Bolivia with Patricio Crooker

 

A Rugged Photo Adventure in Bolivia with Patricio Crooker

As a native Bolivian, Patricio will give you an insider’s tour of his beloved country that will take your breath away. You’ll witness and capture images of the famous Day of the Dead celebrations, 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. It 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.

Bolivia is landlocked, nestled 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 Uros, one of America’s oldest ethnic groups.

Day 1

Arrive in La Paz, Bolivia. Rest and recreation during the day. Late afternoon, general meeting to meet the photographer Patricio Crooker in the hotel and then dinner at a local restaurant nearby.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

It is a national holiday and we will start early, visiting cemeteries in the cities of La Paz and El Alto. We will enjoy a light lunch and then in 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 Dead, including how people bring food to the cemeteries, pray and celebrate.

Day 6

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

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Last day of the workshop, free morning to shoot pictures, review pictures in the afternoon and have a last dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9

Return flights.

 

Terms & Conditions

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

Fees Included:

  • Workshop fees
  • All Lodging is included.  A single room is subject to availability for an additional 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 paperwork/doc/visa compliance with the nation we are traveling to (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 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 large memory cards. Also one wide-angle lens, a 50mm or 85mm lens, a telephoto, a light tripod to shoot during low light or at night and any other photographic tools that you may need during the workshop, including extra batteries, a charger and your laptop to download your images for review & critique. 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 work. External hard drives or flash drives work great. I can give you tips as to the best external hard drive to get. There won’t be any spare computers to be used, so please bring your own with you and PLEASE be very familiar with all your personal equipment.

 

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