Colombia Photo Tour Viva Colombia !

This photo tour has been designed with Luminous Journeys





Skill Level



Feb 2021



Why this photo tour ?

Welcome to our Viva Colombia photo tour workshop! Colombia is a true hidden gem, just waiting to be discovered by the world of travel photographers. It’s also quite safe in the region in which you will be traveling.
This very special trip is designed & led by French photographer & Colombia resident, Tristan Quevilly. He speaks fluent Spanish, English & French, and is deeply connected to the people, including several indigenous tribes.
His inside access is unmatched, and you will often find yourself alone in breathtaking places that are utterly unknown to tourism. The impressive array of rare and unique photo opportunities beautifully blends people, culture, street, architecture, wildlife, landscapes, and night sky-scapes.

Hightlights of The Tour

Shooting with a Palenquera
Palenqueras are the icons of Colombia. We will have a privileged moment with one of them, Cartagena will be our scenery
Nueva Venecia the Floating village
Nueva Venecia is a hidden treasure in Colombia. A village on stilts, it is home to a fishing village. Incredible photo opportunities to be taken
Shooting with an Indigenous Family
The Sierra Nevada is home to one of the last great pre-Columbian civilizations. We will have the chance to share a moment with an indigenous family, for unforgettable shots.
The Colors of Cartagena
Nicknamed “the Pearl of the Caribbean”, Cartagena is an open-air museum, which will offer us magnificent architecture photos and street scenes
Wayuu Ceremony
Photography Session with the prestigious and elegant Wayuu Tribe
Mompox, the city trapped in time
Hidden gem of Colombia, Santa Cruz de Mompox is a beautifully preserved example of 16th-century Spanish colonialism in the Americas

Challenge Level

Physical Conditioning


Participants should be able to hike downhill up to 2 hours at altitude. The grade is gradual.

Technical Ability


Suitable for ALL skill levels, novice to advanced


Busy Schedule

We will discover all the best places of the Carribean Coast

The Journey


Barranquilla + Santa Marta

We will greet you at the Barranquilla Airport & drive you the 90 minutes to Santa Marta. Group orientation and slideshow presentation will be given by Tristan. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5 pm. He will cover some key points on the itinerary that showcase the uniqueness of Colombia and tips on how to best take advantage of its remarkable and varied photo opportunities. Then it will be time for your special Welcome Dinner & Colombian style adult beverages.



This morning drive 45 minutes to Minca in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ready to get indigenous in a stunning mountain location? We’ll meet the chief of the Wiwa and have VIP access to photograph the village, including a private environmental portrait session with a Wiwa family. Back near Minca at the Mundo Nuevo hotel, meet at the most beautiful viewpoint in the region for sunset landscapes. After dinner will be an optional night photography workshop conducted by Tristan.


San Lorenzo

Today’s photography is quite varied and interesting. Awaken for sunrise, or sleep in a bit if you wish. After a fantastic farm fresh breakfast served by Guitar Anna, we hike down to meet our vehicles, with photography along the way. At Marinka Waterfall we’ll try some long exposures, and time permitting, we will stop at Colibri to photograph colorful hummingbirds. Awesome lunch on the Rio Piedras, then onto truly stunning Barlovento. The hotel is located where river meets sea, with a high mountain background. It’s a remarkable location for a landscape photography workshop. After dark Tristan will also conduct an optional star photography session.



Today’s photography is quite varied and interesting. Awaken for sunrise, or sleep in a bit if you wish. After a fantastic farm fresh breakfast served by Guitar Anna, we hike down to meet our vehicles, with photography along the way. At Marinka Waterfall we’ll try some long exposures, and time permitting, we will stop at Colibri to photograph colorful hummingbirds. Awesome lunch on the Rio Piedras, then onto truly stunning Barlovento. The hotel is located where river meets sea, with a high mountain background. It’s a remarkable location for a landscape photography workshop. After dark Tristan will also conduct an optional star photography session.


Indigenous Village

Unique experience today with one of the most important indigenous communities in the world, the Kogi. This morning head along the coast and through banana plantations before ascending on an epic drive into the mountains with majestic photo stops. One hour hike to reach the Kogi village. The chief and villagers will meet us according to Kogi tradition, and we will spend the day discovering, learning, gaining trust with our earnest actions, and then photographing them. Daily activities include Coca leaf collection, preparation of the Fiqué fibre, drying the Coca leaf, cooking, picking fruit in the forest, and weaving Mochilas.



This morning, we follow the “Troncal del Caribe” until the Don Diego riverbanks. From there the journey continues by riverboat into the Taironaka nature reserve. Our specialist guide will help us spot various bird species, Howler monkeys, tiny crocodiles called, Babillas, and more. This is a very atmospheric jungle river cruise which ends at the sea. From there we drive into Wayuu territory at Camarones, also home of a Flamingo Sanctuary where lagoons, rivers and the Caribbean all converge to create unique landscapes & habitat. This afternoon we meet a Wayuu family who will teach us about their culture. We will also have the great privilege to photograph one of their great ceremonial dances, called Yonna.


