A Rugged Photo Adventure in Bolivia with Patricio Crooker October 29-Nov 7,2016

As a native Bolivian, Patricio will give you an insider’s tour of his beloved country which at first glimpse will take your breath away. You’ll witness and capture images of the famous Day of the Dead celebrations; you’ll take day and overnight trips to the cities of El Alto and La Paz (the highest capital city in the world); you’ll visit the majestic hills of Puno.

Bolivia, the humblest nation in South America, is surrounded by the high, harsh Andes mountain range, and includes a stunning altiplano, one of the most extensive areas of high plateau on Earth. Long ago the home of the Inca Empire, Bolivia still has a large and diverse indigenous population, making it the most multiethnic country in Latin America.

Landlocked, the nation is sandwiched between Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru. The majestic Lago Titicaca, with its deep blue water, is the highest navigable lake in the world, and makes part of the border between Bolivia and Peru.

In this trip-of-a-lifetime adventure, you’ll spend your days exploring the country with a native-son, capturing unique images, and interacting with the Bolivian people. A highlight of the week will be a boat trip on the vast Lake Titicaca, with stops at some of the floating islands, where you’ll meet the Uro’s, one of America’s oldest ethnic groups.

BOLIVIA ITINERARY

Overview.

Saturday, October 29th.

Arrival to La Paz, Bolivia and go straight to where all participants will be staying at the Suites Camino Real hotel to rest and acclimation. Late afternoon, general meeting to meet photographer Patricio Crooker at the hotel and go out for a couple hours to observe and capture some later afternoon images. Then a welcome dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

Sunday, October 30th.

After breakfast, visit the Valley of the Moon near the city of La Paz and after lunch in the afternoon a visit to the Valley of the Souls near the city for a nice view of the Illimani mountain during sunset.

Monday, October 31st.

Early morning meeting at the hotel and go for a ride on the cable cars, “Mi Teleferico” to the city of El Alto and do a morning tour of the city, where the main attraction will be the New Andean Architecture.
Lunch in the hotel. Afternoon a short visit to the Valley of the Moon. At night review images taken during the day in the hotel.

Tuesday, November 1st.

Early visit to the old part of the city of La Paz, including a place to have a panoramic view of the Skyline and the mountains. Lunch in the city and in the afternoon; first experience with the traditions of  the preparations for the Day of the Death and All Saints celebrations. At night review images taken during the day in the hotel.

Wednesday November 2nd.

It is a national holiday and we will start early morning visiting cemeteries in the cities of La Paz and El Alto. We will take our snack to eat lunch and then late afternoon return to the hotel to review our images. This is our main attraction and shooting day in Bolivia, where we will experience the importance of the celebration of the Day of the Death. How people bring food to the cemeteries, pray and celebrate.

Thursday November 3rd.

Early morning we take a bus to the region of Lake Titicaca, where we can take a boat to the Island of the Sun to spend the night there.

Friday November 4th.

We return to La Paz and have dinner in the hotel where we can take a look at our pictures from the trip to Titicaca.

Saturday November 5th.

Last day of the workshop, free morning to shoot pictures, review pictures in the afternoon and have a group farewell supper.

Sunday November 6th.

Return flights.

Terms & Conditions

Fees Included:

  • Workshop fees
  • All Lodging is included.  A single room is subject to availability for an additional supplement fee.
  • All breakfast and two group dinners with one alcoholic drink per participants
  • All transportation in the host country related to the itinerary.
  • Local guide/translator or assistant photographer.

Fees Not Included:

  • Flights to the workshops host country.
  • All paper work/doc/visa compliance with the nation we are traveling too (Cuba trips all docs are included)
  • Any airport taxes due
  • Extra luggage weight
  • Meals outside of breakfast or the two group meals.
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Any medical health care insurance.
  • Any tips for an assistant photographer, translators drivers, bellboy, mini bar or any food items or drinks consumed from your hotel/house room.
  • Any optional event that requires entry fees such as: night club, musical event, sports venue, night clubs or any additional cost not included in the itinerary.

What to bring

At least two sets of DSLR camera bodies with five or more memory cards of 2GB-4GB or larger. Also one wide-angle lens, a 50mm or 85mm lens, a telephoto, a light tripod to shoot during low lights or at night time and any other photographic tools that you may need during the workshop. Also bring extra batteries, a charger and your laptop to download your images for review & positive criticism. All participants must be able to download and backup you work since each day will be very intense and the instructors won’t have the time for that. I also encourage you to bring a backup system to save your day’s work or in the event that your memory cards fills up. It could be done in your laptop, DVD, a small external HD or flash drives. I can give you tips as to the best external HD to get.

There won’t be any spare computers to be used, so please bring your laptops with you and PLEASE be very familiar with all your personal equipment.

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