Chile & Bolivia…
PHOTO TOUR – November 20/29, 2021
Stunning landscapes, rare culture, plus nature and…
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ADVENTURE
* Landscapes, like no where else on this planet!
* We target the famous Uyuni’s Salt Flats.
* We target the amazing scene at Fish Island.
* Comfortable accommodation with private facilities.
* Volcanoes, extinct and maybe active.
* Birds like flamingo and other unique nature.
* Historic trains and systems of a by-gone era.
* Fantastic culture from Inca to their living ancestors.
YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
* We expect 6-8 adventures plus 1-2 WPA professional photo guides.
* Professional local guide.
* Flights from Santiago to Calama and return Santiago.
* All accommodation.
* All meals.
* All permits and park fees.
* Local expert guide.
* Local expert drivers.
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
Join us on our second tour to this magical landscape kingdom. Atacama Desert (Chile & Bolivia) is considered the driest desert on Earth. It covers the Altiplano or Andean plateau of northern Chile, northwest Argentina and the southwest of Bolivia. It hosts some incredible locations for photographers such as the Tatio Geysers, active volcanoes, colourful formations at Moon Valley and the Salt Range, enormous salt lakes, abundant wildlife as herds of vicuñas, 3 species of flamingos. The ‘other world’ landscapes are a key target for this adventure! They are spectacular and so unique that you will have the chance to shoot award winning images and experience landscapes like no other place on this planet. Vast open plains, giant volcanoes, weird geysers and rugged ranges are just a part of the scenes.
The south of Bolivia will offer you James’ flamingos, more volcanoes, picturesque villages, the largest salt plain on Earth (Salar de Uyuni) and the experience of staying in a salt hotel. Imagine spending a night in the white walls of a room that is cut from salt? We will be targeting all of these locations and subjects, as your holiday offers quality time to explore. Other wildlife includes vicuñas (member of the camel family), beautiful raptors and unique flowers and plants. We will also mix in some cultural experiences. While few people live in the regions visited, they are tough and colourful characters, this opening up unique creative opportunities. We include our famous WPA professional photo guide and a local expert guide throughout the tour to help you enjoy your adventures. Your guides will work hard to maximise the many unique photo opportunities of this photo holiday.
YOUR SAFETY & HEALTH
This has always been of great importance to us. From great tips in our final interaries to quality accommodation and your professional guide managing day to day variations in locations and habitats. Your professional guide is happy to help you at any time and offer the best possible protection for your safety and health. We highly recommend that you see your GP before departure for medical advice about the region.
PHOTO adventure …
In 2023, we invite you to photograph some of the best landscapes, culture and nature locations in the world! The following adventures are linked, so you can join one, two or as many as you like for an ultimate South America holiday. The diversity will blow you away!
3. Atacama Desert
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
Day 1: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
We depart today as a group from Santiago, arriving at Calama, in the Atacama. (This flight is included in your package.) Reception at the airport and drive to the small town of San Pedro de Atacama. Visit the Moon’s Valley for sunset photography. What an incredible landscape to start your adventures! This town is at about 2,600m and helps you to acclimatise for future adventures.
Accommodation for 3 nights in hotel – (D)
Day 2: Los Flamencos National Reserve
Morning visit to Chaxa Lake in Los Flamencos National Reserve, where we will photograph 3 species of flamingos and other bird species, such as Puna plover, Andean avocets, Andean coots and others. Return to San Pedro. Afternoon visit to the Moon’s Valley for a different location of sunset shots. The landscapes are weird and wonderful. The late light is very special.
Day 3: Tatio Geysers & Machuca wetland
Early departure for shooting the Tatio Geysers at sunrise and visit Machuca’s wetland for endemic Altiplano’s birds. Again, this is mixed with landscape shoots as the region has few if any plants. Return to San Pedro for lunch. At 3:00 PM we drive in our exclusive mini van to visit the Pacana Monks or “Guardians”. They are fantastic eroded formations that look like giants in the middle of the altitude desert.
Day 4: San Pedro to Bolivia
Today, we drive to the border with Bolivia and change vehicles to 4WD’s at Cajón Pass (3 pax per vehicle for space). We visit Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada in Eduardo Avaroa Wildlife Reserve, home of flamingos and other endemic wildlife. Again, the landscapes are weird and wonderful. We stop to shoot landscape formations of greatest interest.
Accommodation for 1 nights at Hotel – (B,L,D)
Day 5: Laguna Hedionda – San Juan del Rosario
Drive across the Viscachas Canyon (so called due to the numerous Chinchilla-like rodents locally known as “viscachas”. Morning photography at Laguna Hedionda where you can photograph Andean and James’ flamingos, Andean gulls and other birds. On the way to San Juan visit the Ollague Volcano and photograph vicuñas and other high altitude wildlife. Descend to the Andean plains across salt flats and arrive to the village of San Juan.
Accommodation at Hostal – (B,L,D)