Attention!! Machu Picchu will rip you off!!!

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Attention!! Machu Picchu will rip you off!!!
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Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share something very unpleasant that happened to me today at Machu Picchu's entrance:

1. They charge you 300 USd for bringing your tripod into their Inca city. Their argument is that tripods are for professionals only.

2. The lens debate: ANY lens over 200mm is considered professional, and thus must also pay the 300 Usd.

THEREFORE today I took my A900 with its 50mm 1.4 and had to leave my Manfrotto in the entry, BUT my travel parther with an A200 (!!!!!!!) with the 18-250mm HAD TO PAY the 300 Usd to take his camera to Machu Picchu, given that was his only lens and it had a focal lenght over 200 mm ( and that was supposed to be professional).

This is a warning to all photo travellers to reconsider Peru as a destination, given that tourists are considered as "bags of bucks" for the locals.

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