Mexico Itinerary


One of the most important states in Mexico, Oaxaca is a great cultural and ethnic mosaic, which is expressed through its multiple languages, dances, music, garments and customs. It´s identity comes to life through its festivities, which are full of mysticism, joy and vigorous colors, all of which lends itself to great photographic opportunities. Out of all the festivities that take place throughout the year the Guelaguetza is most surely the most important. Dating back to the colonial age, the festivity is dedicated to Centeotl, goddess of corn. It´s name means to share, or to give, as well as to exchange gifts and services. Folkloric groups from seven of the most important regions in Oaxaca partake in the Guelaguetza, and with its beautiful and colorful dances and garments it is considered amongst the most important festivities nationwide. This, in addition to its multiple handicrafts, shows why Oaxaca is probably the most representative state of the Mexican traditions. All this lends itself to fantastic photographic opportunities, where it’s movement, color, architecture and cultural and ethnic diversity creates an impressive array of situations just begging to be captured by the camera. It´s a rewarding experience for all types of photographers, with ample subject matter for all tastes and styles.

July 21, 2016 Oaxaca.

Arrive and check into hotel in the evening for orientation as well as dinner.

July 22, 2016 Oaxaca.

Early breakfast provided at the hotel before heading to Monte Alban to take advantage of the morning light. Monte Alban is situated on a mountain top about 7 miles from the city´s center and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico, founded by the Zapotecs around 500 b.c. Break for lunch and then walk to Santo Domingo, a beautiful museum situated in an ex-convent in the center of the city of Oaxaca, where we will visit and photograph its ethno-botanical gardens and afterwards venture into the museum to photograph it´s impressive 16th century arquitecture and admire its vast ethnical collection.

July 23, 2016 Oaxaca.

Early breakfast provided at the hotel before heading into the streets on Oaxaca to capture the festivities of the Guelaguetza, which afford ample opportunities to capture color and movement, as well as its vast ethnical diversity, through its processions and dances. This is a daylong event where we will take a break for lunch and in the afternoon head back to the hotel to review and discuss the work produced so far.

July 24, 2016 Oaxaca.

Early breakfast at the hotel before heading into the town of Teotitlan del Valle where we will photograph its mercado del trueque (barter market), with its vast array of handicrafts and people. Afterwards we´ll head for Mitla (place of the dead), another important archaeological site situated south east of Oaxaca city. Later we´ll walk the area, where there are street markets, weavers and mezcal distilleries offering ample photo opportunities.

July 25, 2016 Oaxaca.

This is the most important day of the Guelaguetza so we will have breakfast and stay all day in the city photographing the festivities on the streets in all their strength and splendor.

July 26, 2016 Oaxaca.

We´ll dedicate the last full day to photographing some of Oaxaca´s most important handicrafts and how they are produced, such as the traditional alebrijes (colorful sculptures of imaginary creatures) and the barro negro (black clay pottery), as well as the traditional mezcal (the oaxacan version of tequila). For this we will head to several villages situated just south of the city.

July 27, 2016 Oaxaca.  

Depending on the flight departure times, you will spend the day on your own exploring and shooting, and probably buying souvenirs and mezcal to take back home.

To hold your space, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 USD

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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