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

Feb-March, 2023 (SOLD OUT)
March 7th – 13th, 2024 (Open)

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Tuition Costs

$4500

Group Size

8

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Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate Hiking

Milky Way Above the Salar de Uyuni
Milky Way Reflections over 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 Andean Flamingos. From there we will visit some geothermal pools and unique rock structures making our way to the vibrant green Laguna Colorada. 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.

Flamingo in Flight
A Lone Flamingo in Laguna Colorada in Bolivia

What is Included?

What is Not Included?

Bolivia Photography Workshop Adventure

With a small workshop group, you will have plenty of opportunities 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.

Feb 19th – 25th, 2023 (Sold Out)
Feb 27th – March 5th, 2023 (Sold Out)
March 7th – 13th, 2024 (Now Open)

Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Bolivia and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

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

Sunset reflection in the Salar de Uyuni
Incredible sunrise reflections in the Salar de Uyuni

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Bolivia Photography Workshop Adventure

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F.A.Q

WHY SHOULD I JOIN YOUR BOLIVIA WORKSHOP?

Although I might be a bit biased, you should definitely join! 😉 While several photography workshops are offered in places like Bolivia, none offer a similar experience. Not only have I been working as a photo workshop instructor for 18 years, including time leading trips for National Geographic, but I have also spent much of my career exploring South America. My first trip to Bolivia was back in 2012, which caused me to fall in love with this amazing country! I work hard to ensure I 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!

WHICH AIRPORT DO YOU FLY INTO?

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. 

WHICH AIRPORT DO YOU FLY OUT OF?

We arrive back in the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia around mid-day on our final day. Depending on your COVID testing requirements, you might want to stay an extra day or two to get your results before flying back home. Both PCR and Rapid tests are available in La Paz & Uyuni if necessary.

DO YOU NEED A VISA TO ENTER BOLIVIA?

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.

WHAT COVID RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE?

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.

WHAT IS OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC FOCUS?

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.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TERMS OF THE WEATHER?

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.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE WORKSHOP?

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, Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada. If you think you might suffer from altitude sickness, please consult your Dr. first before signing up for this trip.

HOW MUCH DOES A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ROOM COST?

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 at our

WHAT CAMERA GEAR SHOULD I BRING?

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 Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents

Colby Brown

Owner/Photographer/Author

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.

Testimonials

Ganesh Mouli
Great experience! Great photos!!

This Iceland winter workshop was my first workshop. I couldn't have selected better pros than Colby and Pedro and a better group! The conditions were very challenging. But, right from tracking the famous Northern Lights to finding the right conditions for the Ice Cave visit, these two(...)

Julie P
Beautiful landscapes in Iceland

Another successful workshop with Colby and Pedro. Despite having visited Iceland several times before it was well worth going on the workshop because they introduced me to some new locations, new ways of photographing them and of course the weather and light conditions are never the(...)

Stephen
one of the best instructors

I recently attended my first workshop with Colby and crew. Not only was I impressed with the quality of the instruction, but Colby worked to ensure I came back with fantastic photos as well. I can easily say that Colby is one of the best instructors on the market and have just signed up for another workshop because of it!

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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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