A flight to South America is probably half the world away for the keen photographers that will sign up to this tour, but for many of them it will feel as though they are visiting another planet entirely. In the capable hands of local guides and professional photography instructors, this 15-day adventure takes you through two of the world’s most incredible landscapes. First is the Atacama Desert, a desolate volcanic wilderness spreading for miles across the northern reaches of Chile. Second is El Salar de Uyuni - the world famous Salt Flats - a place where the horizon stretches out into endless white, and where all sense of perspective is null and void.
For the next leg of our this South American photo tour, we will need to swap our vehicles for something more rugged. At the Bolivian border we will hop into jeeps and continue through the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, one of the most incredible national parks you will see. Multi-coloured, flamingo-laden lagoons, red, arid deserts, looming volcanoes and wind-sculpted lava - this place has it all. There are also active geysers, so there will be times when it literally feels like you are wandering across another planet. Highlights will include the geothermal area of Sol de Mañana, which stands at 4800m above sea level, Laguna Verde and the grand Licancabur volcano, a desert compared with the abstract work of Salvador Dali, and the Laguna Colorada.
When we do finally reach Uyuni, the idea that the best is yet to come will seem pretty ridiculous. But trust us, you’ve never seen anything like this before. We will venture deep into the salt flats and watch as the sun rises over the endless white wilderness. Adding to the otherworldly feeling in the heart of the Salar, there are some island hills in the middle of this dry ocean, rising out from the salt and topped with cactuses taller than the average man. It’s the perfect spot for a breathtaking sunset or sunrise shoot.
If we’re lucky, there may have been rain recently. If so then the surface of the salt flats will become a shimmering mirror, perfectly reflecting the sky above. We will spend plenty of time with our cameras playing with the dissolving horizon and discovering creative ways to shoot an empty expanse as vast as this one.
The group will cross the salar from the south to the north, where we will eventually reach Sajama national park.There we will have the opportunity to photograph Andean landscapes full of snowcapped volcanoes, imposing mountains, natural hotsprings, and vast plains home to many of the local alpaca. Sajama marks the end of our time in Bolivia.
On day twelve the group will once again cross the border between Bolivia and Chile, this time heading west to the Chilean national park of Lauca. We will spend 2 days shooting in the park and, once again, it won’t just be the altitude that leaves your heart pounding! Rich and diverse wildlife have catapulted Lauca onto the list of protected Unesco Reserves, and the majestic volcanoes of of Pomerape and Parinacota offer incredible backdrops for landscape shooting. Other highlights include the vivid waters of the Chungará Lake, the wetlands of the Cotacotani lagoon, and the 17th century town of Parinacota.
We will head north to the coastal city of Arica on day 14.
Accommodation throughout Bolivia can be unreliable, so don’t expect anything too luxurious or comfortable! It’s a relatively poor country, and you have to bare in mind that we will be travelling through some of its most remote areas. This is a photography expedition, so as long as you come prepared for an adventure, you’ll be just fine.
Throughout our time in Bolivia there will be local English and Spanish-speaking guides, drivers, and a chef who cooks and prepares our meals. We will have breakfast and dinner at our guesthouses during the trip, with lunch cooked on the road.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Arctic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favour any part of our original plan.