TGL Peru 2017

TGL Peru shows you Cusco, Machu Picchu, all while also giving back through our work with Picaflor House!

Peru: ancient, mysterious, stunning. Soaring peaks and carved valleys lead the way to a bucket list topper: Machu Picchu. Combined with wandering the cobbled streets of Cusco, and spending precious time with the amazing kids at Picaflor, TGL Peru is a slam dunk of a trip. We are so excited to be sending our fifth team to this amazing place!

2017 brings yet another team of photographers to the ancient city of Cusco, Peru, to work alongside Picaflor House! Picaflor House works tirelessly to provide a safe place for children who are struggling in Cusco. Whether from the street, or orphaned, or otherwise, Picaflor House offers food, education, and a safe place to any child who needs it.

Picaflor and TGL have started a small after-school photography program at the center, to help the children learn to express themselves, learn valuable skills, and allow others to see the world as they experience it. Our team will come in to do workshops with the kids, play, encourage, and shoot away! When not with the children we will explore Cusco and the surrounding area, as well as ascend the majestic, mysterious, bucket-listing Machu Picchu. For 4 years these kids have come to meet us and explore their town behind a lens - they've even had small gallery showings in Cusco! They've come a long way and we're excited to build on what we've done together so far. 

New for TGL Peru 2017!

This year we're working with our tour company, Southern Crossings to offer something a little extra to those who'd like to participate. Once we finish our time with Picaflor and visiting Machu Picchu, TGL Peru participants will have the option to add on an additional 4 day Salkantay Trek!

The Salkantay Trek is located in the same region as the Inca Trail, but is an alternative path that takes you through stunning landscapes and great views of snow capped Andean peaks. The trek begins near the town of Mollepata and finishes again in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

More information on the trek will be available soon!

Trip Dates

April 18 - 26, 2017


$2900 USD

Group Size




This trip is physically moderate to demanding. This is because Cusco is a hilly city and we'll be doing a lot of walking, both in the city and with the kids out in their town. Additionally, Machu Picchu is no walk in the park: we take a bus to the entrance but there is 15 minutes of switch backs to the main viewpoint. Additional hikes are optional but offer astounding views; however, they can be physically demanding.
The emotional demands of this trip are easy to moderate. There is indeed ample poverty around Cusco and for some this could be very difficult, especially after getting to know the children. However, majority of the time with the NGO will be uplifting, exciting, and fulfilling. You'll walk away sad to say goodbye but extremely moved by the experience.
The standards of accommodation, quality of meals, and access to amenities of this trip are good to very good. Accommodation is simple but clean, comfortable, and safe. You can expect a simple room with two twin beds, an ensuite bathroom, and clean sheets, towels, and blankets. Hot water can be hit and miss, especially if we're all trying to shower at once. Meals are of good quality, though fairly basic. Rice, beans, and a protein are common; pizza and pasta is usually also available. Breakfasts will be taken at the hotel and will be simple: toast, jams, fruit, coffee or tea. Lunches will be on the go. Dinners will be taken in various restaurants. Water, juice, and pop are readily available. Amenities such as bathrooms and convenience stores are available in most places. Toilets will be western style.
Level of safety in Peru is very good to excellent. The most common issue for tourist is pickpocketing, but statistics are en par with almost anywhere well touristed in the world. TGL will offer tips and advice for your belongings and cash in team newsletters. Safety at Machu Pichu requires sturdy footwear and extreme caution on ledges, stairs, steep drops, and any kind of edge. The drops could be significant as the area is extremely steep.
TGL Peru shows you Cusco, Machu Picchu, all while also giving back through our work with Picaflor House! 
TGL Peru shows you Cusco, Machu Picchu, all while also giving back through our work with Picaflor House!

What is Included?

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    All Ground Transportation

    From the moment you arrive to when you depart, we have you covered. Taxis, buses, tours, you name it.

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    All Accommodation and Meals

    Rooms are double rooms with twin beds, paired by gender, and accommodation is always clean, comfortable, and safe. From dinner the arrival day, to breakfast the departure day, we will keep you well fed and hydrated.

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    All Entry Fees and Guides

    Entry fees, shooting permits, guides, passes, etc. If the team is going to shoot there, we'll get you in. We'll even be sure to tip any guides on behalf of the whole team.

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    All Photo Instruction

    You'll have 2 leaders available all day long to field as many questions as you can muster, provide one-on-one help, and offer group topics and instruction as required by the scene at hand.

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    A Donation to the NGO

    While there are a lot of factors involved that determine the exact amount - which we're happy to be completely transparent about - you can rest assured we make a substantial donation to our NGO partner post-trip.

What is Not Included?

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    We're open to people from every corner of the world. This means we cannot possibly offer a flight that would suit everyone. If you can get yourself here, we'll take care of the rest!

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    We require every participant to have adequate travel insurance, and to carry copies of this insurance at all times.

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    Passport and Visa

    Each participant is required to ensure their passport is valid for the time of travel, and to research, learn, and meet all the requirements of an entry visa specific to their country. If there are fees associated with the entry visa, they're not included.

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    Alcohol and Souvenirs

    We do not provide alcohol for our participants, so that's up to you. As well, as much as we really really like you, we can't buy your gifts for you. Souvenirs are on you!

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    Some hotels have wifi, others do not, or sometimes it simply doesn't work. When wifi is available for purchase, it's up to you if it's worthwhile. Some participant opt to purchase a local SIM card and data plan - a great option that we don't cover.

TGL Peru - Behind the Scenes!

The NGO: Picaflor House

Picaflor House works with disadvantaged or impoverished youth and children on the streets of Cusco, Peru. Some of the children are orphans, while others just lack basic needs. We will be doing a camera drive to collect more cameras for the photography club, plus a few laptops, to help them have an outlet for expression, a way to explore their creativity, and also to build self-esteem.

Picaflor House is a grassroots organization whose aim is to be completely locally run. Currently they provide English classes, arts and crafts, dance, sports, and reading. The focus is to get children off of the street, support families, and provide education. They also hope to be a haven for trafficked girls in the near future.

TGL Peru shows you Cusco, Machu Picchu, all while also giving back through our work with Picaflor House!

Who Are Your Leaders?

Peyton is a freelance landscape photographer and wanderlust who has bounced around the United States from the Pacific Northwest to North Carolina. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, he developed an early appreciation for nature and exploration led him to discover photography. Focused on primarily landscape photography, he travels across deserts and mountains photographing amazing landscapes, drinking coffee, and rocking out to Pearl Jam. Peyton has worked with Colby on international photo tours, marketing campaigns, and taught workshops in a variety of capacities over the past 4 years. Peyton enjoys sharing his experiences with others through photographs and helping others learn and advance their abilities. Peyton currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Kaitlyn, and spends time camping, hiking, drinking more coffee, and loving life.

Jeff Bartlett is an adventure photographer and writer based in Jasper National Park. He is passionate about active travel and uses his craft to tell compelling stories about adventure culture. His photography uses a unique combination of vibrant landscapes and the surprising placement of people within them to engage a true sense of place. Jeff's portfolio boasts a wide variety of landscape and outdoor lifestyle work, and his captivating adventure blog can be found on his website.

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