Peru: Cuzco & Inca trail to Machu Picchu - 5DII

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mildes
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Peru: Cuzco & Inca trail to Machu Picchu - 5DII
Jul 4, 2012

Hera are a few pictures from Cuzco and the 4 day inca trail to Machu Picchu. I didn't carry my tripod or any big lenses to reduce the amount of weight I would have to carry on the 45 km hike. All of these handheld.

Camera: 5DII
Lenses: 24-105L or 50 mm 1.4
Flash: 580EXII

More images are available here:
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Thanks for looking.

View from Intipata:
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Sunrise
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La Compania - Cuzco
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Inka Grill - Cuzco
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Machu Picchu -Last few meters of the trail
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View from Llulluchapampa
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Sayacmarca
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These are great!
In reply to mildes, Jul 4, 2012

I really like this set of of photos (minus the food shot, but that's a preference not a judgement). The compositions and the post-production work are lovely.
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Great work. Thanks for posting,
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Fantastic work
In reply to Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr., Jul 4, 2012

These images are really great. They make me want to go, in fact I'm going to show the wife/boss and hopefully it will take.
Thanks for sharing
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Thank you all for the feedback.

I would highly recommend going on the Inca trail, it is not only a great visual experience but also a great cultural experience. You will not regret it.
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In reply to mildes, Jul 5, 2012

Nice shots. Brings back memories. I was there 3 years ago....

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In reply to mildes, Jul 6, 2012

Nice set, I also went to your site to see the others. What a fabulous trip. I really like the 2nd to last one you posted on dpreview - love the light and the fantastic depth, great stuff, thanks for sharing!

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mildes wrote:

Thank you all for the feedback.

I would highly recommend going on the Inca trail, it is not only a great visual experience but also a great cultural experience. You will not regret it.

I did that trail in reverse though in 1972. Back then it was referred to as the Ochenta Ocho trail which is the 88 km mark at the train stop before Machu Picchu. Enjoyed seeing your pics. Brings back memories.

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Wow! that must have been something back then. Do you have any pictures shared from the trip?

We started off really early on day 1 to avoid the crowds but by the end of day 3 it was super crowded. I really wonder what it must be to see the place or the trail minus the crowds.
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Thanks MikeyL, I really appreciate the feedback.
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In reply to mildes, Jul 10, 2012

mildes wrote:

I really wonder what it must be to see the place or the trail minus the crowds.

I can't remember how many days hiking the trail for I spent a few around Machu Picchu first. It might have been three days or so. The trail was quite rugged back then. At one point I lost it and had to scale a very dense slope to get back to where I thought the trail was. My pants ended up shredded which later created some amusement for a couple of locals waiting for the train as well. I couldn't make out what they were saying for as I later learned they were speaking their native language Quechua which I'm sure you know is nothing similar to Spanish.

As far as the trails popularity, I didn't see a soul on that trail the whole time but I did see a bear which the President of the Peru's World Wildlife Fund explained was a rare sighting. Unfortunately it represented a small portion of the picture I caught of it.

I also visited the Galapagos Islands back then. Five of us pitched in to rent a guide and his small fishing boat from James Island I believe to visit seven other islands in about five days. That cost each of us under $15. Things were extremely lacks compared to today that's for sure.

You can see some images of my trips to South America at my website. Wait for the Home page tabs to load during the slide show and click the International tab. My profile page shows a BW image of me back then camping with a tarp for a tent outside of Machu Picchu.

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In reply to John M Roberts, Jul 10, 2012

Excellent pictures, I especially loved the ones of Cordillera Blanca. It was also very nice to see Machu Picchu and Plaza de Armas sans the crowds. It must have been some experience.

Thanks for sharing.

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Me to, a place I'll never forget
I almoust had a religoues experience at MP
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In reply to mildes, Jul 10, 2012

Awesome pictures and quality.

I regret being a peruvian, never did the Inca Trail. Since you know its there and always will be, there is no rush... hehehe
Thank you for showing such a lovely side of my country.

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In reply to mildes, Jul 17, 2012

Great shots! I'm going there in a few weeks and doing the Salkantay trail for 5 days. Any tips? Did you use any ND's or polarizers? Tripod? I would guess not if you were keeping it minimal...

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XFitter wrote:

Great shots! I'm going there in a few weeks and doing the Salkantay trail for 5 days. Any tips? Did you use any ND's or polarizers? Tripod? I would guess not if you were keeping it minimal...

Machu Picchu does not allow tripods, unless, I recall, it's for a professional shoot and you get approval ahead of time. The guards do enforce this, as I saw one gentlemen be required to check in his tripod at the front gate. I spoke to him later about it and he said the guards were pretty adamant.

Luckily, I knew this ahead of time, so I brought my SLR Gorillapod which worked great.

If you can allow yourself to get there early to avoid the crowds (like 6am), then you can perch on the tiered landscape over the main area and get some nice shots.

I also recommend climing Waynu Picchu BEHIND Machu Picchu where you're above MP. They only allow 400 visitors a day where you have to sign in then sign out when you return.

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In reply to XFitter, Jul 18, 2012

Thanks XFitter. I did use a polarizer and a 0.9 GND filter but I did not use a ND as I was not carrying a tripod.

I did try to use my hiking pole as a monopod but I wasnt too successful.

I had 3 reasons for not carrying a tripod

1. Weight - It would have been too much to carry for me on the trail. I also did not carry my 100-400 or macro and I think I missed the 100-400 more than the tripod. There are some really lovely birds in Peru.

2. Not allowed in Machu Picchu - I was a bit apprehensive about having to check it in, in hind sight i shouldn't have been worried as the storage facilites seemed pretty good.

3. Rest of the itinerary - The rest of my travel plan took me to places like Rio where a tripod would have attracted unnecessary attention.

I would recommend carrying a flash if you have one. This is really good for bouncing off tent walls. Also carry extra memory and battery. There is no longer a charging station at Winay Wayna.

Hope you have fun, the trail is one truly amazing experience.

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