The Atacama Desert: Argentina and Chile, March 25-April 10, 2019

The Atacama Desert in northern Argentina and Chile is a high altitude desert and a dramatic location for photography. Located along the spine of the Andes Mountains it features desert sands and clays, volcanoes, geysers, alpine lagoons and vast salt flats.  The colors are vivid and the formations are striking.

We’ll begin in Argentina in the wine country of Cafayate, and then on to remote El Penon, Tolar Grande and the puna desert just below the peaks of the Andes.  We’ll also visit the salt flats at Salinas Grandes and the Humahuaca Valley near Purmamarca. After the Argentine adventure we’ll drive to Chile and San Pedro d’Atacama exploring the Valle de Luna, Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos, El Tatio Geysers and the vast Chilean altiplano topped with 18-20,000 foot volcanoes. Despite the challenges of distance and altitude, it should be a spectacular and unique experience.


The trip includes 14 days in the Atacama flying into Buenos Aires and home from Santiago. The cost for the workshop is $9,970 for shared accommodations; the single room supplement is $870. The workshop cost, which is based on 7 -10 participants, includes hotels, meals during the tour, transportation and national park admissions.

Participants are responsible for their international airfare, for the internal flight from Buenos Aires to Salta, Argentina and the flight from Calama, Chile to Santiago. My estimate for these flights is $320.


For a detailed itinerary including hotels, deposit and cancellation policies, please download this pdf.

For additional informationcontact Eliot

Here is a gallery of images from some of the locations we’ll be visiting:

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