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Colombia Photo Tour – 14 day tour of South America’s hidden gem

£4,650 per person (17th – 29th April 2021) – Bogota, Cartagena, Tayrona Nationl Park and more

Colombia has shaken off it’s infamous past and is doing very well. It is South America’s best kept secret, and now is the time to take the opportunity to visit with our Colombia photo tour! After many years of suffering caused by conflicts, the country is reborn. Past the Escobar-years, Colombia can be visited in safety and its valuable treasures can be appreciated fully. To dare to adventure into Colombia, is to face the risk of falling in love with it.

Colombia Photo Tour

From the beauty of Tayrona Park to historic Cartagena, on this Colombia photo tour you’ll experience one of South America’s hidden gems. This is a country full of history that is off the tourist path. By the time you return you too will have fallen in love with Colombia.

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Why you should come on our Colombia photo tour

For a long time Colombia wasn’t safe to travel to. But slowely this country has moved forward from it’s violent past but it is still relativly off the tourist trail. This makes it a photography paradise that simply must be explored.

Your main photography tutor lives in Colombia and so has extensive knowledge of this country. This gives us an unrivalled knowledge of the best locations to visit whilst ensuring everyone’s safety. You will learn how to approach and photograph people even in small villages and how to capture story-telling photos. On this Colombia photo tour, not only will you take home an amazing set of images, but you will continue to put your new skills to use. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, amazing food, and even a few local drinks.

Colombia Photo Tour

Colombia Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Bogota (D)

Arrive in the Colombian capital and get transferred to your hotel to no doubt get some rest after your long flight.


Day 2 – Bogota (B, L, D)

First things first, we will start with a meeting and a presentation of the trip and answer any questions you may have. We then commence a walking tour of the city centre. You will discover the colonial district of la Candelaria, Bogota’s historical centre and its squares and markets. It is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and to understand their way of life.

After Discovering more of the Bogota districts and practising some street photography, we will visit the famous Gold Museum and Botero Museum where we will be able to admire the masterpieces of the renowned Colombian painters and sculptors. Then, after a short break at the hotel, we’ll head to the highest tower in Bogota to photograph the city during the Blue Hour.


Day 3 – Bogota => Villa de Leyva (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll leave for the town of Villa de Leyva with a stop at Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Zipaquira was declared a national Colombian heritage site and is well-known for its Salt Cathedral that was built inside of a salt mine. We will then continue onto Villa de Leyva.

After checking into our hotel, we’ll commence a walking tour of Villa De Leyva, another National Historic Heritage Site and one of the oldest colonial sites in Colombia. We’ll explore the Plaza Mayor (one of the largest and most beautiful squares in South American). From the small streets to the white houses of this timeless little town, you will be captivated by the gentle pace of life and encounters.

This evening after some blue hour photography we’ll enjoy dinner in the main square of Villa de Leyva.


Day 4 – Villa de Leyva => Raquira => Villa de Leyva (B, L, D)

After visiting Villa de Leyva’s local market we depart for the monastery of Saint Ecce Homo, and the fabulous house of Casa Terra Cota.

After lunch, we’ll arrive at the village of Raquira where you will have some free time to buy souvenirs. This afternoon we’ll visit the village of Raquira. This village specialises in pottery, an ancestral tradition that comes from the pre-Columbian civilizations. We’ll be visiting many pottery workshops for some photography. Our sunset shoot will be back in Villa de Leyva.


Day 5 – Villa de Leyva => Barichara (B, L, D)

This morning after breakfast we leave for Barichara, a traditional town located in the Andes also called the “Red Town” due to the colour of its bricks. We’ll enjoy a walking tour of the town before lunch.

Considered the “most charming” village in Colombia, we visit Barichara this afternoon and stroll through its alleyways. We will then stop by the church of Santa Barbara, the viewpoint of the Suarez Canyon, the Central Park and the Sculpture Park. We also visit the workshops of artisans and artists of the region (painting, sculpture, paper, tobacco). We’ll end our day with a photoshoot in Barichara Square at sunset and blue hour.


Day 6 – Barichara (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll walk to the village of Guane where life seems to be cradled by an ancestral rhythm. Its whitewashed mud houses, stone streets and small archaeological museum are beautiful. We’ll then return by tuk-tuk from Guane to Barichara to enjoy some street photo photography. Our sunset shoot will be at a location with a nice view over Suarez Canyon.


Day 7 – Barichara => Barlovento (B, L, D)

We’ll leave Barichara this morning and head to Panachi – Chicamocha National Park. On the road, we’ll admire the impressive Chicamocha Canyon that crosses Boyaca and Santander. This 227-kilometre long natural marvel will leave you breathless!

In order to optimize your experience of the Chicamocha Natural Park, we will take the “teleférico” (cable car) until Mesa de los Santos. This gives us another view of the amazing scenery that surrounds you. We’ll also explore a small village nearby before heading to the airport to catch our internal flight.

Upon arrival, we’ll check into our hotel in Tayrona Park area before heading out for a shoot at sunset.


Day 8 – Tayrona Park (B, L, D)

We’ll leave our heavy suitcases behind and pack a small overnight bag for our 2-hour hike through the park. This hike in Tayrona Park will take you to a magical place located between mountains, tropical forest and the sea. You will discover the most beautiful white sand beaches of the country and ancestral volcanic rocks in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. During the tour, you will see an abundance of wildlife and especially birds.

En route, we’ll have a picnic and at La Piscina which is a beautiful beach. Tonight we will be camping just 50m away from the most iconic beach of in Colombia – Cabo San Juan. There will be free time in the afternoon to enjoy the beach or the crystal clear waters before a sunset shoot on the beach.


