Jewels of North Colombia

This photo tour is organized in partnership with Nicolas Castermans

Baikara watermark blanc


DEC 2022








Why this photo tour



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


The epic sceneries of La Guajira


Nueva Venecia the Floating village

day by day

Detailed itinerary

cartagena colombia


Welcome to Colombia

Meet at the airport lobby, we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. (15min) Arrival at your colonial hotel, installation. First, we will start with a dinner to get acquainted. Nico & Tristan will hold a briefing with presentation of the trip.

  • 15 min
  • Hotel Ananda
Cartagena Palenquera in In Front Of Botero Statue Plaza Santo Domingo



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 Dinner at one of Cartagena’s best restaurants.

  • 1 h 30
  • B, L, D
  • Hotel Ananda
minca mundo nuevo colombia


Minca, Coffee and indigenous Family

This morning drive 5h to Minca in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tristan & Nico will accompany you to the Awindua project which began with the construction of Wiwa indigenous houses as found in their native villages. A truly unique experience and one of the highlights of our Colombia photography tour, this trip allows us to learn a lot. We’ll meet a Wiwa family and have VIP access to photograph the village, including a private environmental portrait session. If time allow we will head to coffee activities in the neighbour farm before getting back to Mundo Nuevo. Meet at the most beautiful viewpoint in the region for sunset landscapes. After dinner will be an optional night photography workshop.

  • B, L, D
  • Mundo Nuevo
  • 2h
cerro kennedy sierra nevada de santa marta


Cerro Kennedy, birdwatching & waterfalls

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! Drive back to Marinka Waterfall where 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.

  • 4h30
  • B, L, D
  • Hotel in Los Naranjos
Cabo San Juan Parque Tayrona Colombia


Tayrona Park

Departure from the 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, so as not to miss all the richness of the fauna. Photography in the forest: wildlife, landscapes (average walking level, but hot and humid) Picnic at the beach at “La Piscina”. Arrival in Cabo San Juan Free time and swimming. Search for monkeys in the forest and photo session 5pm Return to the beach & Golden Hour photo session

  • 15 min
  • B, L,D
  • 2 h
  • Camping in Cabo San Juan
Camarones La Guajira Colombia


Flamingo Park & Cardinal

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. 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 will trt to catch elegant pink  flamingos at sunset . With the beautiful golden light, we may also have a chance to photograph other endemic species such as the white-whiskered spinetail, Tocuyo sparrows, etc.

  • B, L, D
  • 2 h
  • Local Hotel
punta gallinas bahia hondita guajira colombia


Punta Gallinas

Departure head up to Riohacha. from where we will get into our 4×4 towards Uribia, the indigenous capital of the country. Short visit of the city. Lunch and head to Punta gallinas. And to finish this day in beauty, we will say goodbye to the sun accompanied by a wayuu model at the dunes of Taroa. Dinner and accommodation in chinchorros (traditional hammock) in a Wayuu ranch in Punta Gallinas.

  • B, L,D
  • 5 h
  • Hammock or basic room
camarones wayuu sff flamingos guajira colombia


Yonna Ceremony & Cabo de la Vela

We’ll take advantage of the beautiful morning light to take some great photos at Sunrise where we will testimony Yonna Dance, a wayuu tradionnal ceremony organized in this fairy taile setting. After breakfast we will then leave for the beach of Punta Aguja Beach. Visit Wayuu School, where we will have the pleasure of doing some traditional activities and games with the children of the school. After a good lunch at the Luzmila ranch, and 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 in at the hotel and then leave to visit a Wayuu handicraft center to discover this ancestral art and take some photographs. To continue the day well, we now leave in the direction of the Wayuu Sugarloaf, known as the Pillar of Azucar to take some beautiful landscape and portrait photos.

  • 5 h
  • B, L, D
  • 2 h
  • Hammocks or basic room
Cabo de la Vela La Guajira Colombia


Cabo de la Vela – Los Narnajos

Departure from Cabo de la Vela after breakfast. On the road we will make a stop at the Manaure salt flats to meet our Wayuu model and make an atypical photo shooting. Back to civilization, we now return to Riohacha, then our hotel near Tayrona Park. Meals on the road. Short photo stop in Palomino,. We will take advantage of the beautiful golden hours to take new pictures and complete our magnificent travel album, around a good cocktail & Photo Discussions. Family dinner and a good night’s rest.

  • B, L,D
  • 5 h
  • Villa María
Photo Tour Kogui Village

DAY 10

Indigenous Village

Today, departure by 4×4 towards a small settlement in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (400m), 1h15 drive. Early departure from Santa Marta or Minca to a small settlement in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, which will be our starting point Meeting with our Kogui guide and preparation of the mules. We’ll start the 2h30 trek to the indigenous village. Arrival to the village and meeting with our hosts. Installation of the hammocks and lunch. Visit of the village and photographic activities. Cooking with our hosts. Night and rest.

  • B, L,D
  • 1h15
  • 2 h
  • Hammocks in a Hut
kogi colombia sierra nevada de santa marta

DAY 11

Indigenous Village

A new replenishing sun will be offered to us this morning, with a breathtaking view on the whole valley and a new Kogi village. Last photography activity with the Kogis, documenting the Coca Leave harvest and the weaving of the traditional backpacks. It will already be time to say goodbye to the family. Hike 2h. Lunch in the settlement and Transfer back in 4×4, arriving to the hotel at around 4pm.

  • B, L,D
  • 1h30
  • Hotel Villa María
cienaga grande nueva venecia colombia

DAY 12

Nueva Venecia & Back to Cartagena

Nueva Venecia – Galerazamba – CTG

This morning highlights another exclusive destination 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. In the afternoon, head to Cartagena for a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants of the city

  • B, L,D
  • 5 h
  • 4h
  • Hotel Ananda
imagenes colombia foto cartagena

DAY 13

End of the Adventure

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…

Free morning for shopping or Nico & Tristan will propose you an optional feedback / photo editing session

  • 15min
  • B


Selected hotels


Places we will visit


Included in the tour


  • 2 Professional Photographers & Instructors
  •  All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  •  Accommodation in first choices hotels
  • Transportation in confortable vehicles

Not included

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


Prices & details


Usd /Person

  • Single supplement : 603 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


Your Instructors



Nicolas Castermans

Nicolas is a mountain & photography lover. He’s always looking for the most astounding places for trekking, or for interesting and unplanned encounters with random people around the world. Nicolas is a recent finalist in the “2020 & 2021 Travel Photographer of the year awards”.

Tristan Photographer

Tristan Quevilly

Tristan has been living and traveling in South America for since 2003. Tour Leader and photographer he loves to share his passion with you. He runs photography tours in Cuba, Colombia, Panama with a very personal approach. 

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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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