Peru 2011


Directed by Bill Bachmann
Co-Leader Deborah Sandidge

October 27 - November 10, 2011

Plus optional 5-day cruise extention to the fabulous Galapagos Islands on November 10th - 15th.

Bill's groups are always filled with a diversified group of photographers & non-photographers who are energetic,
love to travel, helpful to each other, and just plain fun! Here is a group portrait from a fun China BTO trip.

Bill Bachmann, internationally-acclaimed travel photographer, has traveled on assignment to over 170 countries on all seven continents. He has photographed over 1200 magazine covers, written fifteen books, and worked on many national and international advertising campaigns. His work is published weekly in most of the developed countries of the world on TV, brochures, internet, billboards, and in countless magazines.

After many requests from friends and other photographers, he decided to share his visions and experience once a year in some magical part of the world. It is because of these requests that BACHMANN TOUR OVERDRIVE was formed. He truly enjoys sharing photography and travel with exciting people, and looks forward to directing this wonderful trip to Peru/Ecuador in 2011. It will be a truly unique trip with plenty of time for exploring these two South American countries.

The highlights of this trip are exploring magical Machu Picchu and the wonderful cities of Cuzco & Quito. (In addition to possibly going on the optional 5-day cruise to the Galapagos Islands). Bill has developed an all-inclusive trip for people who love to travel to explore -- with cameras -- many of the rare scenes of South America. And it will NOT be a typical "tour"... this itinerary has been refined by Bill to include great places to visit and shoot pictures, with some instruction, and free time to explore in small groups. You will travel with this group to his FAVORITE cities & mountaintops to capture photographs - both professional and amateur - with impact. This will not be a boring "tour" that stops at every tourist shop!!!

On this trip Bill has decided to "slow down" Bachmann Tour Overdrive a little and stay in the same hotel for more than one night more often. Many times in the past we never were able to unpack enough and relax in the same hotel/city. Even though this trip sees many cities & sites, Bill made a special effort to return to the same hotel nightly rather than change hotels so often.

****A real bonus on this trip will be the seminars & lectures given by our Co-Leader, Deborah Sandidge. Deborah is a talented photographer and teacher who will add to your photography abilities and vision. She has written THE book on Infrared Photography and is a top-tier instructor at Check out her website & blog at I have been amazed at Deb's talent and vision for years and this will be a treat for all travelers here to South America. Deb's topics will be listed at the bottom of this page in the last Notes.

Both the price and the itinerary are special... we will travel for a total of 14 days seeing wonders of the Southern Hemisphere. We will explore small villages and photograph so many of the people of Peru & Ecuador -- all with English-speaking, Hispanic guides. Bill Bachmann will direct the trip, share secrets along the way each day, and direct discussions & technique sessions. He will scout local models and have members of the group help each other with reflectors, and all spend time creating pictures that will be the envy back home. You can ask questions, learn his methods of travel & marketing photos, and learn how to make money in stock photography. We will all have many wonderful and plentiful meals together, discussing the travels and wonders of these fascinating destinations. Bill goes out of his way to develop a comfortable, friendly group that will become friends for life.

All of this is at a surprisingly low, all-inclusive price that includes many meals, first-class hotels, guides, internal flights, instruction with Bill, transfers, all tours and tour transportation, everything. Regent Tours has been guiding American tour groups since 1981, and they have designed many trips for Bill Bachmann and Bachmann Tour Overdrive especially for photographers and people that LOVE travel. Regent Tours has an excellent reputation from many seasoned travelers, and all the hotels, food, and connections are the best available with a tour at this price.

**** We will fly TACA Airlines so we will need your United/Continental FF Number (they recently merged!) on your Registration Form.

The trip will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so read the itinerary and then print & fill out the registration form, make a photocopy of your passport (must not expire before May 20, 2012) and send them with a deposit of $500 to hold a spot.

Look for costs and schedules below and realize that we are keeping this a small group. If you have any questions, email the studio at my traveling email address of: .

