Peru: Land of the Sun — 17 days, July 9-25, 2015

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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and northern California photographer & educator, Rick Murai, invite you on an exciting two-week adventure photographing the stunning landscape, colorful people and rich cultural traditions of the Peruvian Andes.


Peru: Land of the Sun - July 9 through July 22, 2015
Nazca Option - July 22 through July 25, 2015 

After a day in Peru’s capital city, Lima, we fly to the UNESCO Heritage site and pre-colonial Andean gateway city of Cusco where we photograph old-world Quechuan villages, markets, farming communities and Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley. Located in a remote  high Andean village we will then document throngs of jubilant devotees as they celebrate the patron saint of the mestizo people at the raucous Virgen del Carmen festival. The workshop highlight will be two days photographing one of the Seven Wonders of the World and renowned UNESCO site – the remote ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. After a short flight to Puno, we will discover the fascinating pre-Incan floating islands, architecture and weaver’s markets of Lake Titicaca – considered the world’s highest navigable lake. We then return to Lima for a farewell dinner and our return flight home, or you may opt to head south to photograph yet another UNESCO world heritage site: a fly-over to view the enigmatic geoglyphs of the Nazca plateau.

This totally immersive experience is designed to provide ample opportunity for independent photographic exploration, individualized instruction, image sharing and quiet introspection. This price conscious and flexible tour offers safe and comfortable accommodations and is open to all skill levels.

Participating photographers will be encouraged to share their final work during a group exhibition at Viewpoint’s Step-up Gallery

Enrollment is limited to 12 photographers (8 minimum).


For more information contact:
Rick Murai (530) 432-4006



Tour Costs - Land of the Sun (per person / double occupancy):

  • 12 photographers:  $3590
  • 11 photographers:  $3660 
  • 10 photographers:  $3750
  • 9 photographers:  $4185
  • 8 photographers:  $4310 
  • Single supplement:  $525

Nazca Option (per person / double occupancy):

  • 7-12 photographers: $1030
  • Single supplement: $130


  • All lodging (3 star) with private baths
  • Airport transfers
  • Land transportation.
  • Peru domestic airfare
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees
  • All breakfasts, with lunches and dinners as noted

Not included:

  • USA > Lima airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Airport taxes
  • Guide gratuities
  • Optional activities and personal purchases

Due Dates:

  • $1000 NON-REFUNDABLE payment due at registration or by March 16, 2015
  • $750 air and hotel payment due by April 5, 2015
  • Balances due by May 15, 2015
  • Full refunds will be issued if the workshop fails to meet the minimum 8 photographers by May 15, 2015

Travel arrangements are provided by Yampu Travel, New York.


Rick will share his work from Peru and discuss the itinerary during an informational meeting on Friday, January 30, at 6:00pm in the Viewpoint Gallery. All are invited to attend!

Peru: Land of the Sun is Rick Murai's fifth international workshop sponsored by the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. 

An avowed culter junkie, Rick Murai's fascination with documenting the world's sacred sites has generated travel to over 35 countries. His critically acclaimed work is exhibited and collected widely—and has been featured in major publications including BBC Online, Photographer's Forum, Silver Shotz International and multiple issues of Lenswork.  He is the recepient of awards from the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year (UK); Juors Award, California State Fair, 2010; Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA); and Best of Show, 2015 International Portfolio Competition.

Photographers from around the country have joined Rick on other Viewpoint-sponsored travel workshops, such as Sacred Festivals of Bhutan (October 2014) and Three Kingdoms: Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos (January 2015).

To view Rick's photographs, visit:



July 9 2015 6:00 AM   through   July 25 2015 11:59 PM
Phone: 916-441-2341
(per person) $ 1,000.00

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