Start/Finish: The photographic adventure starts in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and finishes in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
£550, per person
Group size: Maximum 6 photographers
Where we stay: Tayka hotels on the Bolivian Altiplano
Bruce likes to run his photography-adventures in a friendly, open, group setting. This trip is more of a tour* than Bruce's normal workshops, due to the logistics involved, but you will get a lot of hands on experience from Bruce while at the same time, immerse yourself with plenty of time out in the field on your own.
Please note that this is not a workshop. It is a photographic tour, focussed on getting you to great locations for the best light.
We will meet in San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile (direct connection from Santiago),
7:00 - 9:00pm
Dinner with the group, hosted by Bruce
In order to get ready for venturing onto the Bolivian Altiplano, we will have to spend a couple of days in San Pedro de Atacama taking it easy and letting ourselves get acclimatised. There are no tours during this time as the importance is on getting aclimatised and ready to experience the highest altitude of the Bolivian Altiplano.
In this section I'll give you a break down of what we're doing each day, in terms of location. There's a further section down the page which deals with what to expect as a daily schedule.
Day 1: Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama. Night stay & breakfast in Hotel, San Pedro. (altitude 2,600 metres)
Day 2: Acclimatisation day in San Pedro de Atacama.Night stay & breakfast in Hotel, San Pedro.
(altitude 2,600 metres)
Day 3: Acclimatisation day in San Pedro de Atacama. We will spend the day visiting the salar de Tara at higher altitude to help us prepare for our ascent into Bolivia. (altitude during day is 4,000 metres, night altitude 2,600 metres).
Night stay & breakfast in Hotel, San Pedro. Lunch included. (altitude 2,600 metres)
Day 4: Transfer morning from Chile into Bolivia. Today we will head for the central Altiplano where the altitude is at it's lowest. We will shoot the Coral Army at sunset before heading to hotel Tayka Stone for our evening. Breakfast, Lunch and evening Dinner. (altitude 3,600 metres)
Day 5: We will shoot the Coral Army stone structures at sunrise. Breakfast at hotel Tayka. We will take the morning off for some rest and at noon will have Lunch at Hotel Tayka Stone. In the afternoon we will travel across the Salar de Uyuni to Pescado Island situated in the heart of the Salar de Uyuni arriving in the late afternoon. Sunset shoot on Salar de Uyuni at Pescado Island. Transfer to hotel Tayka Salt after sunset, arriving at 7:30pm. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Photo Safari. Sunrise shoot on Salar de Uyuni. Returning to the hotel for breakfast and morning rest. Lunch at noon in the hotel. In the afternoon we will return to Pescado Island to explore the island further and shoot the Salar during sunset. Evening meal at hotel Tayka Salt. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast.
Day 7: Today we transfer from the Salar to the southern area of the altiplano arriving at laguna Colorada - the red lake for late afternoon. Lunch will be provided en route. We will photograph Laguna Colorada during late afternoon and during sunset. We will then transfer to our hotel the Hotel Tayka of the Desert for our evening stay and dinner. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast.
Day 8: Sunrise shoot at el Arbol de Piedra (the stone tree). Returning to Hotel Tayka of the Desert for Breakfast and morning rest. In the afternoon we will return to Laguna Colorada for second evening shoot, Hotel Tayka of the Desert for our evening stay and meal. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast.
Day 9: Days transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. Durning the day we will encounter many lagoons and visit Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca. Border crossing to Chile in afternoon, arriving in San Pedro de Atacama for evening. Evening meal. Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast.
Day 10: Breakfast, end of photographic adventure.
Each day will have the following format:
6:45 - 8:00am
On location for sunrise.
9:00 - 10:00am
Breakfast, back at the hotel.
10:00am - 12:00pm
We will travel through the day while the light is bleached out, in order to get to our next major photographic location for sunset. But we will stop from time to time at areas of interest. On other days when we are not changing hotel, we will use this time to rest.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch at hotel.
1:00 - 4:00pm
Continue traveling. We have a lot of distance to cover.
4:00pm - 6:30pm
On location for sunset and twilight shooting.
6:30 - 7:30pm
Transfer to our hotel..
8:00 - 9:00pm
Evening meal and bed for the night.
We will be staying in the beautiful hotels on the Altiplano. Considering how remote the locations we are traveling through are, the hotels are an amazingly nice option for staying the night.
• 9 Nights Bed & Breakfast
• 8 Lunches
• 6 Evening Dinner
• Transportation between shooting locations
• Local Bolivian Guide
• 2 Drivers (two landcruisers)
• One to One Guidance & Group Guidance
• Twin room accommodation in salt hotels
• Film or Digital SLR camera
• Neutral density graduated filters
• Warm clothing
Very easy access to locations. Some light trekking (up to 5 minutes) required whilst carrying your backpack and tripod.
Getting to and from the Trip
There are regular flights to San Pedro de Atacama.
Upon booking the trip, you will be forwarded onto Andean Trails (South American travel specialis) who can arrange flights and excursions for you.
Flights cost around £1,100 from the UK, based on 2011 prices. No prices have been published from Airlines at the moment for 2012.
• Hotel Tayka of the Desert
• Hotel Tayka Stone Hotel
• Hotel Tayka Salt Hotel
• Andean Trails
• Google Map Salar de Uyuni
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