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The Faces of Peru – a Photographic Experience

Not an staged show!
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  • 11 Hours Start 7:30 AM
  • Starting point Cusco, Calca, or in between
  • Group Size: 1 - 10 $30 discount for kids under 12 years old
  • Bookings at least 72h in advance
  • All year round Only depends on the family's availability and not on Christmas

Experience the vibrant, heartwarming culture of rural Peru firsthand. Immerse yourself in the warmth of a local family as they open their hearts and home to you. Participate in intimate portrait sessions with locals adorned in traditional Peruvian clothing, and savor a simple but delectable home-cooked lunch. Embrace the spirit of the mountain community, appreciate the tranquility of nearby lakes, and engage with the locals.

This isn’t just a tour – it’s a journey into the soul of Peru. Here are the details:

7h30 – Pick-up from hotel (Cusco or in between) and begin the drive to Calca, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

9h00 – Quick stop in Calca’s central market, here we can buy a few things to take with us to the community.

10h30 – Arrive in the community and meet with our hosts for the day.

11h00 – Visit the local school (only to see improvements achieved by donations and new opportunities for investment of funds)

12h30 – Return to our host’s home for lunch and a portrait session with the family.

13h30 – Visit lakes above town for landscape session.

14h30 – Alpaca/Llama Blessing Ceremony with a group of local shepherds.

16h00 – Return to our family to say goodbyes.

16h30 – Begin the drive back to Cusco or any place in between according to where you stay.

18h30 – Arrival in Cusco (if applicable) and drop-off at hotel.

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Why is this experience RESPONSible?

During each of our photographic expeditions, we place great importance on contributing positively to the communities we visit.

Therefore, with every tour (of this) that we organize, a portion of the profits is directly donated to the hosting family and the local school in the community. As these are people who often have limited resources, such contributions can significantly impact their lives. These donations may assist in covering their children’s educational fees, purchasing school supplies, or ensuring household food security.

The intention behind this initiative is to foster sustainable tourism and create a lasting, positive impact within this community.

You are more than welcome to contribute voluntarily, either during or after your visit, in whichever way suits you best. School supplies are always appreciated, as are warm clothing. Educational toys and utensils are also great options, or even something as simple as an item to enjoy together, like a game or a snack.

If you wish to make a donation after your visit (or stay connected with the family), we can act as intermediaries to facilitate the process. Our role would be to assist in maintaining contact and facilitate any donations you may wish to make.

Cost clarity

Please take in mind that the initial price you see is a system default, displaying the lowest individual price for a group with the maximum allowed number of people for this tour.

The exact price you need to pay will be provided once you specify the number of people traveling. 

Details

Price Includes

  • Pick-up and Drop-off from the hotel
  • Transport in a private vehicle throughout the entire day
  • Professional photographer guide(will act as a translator as well)
  • Lunch with our host family
  • Quick visit to the local school (except Saturday’s, Sunday’s and holidays)
  • Photography assistance throughout the entire tour
  • Alpaca/Llama blessing ceremony

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

Is this tour physically demanding?

It is crucial to consider the high altitude, as we will consistently be above 3000 meters above sea level. This is precisely when altitude sickness can manifest. Therefore, it is vital to ensure complete acclimatization before embarking on this tour.

For more information, please read: How to Stay Safe and Healthy When Traveling in Peru

Is this tour suitable for children?

Not only that, it is great for children!

They have so much fun playing with the local kids and domestic animals, dressing up, running on the open spaces, that it is hard imagining this tour without the presence of foreign kids.

We suggest bringing children who are 6 years old or older. They might even capture a few photos.

What's the setting like at the local hostfamily?

We are talking about a high-Andean location, with beautiful landscapes but also poor (like most remote places in the mountains).

The family house is basic and very simple, same for the school (only elementary). You might visit the greenhouse to see the crops that need protection from harsh environmental conditions and that otherwise won’t grow at this elevation.

