the hotels personal processing instructions will be given.

Tour Length

12 Days

Dates

May 19 - 30

Activity Level

Med - Hard

Lodging

Hotels + Tents

Group Size

Max. 10

Single Room

€550,-

Marco Grassi (28) from Italy has guided over 50 tours worldwide. He is considered as one of the big names among today’s Landscape photographers. With his combination of unique compositions and dramatic processing he has won several awards and made publications in National Geographic, the BBC, CNN and many more leading companies. Besides being a world-class landscape photographer, he is also a world class photography guide.

TOUR FEE

Covid-19 Notice: We have updated our cancellation policy to ensure your booking will not be affected by Covid-19 at any time. READ MORE

HIGHLIGHTS

The Paradise Mountain

The Paradise Mountain

Almost 7000 meter high snow-capped peaks, surrounded by fields of wildflowers, glaciers and rivers offer some of the best shooting conditions anywhere to be found. 

Unique locations

Unique locations

We only visit unique locations and we know multiple incredible spots in each area. 

The best time of year

The best time of year

The season at the time of the tour can be considered as perfect for shooting. Wildflowers, fresh snow on the peaks and often great light and weather.

PERU ITINERARY

Day 1 + 2


We will meet the group at the airport at around 10 am. From here we will drive all the way to the hotel high in the mountains with of course stops for lunch and toilet breaks. Unlike all other tour companies who go to the village of Huaraz to visit some tourist destinations, we will go to a rather unknown town which will bring us much closer to the high mountains. 

On the second day, we will have a “rest” day without hiking, but we will shoot a few locations. Then, we’ll drive at 2500-3000 meters and shoot mountains up to 6700 meters high. This is likely to be the highest mountain you’ll ever see or shoot from ground level. When you add in afternoon clouds swirling atop the peaks, you truly get an unforgettable sight.  Then, we’ll go back to town for a great dinner. Afterwards, you can choose to rest or join the first processing demonstration.

Images Day 1 + 2

Day 3


We’ll go to a “secret garden” at sunrise and marvel at beautiful flowers and a flowing creek. Encircled by three 6000+ meter mountains, there will be some amazing photography opportunities.  There are over 100 spots to choose from this incredible place, giving everyone plenty of room to roam and capture stunning images. During sunset, we’ll shoot the mountains from the south from a lower elevation, looking up at high peaks once more. From afternoon until sunset is the best light, and we will be staying a bit till after sunset to shoot the night sky. You’ll be surprised at how fast the sun sets and the sky turns black at only 9 degrees latitude!

Images Day 3

Day 4


On this day, we’ll be shooting a standalone mountain (6000+ meters high!). This mountain is covered by snow all the way down to the valley, and we’ll shoot from a giant field of flowers that will allow for hours upon hours of uninhibited shooting of flowers, trees, and plants. Our car will be parked at 4500 meters, and we will hike a 1km+ trail leading us to a spot at 4600 meters in elevation. 

After this, we’ll go to our next “secret” town for the night. After lunch, we’ll go to a sunset location and enjoy some telezoom work to capture 6000+ meter mountains. The highest peaks afford stunning cloud changes that you won’t want to miss, sometimes coming from nowhere and lasting only minutes. This sight is even more impressive than the Northern Lights!

Images Day 4

Day 5


On our fifth day, we’ll wake up early and prep for a 2.5km hike with 300 meter elevation difference to arrive at our sunset spot. Going slow and steady, we’ll arrive to see a small river situated below a 6300 meter high mountain - a beautiful location with numerous flowers, trees, and puddles. This area along the river is expansive, and we’ll spend a great deal of time here.

 We’ll have snacks to ensure we’ve got enough energy, and during the evening, there will be an extra processing session and a masterclass to learn how you can find all of these spectacular locations using Google Earth.

Images Day 5

Day 6


Taking a break from the intense hiking, we’ll shoot peaks with telezoom lenses from around 4700 meters high. From here, we’ll watch for spectacular clouds forming above the mountain peaks. 

After our sunrise shoot, we’ll go back to the hotel and begin our drive to the second part of our tour: the hike to Paradise Mountain. 

Our drive will be 7-8 hours with breathtaking views along the way. We’ll lodge at the nearest town just outside of the park. There is no lodging inside the park, so we’ll enjoy this hint of luxury!

Images Day 6

Day 7 - 10


We’ll leave early for a 1.5 hour drive to the beginning of the hike, a small village where donkeys, donkey drivers, horses, and a chef will be waiting for our group. They will carry any gear, food, and luggage we won’t need during the hike, and they will also set up our tents and arrange our meals. The hike itself is 12km with an elevation gain of 750 meters. The trail we’ll be on follows a river with a sloping elevation gain. We start early and take plenty of breaks. We’ll keep a slow and steady pace, with our group being divided in half so that we can walk our own pace.

