Colombia Photo Tour

This journey is organized in partnership with PhotoWorkshop Adventures

16

DAYS

24

Jan 1970

4995

EUR

Easy

LEVEL

8

PERS

in summary

Why this trip ?

Embark on a photo journey in Colombia, a land of colorful contrasts. We invite you to discover the most beautiful sites, the Caribbean coast of Colombia; participate in the adventure, set off on a photo journey in South America. Accompanied by Tristan Quevilly, capture your most beautiful photos of Colombia. You will travel off the beaten path, between sea and mountain, meeting indigenous tribes, and experiencing the preserved fauna and flora of this magnificent country!

Minca and San lorenzo

Cartagena de Indias

Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta

Mompox

Palomino

Tayrona Park

Santa Marta

La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

AT GLANCE

highlights of this trip

    • Photo Shooting with the Palemqueras, icons of Colombia

      • Insider access to a Kogi village

        • The colors of Cartagena, the pearl of the Caribbean

          • Enjoy the Yona dance, a traditional Wayuu ceremony

            • Mompox, the city stuck in time

              • Nueva Venecia, the floating village

              day by day

              detailed itinerary

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              DAY 1

              Welcome to Colombia!

              Welcome in the airport lobby, we pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. (40min – 14.8km) Arrival at your charming hotel, installation. First of all, we will start with a dinner to get acquainted. Tristan will give a briefing with a presentation of the trip

              • D
              • 30min
              • Camali
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              DAY 2

              Minca

              This morning you will travel 45 minutes to Minca, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tristan will accompany you to the Awindua project which began with the construction of indigenous Wiwa houses as they are found in their native villages. A truly unique experience and one of the highlights of our photographic tour in Colombia, this tour allows us to learn many things. We will meet a Wiwa family and have VIP access to photograph the village, including a private environmental portrait session. Back at the Mundo Nuevo Hotel, meet at the most beautiful viewpoint in the area for sunset views. After dinner, there will be an optional night photography workshop directed by

              • B, L, D
              • 2h
              • 1h
              • Mundo Nuevo
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              DAY 3

              San Lorenzo – Barlovento

              Early in the morning, we will head to one of the most beautiful sunrises in Latin America. This area is home to some 365 tropical birds, and we will be accompanied by a local expert to search for the rarest and most colorful ones to bring back unique photos. We will have this magical place to ourselves – no tourists! On the way back we will go to the Marinka waterfall where we will try long exposures, and if time permits, we will stop at the Hummingbird House to photograph the colorful endemic species. Lunch at the edge of the Rio Piedras, then direction the magnificent Barlovento. The hotel is located where the river meets the sea, with a background of high mountains.

              • B, L, D
              • 2h
              • 5h
              • Barlovento
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              DAY 4

              Tayrona Park

              Departure from Barlovento (we will leave our heavy suitcases and leave with a small backpack for 1 night). Photo session in the park with a naturalist guide, in order not to miss all the richness of the fauna. Photography in the forest: fauna, landscapes (medium walking level, but hot and humid) Picnic at the beach of “La Piscina”. Arrival at Cabo San Juan Free time and swimming 4:00 PM Search for monkeys in the forest and photo session 5:00 PM Return to the beach and photo session Golden Hour

              • B, L, D
              • 2h
              • 15min
              • Camping Cabo San Juan
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              DAY 5

              Tayrona – Palomino

              We will start the day with a beautiful sunrise, wake up at 05:00 am. Then direction the breakfast and small time of relaxation and swimming to benefit from crystalline waters. Back to the entrance of the park. We will now continue our route until we reach the banks of the Rio Don Diego. From there, we will continue by boat to reach the Taironaka reserve. Visit of the site. From there, we will go for a little ecological walk along the Rio. If we are lucky, we may see howler monkeys or babillas, small crocodiles living in the area. We will stop at the beach, where the river flows into the sea, then return by boat and transfer to Palomino.

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              • 2h30
              • 1h
              • 45min
              • Sirena EcoHostal
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              DAY 6

              Palomino – Punta Gallinas

              If the weather allows it, we will try to get a sunrise on the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Then we will leave for Riohacha. From there we will get into our 4×4 to Uribia, the indigenous capital of the country. Visit of the city. Lunch and departure for Punta gallinas where we will attend the Yonna Dance, a traditional wayuu ceremony organized in this magical setting. And to finish this day in beauty, we will say goodbye to the sun accompanied by our wayuu model at the dunes of Taroa. Dinner and accommodation in chinchorros (traditional hammock) in a wayuu ranch in Punta Gallinas.