Again, to hold your spot, print & fill out the registration form, and make a photocopy of your passport (must not expire before May 20, 2012) and send them with a deposit of $500 to hold a place.

Photos below by Bill Bachmann

Once in your life you MUST stand and admire the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu and all
the mountains around the ruins. This is one of the Wonders of the World that you should not miss!
Our hotel in Cuzco is within walking distance of this fabulous City Square with its fountains,
catherdrals, and most of the social life of the city.
Color is everywhere in South America.
A woman with her llamas in a remote area of Peru.
This photograph of a boy & his llamas has been
published many times worldwide. Why not yours?
Everywhere you look in Peru and Ecuador is a photo!
Lima has many beautiful centers. Here the
gardens of the Palace of Justice in San Martin Square.
When you shoot any digital stills or video, the children will
surround you to see themselves! Children everywhere are a
delight to photograph and show the results. Here BTO Deb brings joy!




All-Inclusive Trip to Peru/Ecuador

October 27th - November 10th, 2011

15-day Escorted Tour (mostly everything included -- internal flights, tours, many meals, hotels, guides, photo instruction, etc.)

Day 1- October 27th: Arrive Lima
We fly from Miami and take a TACA 031 depart 4:00 PM flight direct from Miami to Lima, Peru. When we arrive we are transferred to Jose Antonio Hotel to relax and have our initial group meeting together.

Day 2- October 28th: Peru/Explore Lima

We will have an orientation walk through the boulevards and plazas around our hotel—situated in the stylish Miraflores district, which is a cultural and artistic center full of small cafés, fine shops, and art galleries.We visit Lima, both colonial and modern. San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall. We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We visit Villa El Salvador, an inspiring community that grew from its humble beginnings as a shantytown in the desert south of Peru's capital—a refuge for residents of the Peruvian Andes who were driven from their homes by a powerful earthquake in 1971—to become a full-fledged, self-sufficient district of Lima, complete with schools, clinics, water and electricity, parks, paved roads, and more—with over 350,000 residents. And it's done so in its own way, remaining true to the spirit of communal living that the refugees—mostly descendants of indigenous Andean peoples—brought with them. Today, this district boasts the highest literacy rate and the biggest furniture-making industry in Peru, and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for its excellence in social work and community growth.

We visit one of the Villa El Salvador's markets, then we meet some of its hearty and forward-thinking residents to learn about their ongoing community-building efforts. (B, D)

Day 3- October 29th: Fly to Cuzco - Visit Cuzco Market:
After breakfast transfer from hotel to Lima airport for departing flight to Cuzco TACA 011 11:40 AM. Arrival and transfer to the Picoaga Hotel. After resting for several hours to adjust to the altitude we visit the local market in Cuzco. We will visit the typical markets in Cuzco, the famous twelve sided stone, narrow streets with the finest walls as an example of Inca Architecture, and the San Blas neighborhood, the residence of the best artists since the colony was established. (B, L)

Day 4- October 30: Walking City Tour of Cuzco:
Morning walking tour of Cuzco, and include: The Cathedral and Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun, the most important of the Inca ceremonial sites). Later we will continue to the most important sites of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. Van for cameras. We return to our Hotel (B, D)

Day 5- October 31: Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Cuzco:
After breakfast this morning, we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, the lower elevation of which eases our transition to high altitudes of the Andes between Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Later on, We will have the opportunity of visiting the lively local Ancient Pisac market where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. It is here that many fine Andean garments are for sale and you can test your haggling powers as you bargain for trinkets and souvenirs. We take a short trek into the ancient city, where we explore its well-built stone dwellings and temples, and have sweeping vistas both up- and downstream in the Urubamba Valley. Pisac's highly defensible site guarded both the Valley and a high jungle pass to the northeast.
We will eat a buffet lunch at the local Hacienda Restaurant with traditional Andean foods and music —be sure to ask your hosts about cuy, a local delicacy!
Later, we experience a hands-on pottery-making demonstration at a traditional workshop before returning to our hotel.
We continue to Ollantaytambo, the major Inca fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro's defeat by Manco Inca in 1536. Constructed of finely cut polygonal stones and rhyolite blocks, the fortress and nearby town represent the best of Inca architecture and construction. Large worked blocks, some weighting as much as 100 tons were quarried from a site more than a thousand vertical feet above the valley floor using a technique of pecking with hammer stones, then skidded down and across the Urubamba river several kilometers to the temple site. Inclined ramps were built to raise the blocks several hundred feet uphill to the construction area. Return to Cuzco Picoaga Hotel (B, L)

