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Atacama Bolivia Salt Flats

Atacama Desert, Volcanoes, and Bolivia's Salt Flats

March 16–26, 2023

When the winter rains flow down from the high Andes that surround the Bolivia flats, the water spills out onto sections of the 11,000 square kilometer area, creating a stunning, sparse landscape with incredible reflections and polygon shapes in the mud from evaporation.

To reach this spectacular location, we’ll take an overland adventure through the Andes, reaching altitudes of up to 16,000 feet with volcanoes reaching as high as 21,000 feet. We’ll spend the first 4 nights at 8,500 feet in altitude, so everyone has time to acclimate for the higher elevations we will visit later, in Bolivia. These days “acclimating” will be filled with photography, too! We’ll photograph the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Laguna Chaxa (Los Flamencos National Reserve), and Humdedal de Putana (Putana Wetland).

Then we’ll ascend to 15,000 feet where we’ll cross into Bolivia. We’ll pack into Land Cruisers and head through the wilderness of the high Andes to the salt flats. We will have 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 three species of flamingo, as well as many other birds), Isla Incahuasi (large cacti hill), as well as many more great and exotic locations.

By day, you’ll learn about techniques to best capture the reflections of the salt flats, and the spectacular, star-filled night skies. We will also have our famous image critiques and Lightroom instruction.

Everything is covered from the airport pickup in Calama, Chile, to the airport shuttle in Paz, Bolivia. You are expected to acclimate to 16,000 feet for this workshop, and there will be oxygen carried in each vehicle for emergencies. Due to the high altitude, there is an age limit for this workshop: you must be fit and 70 or younger.

Location
Chile and Bolivia
Cost
$12,995
Dates
Mar 16, 2023 - Mar 26, 2023
Activity Level
Challenging - You must be able to hike up to one mile at elevations up to 16,000 feet.
Your Pros
Wayne Suggs, Ceci Costa
Group Size
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Limited to 8 Guests