Beto Santillán is a Freelance Photographer and mountain climber based in Lima-Peru. Beto holds a degree in Electrical Engineering  and works on a high altitude open pit mine in the Peruvian Andes mountains. His office has the best view of the east side of the Cordillera Blanca. This working environment year round over 4500 meters above sea level keeps him perfectly acclimated and ready to climb any peak.

He has been interested in photography since his teens and has been self-taught. In the last fifteen years he has climbed many mountains in the Cordillera Blanca, as well as in USA (Seneca rocks) always carrying his photo equipment and shooting the most popular mountains of the area.

Beto uses the Canon EOS 1V system with canon L lenses. His favorite films are  Velvia 50 (set at 40), Velvia 100F, Provia 100F and Kodak E100VS, which he uses based upon subject and or light conditions.

Play soccer, think soccer, live soccer, love soccer, the more you’re down there in the soccer fields, the loner (and happier) we will be up there in the mountains.

Beto Santillan (When asked about climbing) Photo: Gonzalo Barandiarán

Beto's main interests are capturing the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca’s colorful lagoons and waterfalls to its majestic mountains that can be photographed with the most dramatic light of sunsets or sunrises. Over the years he has mastered his technique and lauched which features the very best images from the Blanca.

Last but not least, Beto is also an avid spearfisherman and a dog  surfer.Of   course has naturally been attracted to surfing photography. Notably many of his pictures have been published in related magazines.

Beto Santillan at a Glance: (LINK)


Andes Madness, is Beto's personal effort to show the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca. The main purpose of this effort is to encourage climbing and exploration, and to bring a level of sensitivity and awareness of a very fragile environment. This ambiance should be enjoyed and preserved by all -not just for today- but for the future.