Chile & Bolivia Photo Tour – 12-day tour of amazing landscapes and cities

Price: $7,295 USD (approximately £5,930). From 5th – 16th November 2023.

Otherworldly is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the awe-inspiring landscape of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and the Altiplanos of Bolivia. The landscape is surreal with a unique light that is seemingly easy to photograph throughout the day. This Chile & Bolivia photo tour provides some of the most stunning landscapes in the world to photograph.

On this Chile & Bolivia photo tour, you’ll see the Atacama with its dramatic desert wilderness, lagoons and colourful flamingos surrounded by the volcanic mountains of the Andes. Higher up in the Andean plateaus of Atacama and Bolivia, beautiful lagoons, snow-capped volcanoes and some of the most colourful geological landforms are scattered throughout the stark desert landscape, including one of the world’s most spectacular sights, Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. This is an adventurous photographic tour not to be missed.

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Why you should come on our Chile & Bolivia photo tour

There are not many places in the world that lend themselves to photography than the wild landscapes of South America. The surreal landscapes in this part of the world are mesmerising for anyone to witness let alone a photographer. Throw in a few historical cities like Santiago and Valparaiso, and this is a must for any traveller.

Our tours are not only designed to deliver the very best photographic scenarios on offer but also offer the opportunity to learn as you travel. Those requiring advice can be comfortable in the knowledge that their photographic leader will be there with them every step of the way to inspire and guide them through the creative and technical aspects of photography. Being on a photo tour with like-minded people also provides an opportunity for everyone to discuss and share their passion for photography. By the time you finish our Chile & Bolivia photo tour, you’ll have amazing photos and some new friends.

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Chile & Bolivia Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Santiago

Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. After dinner, there will be a presentation/discussion about the tour and an opportunity to ask questions.

Overnight in Santiago.

Day 2 – Santiago => Calama => San Pedro de Atacama (B/L/D)

We rise early for our flight to Calama. On arrival we meet our local guide/driver for our transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, our base for the next four nights, stopping at Mars Valley to photograph the sunset over the Andes.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 3 – Atacama Desert (B/D)

This morning we rise early and go to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) for sunrise. After a picnic breakfast, it’s time to drive into the valley to explore and photograph the otherworldly landscape. On return to San Pedro de Atacama, you’re free to explore the town and find a restaurant for lunch (own expense).

Depending on the conditions when we’re at Atacama, we have an option of either going to Laguna Tebinquinche or Valle del Arcoíris (Rainbow Valley) for sunset. The Atacama is also one of the best places in the world for astronomy so tonight we will enjoy an astrophotography tour.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4 – Atacama Desert (B/L/D)

This morning we rise early in preparation for a long day of travel up into the altiplano lagoons surrounding the Atacama basin, visiting the famous Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) also known as Salar de Talar followed by Laguna Tuyacto a short-distance further. The landscape in this region is amazing and there will be numerous stops as we travel.

On our return journey, we take a short detour to visit two more lagoons, Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, both at the foot of the Cerro Miscanti volcano. On our return journey to San Pedro de Atacama, we will have brief stops at the small towns of Socaire and Toconao.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5 – Atacama Desert (B/D)

We rise very early this morning for our long drive to El Tatio Geysers. This is a very popular destination and an early start is crucial to beating the crowd and seeing the geysers at their very best. For the brave, there’s also an opportunity to take a bath in the thermal pool. On our way back we will stop at a lesser-known area with some interesting colours and a unique geyser different from the others. There is some amazing scenery and wildlife on the return journey, so expect to have a number of photo stops.

On return to San Pedro de Atacama, you will have some free time to get lunch at your own expense, explore the town or just take a rest. Later in the afternoon, we return to Moon Valley for sunset.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 6 – Atacama Desert => Villamar Mallcu (B/L/D)

This morning we will be collected and transferred to the border crossing of Hito Cajones. This will very likely be a slow process so patience will be required. Once we get through the Chilean checkpoint, we proceed to our 4WD vehicles at which time we will once again need to go through border formalities.

Our first stop will be Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca. If there’s no wind, we will have great panoramic reflection shots with Volcano Licancabur in the background. We then continue to Laguna Colorada where we enjoy photographing the lagoon and Flamingos. After lunch, we continue to Salar de Capina and Villa Mar.

Overnight in Salar de Capina and Villa Mar.

Day 7 – Villamar Mallcu => Uyuni (B/L/D)

This morning we depart early and head northward to Valle de Rocas, one of the most beautiful and visually striking landscapes in Bolivia. With locations such as Laguna Negra, Lost City of Italy, Camel Rock, World Cup Trophy, Balancing Rock and much more, you’re guaranteed to return with truly incredible, otherworldly photos.

We then continue to San Cristobál to visit a lovely 350-year-old Jesuit church. San Cristobál is a mining town with one of Bolivia’s largest mining facilities producing zinc-silver and lead-silver concentrate. It’s the world’s sixth-largest producer of zinc and third-largest producer of silver

After lunch, we continue to Uyuni where we visit the local office to collect gumboots for use during our stay. We then visit Cementerio de Trenes (Train Cemetery), a rusty collection of historical steam trains that were left to rust in the desert early 19th century. We then continue to Hotel Luna Salada, a unique hotel built from blocks of salt.