Day 9 – Tayrona Park (B, L, D)

This will be a relaxed day in our trip! We will start with a photo session at sunrise but then you will have free time to enjoy Cabo San Juan.

This afternoon we’ll be heading back into the forest to see more of the amazing wildlife. This evening if conditions allow, we’ll try to get some night shots of the stars.


Day 10 – Tayrona Park => Minca => Mundo Nuevo (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll be heading to a different viewpoint at sunrise to capture more photos of Cabo San Juan del Guia. After breakfast will we walk back to the park entrance to take our private transport to the village of Minca located high in the Sierra Nevada.

In the afternoon, time permitting we’ll visit a Cacao Farm to meet an indigenous family living here. We’ll spend a bit of time practising our portrait photography before retiring back to the hotel for a photo session at sunset from the hotel’s viewpoint.


Day 11 – Mundo Nuevo => Nueva Venecia => Cartagena (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll leave early to visit a place located in Cienaga Grande. It’s a small village of fisherman living on the water at Nueva Venecia. This is a place that has escaped tourism and so it has kept its authenticity.

It is the widest lagoon and the most important in Colombia and it is also one of the main fishing resources of the northern coast. It is considered a strategic point of vital importance for the planet. 

We will take a private boat to reach the mangrove and observe some of the local birds before arriving at the small village of Buena Vista where we will meet fishermen to learn more about them. We will also visit the local school (subject to opening times) and interact with the Palafitos inspired by afro culture.

Lunch will be by the Lagoon. Then we will leave for the city of Cartagena where we will enjoy an afternoon walk around the city.


Day 12 – Cartagena (B, L, D)

Today we’ll follow in the footsteps of famous pirates and discover the “Pearl of the Caribbean”. This is a city rich in culture, diversity and heritage. We will get up early to witness the beautiful historical centre of Cartagena without the tourists. We will meet a Palenquera (fruit Seller) to capture maybe the most iconic shots of your trip!

This afternoon we’ll head over to a beautiful district of Cartagena – Getsemani district. This district has remarkable architecture and we’ll so more of the authentic side of the city.

There will be some free time this afternoon or we can return to the city centre to see street dancers in the main square.

It’s our last night together so we’ll meet early for a sunset cocktail before enjoying our farewell meal together.


Day 14 – End Of Tour (B)

Our trip ends together so after breakfast you’ll be transferred to Cartagena airport for your onward journey.

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What's included on our Colombia Photo Tour

Includes

– Professional photographer and local English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– All tour related ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle

– Arrival and departure airport transfers

– Domestic flight from Bucaramanga (via Bogota) to Santa Marta

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, taxes and camera fees

– Fees for local models

Excludes

– Any meals not included in the itinerary

– Alcoholic drinks

– Personal purchases such as souvenirs

– Additional activities not included in the itinerary 

– Personal travel or medical insurance

– Medical expenses

– Gratuities for hotel porters, local guides or driver

– International air tickets to or from Colombia

– Flights from Cartagena at the end of the tour

– Colombian visa fees

Colombia Photography Tour Dates: 17th to 29th Apr 2021 – 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 £650 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for single supplement.


The cost of this photo tour is £4,650 per person. £1,000 to reserve your spot, with the balance due 120 days prior to the trip.


NOTE: There must be a minimum of 6 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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Or if you can’t attend these dates, add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of Colombia and we will inform you of any future dates.


Tailor Made Tours

If you prefer not to travel with others we can also arrange private photography tours. These are designed bespoke to your needs. To find out more click here.

Additional Information

Tour Leader: Jordan Banks

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Jordan Banks is a travel, landscape and adventure photographer from London with over 20 years experience shooting assignments and hi-end content for the travel, tourism, lifestyle brands and companies. Through the years his work has taken him to over 100 countries and provided him with the opportunity to shoot some of the world’s most interesting and diverse locations and festivals. His clients over the years have included; Lonely planet, British Airways, National Geographic Traveller, The Times, Vogue, Panasonic, Microsoft, Ford and many more.

*Please note that from time to time, we might need to change the tour leader due to illness or unforeseen circumstance. You can rest assured that you will still be accompanied by an experienced professional photographer.


Group Size

The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 guests.


Difficulty

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


Experience

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


Tayrona NP hike

The hike to get to our camp will be 2 hours. If we take pictures. But as we will be stopping to take photos it will more likely take 4-5 hours. For those who prefer not to walk there is the option of going on horseback (additional cost not included in tour price).

We will leave our heavy bags at the hotel securely before starting the walk. 

Sleeping in Tayrona NP

We will be camping whilst in Tayrona NP (for 2 x nights). This will involve sleeping in hammocks under a roof but open structure.

– Everyone a personal locker, so a padlock is strongly recommended.

– There are tents with mattress (but without lockers). Please ask if you would prefer these.

– The campsite is very basic, but the location makes it unique. It will be an unforgettable experience. 

– There is a restaurant on-site, with a small shop to buy basic things (water, coffee, shampoo)

– Showers and toilets are very basic but clean. 

– There is no electricity (only at the restaurant). We recommend you take extra batteries. 

Whilst, naturally you may be apprehensive about sleeping in hammocks and think they are uncomfortable, you will probably find that it is a pleasant experience. The hammocks are large enough so you can lie down flat. Think of it as a once in a lifetime experience.


Equipment

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.


Transport

Whilst in Colombia we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned bus and a boat journey. There will also be domestic flights involve from Bucaramanga (via Bogota) to Santa Marta (included in the tour price).


Visa

British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. British nationals can click here for more details.

Other nationalities, please check if you require a visa for Colombia. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please click here.

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