Overview

Join Argentine photographer, teacher, and documentary filmmaker, Ossian Lindholm and Princeton Photo Workshop’s Alan Kesselhaut on a unique photography tour combined with an exploration of the high-altitude wines of Northwest Argentina—a magical journey that is perfect for photographers of all levels.   

 
 Feel free to reach out Ossian Lindholm, at +54 9 387 4880090 or lindholm.ossian@gmail.com for more information

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Water and dried fruits to snack on board the van
  • A 12-person van
  • Shuttle to the beginning of the tour

On The Tour

  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • Select wine tastings
  • Visits to wineries and vineyards
  • Professional photographer guide throughout the program 

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches, drinks not included
  • 6 dinners, drinks not included

What’s not included

Domestic or International airfare; airfare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical / travel insurance; expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in Itinerary or any items not listed in what is included. Alcoholic drinks are not included except winetastings.

Trip Highlights

  • Incredible landscape diversity covering 5 distinct biomes, making for a real visual feast, as well as an intimate journey for all the senses
  • Daily photography Powerpoint instruction at our boutique hotels and abundant photo opportunities throughout the day
  • Visit the Piatelli Vineyards in Cafayate
  • Photo safari through Quebrada Las Flechas
  • National Park “Los Cardones”, a cactus forest on an ancient Inca trail
  • Hike the archaeological Humahuaca Indian site of Tilcara
  • The Quebrada de Humahuaca, a World Heritage Site
  • Salinas Grandes, an expansive salt flat at over 10,000 feet

Day by Day

Day 1: Salta to Cafayate
Morning departure will be from Villa Vicuna (pre-night hotel). We’ll stop for lunch at a goat farm, just after the small village of Talapampa. We aim to arrive at our hotel by early evening, relaxed, satiated and inspired. After a rest, we’ll gather together for cocktails and enjoy an introductory talk by Ossian about the region, as well as the important role that photography plays in protecting and conserving its natural and cultural treasures. Dinner will be at the Patios de Cafayate’s lovely restaurant.
 
Day 2: Cafayate
We’ll begin the morning’s photo safari with a sunrise hike to La Punilla, hoping to capture the first light over the Calchaquí Valley. After breakfast, we’ll gather at our hotel for our first Powerpoint photography lecture. Afterwards we will explore the Piatelli vineyards, enjoying a traditional lunch in their delightful restaurant. In late afternoon we will head to the tiny village of Cafayate, known for its wine museum and lively plaza.
 
Day 3: Cafayate
An early rise will ensure the dunes at sunrise will await your camera lens (and creative eye) on our third day in Cafayate. After breakfast, we will have another creative Powerpoint lesson in photography. In the late afternoon, when the light is at its most perfect, we’ll hike into La Yesera to photograph this magnificent ancient canyon. Before dinner, we will stroll back through the village of Cafayate and go to the wine museum, where you can purchase traditional handicrafts. We’ll have dinner at one of the restaurants in the plaza.
 
Day 4: Cafayate to Cachi
On the fourth day of our Argentine photography tour, it will be time to leave Cafayate, heading north along the famous National Route 40, the backbone of the Calchaquí Valley. You can hopefully make the most of the early morning light, as it paints La Quebrada de Las Flechas (the Gorge of Arrows). Around midday, we will have a family farmhouse lunch at Finca El Carmen, which overlooks a truly spectacular valley. We plan to drive through a section of this road, called Route of the Artisans, and stop at the quiet village of Seclantás. This is the spiritual home of the Salta poncho. A stop at the home of Senor Tero is particularly noteworthy—he wove a poncho that was worn by Pope John Paul II. By the day’s end, we will arrive at Cachi, spending the night in Hotel La Merced del Alto.
 
Day 5: Cachi
Your photography adventures continue on day five, as we take an early morning hike to a pre-Inca settlement at the base of the Cachi Massif. Here you can to practice composition, aperture settings, and shutter speed. Ossian will also share his knowledge of the Inca’s sophisticated irrigation systems. These are still evident in the terraced hillsides here, which are covered in many different types of cactus. We hope to get our lenses right down to earth here, so you can photograph the striking native flora and fauna. The highlights of this village include the Cachi Church and the Cachi Archeological Museum, where we will spend the afternoon. After dinner, we will gather for a special session in night photography and will see if we can capture the moon as it rises over the Cachi mountains.
 
