Previously KNOT JUST PICS. Same shit, different name.

Peru – The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley was our first port of call in Peru. From the research we did it seems many people fly through the Sacred Valley on their way to Macchu Picchu. We decided to base ourselves in the Incan town of Ollantaytambo and used it as our base to explore the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley was not only exquisitely beautiful with the bulging Urubamba river flowing through the green mountainous countryside but is  also steeped in both Incan and colonial history. Our hostel was in an old Incan ruin and from our balcony we had views of the impressive Incan ruins that tourists flock to by the busful every day which were the location of last Incan stand against the blood thirsty Spanish. The town was remarkable and we spent ages just wandering around it looking at the impressive canal systems and gigantic Incan rock walls.

Ollantaytambo-1 Ollantaytambo-2 Ollantaytambo-3 Ollantaytambo-4

Peru and Bolivia were both filled with some of the cutest dogs we have ever seen! This little guy particularly caught Andy’s attention.

Ollantaytambo-5 Ollantaytambo-6 Ollantaytambo-7 Ollantaytambo-8 Ollantaytambo-9 Ollantaytambo-10 Ollantaytambo-11

The centuries old canals built by the Incans and still flow with water.

Ollantaytambo-12 Ollantaytambo-13 Ollantaytambo-14 Ollantaytambo-15 Ollantaytambo-16 Ollantaytambo-17 Ollantaytambo-18

Most houses have these two bulls on top of them. These were originally llamas but were changed to bulls and became Catholic symbols  after the Spanish invaded. They are supposed to guard the house and protect it from the “evil eye”.

Ollantaytambo-19 Ollantaytambo-20 Ollantaytambo-21

We left exploring the city’s ruins till late afternoon when many of the dozens of tourist busses which pour in on the hour every hour had left so although it was getting a bit dark, we largely had the ruins to ourselves which was great for all our photos as hoardes of American and Japenese tourists generally ruin pics for us ;)

Ollantaytambo-22 Ollantaytambo-23 Ollantaytambo-24 Ollantaytambo-25 Ollantaytambo-26 Ollantaytambo-27

The insane Incan brickwork has still not been replicated even with the use of modern technology. Some rocks are fused so perfectly that you caneven slip a piece of paper between the seams!

Ollantaytambo-28 Ollantaytambo-29 Ollantaytambo-30 Ollantaytambo-31 Ollantaytambo-32 Ollantaytambo-33View of Ollantaytambo town from the ruins. This was definitely one of our favourite towns we stayed in on our trip. Ollantaytambo-34 Ollantaytambo-35 Ollantaytambo-36 Ollantaytambo-37 Ollantaytambo-38 Ollantaytambo-39 Ollantaytambo-40 Ollantaytambo-41 Ollantaytambo-43 Ollantaytambo-44 Ollantaytambo-45 Ollantaytambo-46 Ollantaytambo-47 Ollantaytambo-48 Ollantaytambo-49 Ollantaytambo-50 Ollantaytambo-51 Ollantaytambo-52 Ollantaytambo-53 Ollantaytambo-54 Ollantaytambo-55 The salt pans of Maras in the Sacred Valley was somewhere we were dying to see! From all the pics we had seen it was a surreal white landscape where farmers had been harvesting salt for centuries. What we didnt realise was during the rainy season(which is when we were there),  the  sheer white salt pans go orange with the mud that flows down in the rain from the surrounding hills. Despite not having the white terraces we had pictured, they were still something remarkable to see in real life and had their own orangey beauty to them! SacredValley-3SacredValley-2  SacredValley-4 SacredValley-5 SacredValley-6 SacredValley-8 SacredValley-9Andy sampling the salty spring water from which the salt is harvested. In case you were wondering, yup, it was pretty damn salty! SacredValley-10 SacredValley-11 SacredValley-12 SacredValley-13 SacredValley-14 SacredValley-15 SacredValley-16 The Incan ruins of Moray were probably some of the most unusual and spectacular that we had seen! The purpose of this butternut shaped series of terraces is believed to have been and agricultural experiment. The largest of the depressions  is about 30 m deep. Apparently the depth and orientation of these terraces with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Truly amazing stuff!SacredValley-17 SacredValley-18 SacredValley-21 SacredValley-22 SacredValley-23 SacredValley-24 SacredValley-25 SacredValley-26 SacredValley-27 SacredValley-29 SacredValley-30 SacredValley-31 SacredValley-32 SacredValley-33Andy will kill me for putting up this photographic evidence of this hat that he quickly whipped off whenever I aimed my camera in his direction! SacredValley-34 SacredValley-35Potato flowers. SacredValley-36 SacredValley-37 SacredValley-38 SacredValley-39 SacredValley-40 SacredValley-41 SacredValley-42 SacredValley-43

