11 Days 10 Nights: JUNE 25 – JULY 5, 2018



June 25, 2018 – July 5, 2018


Set amongst the colorful Peruvian landscape, our workshop will be a 11-day photographic journey past stunning snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, glacial peaks, vast sand dunes, colorful striated mountains and valleys – including Rainbow Mountain, all ending with a tour of one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world, Machu Picchu! This workshop will be co-hosted by photographers Phil Nguyen and Jordan Hammond in conjunction with our partners at Killa Expeditions. Combining our past photography experience together in Peru, we will instruct you on all aspects of landscape and adventure photography, and cover other areas such as portraiture, lifestyle, and aerial photography. Killa Expeditions will be providing us with their best guides for the duration of our workshop to guide you through the stunning Peruvian landscape in search of photographic opportunities that you cannot get anywhere else!














and so much more...


During the workshop, Phil and Jordan will share with you their experience and knowledge in the industry and share their advice on how to develop your own unique style, build your audience, and start working with large companies and brands. Topics include but not limited to:

  • Photography – We will share our expertise in the fields of digital, mobile, and aerial photography.
  • Post Production – Learn how to edit and retouch your photographs and develop your own style.
  • Social Media Marketing – Learn how to build your social media presence and market your work to companies and brands.



Philip Nguyen is a self-taught freelance photographer born and raised in Houston, Texas. Philip fell in love with traveling at a young age and later found sanctuary in the unspoiled elements of the outdoors. A technical mind with a yearning for artistic escape, he has adopted photography to visually interpret the stories of his travel adventures, changing environments, and the people around him with a focus on mood and feeling. In the past year of being on the road throughout North & South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, he has helped tell the stories of those he has met around the world and captured some of the most beautiful gems on this planet. 

Jordan Hammond is a British travel photographer, currently living in Bali. After three years of travelling through and photographing some of the most remote and undiscovered parts of Asia, Jordan has acquired experience in finding unique locations and angles for his photography, and marketing himself successfully to some of the world’s biggest travel brands. He uses depth and colour as a theme around his work, and aims to inspire others to travel by showing the beauty of the world through photographing people, places and experiences.



GROUP SIZE: Max of 10 participants. We keep our workshops small to ensure that each person has hands-on time with each mentor.

APPLICATION: We’re taking applications to ensure that the group will work well together. 

ROOM OCCUPANCY: All rooms will be shared double rooms with separated single beds. There will be two nights of camping in 4-season Mountain Hardware tents w/ double occupancy (unless preferred otherwise).

FITNESS LEVEL: Tour days are rated as easy to moderate with gentle walking but at moderate to high altitudes. The hiking and trekking portion of this trip is rated as moderate to challenging considering the high altitudes (5000m/16,400ft and above) and length of walking. Please see our FAQ page for more information on altitude.

PRICE:  $3,800 USD (APPROX. €3,064)


  • Pre-trip briefing upon arrival in Lima
  • All transfers to and from airports/hotels and photo locations
  • Professional guided service with a licensed, professional English-speaking guide
  • Hotels (double room)
  • Tours of Sacred Valley, Cusco Four Ruins, Maras, Moray Salineras, Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu
  • 2 nights camping in 4 season Mountain Hardwear Tents (double occupancy)
  • Extra thick foam mattress sleeping pads and self-inflating mattresses
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Personal porters to carry overnight gear on the Rainbow Trek up to 8kg/person
  • Dry bags in which to put your overnight gear on the Rainbow Trek (for horses to carry)
  • Machu Picchu Entrance fees (both time slots AM and PM)
  • Trek cook, kitchen and dining tents, tables and stools, stainless steel dishes and utensils
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
  • Studio time with the photographers


  • International and domestic flights
  • Single Supplement (Single room, Single tent)
  • Meals outside of the trek and as noted
  • Travel/medical insurance (required)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal meals and expenses beyond what is included above


Jun 25 / Day 1: LIMA & HUACACHINA

Arrival in Lima, drive to Huacachina and explore the sand dunes at sunset. Overnight in Huacachina

Jun 26 / Day 2: HUACACHINA & LIMA

Explore the sand dunes at sunrise, drive back to Lima, overnight in Lima


Early morning flight to Cusco, explore the Four Ruins (Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Q’enqo, Sacsayhuaman), then drive to Soraypampa and hike to Lake Humantay for sunset. Overnight camping in 4 season Mountain Hardwear Tents.

Jun 28 / Day 4: LAKE HUMANTAY

Sunrise at Lake Humantay, drive to Ollantaytambo with an overnight here.


