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Discover the arid desert landscapes of Puna de Atacama, deep within the Andes of northern Argentina on this spectacular 10-day photography workshop!
Situated around 4500 metres above sea level, this high altitude plateau is home to some of the most striking salt flats, barren wastelands, volcanoes, mysterious rocky labyrinths and pumice fields in the world. The scenery here is surreal, enough to make you wonder whether you have left the confines of Earth for another planet. It's a veritable playground for landscape photographers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure well off the beaten track.
The hidden beauty of this region extends far beyond just the landscapes. In amongst the wilderness, you'll find llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, armadillo and flamingoes, as well as a range of other birdlife – perfect for practicing those nature and wildlife photography skills.
Throughout this tour, you'll be guided by world-renowned professional photographers, Daniel Kordan and Sebastian de Val. They'll share their wealth of knowledge with you to ensure that you'll take home incredible photographs from this diverse and otherworldly place. They'll take care of monitoring the conditions and lighting in-field, so that you can make the most of what the Puna de Atacama has to offer.
If you'd like to explore one of the most remote and mysterious locations on Earth, then this 10 day photography expedition to Puna de Atacama is for you. Don't miss out! Check availability by choosing a date.
Once you arrive at Salta airport, you'll meet your guides and depart as a group at around 11am, commencing the journey towards the mountainous region of Purmamarca. This area is like an oasis within the desert landscape. It is well-known for its breathtaking and dynamic natural beauty, characterised by colourful mountains that make for stunning abstract photography. We'll spend our time in the mountains, capturing the colours as they change with the light of the setting sun in the evening.
After the sun has set, we'll check in to our hotel in Purmamarca, where we'll settle in for a delicious meal and discuss the days ahead.
After sunrise, we'll make our way via San Antonio de los Cobres along Tolar Grande to Desierto del Laberinto, crossing the Salta-Antofagasta railway track which links Argentina with Chile. Designed by American engineer Richard Maury in the 1940s, it is one of the highlights of the area, passing directly through the Andes.
As we near Tolar Grande, we'll make a stop at a giant cactus forest, where some specimens are over 100 years old. Its just as well that they can tolerate the extremes, contributing to the overall lunar-like quality of the surrounding landscape.
We'll arrive at the Desierto del Laberinto just in time for sunset. Translated to mean the 'Labyrinth Desert', this area resembles something from Mars – hot, barren and indescribably beautiful. Underneath the sunset light, the spectacular rock formations take on an otherworldly quality, making for truly fascinating photographic opportunities.
After the sun has set, we'll check in to our hotel where we'll base ourselves for the next 2 nights.
In the evening, there is the possibility of visiting the Caipe train station along the Salta-Antofagasta railway for a spot of night or astrophotography if the conditions are favourable. If not, then we'll settle in for some post-processing masterclass sessions where you'll have a chance to gain some valuable feedback from your guides.
Later in the afternoon, we'll head towards Antofalla, an extraordinary stratovolcano that is incredibly photogenic. Rising 6409 metres high, it is made all the more breathtaking by the stark beauty of the salt flats that surround it.
The town of Antofalla is very isolated and is home to only around 60 people. This evening, we'll stay overnight as guests of a local family for a deeply cultural experience. It will also mean that we will be perfectly placed to explore the spectacular landscapes within the vicinity.
We'll spend the evening in a local hosteria.
For sunset this evening, we'll spend our time at the El Peñon clay fields, taking in the endless dramatic beauty as the sun dips below the horizon.
In the vicinity there is a white sand dune that is particularly photogenic. We'll stop by to capture it at sunset before returning to our accommodation for the night.
We'll arrive back in Salta at around 8pm, just in time for dinner. After a delicious meal, we'll retire to our beds for the night.
26 Apr - 05 May 2020 – Guided by Daniel Kordan & Sebastian del Val
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas. The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, wildlife sightings are dependent on favourable conditions, and there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.
After graduating from art school he studied at Moscow’s institute of Physics and Technology, which pointed him toward a career as an optics physicist. During his studies he developed expertise not only in physics, but in mountain climbing and hiking.
He regularly led tourist groups during the holidays through the Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo workshops and chief editor of Continent Expedition magazine, a publication about travel and adventures all over the world.
Daniel has received several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia ’13 and ’14 winner, Best Photographer ’13 finalist, among others. He currently spends most of his time in Norway, scouring the Lofoten islands and in Tuscany, guiding groups of keen photographers.