Bolivia Astro Adventure

Come join us on this incredible Bolivia photography workshop adventure set in the heart of the Andes in this wild and beautiful region of South America. Our main focus will be on Astro/Landscape photography as we experience some of the darkest skies on the planet as I help teach you how to creatively photograph the incredible Milky Way over the famous Salar de Uyuni (the largest salt flats in the world) for multiple nights through this workshop. It is here that you have the chance to photograph the perfect reflection of the milky way using pools of water that have accumulated during the rainy season in this part of the world.

Trip Dates

February 26th – March 3rd, 2025

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Tuition Costs


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Difficulty Level

Easy Hiking/Walking

Group Photo Under the Milky Way in the Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia Astro Photography Workshop Adventure

The night skies of Bolivia is one of the most sought after destinations for landscape & astrophotographers around the world. With its breathtaking dark skies, massive wide open vistas, high altitude lakes and unique wildlife, the term “Bucket List Location” comes to mind. On this trip of a lifetime, we will spend time not only exploring the Salar de Uyuni, but a wide variety of other locations in the region as well.

The trip both begins and ends in the capital city of La Paz, where we will photograph the city skyline with the Andrean Mountains in the background. From there we fly down to the Salar de Uyuni to focus our attention on the night sky each night as the Milky Way makes an appearance. Next, we head to the incredible Laguna Colorada, the famous red algae-infested lake that is home to 10’s of thousands of different species of Flamingos, including the Chilean, Andean and rare James’s. Then it is back to the Salar de Uyuni for one last night of Astro photography before hopping on another domestic flight back to La Paz the following morning, where the workshop ends.

The Train Graveyard outside of Uyuni, Bolivia
Photographers photographing the Milky Way in Bolivia during an Astro Photo Workshop
Clients Capturing the Milky Way in Bolivia

What is Included?

What is Not Included?


Bolivia Astro Photo Adventure

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.

Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Bolivia.

All Workshop Deposits Are Transferable to
Other Workshops if Something Comes Up...
*See our Cancellation Policy for more info...

Sunrise reflection in the Salar de Uyuni
Incredible Sunset Reflections with Photographer over the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia for an Astro Photography Workshop with Colby Brown
Incredible sunset reflections in the Salar de Uyuni

Areas to Explore
Bolivia Photography Workshop Adventure

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Chilean Flamingo in Flight
A Lone Jame's Flamingo in Laguna Colorada in Bolivia



Although we might be a bit biased, you should definitely join! 😉 While several photography workshops are offered in places like Bolivia, none offer a similar experience! Colby’s first adventure to Bolivia was back in 2012 and he has been running photo workshops & tours here ever since. This specific trip was fully designed by Colby Brown but is lead by Stan Moniz, a Sony Ambassador and award winning astro photographer based out of California. Our team will work hard to ensure we meet each of my clients at their own level, providing ample one-on-one time while we are out in the field. This, combined with the “collaborative learning environment” that we foster on all our trips, provides a unique and engaging learning experience for photographers of all levels with this workshop. We aim to ensure you get everything possible out of this workshop experience!


This workshop starts in La Paz, Bolivia (LPB airport code) on the first day of your workshop, which acts as an arrival day. You can arrive at any point during the day, but we do have a planned sunset shoot over the city, so if you can find a flight that arrives in the morning or mid-day, that would be best. 


We arrive back in the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia around mid-day on our final day. You should book your flights out for the late night of the final day of our workshop or early the following morning.


Depending on your home country, you might need a visa to enter Bolivia. Be sure to check with your local Bolivian embassy for all entry requirements.


As Bolivia adjusts its COVID regulations, so will Colby Brown Photography. We will update this section of the FAQ closer to the start date of the workshop with any relevant information.


This workshop’s main focus will be Astro/night photography around the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats. Outside of that, you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph various landscape scenes during sunrise/sunset and photograph wildlife, especially flamingos around Laguna Colorada, during the high-altitude southwest portions of our adventure.


Bolivia is known for its high-altitude deserts and mountainous landscapes. You can expect cold temperatures, especially at night. Depending on the weather, temperatures can reach in the 60s (F) during the day but drop down into the 30s (F) at night.


