Is my Gear Good Enough?
Yes, it is. Even if you pack along a smartphone like the Nokia 1020, we’ll be able to help to show you how to shoot some incredible images, and take you to the location where it’s impossible to take a bad photo. That being said, if you want to get the best out of your trip, I’d recommend taking gear you’re comfortable with. Also, think about the limitations your gear might have.
What Camera Should I Bring?
Obviously, that’s up to you. I know well enough it’s possible to take great photos even on a point and shoot. However, to get the most out of the trip I recommend bringing along a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with interchanging lenses. Something like the Canon 60D or 5D, or the Sony A7 if you shoot mirrorless.
What Lenses Should I Bring?
Again, that’s up to you. Peru is a diverse place meaning you’ll probably run through a lot of different focal lengths. My guess, is you’d want at least a wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom. I think, if you were to pack a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm you’d be set. A set like a 16-35mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm would also be great. If you are considering packing a 300mm lens or longer, you might be packing a bit too much, although you would likely use it in the Colca Canyon with the condors.
What Photo Accessories Should I Bring?
As with basically all the questions so far, that’s up to you. I think that no matter what you’re shooting, even a smartphone, you need to bring a tripod. You will likely want a couple filters to make the most out of the landscapes. A gradient ND filter, and a polarizer will definitely come in handy. If you love taking portraits, I’d recommend a flash and a reflector.
Can I Rent Photography Gear?
From me, no. However, I can recommend that you rent lenses or camera bodies from Borrowlenses.com. If you’re worried about renting a piece of equipment and not being familiar with it, don’t worry. We’re professionals and are here to guide you through the process of not only taking cool photos but also making sure you know how to work your gear.
Should I Bring a Laptop?
That all depends on how much editing you want to do on the road. Remember that we’re offering some photo editing sessions and critiques along the way. Thus, if you want some help during those sessions, it really helps if you have your own laptop, or at the very least a tablet that we can look at your images on. Moreover, having a laptop is a good thing to have when it comes to backing up your images.
How Fit Should I be?
This is a fairly minimum activity level tour. I’ve done this tour with passengers of all fitness levels, they all get by. That said, to really enjoy the tour you should at least be prepared for a bit of high-altitude hiking.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Yes. If you do not have travel insurance you will not be able to join the tour. Your travel insurance details will be verified at the start of the tour.
Will there be any 1-on-1 Sessions?
Yes. On 3 occasions we’ll be offering 1-on-1 photo editing and critique sessions with photographers. Moreover, out in the field we won’t be giving full instruction to the entire group, although a pre-shoot discussion will take place. Instead, once we get out in the field, we’ll be available to help photographers in a 1-on-1 capacity with any questions they might be having.
What’s the Type of Accommodation?
The accommodation in Peru is of the 3-star variety, perhaps with a bonus of a 4-star mixed in there. The one exception will be on Lake Titicaca in which you’ll be staying with a local family in their much more traditional home.
What Type of Transportation?
It depends on the group size, but for the most part will be a mix of public transportation and private transportation. If we’re taking public bus, believe me when I tell you the quality is top-notch and actually much higher than anywhere in North America. If we are taking public transport, we’ll have a private shuttle take us to the bus station, then board the bus. Upon arrival, we’ll be picked up by another private transport and taken to our hotel. We’ll also be taking the train to Machu Picchu, boats on Lake Titicaca, and tour vans on the Colca Canyon and Ballestas Islands tour.
What is the Food like?
Peruvian food is delicious. In my opinion, it’s one of the most underrated foods on the planet. Along the coast, dishes like Ceviche and other fish dishes are popular. In the highlands, you’ll find a lot of potato-based dishes. The food is not too spicy, with the exception of food in Arequipa made with rocotto pepper.
What Food is Included?
All your breakfasts along the way are included. This generally means continental breakfast at the hotel but might also mean a deli or bakery breakfast. You’ll have to cover your own lunches and dinners. The price of dinner in Peru is relatively cheap. Expect to pay between $7-15 for a nice meal at a nice restaurant.
Will I see Sunrise at Machu Picchu?
That’s up to you, really. The issue is that Machu Picchu doesn’t open until sunrise which means it’ll depend on how far back in the line at the entrance you are. The earlier you get up, the better off you’ll be. That said, the way Machu Picchu works, in the mist, is that you often get the best light later in the morning like 8am. Moreover, since there are steps to the site, you’ll not have much of an issue setting up your tripod somewhere with a clean view. The good news is that even if you catch the bus up to Machu Picchu in the morning, you’ll likely still get in the site before the hikers that went on the Inca Trail.
How Big are the Group Sizes?
Our maximum group size is 12 people. Since there are two instructors along the tour, we will often break into 2 groups of 6, if necessary, to keep out of each others way.
The minimum group size is 2 people.
What Languages are Instruction Available in?
Between Tiffany and I, we speak 4 different languages. Thus, we can give instruction in English, German, French, and Spanish. However, the primary language of instruction is going to be English.
Do I Need to Speak Spanish?
No, not at all. I speak fluent Spanish and will guide you where necessary. Moreover, there shouldn’t be any situations where you find yourself in desperate need to communicate, as I will be around most of the time, or someone else who speaks English and Spanish will be. That being said, if you can learn a little bit of Spanish, it’ll really help with the communication between yourselves and the locals.
What Medication do I Need?
I’m not a doctor, so I can’t advise you on this matter. My recommendation is that you visit your travel doctor before visiting. Based on personal experience in Peru, you’ll likely want to carry something for the potential of altitude sickness. You’ll also want to carry something to fend off a potential stomach bug. But, as I mentioned, consult your travel doctor.
How do I deal with Altitude?
Altitude is an issue in Peru and we’ll be visiting some places up near 4000m above sea level. And, the truth is, some people deal with it well and others don’t. Moreover, it seems to have little to do with your fitness level or age, I’ve seen it affect all sorts of people. Again, I have to advise you to talk to your travel doctor. Personally, I’ve never taken any altitude drugs, but I deal with it pretty well. If I ever have some issues, I do as the locals do and chew on some coca leaves. If you do run into problems, I assure you that the medical facilities in Peru are very good and the people are very adept at dealing with these things.
Can you Arrange our Flights?
Yes, this can be done. Please refer to the sales page. To make this happen, we’d require full payment for the tour upfront. We’d then find the cheapest available fare for you from your destination and quote you that price.
Can I Pay for an Upgrade?
Upfront, no. We simply can’t have our group scattered all over the place. We’ve decided on 3-star accommodation because it offers extremely comfortable accommodation well still meaning that the trip is affordable to a wide range of people.
What is the Single Supplement?
Our prices are based on the idea that everyone will be sharing a double room. Thus, as a single traveller, you’ll be paired with another participant, if possible, for the accommodation during the trip. However, if you are a single traveller and want to ensure private accommodation for the trip, you’ll need to pay the single supplement cost.
Who will I be Paired with as a Single Traveller?
If you’re a single traveller, we will only pair you with a member of your same sex. We’ll never ask for a solo male and solo female traveller to pair up.
If you have any other questions, feel free to get at me via my contact page.