Day 6: Cachi to Purmamarca
Today we will first seek out the myriad of contrasting colors in the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley), with its astounding erosion-sculpted rock formations, as well as exploring wider the National Park Los Cardones. From Valle Encantado we will descend down the Cuesta del Obispo, a winding road noted for its many micro-climates, connecting the arid climate of the highlands with a mountain forest. We will have lunch in Purmamarca and then we’ll transfer to Salta City. This is one day on your Argentina adventure tour sure to be full of special photographic moments! Lastly, we’ll have dinner at La Casona del Molino.
 
Day 7: Purmamarca
Today will be another lesson in light for you, as we will practically be on the Tropic of Capricorn, and so bathed in vertical sunlight at midday. In the morning we plan to walk through the Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-Inca fortification which is located on a hill just outside the small town of Tilcara. You will have time to peruse the town’s markets later, where we will also have lunch. Then we will take a very special sunset drive to Las Salinas Grandes, a huge expanse of salt that simply defies perspective and distance. By the day’s end, we will arrive at Quebrada de Humahuaca: here we will stay for the night in a local hotel.
 
Day 8: Salta
In the morning we will stroll around Paseo de Los Colorados
(the Seven Colors Mountain), famed as one of the most beautiful and famous hikes in Northwest Argentina, and gifted with plenty of amazing photo opportunities. We will then take the road back towards Salta. En route, we will enjoy an outdoor lunch of fresh fish, at Dique La Cienaga. We will still have time to explore the history and culture of Salta, a city rightly nicknamed La Linda, or “the beautiful.” Our final dinner together will celebrate this wonderful region—a place whose spirit you will have captured with your camera, but which will also have painted a glorious picture in your heart.
 
Day 9: Adios!
After breakfast around 9 am we will part ways. Taxis are available from Villa Vicuna to Martin Miguel de Guemes International Airport. Or you can join us on a post-tour extension!

NOTE:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we may have to make changes to the original itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep changes to a minimum, and our standard of quality is always maintained.

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Cancellations and Refunds

This Photo Tour is operated by Ciclismo Classico

We reserve the right to cancel any trip, for any reason, at any time prior to departure. In this case, refund of any payments received constitutes full settlement. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing as soon as possible to Ciclismo Classico. Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies. There is no refund for travelers arriving late or unexpectedly leaving a trip. Ciclismo Classico does not recommend the purchase of nonrefundable airline tickets.

Because we strictly adhere to our cancellation policy, in order to protect your travel investment and most importantly to ensure your total comfort with every aspect of your travel experience, we strongly recommend you purchase some form of travel insurance within 15 days of initial trip deposit. We recommend World NomadsTravel Insurance company.

Tour Cancellation Fees

Days Prior to DepartureScheduled/Top Guide Tour Cancellation FeePrivate Tour Cancellation FeeCustom Tour Cancellation Fee
121+50% of deposit*50% of deposit100% of deposit
91-120100% of deposit*100% of deposit30% of trip price
61-9030% of trip price50% of trip price50% of trip price
31-6060% of trip price75% of trip price75% of trip price
0-30100% of trip price100% of trip price100% of trip price

*You may transfer your trip deposit ($600) to another departure in the same tour season up to 90 days before your original departure with payment of a $100 per person transfer fee. Prices quoted are subject to adjustment without prior notification. OR your deposit (currently $600) may be carried forward to the following year as a credit toward the final balance of a tour. At the time of booking, we will ask for another $600 deposit to secure your spot. Carried-forward credits expire at the end of the year to which they are applied.

 

Deposit Payment Terms

Days Prior to Trip StartScheduled/Top Guide Tour Amount DuePrivate Tour Amount DueCustom Tour Amount Due
121+$600 deposit$600 deposit$600 deposit
91-120$600 deposit$600 depositFull Trip Price
0-90Full Trip PriceFull Trip PriceFull Trip Price

 

Group Size

If a tour does not reach a group size of 6 participants within 120 days prior to departure, we reserve the right to cancel this tour or offer guests the to move to a different Travel Vision Journeys tour or receive a full refund of all payments receives up that point.

If you wish to stay, only 1 guide will be provided and each guest will have to pay an additional $500. In the event of force majeure, or the failure of third parties—such as hotels, restaurants, road closures—we reserve the right to cancel a confirmed tour at any time, at which point all payments received up to that point will be refunded.

 

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Call our booking partner Ciclismo Classico
From the USA: 1-800-866-7314
From Other Countries: 1-781-646-3377
Tell the travel consultant you are interested in booking the Vision and Vine Photography Tour, August 23-31 2020 and they will make it happen!

 

TRIP DETAILS

Price: $4,500
Single Supplement: $800

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Activities: Easy

Start/End Locations: Salta/Salta, Argentina

Trip Date: August 23 to 31, 2020