Day 6- November 1: Train ride - Machu Picchu:
Early in the morning after breakfast we board the Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu for one of the world's great railway journeys. We'll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. We board a bus for a 20 minutes ride to Machu Picchu. Our guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder. Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Constructed from precisely sculptured granite blocks carefully joined with the projecting exposed stone of the surrounding mountain, the site may well be the finest architectural achievement of the New World. You can wander the sprawling ruins on your own, or, depending on which are open, choose from two excellent hikes leading to superb spots for capturing panoramic photographs of the ruins. One option is a steep one-and-a-half-hour climb, mostly on stone steps, to the summit of Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak seen behind the ruins of Machu Picchu in many photographs. Ambitious hikers may want to walk up the final section of the famous stone-paved Inca Trail to the "Gate of the Sun," a small Inca ruin set in a mountain pass above the city. Lunch at the hotel Sanctuary Lodge. Late afternoon we descend to Aguas Calientes town for a night at the Machu Picchu Inn. (B, D)

Day 7- November 2 : Machu Picchu:
We get up early to photograph the sunrise at the fabulous ruins of Machu Picchu. Those that want to stay longer can do that, but in mid-morning the rest of us will go back down the mountain to the town of Aguas Calientes. We visit the Aguas Calientes town and the fascinating, yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house. A relaxing day in the mountains and valleys and small town to take pictures. We can spend a quiet evening resting around the hotel or small village. (B)

Day 8- November 3: Machu Picchu – Back by train to Sacred Valley and bus to Cuzco:

We board the train in the morning back to the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival we begin a day filled with Peruvian cultural discoveries as we journey to the Incan ruins of Moray this morning, an ancient agricultural laboratory made up of a series of concentric terraces leading down the hillsides into three natural depressions in the valley. The Incas used the unique topography of this site to cultivate plants for a variety of climates—Andean, jungle, and semi-tropical—and the seeds they developed here were likely shipped across their empire to improve crop yield in harsher environments. We'll spend the morning exploring the terraces—the upper levels of which allow for striking panoramic views—and learning about the Inca's advanced system of agriculture.

Then, we travel to the mountain-weaving village of Chinchero, which—at an elevation of 12,500 feet—is a literal high point of our exploration of the Sacred Valley, and provides excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Chinchero was also the site of a 16th-century Inca emperor's estate, as well as a resting place on the Inca Royal Road. The children welcome us warmly with a presentation on Peru's culture—including traditional songs and dance. Many travelers find this chance to meet the children of Peru to be the emotional high point of their adventure as well.

We have lunch with the community in Chinchero before we return to Cuzco for an evening on our own. Night at Picoaga Hotel. (B, L)

Day 9- November 4 : Cuzco free Day:

Day 10 - November 5: Cuzco – Puno
After your breakfast you will transferred by bus to Puno at 08:AM (3824 m.s.l). Along the way you will have stops and guided tours to the Incas sites of Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and Pikillaqta. We have lunch at the restaurant in Sicuani. After your arrival in Puno our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel. (B/L)