              • B, L, D
              • 6h
              • Rancho Luzmila
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              DAY 7

              Punta Gallinas – Cabo de la Vela

              We will take advantage of the beautiful light of the morning to take beautiful photos at sunrise. After breakfast, we will leave for Punta Aguja Beach. We will visit the Wayuu school, where we will have the pleasure to do some traditional activities and games with the children of the school. After a good lunch at the Luzmila ranch, we will cross the bay by boat through its mangroves, where our 4×4 will be waiting for us to return to Cabo de la Vela. We will quickly settle down at the hotel and then we will visit a Wayuu artisanal center and take some pictures. To continue the day well, we leave now in direction of the Wayuu sugar loaf, known as Pillar of Azucar.

              • B, L, D
              • 1h
              • 3h
              • Brisas del Mar
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              DAY 8

              Cabo de la Vela – Los Naranjos

              Departure from Cabo de la Vela after breakfast. On the road, we will make a stop at the salt flats of Manaure to meet our Wayuu model and realize an atypical photo session. Back to civilization, we now return to Riohacha, then to our hotel.
              Meal on the road. Small photo stop in Palomino. We will take advantage of the beautiful golden hours to take new photos and complete our magnificent album of tour, around a good cocktail & photo discussions. Family dinner and a good night’s rest.

              • B, L, D
              • 4h
              • Hotel Barranquero
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              DAY 9

              Nueva Venecia – Taganga

              This morning, we present you another exclusive light unknown to tourism, and reserved for the rare photographers. The authenticity of this place is so pure that we hesitate to name it directly. Suffice it to say that it is a fishing village on the water of a huge lagoon filled with beautiful sea birds. We take a private boat to go first to the mangroves, then to the floating village to see the fishermen at work. If the school is open, we will take the opportunity to visit it. Then we will visit the Afro inspired Palafitos. In the afternoon, you will go to the town of Taganga. You will go down to the beach to watch the fishermen’s boats for a nice sunset photo.

              • B, L, D
              • 3h
              • 4h
              • Hotel Camali
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              DAY 10

              Taganga – Village Kogi

              Today, we will leave Taganga by 4×4 to a village of coffee producers in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (900m), three hours away. We will take advantage of our stop in the village to have lunch and discover the central square and its surroundings. We will then take the dirt road that crosses the coffee plantations before going up into the mountains on an epic path. We will hike for the last hour to reach the Kogi village with majestic photo stops. Please note that on the first day, we will familiarize ourselves with the village before taking photos.

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              • 1h
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              DAY 11

              Village Kogi

              A unique experience today with one of the world’s largest indigenous communities, the Kogi. This morning, the chief and villagers will meet with us in the Kogi tradition, and we will spend the day discovering, learning, gaining trust through our serious actions, and then photographing them. Daily activities include collecting Coca leaves, preparing the Fiqué fiber, drying the Coca leaves, cooking, gathering fruits in the forest and weaving Mochilas.

              • B, L, D
              • 2h
              • Hamac en hutte Kogi
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              DAY 12

              Kogi Village – Mompox

              After an early wake up to enjoy the beautiful morning sun and a refreshing bath in the river, it will be time to hit the road through the tumultuous trails of the Sierra Nevada. A short break in an authentic coffee village, to have a bite to eat and take some pictures, then it’s off to the colonial and unspoiled Mompox.

              • B, L, D
              • 6h
              • Casa Amarilla
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              DAY 13

              Mompox

              Founded by the Spaniards in 1530, the city of Mompox, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful gems of the colonial era. Despite this and its fantastic location on the Magdalena River, it receives very few visitors. It’s like having a giant living museum all to ourselves! This morning, we photograph people in the streets, visit a park or two, churches, a few houses of prestigious families, and workshops of local artisans. In the afternoon, we’ll meet on the beautiful grounds of the oldest part of the city with professional Cumbia musicians in costume to enhance our shots. They will help us create a striking visual art.

              • B, L, D
              • 4h
              • 3h
              • Casa Amarilla
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              DAY 14

              Mompox Cartagena

              It will be difficult to leave, but we must do it! Early departure for Cartagena, arrival in the middle of the afternoon. The “Pearl of the Caribbean” is justly famous, rich in culture, colorful houses and lively plazas. Check-in at the hotel and refreshment before exploring the lively places like Plaza de los Coches, Bolívar Park, etc. Shooting will be largely free, but Tristan will use his charm to cajole locals into becoming impromptu models when he sees a particularly interesting opportunity. You are encouraged to use your own charm as well!

