CAPTURE: PERU

PERU

Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights

GROUP SIZE: 6-12

DATE: October 27-Nov 2, 2019

FROM: $2,330

Overview

Activity:

Hiking, Photography, Videography, Culinary, Historical

Length:

7 Days/6 Nights

Accommodations:

Luxury Villa

Guide Type:

Guided

Activity Level:

Moderate

Age Minimum:

18 years

Weather:

Avg. 73° F (low) / 45° F (high), rain some days

Elevation:

11,000-9,000 ft

Do you long for adventure with like minded creative people? Are you a small business owner, amateur photographer/

videographer, or travel blogger? Does creative work resonate with you in such a way that a week-long adventure in the Peruvian Andes feels like just what you need?

 

Experience Peru with photographer & videographer guides  RachelLizPhotography & A-Frame Digital and OET guides.

 

Imagine jumping into a group of new found friends to enjoy a travel experience that feels intimate, personalized, and yet gives you enough space to breathe and move. Get out of your head and into your body as you start to experience by doing, ask all of the questions, and feel supported along the way. 

"Think of this as your opportunity to hit pause on all of the You-Tube tutorials and TedTalks, and take the expressway to learning in real time with real people and professionals."​

 

This trip is for you if you enjoy the creative process of life. Appreciate learning in an interactive & laid back setting, where you can focus on storytelling through travel & portrait photo and video. 

Activities, are tailored and paced to align with the photo/video experience. Hands on settings help, lighting & composition suggestions will be offered while capturing timeless scenes and subjects. Join in creative process conversations and cozy up near the nightly fire for evening editing, coloring, post processing discussions.

Every detail in our retreat focuses on our commitment to the local community, to experiencing culture, with the spirit of adventure. Rest well throughout your stay in a plush cozy bed where you only need to wander into the kitchen to be greeted with a smile and warm breakfast made by Marta. Our beautiful villa provides ample space for secluded reading and central gathering spaces for a family feel.

Step off of the beaten path to genuinely connect with local villagers, and take in the beautiful scenery not captured on all of the tourist postcards. Our immersive style gets you as close to local living without having to move in with them. Which means at the end of the day you will enjoy a hot shower with water pressure, not commonly experienced in the region.

Tucked into a quiet spot of town yet close enough to the markets you will have space to wander around secluded gardens and the option of venturing into town. Your guides Heidi and Colin have an intimate knowledge of the region and can guide you every step of the way. Whether you prefer their company exploring the town, or grabbing a map and venturing on your own, the option is yours.

 

We believe in supporting the locals, so we work directly with our guides in Peru to ensure they are supported and you are provided an authentic experience. We understand the dark side of tourism and do our best to do what we find to be the most sustainable. When we set out into the villages we do so to stand in solidarity with them and provide direct financial support, rather than exploit their culture, heritage, and craft. We are constantly asking questions on how we can work together to answer their needs while creating unforgettable experiences.

 
 

Highlights

Experience Peru with a group of like minded individuals alongside professional photographer & videographer guides RachelLizPhotography & A-Frame Digital.

Learn in an interactive & laid back setting

 Focus on storytelling through travel & portrait photo and video

Understand basic camera capabilities for photo & video

Receive hands on settings help, lighting & composition suggestions

Engage in creative process conversations

Learn about capturing nature/subjects with a drone

Capture your unique experience- professional travel photos of all attendees by RLP

Join in evening editing, coloring, post processing discussions

Settle in on your last night for a 5 course wine pairing dinner at the villa

Hike on the trails of the Incas, we have trail plans and trail guides that will take you off the beaten path

No worries about your Machu Picchu experience, we have all your tickets arranged

You don't need to worry about your entrance tickets, all entrance fees are included

Step back in time and experience archaeological sites that are still in use today

Connect with the local community and learn what life is like in the mountains by visiting traditional villages in the present day

Culinary delights are endless in this region, leaving you with satiated on more than one level

Explore the culture first hand by spending time with people who live it

You don't have to worry about what to eat, all meals are included

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change or shuffling of the daily schedule due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Arrival

Day 1: Sunday

October 27

Greetings...

 

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of the trip which will minimize the risk of travel-related delays and to being to acclimatize.

