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Taking photos-when is it OK?

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Taking photos-when is it OK?

What is the etiquette in Peru (Cusco/sacred valley) in terms of where you can/can't take photos? What about at the Pisac market where I've heard people will be dressed in local costume? Who probably will/won't expect a tip? Any other advice?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

You can take photo of whatever you want.

If you find locals as models, you will have to pay at least a tip.

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2. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

What is an appropriate tip?

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3. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

One or two soles will do.

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4. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

Thank you. Very helpful information.

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5. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

Is it safe to have your camera out (around your neck) or on display whilst walking around Peru?

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6. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

Is it safe to have your camera out (around your neck) or on display whilst walking around Peru?

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7. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

The going rate for photos is one sole, whether adult of child. Usually you can take two or three shots for this price. If there are two people, offer each of them one sole. Sometimes there'll be some lighthearted bargaining for more money because you took lots of pictures or there are lots of subjects, but you can decide whether it's worth it or not.

And remember that you always ask permission first. Sometimes travellers will pay the money before the photos, sometimes when you're done shooting. And remember that some Peruvians like to see their photo in the camera viewfinder, others will just settle for the money.

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8. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

As for displaying cameras around your neck, or Rolex watches on you wrist, or money sticking out of your pants pocket .... use your best judgement. If you're travelling in a large tour group or have armed bodyguards, you should be okay.

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9. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

We will be traveling in a small tour group. I was planning to carry my dslr with a short lens. Would it be better to leave it in the hotel and take a small point and shoot?

Thanks.

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10. Re: Taking photos-when is it OK?

"One or two soles for tips" One sol is about .35 cent of a dollar. Why would you tell people to only tip 1 or 2 soles? They can tip whatever they want.

Remember that these people are the most needed in Cusco.

Thanks.