The colors of Peru… and black and white, in photographs

I am still processing my two-week trip to Peru. Literally, still processing.

Because of all the time lapse photography I took (about 15,000 photos), it has taken me weeks to just get things edited, sorted, and processed into a useable format.

As to the experience, it drained about all of the energy I had. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was amazing. But unlike a regular tourist that would have been on this luxury tour by Cox & Kings, I was working the whole time. So while I got to enjoy some of the best opportunities available in this country, a perfect one country for about a 10-day to 2-week tour by the way, when I was done with my trip, I actually needed some time off. The exact opposite of what ‘regular people’ experience on a vacation like this.


I got to stay in some amazing hotels when I was there, but the fun of a trip is getting out and exploring. And for me, that means getting my cameras out to take some photos, and as of more recently, video.

Earlier I did a post of some of my favorite Instagram photos from the trip. Don’t get me wrong, I really do love how handy my cell phone is and how easy it is to pull it out and snap pictures quickly, but there also is a big difference in the quality when I use my real cameras.

In the midst of doing my video editing (some will be ready and up next week), I took out some time yesterday and today to pull some of my favorite photos from this journey through Southern Peru.

I hope you like them.

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from the main square in Cusco, Peru

best photos peru machu pichu

shot from inside Machu Pichu, in tilt-shift style

best photos of peru cusco market

from the very large market in Cusco, where about everything is sold

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Machu Pichu from the entrance side of things

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on the Orient Express train to Cusco, looking out the back of the observation car

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Me with some of the lovely locals living on some of the islands in Lake Titikaka

best photos peru Palacio Nazarenas hotel yoga lessons

one of the (many) bonuses of staying at the Palacio Nazarenas hotel in Cusco? Free yoga every morning by the heated pool

best photos peru from orient express train to cusco

just some of the scenery on the Orient Express to Cusco

best photos peru beach on island in lake titikaka

beautiful beach right outside where we had lunch on one of the islands in Lake Titikaka

best photos of peru sunset in amazon river basin

sunset from the dock of the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Hotel

This trip was sponsored by Cox & Kings and Prom Peru, but the opinions (and photos and videos) are my own.

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I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all. Read more by Michael Hodson and connect on Google Plus.

16 Responses to “The colors of Peru… and black and white, in photographs” Subscribe

  1. Sarah F. August 15, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Awesome pictures! Brings back great memories!

  2. Helen August 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! Peru is on my list!

    Love the picture of you with the locals at Lake Titikaka! Suits you!

    • Michael Hodson August 20, 2013 at 6:38 am #

      Thanks Helen. Glad you liked them. Really great place to visit. I am sure you will love it.

  3. Stephanie - The Travel Chica August 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Do you have a tilt-shift lens, or do you do it in post-production?

    • Michael Hodson August 20, 2013 at 6:37 am #

      Hey Stephanie. I don’t have a tilt-shift lens (and don’t have a DSLR anymore either). Those lenses are EXPENSIVE.

      I do it all in post. Is pretty easy.

  4. Britany August 21, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    Ahh these make me miss Peru. I love those big colorful skirts worn by the local women!

    • Michael Hodson August 22, 2013 at 5:23 am #

      The hashtag for the campaign was #coloursofperu and it certainly was colorful!

  5. Andy August 23, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    You pick the right object for your black and white photo, making it look like ancient image fro the main square and Machu Pichu temple.

  6. rebecca August 23, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    stunning! love the pics!

  7. chad August 31, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Awesome photos!! I love the first one!

  8. Mary @ Green Global travel September 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Gorgeous images! It is so fabulously inspiring to see these! Thank you for sharing them! As to the tilt-shift style image – can you explain it? It’s amazing!

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