highland villages
highland villages photo tour

HIGHLAND VILLAGES

NEXT GROUP DATE:

21 to 27 October 2024

IMPORTANT

The itinerary published on this page and on our PDFs/brochures is indicative. The guide reserves the right to make changes without prior notice, which may depend on various factors/events such as weather, geography, protests, medical emergencies, etc.

Changes are aimed at ensuring the safety of travelers and the success of the trip, always trying to maintain (if possible) the proposed activities.

Due to the altitude in the highland villages (between 3.000 and 3.500 metres) there is a lower diffusion of oxygen.

Genre

Portrait, Landscape, Documentary

Best travel period

October to December / March to May

Difficulty

Moderate (High altitude)

Group

Min 1 - Max 8

Discovering the Andean villages of the Argentine Northwest

A journey back in time, to small Andean villages that still maintain a way of life linked to nature and ancestral traditions. For its inhabitants, the land and all of nature must be respected, cared for and thanked, because human life depends on them.

The cult of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), of Inca origin, is still widespread among northern people, a way of thinking and living that is passed on from generation to geeration.

In these remote places in Argentina, people live by working the land, sowing different varieties of beans, corn and potatoes, harvesting and raising sheep, goats and llamas as their ancestors did. Some of them spin, weave and embroider clothing made from wool and local fabrics, often in bright colors.

Indeed, it is common to see women dressed in traditional clothing along the village’s cobblestone streets, with as a backdrop, the towering mountains, at an altitude of between 3,000 and 3,500 meters above sea level.

During this adventure, we will visit the villages of San Francisco de Alfarcito, Santa Ana and Caspalá. We will have the opportunity to photograph local people, and extraordinary landscapes (Cianzo Valley, Hornocal, Abra del Zenta, Salinas Grandes, etc.) together with an expert photographer, working on composition, the use of light, and “storytelling”.

Small Villages

Native People

Local Artisans

Amazing Landscapes

ITINERARY

To book flights, please contact us before, we will help you coordinate schedules and transportation to get there. The nearest city is Jujuy.

Transportation to Jujuy is not included in the trip, and we will not be responsible for any delays or disruptions that are beyond our control. In any case, we will do what we can, given the circumstances, to help you.

Arrival at Jujuy airport and transfer to Tilcara to leave our luggage at the designed lodging.

Afternoon visit and sunset in the town of Tilcara.

Night in Tilcara.

After breakfast, we will head north, crossing most of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.

Visit to the historical center of Humahuaca.

Lunch in Hornaditas, where a family of the Diaguita community awaits us. We will spend some time with them learning about their history and work, and being able to take portraits in traditional dress in a natural environment and their house.

Sunset in Hornaditas and night in Tilcara.

After breakfast, we will leave towards Hornocal (The Mountain of 14 colors), passing by the viewpoint.

From there we will take direction Cianzo, with the possibility (not certain) of approaching the house of one of the settlers of this beautiful valley, which explodes with colors.

Lunch on the way.

We will then continue through the Abra de Zenta mountain pass (4.595 masn), on the way to the high altitude village of Santa Ana.

An incredible place, where people still dress according to the tradition of the Andean people. Tour of the village and sunset.

Overnight in a family lodge in Santa Ana.

Breakfast and short trek to Qhapaq Ñan (Inca Trail) / Alternative (in case the path is not walkable or in case of rainy weather): photographs with the weavers of the village.

Lunch.

We will then continue our itinerary to another high mountain village: Caspalá.

On the way, we will continue photographing the beauty of the landscape of this remote area of Jujuy.

Once there, we will make documentation of the village and its inhabitants walking through its narrow streets. Night in a familiar lodging of Caspalá.

After breakfast, we will leave Caspalá and head towards Tilcara.

We will pass through the Abra de Zenta again, this time possibly taking the turn around through Aparzo and Palca de Aparzo, to see the Hornocal from another point of view.

Lunch on the way.

Arrival in Tilcara in the late afternoon. Night in Tilcara.

After breakfast, we will leave Tilcara to visit the small puna town of Alfarcito.

Morning in the Salinas Grandes salt flat. After the salinas we will pass alongside de la Laguna de Guayatayoc and small villages in a semi-desert landscape.

Lunch and afternoon in Alfarcito, where we will have the possibility to document the local handicraft work (weaving).

Overnight in a family lodge in Alfarcito.

