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Atacama & Bolivia Salt Flats

The Bolivia salt flats are the largest in the world, almost 11,000 square kilometers. At this particular time of year it can fill with water from winter rains draining the high Andes that surround the flats. This will be an adventure to a unique and surreal landscape starting in one of the driest places on the earth, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and ending in La Paz, Bolivia. Because of the high altitude of the salt flats and surrounding Andes, we begin the trip at the lower altitude in the historic village of San Pedro de Atacama and travel through the Andes through many amazing locations, where the gua

Join me and Cecilia Costa for this photography adventure. You’ll learn all about your camera settings and techniques to capture the reflections of the salt flats as well as the spectacular night skies in the Atacama, which are coveted by all the world’s astronomers. We’ve designed this workshop to spend 3 nights at 8,000 feet so everyone has time to acclimate for the higher locations visited later in the trip in Bolivia. While acclimating in San Pedro de Atacama, we’ll photograph the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Laguna Chaxa (Los Flamencos National Reserve) and Humdedal de Putana (Putana Wetland). These unique landscapes are at different elevations allowing all to acclimate and photograph a variety of landscapes.

Then we’ll pack into Land Cruisers and head to the Bolivia salt flats. There are a few long drives through amazing landscapes of the high Andes mountains as we venture north into Bolivia to the town of Uyuni and beyond. We’ll visit Laguna Colorado (home of 3 species of flamingo, as well as many other birds), Isla Incahuasi (large cacti hill) as well as many more great and exotic locations.

You’ll fly into the town of Calama, Chile and out of La Paz, Bolivia. Everything is covered from the airport pickup in Calama to the airport shuttle in La Paz. You will be expected to acclimate to 16,000 feet for the trip. There will be oxygen carried in each vehicle for emergencies use if needed. Because of this, there is an age limit for this workshop, you must be fit and 70 or younger.

Earlier Event: January 21
Nordic Landscapes and Northern Lights
Later Event: April 3
Patagonia in Autumn