Over three days, we will shoot the amazing Paradise Mountain and its captivating surroundings from various angles, including from 500 meters above the valley. Around base camp, we’ll also see various other shooting locations, some with little elevation gain. Paradise Mountain affords some of the most stunning views in the world, with spectacular opportunities with many foreground objects around.

The kitchen tent will remain open, with our own chef to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus more. Two toilets will also be available, and they’ll be clean and high standard considering they’re out in the middle of nowhere.

You’ll notice how the light and elevation influence the mood of your photos. In the afternoon, Andean condors will fly above the valley - a great time to practice fast shutter speed and good timing!

Images Day 7 - 10

Day 11 + 12


On day 11, we will hike back to the village, and this hike will offer more comfort, as we’ll be going downwards now. Once we reach the village, we’ll stay for the night and enjoy the last processing sessions.

Day 12 will begin with us driving back to Lima Airport, with photography opportunities and lunch along the way! The drive will be around 6 hours, and we’ll arrive around 2pm.

Images Day 11 + 12

INCLUDED
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Our guides know the area better than anyone and have a big drive to teach the group in a fun yet ambitious way. Your success and satisfaction is their success and satisfaction. The more you are willing to learn, the more we encourage you to ask questions at all times.

Our guides know the area better than anyone and have a big drive to teach the group in a fun yet ambitious way. Your success and satisfaction is their success and satisfaction. The more you are willing to learn, the more we encourage you to ask questions at all times.

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In 2 to 5-star hotels. We will stay in the best available hotels. Due low tourist activity at some places the quality of the hotels varies.

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Depending on the group size, we will use one or two, 9-seater vans to ensure plenty of space for everyone.

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We provide Single Person tents. In case you prefer to bring your own you will be free to do so.

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner during the whole tour. During camping we will also provide all drinks and in between snacks.

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A Chef, big kitchen tent and assistants during the hiking part.

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We can also arrange a drone permit - please contact us prior to the tour.

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You will receive both before and after the tour a download link to all his released processing tutorials. The total value will be around 550 USD.

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The guides will demonstrate the latest processing techniques on a laptop connected to the available tv or monitor in the hotel. A photo from one of the participants or from the guide himself will be used. All sessions will be recorded and shared among the group so everyone can watch the classes back once at home.

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We will be assisted by a team of porters during the hiking part. A few horses will also be with us we can use in case of an emergency. Even though they can carry us – everyone needs to be able to do the hiking part on their own feet.

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Travel Insurance is required and has to be arranged at some point before the tour start. You will have to arrange your flights to and from Lima airport.

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You can buy additonal snacks if desired in the small shops we pas along the way.

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These videos are not included because these videos can be considered as a workshop on its own.

TESTIMONIALS
FAQ

For more information not covered on this page we recommend reading the information brochure PDF. CLICK HERE to receive your copy.

You will get all tour PDF’s by email when joining our exclusive tour list (CLICK HERE)

If you do decide to bring a drone keep the following in mind: You could run into some problems during the security check. The fine could be around 2500 euro, if they detect the drone. If you choose to use your drone inside the park, you’ll need a permit. If you let us know in advance, we can get the permit for you. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to use your drone in the park.

There are 2 hikes in the first 6 days: the first is a 1km hike with 100 meters of elevation gain at 4500+ meters high; the second is a 2.5km hike and 300 meters of elevation gain. Although these distances are small - we will prepare for a slow and steady pace in order to allow everyone to get used to the high elevation and to be in time for the sunrise spot. Guides will be at both the front and back of the group.

To ensure your comfort and safety, we will begin at a lower elevation and sleep at around 2500 meters before heading upwards. You can prepare by: - drinking water during the tour to stay hydrated (we will be taking toilet breaks!) - consuming more carbs than usual to give your body the energy it needs at higher elevations - consulting your doctor to inquire about medication for high altitudes Also, keep in mind: - caffeine is considered safe - alcohol and nicotine can have a negative impact at higher elevations - let the guides know anytime you feel ill

Your Guide

Marco Grassi (28) from Italy has guided over 50 tours worldwide. He is considered as one of the big names among today’s Landscape photographers. With his combination of unique compositions and dramatic processing he has won several awards and made publications in National Geographic, the BBC, CNN and many more leading companies. Besides being a world-class landscape photographer, he is also a world class photography guide.

REFUND AND CANCELATION

COVID-19 NOTICE:  If a participant has to cancel at any time prior to the tour caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions, flight cancellations or anything else related to COVID-19, a full refund will be given. We strongly recommend to wait with booking your flights or only book flexible/refundable tickets. More COVID-19 information has been added to the registration form. 

Unlike most other tour companies - our refund policy is NOT aimed to make money from any cancellation. It rarely happens that we can't refund the full amount. In case you want to cancel you will be fully refunded minus a 150 euro service fee - unless the tour was fully booked at the time of your cancellation AND we will not be able to find a replacement. Please find our full refund and cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions here.

The tour is always dependent on weather conditions. That being said, there are plenty of other options in case plan A fails. Plan B could very well turn out to be even better.