Tour Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, Pisac Ruins & Pisac Market. Overnight in Cusco.


Begin the 2-day hike to the Rainbow Mountain. Sunset hike to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), avoiding the crowds. Camping overnight. 


Sunrise hike to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca), overnight in Cusco


Tour the colonial town of Maras, Moray circular Inca terraces and Salineras (Salt Mines), train to and overnight in Aguas Calientes


Machu Picchu at dawn, explore the ruin site all day, overnight in Aguas Calientes

Jul 4 / Day 10: ½ DAY AT MACHU PICCHU  

Explore Machu Picchu at sunrise again until midday, return to Cusco for the night.

Jul 5 / Day 11: FLY TO LIMA & HOME

Jord & Phil’s Workshop Website

Apply soon – Spots are limited!  For any questions, please visit our FAQ page.



Registration is completed with the initial deposit per person. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration.
Note: The balance of payment must be paid in accordance with the payment terms and conditions. The whole participation fee must be paid within 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.


Cancellation must be made in writing immediately if you are prevented from traveling. Cancellation timeline is as follows:

  • Cancel more than 45 days before the start of the trip: full refund except $500 deposit.
  • Cancel less than 45 days before the start of the trip: no refund unless we can fill your spot, then full refund except $500 deposit.

Once the tour is started there shall be no refunds made. Prices are based upon group participation and no refunds shall be made on any segments of the program in which you do not wish to participate.


It is advised that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against an emergency which may force you to cancel or leave from the tour either before it begins or while it is in progress.


We reserve the right to change the tour dates, itinerary, or accommodations as conditions warrant. We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to weather conditions, political conditions and other factors beyond our control without consulting the participants. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests of all participants and with regards to safety first. Participants have no right to any refund or other considerations in the event of these inevitable itinerary changes. If a trip must be delayed, or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness, volcanic eruption or other contingency, the cost of delays or changes is not included.


We reserve the right to cancel the tour before departure for any reason whatsoever, including too few participants or logistical problems such as strikes, wars, acts of God, volcanic eruptions, or any other circumstances which may make operation of the trip inadvisable. All trip payments received will be promptly refunded, and this refund will be the limit of our liability. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for the trip, including non refundable or penalty-carrying airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees or other trip related expenses.


We assume no responsibility whatsoever caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from: acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the participants. In case of a medical problem arising during the expedition, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger. We strongly advise that passengers ensure that such eventualities are covered by travel insurance. If not covered by travel insurance the responsibility still remains with the passenger and I specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever.

What should I bring?

1. Camera GearWe suggest bringing a DSLR or mirrorless body with a variety of lenses (i.e. 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and/or primes), spare batteries, tripod, and drone (if you have one). Keep in mind the weight of your equipment for our treks.

2. Other GearThe weather varies a lot in Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3380 m/11089 ft) near the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from April/May to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being January through March. If the sun is out it can be quite warm, but in the shade, it gets cool fast. Temperatures change quickly and you will need layers as you hike during the day. At night it is quite cold in the mountains (usually near or below freezing). It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry.

  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Hiking pants and shirts (layers)
  • Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf)
  • Daypack w/ rain cover
  • Rain gear – rain jacket, can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
  • Cash (in soles) for tipping porters, cooks, horsemen, guides, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc.
  • Torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication and toiletries you might want
  • Camera, extra memory cards, batteries
  • Water bottle or water bladder to refill
  • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your travel dates for most countries)
  • Power adapter/converter (outlets and voltage are different in Peru)
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
  • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)

How concerned should I be about the altitude?Cusco sits at 11,089 feet/3380 meters and Machu Picchu is actually lower (8,000 feet/2430 meters), with some mountain passes going over 16,400 ft/5000m. Altitude affects each traveler differently and until you have visited an area with high altitude, it is impossible to predict how your body will react. For this reason, we recommend having at least 2 or 3 days to acclimatize in Cusco before beginning your trek. This time allows your body to begin acclimatizing (though full acclimatization would take several weeks) and provides travelers a good indication of how they will feel once they begin hiking. Travelers commonly report mild altitude symptoms such as fatigue, headache, or light-headedness during their first day or two at elevation. Many Cusco hotels have oxygen available for travelers feeling the effects of the elevation. Severe altitude sickness is rare. In this case, the best treatment is to go down to lower elevation as soon as possible. Many severe cases of altitude sickness are the result of a pre-existing condition that is aggravated by the altitude. It is important to ask your doctor whether or not travel to high altitude is advised, especially if you have a pre-existing heart or lung condition such as high blood pressure, asthma, angina, etc. You might also want to ask your doctor about prescription diuretics that many travelers swear by to help them adjust to the altitude more readily.