If you choose to arrive early we are happy to arrange your transportation from the airport to your hotel, assist with hotel recommendations, or set up an extra tour.  To have us handle all of the details of your additional days. Please, contact us.

 

We will contact you before departure to arrange your pick up details. Group transportation is provided from Cusco to the Villa in Urubamba. The van will leave from Cusco at 2pm for the 1.5hr drive to the villa. We will arrange to pick you up from the airport, hotel, or the main square.

Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted by Heidi and welcomed to your home for the week. Grab a snack or a siesta. We will gather for dinner and meet your travel friends for the fun week ahead.

Ollantaytambo

Day 2: Monday

October 28

Rise and shine for a refreshing day in the Andes.

 

Greet the morning with a lovely breakfast in the kitchen, before preparing for a full day exploring the ancient city of Ollantaytambo. Known as the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with quaint cobblestone streets and homes that have been inhabited since the 13th century.

 

We will explore the ruins and present day shrine of Ollantaytambo situated in the heart of the village, weave our way through the wandering streets, and climb up to the Pinkuylluna grainery storehouses to see Ollantaytambo from a different perspective. While here we will take time to stretch, breathe, and take photos.

 

Just as we are starting to work up an appetite we will make our way back to the villa to enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal called the Pachamanca.

 

Urubamba has been an agricultural area since pre-Inca times and farming continues to be the main source of income for a large majority of the area’s population. Nestled within the mountains, the villa provides the perfect opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary farming, as well as, primitive cooking techniques

Traditional Village Excursion

Day 3: Tuesday

October 29

Today is all about community as we head into the mountains.

 

We will visit and learn from local communities for an authentic experience. Learn what life is like for these remote villagers, from their primitive weaving, to ancient farming practices, and cooking techniques.  

Our local guide with act as our translator and guide to culture and customs as we spend time in community sharing and learning from one another. 

Day Hike from Chinchero to the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo (Huchuy Cusco- little Cusco)

Day 4: Thursday

October 30

An early rise will set the tone for a beautiful and inspiring day in remote villages on Inca trails.

 

We will take a 30 minute ride to arrive in the village of Chinchero. A thriving village known for its vibrant markets and colorful weavings. We will meet our local guide who be our expressway to the community, culture, and the land. With his trusted leadership we will make our way to the trailhead in the nearby village of Tauca to start the 7-8 hiking journey across majestic landscapes. Take in stunning views of Mount Veronica and the Vilcabamba Range.

 

Dropping from the high pass arriving into the ancient village, now historical site, of Huchuy Qosqo (little Cusco). A step back in time to awe inspiring site will give us pause to enjoy panoramic vistas of the Sacred Valley situated below.

 

Our switchback descent into the valley below will drop us into the town of Lamay, where we will meet our driver and journey back to the villa.

Machu Picchu Day Trip

Day 5: Friday

October 31

With the sun brimming over the mountains we will have an early start as we take the first train to Aguas Calientes. A short ride to the train station and we will begin our epic journey.

 

Enjoy stunning views as we wind through the mountains aboard the luxurious Inca Rail train. During our journey sip on coffee or another refreshing beverage while you snack on a complimentary treat.

Once we arrive in the gateway village to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, we will board a tour bus to make our way through the switchbacks up to the entrance to Machu Picchu. As a group our guide with take us through the rich history of this historical landmark and one of the major wonders of the world. After which you will have the opportunity to explore on your own: walking to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge*.

 

We will all gather together at a specified time to catch the bus back down the mountain and travel by train to the valley of Ollantaytambo. Our day will conclude was we gather together in the living room of the villa.

*If you are interested on tagging on the beautiful Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu experience at an extra cost please let us know as soon as possible. These offerings must be booked at the same time we book your Machu Picchu ticket and typically fill up months in advance as space is limited, so the earlier the better.

Perolniyoq Waterfall/Ruins Day Hike & 5-course wine pairing dinner

Day 6: Saturday

November 1

Today we will rise with the sun for a full morning of nature therapy.

 

After a short drive to the trailhead we will begin to ascend as you are through a meditative hiking experience. Heidi will guide you through mindfulness techniques that will allow you to connect more deeply to your experience on and off the trail.