Day 11- November 6: Titicaca Lake - Lima
After a leisurely breakfast we pick you up and transfer down to Puno port and board motorized launches. Our first stop is the floating reed islands of the Uros indigenous group who maintain houses and even schools on these floating reed islands. We continue to the Chullpas of Sillustani. Here you can view the structures that once housed the remains of these ancient ancestors of the Highland region of Titicaca Lake. Late in the afternoon transfer to Juliaca airport for your departing flight from Puno to Lima TACA 004 7:00 PM. (B)

Day 12- November 7: Lima - Quito
Flight from Lima to Quito TACA 134 10:40 AM. We will be met by our Quito Trip Leader. Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a city whose colonial splendor has earned it's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the older part of town, hundreds of colonial-era structures remain to this day, the largest being the 16th-century Monastery of San Francisco. This evening, we'll enjoy our first dinner in Ecuador at a hotel restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 13- November 8: Discover Quito
After breakfast this morning, we enjoy a moving musical performance by the Sinamune Orchestra, whose members are physically or mentally disabled.
Grand Circle Foundation is proud to provide Sinamune with financial assistance, helping to give these talented and dedicated musicians the support and encouragement they deserve.

After the concert, we'll depart for downtown Quito, stopping at the Itchimbia lookout point along the way. In Quito's historic section, we'll see La Basilica, with its impressive 377-foot Condor Tower—notice how the gargoyles represent indigenous animals. We also enjoy a walking tour of Quito's colonial nucleus:
Independence Plaza (Plaza de La Independenzia) featuring a winged statue representing freedom. We'll see the Presidential Palace, with its stalwart guards in traditional uniforms keeping watch. We continue with a stroll on La Ronda, a historic narrow lane where you can sample traditional candies, see work by local artists, and hear musicians. Then we finish at San Francisco Square to see its church and mingle with local people in it's plaza.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, we head to the Inti Nan Museum and the Middle of the World monument. Inti Nan is the Quechua phrase for "Path of the Sun," and the museum contains replicas of indigenous sun temples and other interesting artifacts—not to mention the fact that the equator actually runs through the museum. This is a perfect introduction to our next stop: the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo). Here we'll have the chance to stand at Latitude 0°0'0" and enjoy the prized photo opportunity of straddling the equator.
This evening, we join a local family for a home-hosted dinner that gives us a person-to-person experience of Ecuador's food and culture.(B, L, D)

Day 14- November 9: Otovalo Market
A full day visit to Otavalo outdoor market, some 95 km from Quito. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products from the east were traded with highland products. Traditional dress is observed throughout the market. Return to Quito. Leisure day with plenty of opportunity for photos.
We return for our Farewell Dinner at night. (B) Farewell Dinner

Day 15- November 10: Quito – Home to Miami or Cruise
Today staff will transfer us from the hotel to Quito airport for the flight back to Miami or Galapagos Cruise. Quito to Miami Flight 042 7:10 am

Day 15- Day 19 November 10-14 OPTIONAL TRIP to Galapagos Islands
We fly in the morning of Day 15 for a 45-minute flight to Santa Cruz, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. From there we are transferred to our small ship which will be our home for 5 days. In these days we will explore on small boats to get over and walk with the animals on various islands.
We will be very few feet away from amazing animal photographs. On Day 19 we fly the 45-minute flight back to Quito and spend the night at our hotel there.

Day 20- November 15 Quito to Miami Flight 042 7:10 am

****** There is an addtional cost of $2895 for this extention cruise from Quito to the Galapagos Islands for 5 days. ******

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS -- This is one of the most unique places on our planet. It is an expensive cruise because they can! There are only a limited number of small cruise ships allowed to anchor and explore these special islands. So, they can charge
accordingly, and they do! Of all the species on Earth, one-third of them are ONLY in the Galapagos Islands. This is why Charles Darwin studied there and thought this was the place for the beginning of creation.

The trip to the Galapagos Islands includes a short flight to/from Quito, Ecuador. We then board a small cruise ship that will be our home for 5 days. Each day we will take small zodiac boats to have dry landings to the various islands, where we will be mere feet from so
many exotic animals. Our photographs will be amazing and our memories of this enchanted place on Earth will never be forgotten.

