Volcano Tour, Puna de Atacama, Argentina
Trip Details


The Argentine area of the Atacama offers some unique landscapes not found with its Chilean and Bolivian siblings. For example, the Desert Labyrinth is a massive area of red clay mountains formed and shaped by the elements while the Campo de pier Pómez is many many miles of stunning pumice rock sculptures. But I think my favourite place here is the Cono de Arita, perhaps one of the most otherworldly volcanoes I've yet seen. 

11-Day Photographic Adventure

This trip takes us into some remote areas of the Argentine Atacama.

Getting to the trip

There are regular flights to Salta from Buenos Aires. Please arrive in Salta no later than 5pm on the day the trip commence as we will meet for dinner at 7pm.


We will meet in the Spanish colonial town of Salta in northern Argentina.

7:00 - 9:00pm
Dinner with the group, hosted by Bruce

11-day Itinerary *

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:
Arrival in Salta City.
Evening dinner with Bruce & rest of the group.
Night at Hotel.

Day 2: Tolar Grande.
Departure from Salta to Tolar Grande arround 10:30 am.
Evening in Los Colorados for shooting.
Night at Casa Andina.

Day 3: Tolar Grande.
Sunrise: Photos in Los Colorados.
Sunset: Photos in Los Colorados.
Night at Casa Andina.

Day 4: Tolar Grande.
Sunrise: Photos in Los Colorados.
Sunset: Photos in the surroundings of Tolar Grande (El Mirador)
Night at Casa Andina.

Day 5: Tolar Grande.
Sunrise: Photos in the Cono of Arita.
Sunset: Photos in the Cono of Arita.
Night at Casa Andina.

Day 6: Antofagasta.
Sunrise: Early pictures in Conoof Arita and continues to Antofagasta.
Sunset: Antogafasta Volcano and surroundings.
Night at Hostería Municipal.

Day 7: El Peñon.
Sunrise: Lagoon of Antofagasta Volcano and surroundings.
Sunset: Volcanos.
Night at Hostería El Peñon

Day 8: Pumice Field.
Sunrise:Surrounding of the Pumice Field.
Sunset: Surrounding of the Pumice Field.
NightsCamp with tents.

Day 9: Cafayate, Driving Day.
Sunset: Las Conchas Gorge
Night at Los Sauces Hotel

Day 10: Salta
Sunrise: Las Conchas Gorge.
Driving afternoon to Salta.
Night at Del Virrey Hotel

Day 11: Tour ends after breakfast.

* We may alter the tour itinerary due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Daily Schedule Outline

Each day will have the following format:

6:30 - 8:30am
On location for twilight & sunrise.

8:30 - 9:30am
Breakfast, back at the hotel.

10:30am - 4:00pm
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.

Lunch at hotel or enroute.

4:00 - 6:00pm
On location for sunset & twilight.

7:00 - 8:00pm
Dinner at hotel.


The highest elevation on this tour is approximately 3,500 metres.

Altitude problems may happen to anyone of any age and of any level of fitness.

The key to reducing the risk is to take things easy. Try to reduce your physical exertion during the tour as much as possible. This means being economical with your choice of camera gear, as anything you carry adds more stress on your body. Anything you don't need, pack in a spare bag and leave it in the car. So please avoid bringing a large bag full of lenses and spare bodies. Just bring what you use the most, and leave the other items packed in the car.

Altitude issues are massively exacerbated by drinking Alcohol as it prevents the absorption of oxygen. Avoid drinking several days before the tour begins as well as while you are on the tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking any of our workshops/tours that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for trip cancellation (by you), activities involved and destination. This cover should include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue.

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Should you decide not to purchase this insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with or before your final payment.

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Contact Details

Bruce Percy Photography Limited
Landscape Photography Workshops
33 Sandport Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6EP

Tel: +44 (0) 787 621 0051
e-mail: bruce@brucepercy.com