 

When we reach the ruins above the tree line we will have an opportunity to explore, snack, and rest.

 

As we descend we will bask in the beauty of the high flowing waterfall. Returning back into the valley we will return to the van and make our way back to the villa. Take the afternoon to wind down, lounge in a chair in the gardens,  retire to your room for an afternoon siesta, or explore the village of Urubamba.

Departure

Day 7: Sunday

November 2

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Villa in Urubamba. You will take the 1.5 hr ride back to Cusco to the airport or to your next hotel to continue exploring Peru.

Venue & Pricing

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Shared Triple: Twin Bed

Set in the middle of the mystical Andes and very close to the archaeological wonders of the Incas, surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape and an incredibly tranquil environment

 

Located inside a luxury complex, a 1 acre property full of flower gardens. Enjoy the comfort of an exclusive hotel and the independence and freedom of your own house. ​

 

Enjoy nightly fires in the fire place or unwind in the three person hot tub with unforgettable vistas. ​ In the heart of the Scared Valley: At a lower altitude than Cusco (2850 m.a.s.l. – 9350 f.a.s.l.), allows for a much better altitude adaptation.

Bed Type: Twin

Bathroom: Ensuite Bathroom with toilet and shower

Accommodates: up to 3 ppl

**Bookings are per person,  if you are traveling with someone, please indicate this on booking form. And complete the booking process for each of you. 

$2,330 pp Single

5% of Each Purchase Goes Into the Betty Jean Scholarship Fund

Shared Triple: Double Bed

Set in the middle of the mystical Andes and very close to the archaeological wonders of the Incas, surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape and an incredibly tranquil environment

 

Located inside a luxury complex, a 1 acre property full of flower gardens. Enjoy the comfort of an exclusive hotel and the independence and freedom of your own house. ​

 

Enjoy nightly fires in the fire place or unwind in the three person hot tub with unforgettable vistas. ​ In the heart of the Scared Valley: At a lower altitude than Cusco (2850 m.a.s.l. – 9350 f.a.s.l.), allows for a much better altitude adaptation.

Bed Type: Double

Bathroom: Ensuite Bathroom with toilet and shower

Accommodates: up to 3 ppl

**Bookings are per person,  if you are traveling with someone, please indicate this on booking form. And complete the booking process for each of you. 

$2,330 pp Single

5% of Each Purchase Goes Into the Betty Jean Scholarship Fund

Large Bedroom: Shared or Private

Set in the middle of the mystical Andes and very close to the archaeological wonders of the Incas, surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape and an incredibly tranquil environment

 

Located inside a luxury complex, a 1 acre property full of flower gardens. Enjoy the comfort of an exclusive hotel and the independence and freedom of your own house. ​

 

Enjoy nightly fires in the fire place or unwind in the three person hot tub with unforgettable vistas. ​ In the heart of the Scared Valley: At a lower altitude than Cusco (2850 m.a.s.l. – 9350 f.a.s.l.), allows for a much better altitude adaptation.

Bed Type: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa/futon

Bathroom: 2 External Bathrooms, 1 with a toilet and 1 with jacuzzi

Accommodates: up to 2 ppl

*This bedroom includes an external balcony overlooking the mountains

**Bookings are per person,  if you are traveling with someone, please indicate this on booking form. And complete the booking process for each of you. 

$3,030 pp Single

$2,430 pp Double

5% of Each Purchase Goes Into the Betty Jean Scholarship Fund

Master Bedroom: Shared or Private

Set in the middle of the mystical Andes and very close to the archaeological wonders of the Incas, surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape and an incredibly tranquil environment

 

Located inside a luxury complex, a 1 acre property full of flower gardens. Enjoy the comfort of an exclusive hotel and the independence and freedom of your own house. ​

 

Enjoy nightly fires in the fire place or unwind in the three person hot tub with unforgettable vistas. ​ In the heart of the Scared Valley: At a lower altitude than Cusco (2850 m.a.s.l. – 9350 f.a.s.l.), allows for a much better altitude adaptation.

Bed Type: 2 double, or joined for 1 queen

Bathroom: Ensuite Bathroom with toilet and shower

Accommodates: up to 2 ppl

*This bedroom includes an internal balcony overlooking the living room

**Bookings are per person,  if you are traveling with someone, please indicate this on booking form. And complete the booking process for each of you. 

