"ARGENTINA'S ATACAMA & PUNA" 2013 -- December 6 – December 14
with John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick
Join us for an exciting workshop in an incredibly stunning location with highly acclaimed visual artists John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick. They will guide you through the fantastic deserts of the Puna. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of the most amazing and remote places on this planet with two world-class artists/photographers who will boost your artistic vision, and creativity.
Day 1 (12/6/13): Arrival in Buenos Aires – Nuss Hotel
We will meet at theNuss Hotel in the afternoon. After greetings and introductions, John Paul and Seth will give a lecture and after that, we will have dinner atLa Cabrera, a typical Argentinean steakhouse.
Day 2 (12/7/13): Buenos Aires – Salta – Quebrada de las Conchas – Cafayate
We have an early start this day with a short taxi ride to the domestic airport to catch a flight to Salta. On arrival, we are transferred to the beautifulFinca Valentina, where we will meet our local drivers and guides, have a briefing about the trip, have lunch, relax and get ready for our journey.
We first drive south from Salta through the Calchaquies Valleys, with its dramatic rock formations eroded into wild shapes such as in the Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate (Cafayate and Shell Gorges). We finally arrive at theAltalaluna Hotel Wine & SPA for the night in Tolombon. Wine lovers can taste the fantastic world-class wines produced in this region.
Day 3 (12/8/13) : Quebrada de las Conchas – El Peñon
One more day of incredible rock formations across beautiful valleys and gorges on our way to El Peñon. We'll start the climb towards the high altitude deserts. We'll spend the night at theHosteria de Altura El Peñon.
Note: The beautiful Hosteria at El Peñon has 8 rooms, so single occupancy won't be available for everybody. We will do our best to accommodate everybody's needs and desires. We will drive to the amazing Pumice Stone Field for sunset. This is one of the highlights of our trip. The Pumice stone field is approximately one hour away from our hotel, across a beautiful valley that requires some challenging driving. The field is about 55,000 square miles and lies in the heart of the Puna. It represents the largest Pumice stone concentration in the world, with some stones reaching 60-feet tall, surrounded by black sand from a volcanic eruption.
Day 4 (12/9/13): Full day visiting the Pumice Stone Field, Carachi Pampa Volcano, white Sand Dunes
Today, we will return to the Pumice Stone Field for sunrise. Near the Pumice Stone Field we'll visit giant white sand dunes under a blue sky. Visiting the dunes requires skilled AWD. The dunes are a few hundred feet tall and were originated by erosion of the pumice stones nearby. We will explore the north and south regions of the field as well as the Volcano of Carachi Pampa.
Day 5 (12/10/13): El Peñon – Dead Man Salt Flat – Red Labyrinth Desert – Tolar Grande
This is a fantastic day, with lots of great locations for photography. We leave El Peñon and head north towards Tolar Grande. We drive through a few oasis with llamas and vicuñas and beautiful colorful valleys. We arrive at the Dead Salt Flat late morning to photograph some salt formations, and we continue towards the Red Labyrinth Desert for sunset. The Salt flats are very photogenic and this one is no exemption. The Red Labyrinth is a vast region of eroded deep red rock. It is a simply incredible, out-of this-planet place, and another of the many highlights of the trip. We will arrive in the little hotel in Tolar Grande, a tiny mining town in the outskirts of the Arizaro Salt Flat. This is a very remote location, seldom visited by outsiders, but of amazing beauty. The landscape is rugged, yet delicate with varied textures and colors.
Day 6 (12/11/13): Tolar Grande – water hole (10 min) – Arizaro Salt flat – Arita Cone – Tolar Grande
We will spend the whole day exploring the Tolar Grande area, with the incredibly colorful water hole, the Arizaro Salt Flat, and the Arita Cone. In our private transportation, we can decide when we leave and where we want to go. The possibilities around Tolar Grande are infinite, from Salt and Rock formations, to water holes, and mountains.
Day 7 (12/12/13): Tolar Grande – Red Labyrinth – Salinas Grandes - Purmamarca
We leave Tolar Grande to photograph the Red labyrinth at sunrise, and then we head towards Salinas Grandes, to photograph the incredibly photogenic rectangular pools with turquoise water surrounded by salt polygons, another of the highlights of the trip. After sunset, we descend from the deserts into the cute little town of Purmamarca, and we stay atLa Comarca, for a very comfortable night.
Day 8 (12/13/13): Purmamarca – Salinas Grandes – Salta
We leave early to climb back to the Puna and photograph Salinas Grandes at sunrise, before returning to Purmamarca for lunch at la Comarca. After lunch, we return to Salta, where we arrive after driving through the Calchaquies Valleys. We spend the last night at theDesign Suites.