All in all, this workshop is designed to be very accessible to the majority of photographers out there. While we will enjoy a few hikes throughout this adventure, they are generally easy with little elevation changes. The only challenging aspects of this workshop happen to be the general altitude of the locations we visit such as La Paz, the Salar de Uyuni and Laguna Colorada. For most of this adventure we will be above 12,000ft (3600m), so if you think you might suffer from altitude sickness, please consult your doctor before signing up for this trip.


The workshop tuition listed above is based on double occupancy (shared rooms with another client of the same sex if you are traveling solo). If there is availability for a single room for the workshop, the cost is $850 USD extra. This is a first come, first serve basis and is based on room availability with our hotels throughout the country.


With a focus on Astro and landscape photography, you will want to have the lens mm length equivalent from 16- 200mm. This can include a 16-35 for wide-angle landscapes, a 24-70 (0r 24-105) as a walk-around lens, and a 70-200 to allow you to zoom in on distant mountains for some more intimate scenes. I highly recommend bringing a fast wide prime such as the 14mm f/1.8 from Sony so you can get as much of the night sky in your frame as possible without increasing your ISO too high. When it comes to the Flamingos, having something that reaches beyond 400mm can be very helpful as Flamingos tend to like to keep their distances in most situations.

In Colby’s gear bag you will find the following…

Sony a1 (2)
Sony 14mm f/1.8 (For Astro)
Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM (For Landscapes)
Sony 24-105 f/4 (All-Around)
Sony 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 GM or 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 G (For Wildlife)

Meet Your Instructor

Stan Moniz - Photographer, Film Maker, Photo Instructor, Capturing the adventure of the outdoors and the beautiful moving water through photography and film. 
Stan Moniz - Photographer, Film Maker, Photo Instructor, Capturing the adventure of the outdoors and the beautiful moving water through photography and film. 

Stan Moniz

Photographer/Film Maker/Photo Instructor

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Stan was a child of the ocean. His passion for the surf led him to a career as a professional bodyboarder which transitioned him into the creative space of capturing the adventure of the outdoors and the beautiful moving water through photography and film.  Now living in Southern California since 2005, Stan acquired a deep love for the desert night sky. In the ocean and under the stars is his focus, making Stan a unique creative above and below the water.  Skills aside, Stan brings an infectious positive high energy which opened doors to work with major brands such as Sony, Patagonia, and WaveStorm surfboards. Stan is also a contributing writer and educator by heart, leading workshops that help spark the fire for photography and filmmaking.


Dana Cano
Beautiful Bolivia!

I am so thankful to have joined this workshop. There is no way I would have been able to coordinate all that we were able to do and see on my own. Extensive planning had to go into this trip for it to run as smoothly as it did. We made the most out of our time there and got to see and experience more than I could have imagined. We had a local guide who was a wealth of knowledge, excellent drivers that(...)

Kiran Challagali
An Amazing Experience!!

This was truly one of the best experiences of my life!! Right from the day we landed to the last shoot, I had a blast in Bolivia with Colby and rest of my new photo friends. The whole trip was planned and executed methodically and made use of the best light conditions every day. We were deprived of sleep, but shooting in the ethereal salt flats made up for it! The team was great to hang out with and I came(...)

A Great time in Bolivia!

The Bolivian Astrophotography Adventure workshop was exactly that, an adventure! The guides Colby uses were so great, taking care of us and our every need even at insane hours of the day. The salt flats did not disappoint, so many stars, and even saw two other galaxies! And Colby’s method of guiding/teaching is great! He allowed us to get the shots we wanted without micromanaging. Thank you for the memories and a great trip!

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

The first thing to note is that deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable.  In addition, all cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge to cover PayPal transaction fees. In most situations, we ask for the remaining balance of a workshop is to be paid 120 days from the start of the workshop in question. If you wish to cancel within 120 days from the start of a workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your deposit and the $150 processing fee) or transfer to another workshop with no penalties or fees.

If we don’t find someone to fill your spot, what does your refund window actually look like?

120 Days or More...

Your deposit will be transferable to another Colby Brown Photography Workshop without issue.

90 to 120 Days

You will receive a refund of 50% of the full tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit.

Less Than 90 Days...

If you wish to cancel within 90 days of your workshop starting, you are not entitled to a refund.

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