$3,130 pp Single

$2,430 pp Double

5% of Each Purchase Goes Into the Betty Jean Scholarship Fund

 
 

What's Included

Professional Personal Portrait by RLP

Evening editing, coloring, post processing discussions

Real time assistance and tips with camera settings, lighting, and composition suggestions

Tips for understanding basic camera capabilities for photo & video

Professional photo/video support from photographer & videographer guides RachelLizPhotography & A-Frame Digital

Food Experience: 5 course Wine Pairing Dinner

Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

Snacks- if you have specific snack preferences you are encouraged to bring those items

Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket

Train Ticket to and from Machu Picchu

Drinking water

Private Transportation throughout the trip

Transportation to and from the villa

Outer Edge Travel Guide

Licensed Local Peruvian Guide fluent in English and Spanish

Accommodations- 6 nights

Entry Fees into historical sites listed in itinerary

All Meals

Exclusions

Travelers Insurance

Extras and gratuities

Optional climb to Huayna Picchu, Moonngate, or Machu Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu

Personal hiking gear including backpacks, trekking poles

Vaccines or Health Insurance

Flights to and from Peru

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Heidi

Heidi is an experienced international traveler having been to 5 continents and explored 7 different countries. She seeks adventures off of the beaten path and craves intimate cultural experiences. 

On her way to Patagonia with a stop over in Peru, she ended up staying for 2 months making her way into the Andes, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, and deep into remote parts of the Amazon only accessible by boat or plane.

Heidi has been teaching yoga for over 8 years. She focuses on making yoga practical, approachable, and pertinent. The heart of her practice is living yoga and using time on the mat for deep insights and investigation into the mind and body. 

She has a passion for the outdoors and is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, as well as a liscenced trail guide. Heidi combines mindfulness practices, and ancient techniques to reconnect with nature in the modern world. 

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Jennifer

Jennifer is a native to the Peruvian Andes. She lives in Ollantaytambo with her family and takes great pride in what the region has to offer.

Pursuing her dreams of sharing her culture with others while bettering her family she made the commitment to become a guide. One of the ways Jennifer amazes us is the fact that she learned English and became fluent within 8 months. 

She shares the same ethical commitment to sustainable tourism and we are thrilled to parter with her.

 
 
 

Trip Details

How to Get There:

FLY INTO:

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)

MEETING LOCATION:

You will be picked up from either the airport or your hotel. Arrival details will be shared prior to arrival to ensure pick up. 

You will be driven 1.5 hr to Urubamba to the Villa. Transportation details will be shared after booking. 

MEETING TIME:

2PM

Saying Farewell:

FLY OUT OF:

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

After departing from the Villa,  you will be driven 1.5 hr to Cusco to continue to explore or take your flight home. 

DEPARTURE TIME:

11AM

All Details: 

ARRIVING:

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of the trip which will minimize the risk of travel-related delays and to being to aclimatize. We recommend that you fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). 

If you choose to arrive early we are happy to arrange your transportation from the airport to your hotel, assist with hotel recommendations, or set up a tour. 

To have us handle all of the details of your additional days. Please, contact us. 

DEPARTING:

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Villa in Urubamba. You will take the 1.5 hr ride back to Cusco to the airport or to your next hotel to continue exploring Peru. 

PLANNING YOUR ADVENTURE

BOOKING:

If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to one of our international trips, a deposit is due at the time of booking. 

If booking one of our international trips within the 90 days of the arrival date we require payment in full. 

Payment Schedule Information

WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?

We understand, life happens. If you need to cancel or change a tour, please reach out right away. 

Prior to speaking with us, please review our cancelation policy to help answer any questions you might have. 

TRAVEL PROTECTION

ONCE BOOKED:

As soon as you are fully booked you will receive a confirmation email with trip details. Two weeks prior to the trip start date we will reach out with a request for your arrival details. One week prior to the trip start date you will receive an email containing any last minute information you need to know prior to arrival. 

See our recommended Gear List, to assist with packing. 

We require proof of Travelers Insurance including Health Coverage 90 days before the trip start date. We recommend this purchase is made upon booking with us. 

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