Discover the magic of one of South America’s most vibrant countries when you travel to Colombia with Photo Quest Adventures with Alison Wright during Carnaval one of the world’s great celebrations. It is the biggest folklore celebration in Colombia, and often called the second most colorful carnival in the world after Brazil.
With a number of world-class beaches, gorgeous architecture and Carnival, it is quickly becoming one of our favorite places to visit in South America. Journey to photograph the heady majestic romance of Cartagena; capture the time-worn colonial streets, enthralled by its enduring history and colonial culture.
Now it is time to discover one of the best kept secrets of Latin America on the Photo Quest Adventure of a lifetime.
Enjoy special access during Carnaval
Visit the most beautiful beaches and explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of Islas Del Rosario by private boat.
Shoot sunset from Castillo San Felipe de Barajas and la Popa, the town’s highest point.
Photograph and explore Cartagena's walled Old Town.
Photograph Guatape, the most colorful town, located about 50 miles north of Medellín.
Photograph a traditional Colombian dance and take great portraits.
February 17: Arrive at Medellin, Colombia (MDE)
Arrival at Medellin airport (MDE), Colombia. Airport pickup/transfer to hotel.
Late afternoon photograph the heart of Medellin’s city center exploring the San Antonio Park, Plaza de San Ignacio, the traditional Avenida la playa and the sculpture Park, which a contains more than 20 sculptures donated by Maestro Fernando Botero, a son of Colombia´s best-known artistThis evening we will meet for a welcome dinner at Hato Viejo Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Park 10 or similar. (D)
February 18: Medellin-Guatapé-Piedra del Peñol
After breakfast we will take the metro and cable car over the neighborhoods North West to the station of ‘la Aurora.' From there, continue to Jardin to photograph the Colombian life, untouched by tourists! We will join a group of locals to taste tintos and discuss news - the atmosphere is relaxed and the buildings are incredibly colorful.
After lunch, drive to Guatape, the most colorful town, and spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the streets before we head back to Medellin.
Overnight Hotel Park 10 or similar. (B, L, D)
February 19: Medellin-Cartagena
This morning take a flight to Cartagena.
After lunch, photograph the most important monuments of Cartagena starting at the Convent of La Popa (the highest point of the city) and San Felipe Castle. Photograph the plazas and enjoy the charm of the city. We will meet Palenqueras in their typical colorful dresses and hear their story and learn about their everyday life. This unforgettable combination gives Cartagena a well-deserved title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner in colonial town. Overnight at Hotel Movich or similar. (B, L, D)
February 20: Cartagena - Rosario Islands & Playa Blanca
Transfer to the harbor and take a private boat to Isla Baru where we visit ‘Playa Blanca’. Continue by boat to Islas del Rosario where we have lunch and time for some great photos and beach time.. Explore the impressive, beautiful landscapes of Islas Del Rosario with its clear waters and gentle breezes. Back by boat to Cartagena to photograph sunset from the rooftop. Dinner and night in Hotel Movich or similar.. (B, D)
February 21: Cartagena-La Boquilla drumming workshop
After breakfast spend the day in La Boquilla to photograph drummers and dancers. After lunch photograph San Felipe castle and La Popa. Photograph sunset from the rooftop. Dinner and night in Hotel Movich or similar.. (B, D)
February 22: Cartagena- Baranquilla Carnival
All day photograph the Barranquilla Carnival - "La Gran Parada de la Tradición". The Queen of the Carnival goes around town inviting people to participate. Hotel BH Barranquilla Hotel or similar. (B,L)
February 24: Baranquilla Carnival
All day photograph the Barranquilla Carnival. Today is Barranquilla Carnival "La Gran Parada de la Fantasía”. Hotel BH Barranquilla Hotel or similar. (B,D)
February 25: Departure from Cartagena
Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight from Cartagena. Book your flights back after 11:30 am.
*Make sure to book your flight to Medellin on February 17 and out of Cartagena, Colombia on February 25.
Accommodations based on double occupancy.
Mirjam is a New York City based travel photographer specializing in international environmental portraiture, landscape photography and adventure images. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she has photographed in more than 75 countries, including many of the most exotic places in the world. Mirjam's photographs are indicative of her unique capacity to personally connect with diverse cultures and communities. Her eye for location lighting is highly stylized and works to illustrate and heighten the unique characteristics of each international locale. She is able to transcend cultural and language barriers with an intangible spirit that is conveyed in every image. Her work has appeared in AFAR, The New York Times, AARP, Outdoor Photographer, PDN, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo, Departures, MSN Travel.
Alison Wright, an acclaimed New York-based documentary photographer and adventurer, travels to all regions of the globe photographing indigenous cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition.
Colombia is situated in South America, bordered by the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. The Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running south to north, dipping finally into the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. Colombia is considered a diverse country given its culture, geography, and rich history making it a unique and genuine travel destination. Traveling there can be an experience like straight out of a novel where you will be captivated and dazzled by the contrast of its colonial architecture and modern cities, the richness of its native communities, the incredible natural biodiversity, the traditional fairs and festivals that display the traditions and not to mention the exquisite and peculiar cuisine from its different regions. If you are looking to fall in love with a country where every day is a magical experience, the answer is Colombia.
A valid passport is required to visit Colombia. Visas are not required if you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
Though no vaccines are required to enter Colombia, it's a good idea to get vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and yellow fever prior to entry.
Except for a tiny percentage of rural indigenous communities, Spanish is universally spoken in Colombia.
The Colombian peso (COL$) is the official currency. Money is denominated in notes of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000, and coins of 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 pesos.
Electric outlets accept U.S.-type plugs. Electricity in Colombia runs at 110 volts, so transformers are not necessary for tourists from the U.S.
All of Colombia is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Colombia does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
It is always best to stick to bottled water.
Computer / Digital Accessories
Laptop with charger and PS and Lightroom or Photo Mechanic (not mandatory)
Portable hard drive
All cables for drives, computer, card readers, storage devices, etc.
Power converters/adapters for all international quests
Cover for camera (for shooting in the rain)
Carbon fiber tripod
Remote shutter release for night photography
Small headlamp and flashlight
Memory cards (bring plenty)
Sensor cleaning supplies
Flash with plenty of batteries
24-70 mm 2.8 for portraits
Lens hoods for all lenses
Lint-free cloth to clean lenses and blower ball for dust
$6800 based on double occupancy. Single supplement available for an additional $1850. Add one extra night for $250.
Limited to 10 participants
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
Quest workshop fee
Accommodations based on double occupancy
Private boat for Islas del Rosario and Playa Blanca
Private transport and transfers in comfortable mini-buses
Meals as mentioned in itinerary