Colombia Photo Tour: The Oblivion Land

This workshop is organized in partnership with Photo Workshop Adventure

Photo Workshop Adventures


FEB 2023








Why this photo tour

Welcome to our Viva Colombia photo tour workshop! Colombia is a true hidden gem, just waiting to be discovered by the world of travel photographers. It’s also quite safe in the region in which you will be traveling.
This very special trip is designed & led by French photographer & Colombia resident, Tristan Quevilly. He speaks fluent Spanish, English & French, and is deeply connected to the people, including several indigenous tribes.
His inside access is unmatched, and you will often find yourself alone in breathtaking places that are utterly unknown to tourism. The impressive array of rare and unique photo opportunities beautifully blends people, culture, street, architecture, wildlife, landscapes, and night sky-scapes.


Photo opportunities


Shooting with a Palenqueras, icons of Colombia


Insider access to a Kogi village


The Colors of Cartagena, the Caribbean Pearl


Enjoy the Yona Dance, a wayuu traditionnal Ceremony


Mompox, the city trapped in time


Nueva Venecia the Floating village

day by day

Detailed itinerary

taganga colombia


Arrival in Santa Marta

We will greet you at the Barranquilla Airport & drive you the 90 minutes to Santa Marta. Group orientation and slideshow presentation will be given by Tristan. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5 pm. He will cover some key points on the itinerary that showcase the uniqueness of Colombia and tips on how to best take advantage of its remarkable and varied photo opportunities. Then it will be time for your special Welcome Dinner & Colombian style adult beverages.

  • 2h
  • Dinner
  • Hotel Camali
minca mundo nuevo colombia



This morning drive 45 minutes to Minca in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ready to get indigenous in a stunning mountain location?
We’ll meet the Wiwa family and have a VIP access to photograph the village, including a private environmental portrait session with the family. Back near Minca at the Mundo Nuevo hotel, meet at the most beautiful viewpoint in the region for sunset landscapes. After dinner will be an optional night photography workshop conducted by Tristan.

  • 1h
  • B,L,D
  • 1h
  • Mundo Nuevo
cerro kennedy sierra nevada de santa marta


Cerro Kennedy

Early morning finds us at one of the most awe inspiring sunrise panorama locations in South America. This area is home to some 365 tropical birds, and we will be joined by a local expert to seek out the most rare & colorful to photograph them. We will have this magical place all to ourselves – no tourists! Later we’ll hike on foot down through the forest to the remote Santa Elena Farm & homestay, where we meet our delightful & talented host, Guitar Anna and her husband. This is an exclusive place boasting incredible views with an ever changing natural lightshow offering epic landscape ops in afternoon, early morning, and even after dark. Being here even w/o a camera, is a rare & unforgettable experience.

  • 2h30
  • 2h30
  • B,L,D
  • Local Farm
Barlovento sierra nevada de santa marta


Los Naranjos

Today’s photography is quite varied and interesting. Awaken for sunrise, or sleep in a bit if you wish. After a fantastic farm fresh breakfast served by Guitar Anna, we hike down to meet our vehicles, with photography along the way. At Marinka Waterfall we’ll try some long exposures, and time permitting, we will stop at Colibri to photograph colorful hummingbirds. Awesome lunch on the Rio Piedras, then onto truly stunning Barlovento. The hotel is located where river meets sea, with a high mountain background. It’s a remarkable location for a landscape photography workshop. After dark Tristan will also conduct an optional star photography session.

  • 3h
  • 2h
  • Hotel Maloka Barlovento
  • B,L,D
Kogi Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta


Kogi village

Unique experience today with one of the most important indigenous communities in the world, the Kogi. This morning head along the coast and through banana plantations before ascending on an epic drive into the mountains with majestic photo stops. One hour hike to reach the Kogi village. The chief and villagers will meet us according to Kogi tradition, and we will spend the day discovering, learning, gaining trust with our earnest actions, and then photographing them. Daily activities include Coca leaf collection, preparation of the Fiqué fibre, drying the Coca leaf, cooking, picking fruit in the forest, and weaving Mochilas.

  • 2h30
  • B,L,D
  • 2h
  • Hotel Playa la Roca
camarones wayuu sff flamingos guajira colombia


Wayuu Ceremony

This morning, we follow the “Troncal del Caribe” until the Don Diego riverbanks. From there the journey continues by riverboat into the Taironaka nature reserve. Our specialist guide will help us spot various bird species, Howler monkeys, tiny crocodiles called, Babillas, and more.  This is a very atmospheric jungle river cruise which ends at the sea. From there we drive into Wayuu territory at Camarones, also home of a Flamingo Sanctuary where lagoons, rivers and the Caribbean all converge to create unique landscapes & habitat.  This afternoon we meet a Wayuu family who will teach us about their culture. We will also have the great privilege to photograph one of their great ceremonial dances, called Yonna.

