Peru Travel Photography Workshop 2015

Nearly 6 years ago, travel photographer Brendan van Son made the first trip of his career to Peru. Working as a tour leader to pay the bills, he travelled the country extensively building his travel portfolio before moving on to see the rest of the world. Over that time period he saw Machu Picchu 3 times, visited the Colca Canyon 5 times, and lived for a while in Arequipa. Now, 4 years after leaving South America and some 70 countries in between, he will be leading a group of photographers and budding photographers across his old stomping grounds.

Accompanying Brendan is fellow travel photographer and instructor Tiffany Wuest or fame. Tiffany has photographed over 40 different countries on 5 different continents and carries a world of wisdom along with her.

Starting in Lima and ending in Cusco, this photography tour-meets-workshop covers all the major highlights in the ancient country of Peru. You’ll see the largest sand dunes in the world, visit the second deepest canyon in the world, float across the highest navigable lake in the world, and, of course, wander through the ruins of the wonder that is Machu Picchu.

From a travel photography standpoint, the most amazing thing about Peru is the diversity. The country really does wrap up all the different aspects of photography into one country. You’ll get the chance to do wildlife photography with the condors, take portraits of people across the country, capture architecture in Arequipa and Cusco, and shoot landscapes at places like Pisac and The Colca Canyon. If there ever was a country to build and diversify your portfolio in a short period of time, it’s Peru.

Machu Picchu

Photo Tour Info

Tour Cost = $2880 (Based on double occupancy.  Single supplement is $600).  For info or to book, click here.

Booking Date = Booking will open within 2 weeks.  Please stay tuned to my newsletter (which you can find in the sidebar) for up-to-date info.

Tour Itinerary

This tour starts on May 1st in Lima and runs for 14 days until May 14th in Cusco.  For a complete and detailed itinerary click here.

The general tour itinerary looks like this:

  • May 1st: Arrive in Lima, Peru
  • May 2nd: Travel to Huacachina
  • May 3rd: Visit the Ballestas Island, then travel to Nazca
  • May 4th: Nazca, then travel to Arequipa
  • May 5th: Arequipa
  • May 6th: The Colca Canyon
  • May 7th: Puno
  • May 8th: Lake Titicaca
  • May 9th: Puno
  • May 10th: Cusco
  • May 11th: Cusco
  • May 12th: The Sacred Valley
  • May 13th: Machu Picchu
  • May 14th: Tour ends in Cusco

What’s Included

  • Airport Pickups and Dropoffs
  • All Transportation between destinations on tour dates
  • Accommodation for the nights of May 1st through 13th.
  • All Breakfasts
  • Tour guides where necessary
  • Professional Photography instruction by Brendan van Son and Tiffany Wuest
  • All Entrance Tickets on Included Activities
  • Included Activities = Ballestas Islands, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Chauchilla Cemetery, Lake Titicaca Homestay, and The Colca Canyon

What’s not Included

  • Flights to Lima and from Cusco
  • Food other than Breakfast
  • Optional Activities = Dune Buggies (approx $20), Nazca Lines Flights (approx. $80), and all museums and other activities on free days

Additional Options and Add-ons

  • Pre-tour Accommodation in Lima
  • Post-tour Accommodation in Cusco
  • Post-tour Flight to Lima
  • Camera and/or Lens Rental through Partner
  • Single Supplement

More Information

For more information about the tour, please check the tour FAQs here.

You can also get a hold of me via my contact page here.


Booking is now available for this workshop!  I’ve partnered with to make this particular tour happen.  They are handling all the payments and logistics.  So, to book the Peru photo tour, click here to be taken to their page for details on joining.




  1. The cost of the trip, is it in Canadian or US dollars?

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    • Lynda, we’re still not 100% finalized on this price because we need may be bringing in a partner which would boost the price just a touch. The prices would, however, be in USD. It’s listed at $2700 now, but I’m assuming it’ll end up being $2900; which, to be honest is a bargain compared to a lot of the other tours out there.
      Let me know if you’d like me to email you with updates.

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    • DO you have this tour early next year?

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      • It’s possible Rubi. But, it would likely be May or June.

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        • any chance have tour from November or December?

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          • Likely not this year. However, I’ll be in Morocco this February. I may be back in South America next year, so stay tuned to my newsletter. There will never be a workshop in December, it’s just not a good month to be in Peru for photography.

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  2. Hi Brendan. Can you tell me if there will be a lot of hiking on this trip?

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    • Hi Sharlene,
      Nope, not really. In the Colca Canyon we’ll go for a walk along the canyon edge, but it’s pretty flat the whole time. At Machu Picchu you’ll have the option of hiking up in the morning which is hard work, or catching the bus up. Inside Machu Picchu there’s some walking, but no serious hiking. There will be some walking, but only as much hiking as you want to do. For example, there are opportunities to do some hiking for sunsets if you want. Of course, the beauty of there being 2 tour leaders is we can take one group on a hike and the others that don’t want to hike to a different location to shoot. I hope that answers your question. Please, let me know if you have others.

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      • Hi Brandon, can u give me a quote from South Africa the approximate costs

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        • Hi Mosito, that’s about 28,000 rand plus flights and food.

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  3. Wow this would be a great trip and the price looks good. I am planning on a trip to Peru, but I can’t go until later in the year. I have an income tax preparation business and no way I can go anywhere until after the middle of June.

    This would be my first longer trip where I plan to do some serious Photography. I am an old guy and plan to sell my Tax business in the next year or so and would like to use travel photography to supplement my income.

    Look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

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    • Hi David,
      Well, the plan is to have a number of other workshops later on, so maybe you could join another one of our trips. There will be lots of info regarding the business side of things on these trips too, so it would be great for you! Our next one after this will be Patagonia in October. We’ll keep you up to date via the blog regards to that one and future travel photography workshops.

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      • Does the Patagonia workshop cover any of the Antarctic continent?

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        • Hi Brian,
          No it does not. Antarctica is INCREDIBLY difficult/expensive to get to. There will be some extraordinary spots though, check out images from places like Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine, it’s unreal down there!

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  4. Do you anticipate any photo travel workshops to Peru in the summer months? Teachers are limited to school vacation dates throughout the school year and your dates don’t coordinate with those.

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    • Unfortunately not this time. If this one is really successful we might try another one at some other point. That said, there is a chance we’ll be running a photography workshop in Namibia next summer during the proper school holidays months, so stay tuned for that.

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  5. Do you know yet if this Peru tour will be done in 2016?

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    • Hi Vicki,
      I’m going to shoot you an email quickly. But the short answer is that we don’t think so. Likely in 2017, though.

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  6. Hi, I am interested in your workshop. From what I’m reading, it won’t be available in 2016. Let me know if there will be 2017.


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    • Hi Caroline,
      That is correct. We’re working out the details, but it looks like it will be in May or June of 2017 next.
      I can keep you on a list of those interested, if you’d like?

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