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Photography in Peru

Peru provides amazing photographic opportunities, from the sweeping vistas at Machu Picchu to the still waters of Lake Titicaca.

High quality film can be found in most tourist locations and in all large cities. Fuji, Kodak, Konica, Polaroid and Forte film brands from 50 ASA to 400 ASA are commonly sold, but the higher speeds, especially 1600, are scarce. Color, black and white and slide film are widely available. The most common formats are 35 mm, 120 mm and Advantix (from Kodak). Professional formats like 6 x 6 are rare, but can be acquired at specialty stores. These stores also sell camera accessories such as batteries, cleaning kits, lenses, bags, tripods, flashes and filters and will perform technical services.

Pack an extra camera battery or camera charger (make sure you also pack an adapter for any electrical equipment: Peru uses 220 V, 60 Hz), as these accessories will be harder to come by. You will not want your camera to run out of battery life when you are in the middle of Colca Canyon or the Amazon jungle.

Camera equipment should be packed in airtight plastic bags when traveling to the rainforest to protect against the humid climate. When going through airport X-ray machines, ask to have your camera and film excluded from the screening process, as it can cause damage.

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. There may be a charge to take pictures at museums or national tourist sights.

Film Development and Camera Repair

In Lima

Mundo Digital Flores repairs all types of cameras, sells original parts, and buys and sells used cameras (Av Abancay 620-A, interior 3, Central Lima. Tel: 782-8101, Cel: 992-887-204).

In Arequipa

Alberto’s repairs digital, analog and video cameras (Galería Colonial, Store 50, Ca San Juan de Dios 206. Tel: 213-577).

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Peru: Literature In Peru, Peru Border Crossings, Travel Tips for Specific Groups, Money and Costs in Peru, Buying Tickets , Studying Quechua in Peru, Safety on the Pacific Coast south of Lima, Six Places to Visit in Peru, Politics in Peru and Gay Arequipa.

06 Jun 2012

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