Bernardiño has built an extension to his home so we can stay for the day, and even overnight if you want to. You will find Western toilets, and your belongings will be safe anywhere. 

What can you tell me about the family members?

Parents: Bernardiño and Rocio. Very welcoming, smiling, and humble.
Kids: Yessica, Cleber, Jacob, Ronald y Abel : Fun, fun and fun. They love to be around us, very curious and willing to learn everything.

Do the local families speak English?

No, they don’t. That is why you will always be accompanied by your guide who will translate both ways. 

Of course, learning Spanish or Quechua 😉 beforehand is always a good idea! Use an app like Duolingo to learn the basics before leaving and enhance your experience whilst traveling. 

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

It’s completely private for you and your party (if that is the case)

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

You will experience the typical Andean climate; when there’s sun it’s warm, when there’s no sun it’s cold. The wind is always cold as well. The rainy season is from December to April but occasional rains can occur anytime throughout the year.

Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“.

What should I pack for this tour?

Besides your essential photographic equipment and gear…
Please refer to our article What to Pack for your Trip to Peru for all your questions about packing for your Peru trip. Whether you’re going to the jungle or the mountains, you’ll find the answers you need. You can also download a full Packing List for free.

How big is the school that we will visit? or how many children attend to school?

Around 250 students assist to the local school

What's the name of the community we will be visiting?

We prefer to keep this information to ourselves, but rest assured, you’ll discover it once you arrive. Our aim is to preserve the authenticity of this destination, ensuring it doesn’t become overrun by excessive visitors and compromise its original purpose. We want to avoid a scenario where the behavior of the local residents changes due to mass tourism, leading to degradation and unsustainability.

What things other travellers brought here as donations?

People have been bringing small specialties from their home country (Mapple Sirup, Reese candies etc…) Also hats, backpacks, pencils, books, lamps, etc… But a lot of the donations were made post-tour. We’ve been asked to bring back a bike for the kids, to buy a motor-pump for the school, and organize a full birthday party for Cleber. Before getting to the community we will have a stop at the local market where I’ll (Dan) be buying some bread and other goodies for them.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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Your Hosts, Travel Designer and Guides

Bernardiño, Rocio and kids

Welcome to our community and to our humble home!

We are happy to have you join us, and we’re also genuinely interested in learning about your culture and where you’re from, and things that we might have in common (or even celebrate our differences).

We want to make sure to keep our traditions authentic. What you’ll experience is our true way of life, with the exception that we’ll happily make time and pause momentarily for photos.

Words from Bernardiño:
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for your interest in getting acquainted with my family and me. I have been a lifelong resident of my community. My primary occupation is that of a potato farmer. I dedicate significant effort to tending to my fields and assisting my neighbors with their own. My driving force stems from my desire to provide my children with the opportunity to attend university.
I am blessed with a wonderful family consisting of my beloved wife, Rocio, and five beautiful children: Yessica, Cleber, Jacob, Ronald, and Abel. Beyond my farming pursuits, I have also honed my culinary skills. My culinary journey began during my time as a guide on the Inca Trail, where I acquired valuable cooking expertise.

Dan Soby

Travel designer and guide

After finishing my 3 years photography studies in Lyon (France), and traveling around the world, 6 years later I’m back in Peru. So here I am with my idea of showing you the real Peru, off the beaten path, deep in the peruvian culture, and wanting to teach and share all my knowledge of photography.

I befriended Bernardiño few years ago in Lima, during protests by the community to get support from the State. Since then, throughout the tours we have collaborated to improve the school, the local drugstore, donating water pumps, food, and paying fair wages.

Noe Cruz

Local guide

I am a landscape and adventure photographer, hailing from the majestic mountains of Cusco. My mother tongue is Quechua, which brings a unique cultural influence to my work. The world of photography caught my eye while I was working as an adventure guide, and I was drawn to the challenge of capturing fleeting moments and vibrant colors. Through my lens, I strive to share a distinct perspective on life and encapsulate its beauty.

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