I know this "extra" trip is expensive, but you should at least consider splurging for this once in a lifetime experience. You will be arms length from many animals as you disembark from the small cruise ships daily. All Galapagos Islands trips start from Quito, Ecuador, so this may be THE opportunity for you to extend your South American trip. You will still fly home (5 days later than the rest of the group) from Quito on the paid flight back to Miami, arriving November 15th at 9:00 am --- still plenty of time to prepare for Thanksgiving!


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Total Cost of Peru/Ecuador is $3565.00 per person plus international flight from Miami/Lima and Quito/Miami. This R/T Flight is currently $950.00 round trip.
*** Single Supplement $965 (we will try to "pair up" people to save on this!)

This is almost a total complete package: Not included -- your only additional expenses will be some meals, R/T flight from Miami/Lima and Quito/Miami. (R/T as of now is $950), tips for guides/drivers and misc. expenses.
We will have special hotels and wonderful food & guides.

***We will do all we can to "double up" to get you a roommate if you want to save on the
single room supplement. It usually works out evenly for those who want to share a room.


A note from Bill Bachmann

Check my web site to see some of my photography from all over the world. Even though I am very busy in my advertising and stock business, I do love to take interested people on BTO trips to share my love for special places on our planet. I will also strive to have the group become close and caring, and I can promise you will love the interaction we will develop. We always share images with each other when we return, and we had a wonderful Reunion to share all of our photos... we have become friends for life!

This is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so email with questions, and get your form & deposit in. I want to keep the group small and intimate, and I believe that Regent Tours are the best money can buy !!

Deborah Sandidge, author of Digital Infrared Photography, will be teaching several wonderful seminars on the Peru/Ecuador trip. In her Infrared seminar, she will illustrate the beauty of infrared photography as it applies to landscapes, architecture, birds and wildlife. Using compelling infrared images created with her infrared converted cameras, and color/infrared comparisons, Deb will discuss in detail the best techniques to enable you to capture one-of-a-kind infrared images. From understanding infrared light and filter choices, to imaginative techniques in photographing, and post-processing in Photoshop, Deb will share insightful and creative techniques that you can immediately apply to your infrared photography.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is exciting, creative and technically amazing! Deborah will also share her tips and techniques for creating inspirational images through the process of HDR. The art and technique of HDR allows the photographer to create extraordinary and dramatic story-telling images. With HDR, a new image is created by combining a variety of exposures to reveal incredible detail, color, and definition throughout the highlight, mid-tone, and shadow areas. She will discuss techniques for combining HDR images, and will review artistic enhancements with plug-ins and filters such as Topaz Adjust, Lucis Pro, and Nik Software.

Deb's third seminar is entitled A Creative Approach to Digital Photography and it will cover techniques ranging from interpretation of a subject for the best photographic outcome, to creatively enhancing an image in Photoshop. She will share with you innovative ways to shoot for special effects such as zooming, long exposure to convey motion, multiple exposures, shooting through glass, reflections, HDR, and Photomerge. Working with images in Photoshop, Deb will show you how to easily use creative techniques such as adding a watery reflection, mirroring, and composites for texture. In addition, Photoshop plug-ins will allow you to achieve artistic effects, as well as detail and color enhancement, thus providing additional creative alternatives for your own work.

Night transforms an ordinary scene into something magical, providing a wonderful opportunity to expand your creative and artistic options. Deb in her last instruction will show you how to capture extraordinary night scenes from twilight and beyond. Learn the tips, techniques and tools that will make creative and compelling images at night. Master the techniques of photographing at twilight, to create an image with impact.

I can only say that Deb & I look forward to taking a group of people who love to travel on this wonderful trip to an area I really know and love. You will return with not only memories of a lifetime, but also fabulous pictures, more knowledge of travel photography, much more knowledge of our planet. We can't wait to share this with you.

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