Day 9 (12/14/13): Salta - Airport
A short drive to Salta airport in the morning for our flight back to Buenos Aires. Those of you who are continuing to Patagonia, will connect at the airport in Buenos Aires, and those returning home, will transfer to the international airport EZE.
- All accomodation during the workshop (8 nights)
- All meals
- Private 4WD drive transportation especially prepared for the area (oxygen tanks in case of altitude sickness)
- National Authority Passenger's Transportation Permit (CNRT)
- Safety equipment: satellite phone, radio, first aid kit, Spot
- Logistic support, mechanic assistance and 24hs emergency line
- Specialized Guide/Driver
- AWP – Tour coordinator throughout the trip
- Transfers in Buenos Aires (we can definitely arrange that for you, contact Daniel Portal at email@example.com)
- Extra accommodation before/after the workshop (need assistance booking hotels in Buenos Aires, Salta or anywhere in Argentina? Please contact Daniel Portal at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- International or domestic flights (need assistance booking flights? We can help! Contact Daniel Portal at email@example.com)
- Tips and gratuities
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses
Workshop limited to only 12 participants!
Minimum number of participants: 8
Price: USD 7,950
Accepted forms of payment (Please read our refunds and cancellation policy below):
Personal check/Money orders: no Paypal/Credit Card fee.
Price: USD 7,950 (full) or USD 1,000 (pre-registration)
Single Supplement (except 4 nights): USD 700
Please make checks payable to "Daniel Portal – AWP" and mail to:
67 Farquhar St, apt 2
Roslindale, MA 02131
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know your name, and workshop you are registering for!
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All passengers must fill a basic Health Form and it is mandatory for them to inform about health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart conditions and/or any other relevant information regarding health. The form must be emailed before the departure date.
We will be traveling at high altitudes. If you are prone to altitude sickness, have heart problems, are significantly overweight or are not in good physical fitness we don't recommend this workshop for you for medical reasons.
Note about Hotels:
Hotel on days 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be double occupancy. This is a pretty remote location and this is the only hotel option in town. We are confident the beauty of the region surpasses (by far) the little inconvenience of spending these 2 nights in a double room.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE PUNA?
- Sun block and sunglasses (protection against UV)
- Hat, neck warmers
- Warm as well as lightweight clothing. Days can be warm despite the altitude but nights are chilly
- Windproof Jacket
- Moisturizing cream
More questions? Please ask us at email@example.com
About John Paul
John Paul Caponigro is one of the most prominent and creative visual artists working today in the US. Published worldwide, John Paul has a track record of unequaled teaching skills dedicated to developing creativity in his students. A highly sought after speaker, his lectures about fine arts, digital photography, and creativity given at conferences, museums, and universities are highly praised.
John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, one of Canon's Explorers of Light, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Coloratti. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, Kodak, and Sony.
Learn more about him by visiting www.johnpaulcaponigro.com and get free content and subscribe to his over 100 free lessons with a free subscription to his enews Insights.
Chosen one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News Magazine, Seth is one of America's most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers, greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images. On the creative front, Seth has been published in the world's most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his client list is endless.
He is a leader in the creative, business and educational sectors of photography. Seth is Co-founder of D-65. D-65 is at the forefront of digital, working with companies like Adobe, Canon, and Xrite, uniquely qualifying Seth to speak about the new role of digital technologies in the changing world of photography. Seth Resnick is a gifted lecturer who combines inspiration, business acumen, creativity and technological expertise. Seth is a member of the prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program as well as an Alpha/Beta and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and a X-Rite Coloratti. He travels extensively presenting the various aspects of photography, and is also the former President of Editorial Photographers, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of sound business practices for editorial photography. Seth is also a founding partner of PixelGenius developing Photoshop plug-ins and software and a regular contributing columnist to a variety of trade publications. Seth Resnick and partner Jamie Spritzer are the authors of a new book called D-65's Lightroom Workbook published in 2010.
Refunds and Cancellations
All payments are refundable upon request of cancellation (except a $250 processing fee and the Paypal/Credit Card fee of 2.9%). Cancellations (except mentioned fees) are in full up to 90 days prior to departure. Cancellations between 89 and 60 days prior to departure are subject to 50% of total in charges, between 59 and 30 days, 75% and no refunds will be issued with 29 days or less of notice. We start paying our providers 90 days in advance in most cases and often times those payments are not refundable, that is why we are forced to charge for late cancellations. However, in some cases (not all) some of the payments can be used towards another trip run by AWP. We will do our best to consider individual cases. If payment is not received in full 90 days prior to departure we cannot guarantee your spot on the workshop. Any participant wishing to register in full can take that spot.
No-shows are not entitled to any refunds