Overnight in Colchani.

Day 8 – Uyuni (B/L/D)

Today we have a full day to explore and photograph the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni. Our program will be dependent on how much rain they had earlier in the year and how much water there is. This trip has been specifically scheduled for after the rainy season at which time Uyuni becomes the world’s largest mirror.

During our drive around the salt flat we visit areas where they are mining the salt, Ojos de agua (Eye of the salt flat) where water from a distant volcano bubbles up through the salt crust. If the water level is low enough, we will also visit Isla Incahuasi, a rocky island in the middle of Uyuni Salt Flat with giant cacti. Our day no doubt will end with sunset over the salt flat. Overnight in Colchani.

Day 9 – Uyuni (B/L/D)

This morning we rise early and head out to photograph sunrise over the salt flat, returning for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit the township of Colchani.

During the remainder of the day, you will have free time to relax in anticipation of our afternoon and evening photography. We will either have an early dinner, then head back out to the salt flat for sunset followed by an astrophotography session, or we will return for dinner in between shoots. Either way, it will be a long night.

Overnight in Colchani/Uyuni.

Day 10 – Uyuni => Siloli Desert (B/L/D)

This morning we depart early and commence our journey south through Uyuni then westward to San Juan, where we will have an intriguing visit to the Necropolis and museum. Here we will see hollow coral bubbles that were transformed into tombs by the ancient Aymara people between 1250-1450 AD.

After lunch, we head southward, and by mid-afternoon commence a slow off-road drive following a series of lagoons including Laguna Turquiri, Laguna Chulluncani, Laguna Canapa, Laguna Hedionda, Laguna Chiar Kkota, Laguna Honda, Laguna Ramaditas and more. This is a spectacular drive with amazing landscapes and a great opportunity to photograph more Flamingoes. Our day ends with the beautiful Seven Colour Mountain. Tonight we stay at Tayka Desert Hotel, a remote hotel in the Siloli Desert.

Overnight in Siloli Desert.

Day 11 – Siloli Desert => San Pedro de Atacama (B/L/D)

We rise early to photograph the Seven Colour Mountain in the early morning light, returning to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we continue through the Siloli Desert stopping to see and photograph Árbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) before returning to Laguna Colorada for an amazing panoramic view and more photography.

We’re now back on familiar roads however they will look very different travelling in the opposite direction, and you will be wanting to stop many times to capture the different compositions. We also take a slight detour to visit Geiser Sol de Mañana, an extensive geothermal area at 4800 to 5000 metres altitude. We will also stop briefly to photograph Volcano Licancabur overlooking Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca. After lunch, we continue to the border crossing of Hito Cajones where we transfer back to a Chilean vehicle for the journey back to San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 12 – San Pedro de Atacama => End of Tour (B)

This morning we have one final photographic session, visiting Laguna Chaxa in the Salt Flat. This is a great location to get some final images of Flamingos in still conditions, hopefully with a good reflection. Afterwards, we return to our hotel where we prepare for our journey back home.

It’s now time to say farewell as our Chile & Bolivia Photo Tour comes to an end. You will then be transferred back to Calama in preparation for your flights.

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Inclusions and Exclusions on our Chile & Bolivia Photo Tour


  • Professional photographer and local guide where required
  • Accommodation for the duration of the tour
  • All tour-related ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary


  • Return International Flights to Calama
  • Airport and Airline taxes & charges
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any expenses of a personal nature (such as laundry, phone calls, personal tipping etc.)
  • Any meals other than those specified (B/L/D)
  • Any drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa/Reciprocity Fees
  • Visa fees
Chile & Bolivia Photography Tour Dates: 5th - 16th Nov 2023 - BOOK NOW

Prices Quoted

Prices quoted are for double occupancy. You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.

Single Supplement

An additional $400 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for a single supplement. Please note that single rooms are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Please contact us for more information. 

The price of this photo tour is $7,295 USD per person. $1,500 deposit is required to reserve your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. We do offer the option to pay in instalments. Contact us for more details.

NOTE: There must be a minimum of 5 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we’ve reached the minimum number of people.

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If you can’t attend these dates, add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of Chile & Bolivia and we will inform you of any future dates.

Additional Information

Tour Leader: Malcolm Fackender

Malcolm is an Australian award-winning travel photographer who specializes in small-group photographic tours. With more than 30 years in the photography industry, Malcolm initially focused primarily on nature photography, however, has broadened his photographic interests over the years to encompass many other genres, including travel, people and landscape photography.

Group Size

The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 guests.


This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.


There will be some walking involved during this tour including a hike through a forest. If you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.


You don’t need expensive or professional equipment for this photo tour. We would recommend DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a tripod for this tour.


Whilst in Chile & Bolivia we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned mini-bus and 4WD cars driven by licenced and insured drivers.


This is a high-altitude tour travelling up to 5,000m. The itinerary has been carefully designed to allow sufficient time to acclimatise to the high altitude through daily excursions. It is however suggested you seek medical advice and enquire about taking some form of altitude medication.


Please check if you require a visa for Chile & Bolivia. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please click here.