Can I drink the water in Peru?The tap water is not safe to drink in Peru. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, local shops, and restaurants. Don’t forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice (“sin hielo”) or ask your tour leader if the ice is safe in a particular restaurant. You can also bring iodine tablets or other filtration systems if you like, though on the trek we provide filtered/boiled water for you to drink.

Do I need a visa/passport?Travelers will all need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Currently, citizens from the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Japan, Latin America, South Africa, South Korea, and the Caribbean (except Cuba) do not need a visa. Australians and New Zealanders do need a visa. Travelers from other nationalities should check with the Peruvian Embassy for visa information. Entry requirements change with surprising frequency. It is each traveler’s responsibility to check with the consulate for the most up-to-date visa information.

How do I get to Cusco?Peru might seem like an exotic destination, but it is closer than you think! Only a 5 hour flight from Miami to Lima, 6 hours from Atlanta, 7.5 hours from NYC and 8.5 hours from Los Angeles. There are no direct flights from foreign countries into Cusco City. You can fly from another major hub (example: Lima, Quitos, Buenos Aires, etc) or take a bus. The four main airlines that fly to Cusco from Lima are LATAM, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines, and LC Peru.

How do I charge my electronics? Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. In some places they have 110v, 50 cycles but not everywhere and there are often power surges for any outlet. If you travel to Peru with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Peru generally accept 2 types of plugs: If your appliance/device plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. It is not a bad idea to also have a surge protector.

Is the food safe to eat in Peru?Food in Peru, when prepared correctly is not only safe but delicious too! That being said, Peru can carry bacteria that foreign travelers are not used to. It is generally advisable to avoid eating street food and eat fruit you can peel and fruits and veggies that you know have been washed well in boiled/filtered water or peeled in a hygienic kitchen. Nicer restaurants do a good job of food preparation but it is often a good idea to still avoid salads. On the trail we make sure that all food is prepared in a hygienic manner and wash all fruit/vegetables in boiled/filtered water. In case you do end up with stomach upset from eating something on the streets or in a restaurant it is a good idea to stay hydrated and bring medicine with you such as antacids, indigestion pills, and antibiotics. Talk with your doctor prior to your trip to discuss the best medications to bring with you if you choose to do so.

How safe is Peru?Peru has a stable government and tourism has boomed in recent years. With the added tourist dollars, the government has made a concerted effort to keep travelers and their valuables safe. There have been no terrorist attacks in Peruvian tourist areas in over a decade. Travelers should take the same precautions that they would in a major city in the US. Pay attention to the advice of your tour leader and hotel reception and take common-sense precautions such as not going into unfamiliar areas alone, especially at night. Petty theft is common in busy tourist areas such as airports, markets, and other tourist sites so be aware of your valuables and don’t leave them unattended. Monetary scams also sprout up occasionally so beware of any offers that sound too good to be true. Check out the US State Department travel advisories for the latest information.

Is travel insurance recommended?Absolutely! In fact we require it – with a minimum of $500,000.00 USD medical evacuation coverage. There are many companies that provide reasonably priced insurance for trip cancellation, medical expenses, medical evacuation, lost bags, etc. Please be sure to arrange for trip cancellation/medical insurance coverage as we are not responsible for these problems or costs incurred. Be aware that many insurance companies only cover trips before you have left and they only cover trips where you are returning to your country of residence within a specified time frame. Check their policy prior to purchase. Once you have this insurance please email us a copy of the policy and coverage.

Should I tip?Local guides, porters, horse handlers, cooks, and other trekking staff all work for a set wage per trip. They are not on salary and many of these employees have families back home and travel great distances to get to work. Many have farms that they tend to in the off season, working on treks only to help their families financially. While tipping is not required, it is highly encouraged, as these dedicated professionals work very hard to bring you a pleasant, culturally and historically interesting experience. Your guide will explain the typical tipping system should you choose to partake in it.

What immunizations are recommended/required?No immunizations are currently required for visiting the areas we will cover in Peru. For the most current information, please consult your doctor and/or check out the Center for Disease Control.

How do I secure my spot?Apply here and if you are selected, registration is completed with the initial deposit per person. 

non-refundable $500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Spots are limited and we anticipate high demand for this workshop so we encourage you to apply as soon as you can!

Still have questions? Please send an email to – Phil or Jord – and they will get back to you as soon as they can.
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