Why Peru is the perfect place for photographers?

Thinking about your next photography trip?

Whether your photographical interests include portraiture, landscape, astrophotography, wildlife, or more, Peru has it covered; we believe it to be the perfect place for photographers, no matter their style.

In this article, we aim to explain why and to give you more reason to come and visit Peru. So what makes Peru so great for photography?

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Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, it’s no joke. This means you can experience a whole range of different landscapes and environments within a relatively small area, from coast, desert, high mountains, jungle, and rainforests. The change in microclimates is so extreme that in places you can drive for only half an hour or even less and find yourself in a totally new and different environment.

If your photographical focus is landscapes, then Peru has you covered! Taking a photo tour in Peru (like for example our Lima, Nazca, Cusco, and Jungle expedition) can take you to a whole range of environments in the space of only 1 trip!

History and Architecture

Peru is arguably the most historically rich country in all of South America, most famously as the heart of the Inca Empire but also home to many pre-Inca civilizations and impressive Spanish colonial history. If historic, colonial streets and architecture are what make you excited as a photographer then cities such as Cusco or Arequipa are perfect for you, host to beautiful cathedrals, archways, and streets.

If it’s pre-colonial ruins you are looking for there are thousands of Inca and pre-Inca sites dotted throughout the Andes, usually built deliberately in some spectacular locations given the ancient people’s beliefs and connection with nature, most famously the crown jewel of Peru: Machu Picchu.

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Peru is home to a rich and vibrant culture celebrated throughout its people, All over the country ancient traditions are kept alive through the clothes, the festivals, and the lifestyle from the Quechua people of the Andes to the indigenous people of the Amazon. Peru is a place where you can visit villages that are seemingly frozen in time to the Western eye, like in our Faces of Peru day tour, where you can meet and learn about the life of a Quechua family tucked away in an area of the Andes untouched by mass tourism. For a photographer who likes to capture people, they need to look no further, the traditional dress, the typical way of life, and the vibrant characters you meet make for wonderful portrait opportunities and an immersive experience into a very different way of life.

Still thinking about where the next photography trip should be? We hope after this you don’t have to think for much longer, so book a ticket to Peru already!