              • B, L, D
              • 2h
              • 5h
              • Casa de Lucy
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              DAY 15

              Cartagena

              This morning, in the legendary Cartagena, will be one of those photographic experiences that we always remember with emotion. We’ll hit the streets of the historic center while the tourists are still sleeping from the night before. Using the beautiful colonial buildings as a backdrop, we will have an exclusive chance to photograph the grace and colorful elegance of the Palenqueras, icons of Colombia. This is your chance to be as creative as possible on the street! This morning will include street dancing in the old town, the famous Getsemani neighborhood with its beautiful architecture. Free time until 5:00 pm, when we will meet for a farewell cocktail and farewell dinner

              • B, L, D
              • 6h
              • Casa Lucy
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              DAY 16

              End of the adventure

              Last morning free to shop, or do a final editing session with Tristan. When you’re ready, we’ll drive you to Cartagena International Airport, only 15 minutes away. Believe us when we say – you’ll miss this place! But you’ll have lots of great memories of your tour in Colombia and lots of new photos to share…

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              • 2h
              • 15min
              lodging

              Hotels during your stay

              PHOTO GALLERY

              The Journey in Image

              Included in this Trip

              Included

              • Meals indicated in the program
              • Accommodation in first class hotels
              • Transportation in comfortable vehicles
              • Tour leader and English speaking guide
              • Local guides specialized in the region
              • Local transportation
              • Boat transportation

              Not included

              • Domestic flights
              • International flights
              • Additional drinks and meals
              • Medical insurance
              • Expenses not specified in the program
              • Tips
              Conditions

              Prices & details

              FROM

              4995

              Usd / Pers

              • 5% discount on your next trip
              • Covid Special Guaranteed reimbursement on D-15 in case of health emergenc

              Testimonials

              Traveler’s experience

              Your instructor

              About the photographer

              Tristan has been working in tourism since 2003 as photographer, leisure manager in high end resorts across 15 countries, tour leader, and digital marketing manager for travel agencies. Highly attracted by nature and local cultures, he decided to make South America his home for pursuing his passion for photography.

              Tristan Photographer

              What ? How ? When ?

              Frequently Asked Questions

              Yes sure. For any private journey, please refer to my page customized photo trips for more details. We can build together the itinerary of your dreams.

              These photo tours are designed by photographers, for photographers… As experts of the destinations, we have worked hard to select the corners that best reflect the light and moments.. Easy hikes, where the days are punctuated by many spontaneous breaks, the ideal way to connect with the elements that surround us and take the time to frame before pressing the shutter release.

              It will mainly depend on the main topic of the day wether the focus is on people, landscape or wildlife.
              We will live to the rhythm of light and weather phenomena.
              Always ahead of time, from dusk to dawn, playing with relief, contrasts and shadows…
              On landscape assignement a typical day will consist of taking advantage of the lights that are present at sunrise and sunset. Depending on the weather and other factors such as fatigue, we may stay a few hours in hotels to devote ourselves to photo post-processing.

              As the groups are small, each traveler is followed individually. 

              Not all people have the same interests or the same level of knowledge and, by travelling in small groups, we can be aware of the specific needs of each traveller.

              There are general group activities as well as individual ones, in which more emphasis is placed on the qualities and shortcomings of each one.

              The hotels are depending on the country of destination where we make the Photographic Trip. They are mainly 4* hotels although there are trips in which we combine the experience of staying in private houses to guarantee a fast and correct cultural immersion.
              Single rooms are also available upon request.

              In general we eat in typical restaurants for lunch for a better cultural immersion, and we titillate our taste buds in the evening in finely selected restaurants.
              Also, don’t forget to try out the various local specialities when the opportunity arises.
              As said earlier, all the meals are included during the trip from day 1 to the last breakfast.
              *At the time of booking, please let us know the foods to which you are allergic, as well as any food intolerances.

              We use confortable mini vans with few spare seats for the camera bags.. Occasionnally, in some remote hardly accessible llocations, it can be 4×4.

              We only work with local guides or agencies. We want the money to stay in the countries we visit, and not to be left behind by intermediaries or foreign agencies. We believe that this is a way to give back a little bit of what these countries have given us.

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