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andy & Szerdi on Instagram

  • Last minute lippy touch up before she’s off to get her marrying on 💃🏽
  • Ed’s face here as he waits for Amanda to come down the aisle is just everything! .
.
.
.
.
.
#cleanshoesnormalhair  #atthealter  #risingtidesociety #intimatestorytellers #loveauthentic #loveintentionally #momentsmatter  #brisbaneweddingphotographer  #deepintimatemoments #documentaryweddingphtographer #dvlopfilm  #radlovestories
  • Yesterday on our run I came across a wet, dirty little bunny. I thought there would be no way I would be able to catch him, but he hopped up to me and I scooped him up and carried him home. He seems to be settling in okay, now just to see if our two grumpy old man buns will accept a newbie, otherwise we are going to have to find this little charmer a home. (There is more bunny than is visible here...)
  • This babelicious golden light makes my heart skip a beat, Lisa and Gareth are kind of alright too...
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#capetownweddingphotographer  #thatgoldenlight  #capetownengagement #intimatestorytellers #loveauthentic #bluehairdontcare  #caperowndestinationweddingphotographer  #dvlop  #antibridetribe #indiebride #dvlopfilm #alternativeweddingphotographer #adventurebrides
  • Matri and Nick rock/paper/scissored who would do their vows first. Just one of many ways they made their day completely theirs. Their intimate city wedding is up on our blog now x
  • Fell in love with this feeling. We had just finished up some pics with Dee and her girls(and bridesman) pre ceremony and she was about to walk out to where her dad was waiting to take her to Emile. It was just a fleeting moment as she walked out of the house, but her face here just absolutely captivated me with all the happiness, contentment, nerves, and excitement it held.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
#cleanshoesnormalhair  #realweddingmoments #intimatestorytellers #loveauthentic #loveintentionally #momentsmatter  #destinationweddingphotographer  #dvlop #deepintimatemoments #documentaryweddingphtographer #netherwoodweddings #indiebride #dvlopfilm #alternativeweddingphotographer #theblondesbond #adventurebrides #radlovestories
  • So this is us...Partners in life, adventures and all things.

We met at a music festival, fell in love over our common passion for developing our own photos and many long and late night deep conversations about the world, life and pretty much everything in between.

Somehow that was 13 years ago, and those two arty alternative kids are married, have bunnies, a crazy two colour eyed cat called Bowie, a book collection too large to fit comfortably in our house and have somehow managed to piece together our love of photography and traveling the world together into our business of getting to document the love stories of awesome humans. And this is how we get to make our living? It’s so awesome it feels like cheating.

We love the shit out of weddings and getting the chance to share these amazing adventures with people. We get that letting people in to share something as intimate and personal as a marriage is a really big deal, and it’s something that never stops making us really stoked that people trust us enough to make their memories.
Pic by our photography besties @kikitography
  • We do love a good reception razzle 💃🏽🍻
  • This love is fire 🔥
  • I remember so clearly from our own wedding the shock of how the ceremony was a such a blur as I was so swept up in all the emotion, looking at our photos helps take me back to that moment and those feelings. With any luck, this moment will be the same for Dee and Emile. Also, honestly, all you should want from your wedding is your person looking at you like this 😍
  • Next installment in our series of “small people big landscape”. What you can’t see: the mozzies, the very dodgy floating pier I was standing on to get this shot, the buzz of all of Christen and Peter’s guests getting ushered into the reception area while we stole one more post sunset shot of them.
  • I do love a good mama- daughter moment. Tanielle and Jamie’s wedding was jam packed full of family moments, which to us is just the best thing ever! Their wedding is up on our blog today xx

We Choose Adventure on Instagram

  • We’re a hazard when we’re walking the streets cus we’re always looking up and bumping into people. Obsessed with the beautiful Dutch architecture!
  • If you really want to blow your mind in Amsterdam, try walking round an art gallery after visiting a “coffeeshop”. 🤯
  • Yesterday it was sunny, but the overcast sky and light drizzle suit this place way more. #wechooseadventure_scotland #wechooseadventure
  • Exploring Edinburgh at night. In this place, if it’s not raining, it’s about to rain. #wechooseadventure #wechooseadventure_scotland
  • Made a special mission to see these guys in Glasgow last night. Absolutely epic! @coheed
  • This whole place is like wet and mossy fairytale.
  • Happy face in the icy wind and rain. Perfect weather for a Scottish adventure 😊
  • Glencoe 😍 This is a view we’ve been dying to see forever!
  • No offense to Brisbanians, but I’m surprised at what a beautiful and interesting city you have.
  • Kangaroos are like dog rabbits
  • We had the whole place to ourselves. Just us and Mona. Quality quiet time together.
  • Nike of Samothrace. #justdoit

These are some of the awesome blogs we've been featured on


Website designed by us and custom built by Andy. Check out his website company Andy Stent - Wordpress Website Development for more info.