After breakfast, we will leave Alfarcito to go back to the Quebrada, in the direction of Jujuy airport.

We will say goodbye until the next adventure!

What's included?

What's not!

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Please note that these are only suggestions given by our experience. It is not necessary to have all the equipment reported, everyone prepares for the journey according to their needs.

For example, some people may only want to take pictures with a smartphone while others will want to take a drone with them. But it is our duty to guide you to a better choice.

Although you can participate with any type of photographic device, we recommend a reflex or mirrorless camera, which allow much more freedom and creativity.

Considering the wide variety of photographic situations this workshop presents, it is advisable to have available focal lengths ranging from wide-angle (shorter distances) to telephoto (longer distances).

For Portraits, we recommend a lens ranging from 70mm to 200mm. The 85mm is usually regarded as one of the best lenses dedicated to portraiture.

For Landscape Photography, we suggest a wide focal lenght: ideally around 15 – 50 mm. You can also get a good landscape with a longer focal length by using a stable tripod.

For night photos (Astrophotography) the shorter the focal length, the better. This makes it possible to include more elements in the frame.

For terrestrial wildlife, a 300mm or longer telephoto lens is the best choice.

Consider also buying a tele converter to increase the focal length of the lens: 1.4x or 2x. Even if with loss of luminosity.

Finally, choosing the right set of lenses is not easy. If you encounter difficulties and need some suggestions do not hesitate to contact us.

Many of the areas we visit are remote, and it is possible to fly the drone, always maintaining proper precautions and at a distance from agglomerations of people, airports, and helicopter landing strips.

The most important feature of a tripod is its stability. Since every journey includes some trekking, we must also take into account the weight.

We suggest a good carbon tripod that maintains a good balance between weight and stability, that can easily change from one height to another and that locks in little space.

Aluminum is also fine, as carbon is generally much more expensive. We know that choosing a tripod is not easy and we are available to help you choose the right model for you.

A Polarizing filter will be very useful to neutralize water reflections in the lagoons.

For those who love Landscape Photography, ND filters with 6 or 8 steps will be also very useful to play with the movement of water and clouds.

It is recommended to carry UV or Skylight filters, useful to protect the lenses from Ultraviolet rays (even more important in these altitudes), dust and splashes.

Finding the right photo backpack can be a difficult challenge. We recommend you to rely on a brand with quality and experience in the market. 

The type of backpack clearly depends on your equipment. But what really matters is that you feel comfortable with it and possibly fitted with a rain cover.

You can’t miss in your backpack: a cleaning kit for the lenses, a remote control to shoot without touching the camera, hood for the lenses (to avoid flare) and a robust / comfortable camera strap.

It is also important to take spare batteries and memory cards with you. In this workshop, we won’t have a chance to recharge our batteries every day.

For those interested in POST-PRODUCTION we suggest bringing your laptop with some editing software already installed. The Lead Photographer, at the end of the day, will answer your questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The most characteristic fauna includes vicuñas, guanacos and llamas.

The most common bird species are the suri (small rhea), the Andean condor and the flamingo.

There is also a great diversity of lizards.

Even if difficult to spot, the taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis), is a mid sized deer species that inhabits the area.

We recommend bring light and heavy clothing, as well as a waterproof or windbreaker jacket.

Hat, neck cover, and sunglasses.

Sturdy, comfortable footwear (possibly more than one pair).

Comfortable and robust backpack to carry your gear and protect it from dust, water and bumps.

Sunscreen.

The round trip between your starting point and Jujuy is not included in the price.

However, we can coordinate it.

BOOKINGS, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Bookings

To book a workshop we ask for a 30% deposit of the total.

Workshop balance due 45 days prior to start date.

Cancellations & Refunds

If you need to cancel your reservation, the following policies apply to this workshop:

100% Deposit Refund

Applies for cancellations made more than 90 days before the workshop start date.

50% Deposit Refund

Applies for cancellations made 60 – 90 days before the workshop start date.

No Refund

Applies for cancellations made less than 60 days before the workshop start date.

In case you have already paid the total amount and need to cancel less than 60 days in advance of the start date, the following policies apply:

• If we find another person to take your place you will be refunded the total minus the deposit

• If we do not find a person to take your place there will be no refund

In case the workshop is cancelled by Argentina Photo Workshops due to reasons of force majeure:

• There will be a complete refund of the amount deposited.

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