  • B,L,D
  • Local Lodging (basic)
  • 1h
taganga colombia


Taganga & Santa Marta

Wake to catch elegant pink flamingos at sunrise, with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in background. With the beautiful morning light, we may also have a chance to photograph other endemic species such as the white-whiskered spinetail, Tocuyo sparrows, etc. When the light gets too harsh we’’ll have breakfast and return again to Santa Marta by the sea. Check-in with our familair friends at the hotel, have a rest and then take the short drive to Taganga. From the beach we will photograph the return of the fishing boats before sunset.

  • 3h30
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Hotel Camali
cienaga grande nueva venecia colombia


Nueva Venecia

This morning highlights another Luminous exclusive unknown to tourism, and only to the rare photographer. It’s so pristine in its authenticity we are hesitant to name it directly. Suffice to say it’s a fishing village on the water of a massive lagoon full of beautiful seabirds. We take a private boat first to the mangroves, then to the floating village to see the fisherman at work. Since this is a weekday and school will be in session we will also visit the kids in class which is adorable good fun. Afro inspired Palafitos follow, then it’s off to unspoiled, Colonial Mompox.

  • 7h
  • 6h
  • Hotel Casa Amarilla
  • B, L, D
mompox colombia



Founded by the Spanish in 1530, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mompox is one of the most beautiful jewels of the colonial era. Despite this and it’s fantastic location on the Magdalena River, it receives very few visitors. It’s like having a giant living museum just for us! This morning photograph people on the streets, visit a park or two, churches, a few houses of prestigious families, and craft workshops of local artisans. Afternoon finds us on the glorious grounds of the oldest part of the city with professional Cumbia musicians in full costume to embellish our shooting. They will help us create some striking visual art. Live music and dancing at dinner tonight!

  • 1h30
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Hotel Casa Amarilla
imagenes colombia foto cartagena

DAY 10


It will be tough to leave, but we must! Morning drive to Cartagena, arriving mid-afternoon. The “Pearl of the Caribbean” is justly famous, rich in culture, colorful houses & lively squares. Hotel check-in and freshen-up before exploring lively places like Plaza de los Coches, Bolívar Park, etc. This will be largely free shooting, but Tristan will use his charm to cajole locals into impromptu models when he sees a particularly good possibility. You are encouraged to use your own charm as well! Travel photography isn’t photojournalism, and creative license is fair game indeed. Developing good people skills can go a long way to improve your game. Most people you approach are not bothered at all, but flattered! Smile & engage…

  • 5h30
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Hotel Ananda
cartagena colombia

DAY 11


This morning in legendary Cartagena will be one of those photographic experiences always remembered fondly. We hit the historical center streets while the tourists are still sleeping off the night before. Using beautiful colonial buildings as backgrounds, we’ll have an exclusive chance to photograph the grace and colorful elegance of the Palenquera ladies, icons of Colombia. Great opportunity to get as street creative as we possibly can! This morning will include old city street dancers, the famous Getsemani district with its great architecture & umbrella streets. Free time until 5pm when we meet for a special Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner at one of Cartagena’s best restaurants.

  • 6h
  • B,L,D
  • Hotel Ananda
cartagena colombia

DAY 12


Don’t worry, there is time this morning to sleep off any party juice you may have been a little over exuberant with last night! When ready we’ll drive you to Cartagena’s international airport, only 15 minutes away. Trust us when we say – you will miss this place! But you’ll have many a good Colombia photo tour story and a lot of wonderful new photographs to share…

  • 15min
  • Breakfast


Selected hotels


Places we will visit


Included in the tour


  • Professional Photographer & Instructor
  •  All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Transportation in confortable vehicles
  •  Accommodation in first choices hotels
  • Modeling Fees
  • English speaking guide

Not included

  • International Flight
  •  Additional meals and drinks
  • Medical Insurances
  • Expenses not specified in the program
  • Tips


Prices & details


Usd / Person

  • Single supplement : 925 Usd
  • Minimum deposit : 1500 Usd
  • 5% discount on your next trip
  • 150 $ discount if you refer a friend
  • Guaranteed refund on D-15 in case of sanitary emergency


Sign in to your photo tour

I’d be pleased to hear from you, so if you have any questions about this photo tour, and would like to sign in, please send me a message.

Tristan Photographer

What ? How ? When ?

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course ! Workshops are designed for all categories : from beginner to advanced. So if you are novice in photography I would recommend you a beginner photography workshop which is a very good place to start with.

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.

Once you book a photo tour, we’ll give you a road book with detailed information including a packing list.  We’ll advise you on what are the best clothes to bring, what practical accessories you might need, and of course what photography gear we recommend. 

In general, we recommend an SLR camera, a range of lenses, and spare memory cards (or film) and batteries. For landscapes filters and tripods are recommended as well.  It helps to bring a computer with editing software. 

Anyway we’ll give you tailor-made information about the workshop you’re interested in.

Yes sure !. Obviously, there are thieves in every big city in the world, and anything can happen anywhere, but by being a little careful with your things and not being clueless, nothing should happen.


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