Taganga + Santa Marta

Wake to catch elegant pink flamingos at sunrise, with the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in background. With the beautiful morning light, we may also have a chance to photograph other endemic species such as the white-whiskered spinetail, Tocuyo sparrows, etc. When the light gets too harsh we’’ll have breakfast and return again to Santa Marta by the sea. Check-in with our familair friends at the hotel, have a rest and then take the short drive to Taganga. From the beach we will photograph the return of the fishing boats before sunset.


Nueva Venecia + Mompox

This morning highlights another Luminous exclusive unknown to tourism, and only to the rare photographer. It’s so pristine in its authenticity we are hesitant to name it directly. Suffice to say it’s a fishing village on the water of a massive lagoon full of beautiful seabirds. We take a private boat first to the mangroves, then to the floating village to see the fisherman at work. Since this is a weekday and school will be in session we will also visit the kids in class which is adorable good fun. Afro inspired Palafitos follow, then it’s off to unspoiled, Colonial Mompox.



Founded by the Spanish in 1530, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mompox is one of the most beautiful jewels of the colonial era. Despite this and it’s fantastic location on the Magdalena River, it receives very few visitors. It’s like having a giant living museum just for us! This morning photograph people on the streets, visit a park or two, churches, a few houses of prestigious families, and craft workshops of local artisans. Afternoon finds us on the glorious grounds of the oldest part of the city with professional Cumbia musicians in full costume to embellish our shooting. They will help us create some striking visual art. Live music and dancing at dinner tonight!

DAY 10

Mompox + Cartagena

It will be tough to leave, but we must! Morning drive to Cartagena, arriving mid-afternoon. The “Pearl of the Caribbean” is justly famous, rich in culture, colorful houses & lively squares. Hotel check-in and freshen-up before exploring lively places like Plaza de los Coches, Bolívar Park, etc. This will be largely free shooting, but Tristan will use his charm to cajole locals into impromptu models when he sees a particularly good possibility. You are encouraged to use your own charm as well! Travel photography isn’t photojournalism, and creative license is fair game indeed. Developing good people skills can go a long way to improve your game. Most people you approach are not bothered at all, but flattered! Smile & engage…

DAY 11


This morning in legendary Cartagena will be one of those photographic experiences always remembered fondly. We hit the historical center streets while the tourists are still sleeping off the night before. Using beautiful colonial buildings as backgrounds, we’ll have an exclusive chance to photograph the grace and colorful elegance of the Palenquera ladies, icons of Colombia. Great opportunity to get as street creative as we possibly can! This morning will include old city street dancers, the famous Getsemani district with its great architecture & umbrella streets. Free time until 5pm when we meet for a special Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner at one of Cartagena’s best restaurants.

DAY 12


Don’t worry, there is time this morning to sleep off any party juice you may have been a little over exuberant with last night! When ready we’ll drive you to Cartagena’s international airport, only 15 minutes away. Trust us when we say – you will miss this place! But you’ll have many a good Colombia photo tour story and a lot of wonderful new photographs to share…

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Our Selected Lodges

Accommodations are mainly 4 to 5 stars hotels, personally selected for their location or good level of comfort, on the basis of double occupancy

Finca Santa Elena
Santa Elena's farm is a very simple but warm country house. Equipped with a kitchen and dining room, you can taste Anna's cuisine, 100% organic and produced on site. The farm has three multiple bedrooms with a maximum capacity of 14 guests, two shared bathrooms, solar energy and a view that you will never forget Located at the foot of Cerro Kennedy, the farm offers a magical view of the sea at sunset, as well as another breathtaking view of the snow-covered peaks of Pico Colon and Bolivar.

Casa Amarilla

Located on the historic square of Santa Barbara, just in front of the Magdalena River, Casa Amarilla is ideally located in the historic centre of Mompox. 10 rooms are grouped within this magnificent 17th century colonial house. A quiet, warm and simple atmosphere is guaranteed in this hostal. A roof terrace is freely accessible so that you can enjoy pleasantly warm evenings while enjoying a view of the rooftops and the river. Many services are offered in the hotel as well as in the rooms, in order to maximize the comfort of the travellers.
Hotel Camali has an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a common lounge and a garden in Santa Marta. This 4-star hotel offers room service and concierge service. The property has a 24-hour reception, airport transportation, a shared kitchen and free WiFi access throughout the property. The hotel has some rooms with views of the patio and pool, and each room has a private bathroom and closet. Hotel Camali offers a continental or American breakfast. The accommodation is equipped with a grill. Popular landmarks near Hotel Camali include Santa Marta Cathedral, Santa Marta Gold Museum and Simon Bolivar Park. The nearest airport is Simón Bolívar International Airport, 11 miles from the hotel.

Hotel Ananda

Boutique Hotel Ananda is an historical colonial house perfectly combining luxury and comfort to offer you the best experience possible. Perfectly located in the heart of the historic center, Ananda Hotel is situated close to the main tourist attractions. It offers spacious charming rooms to enjoy a relaxing stay, with its local gastronomy restaurant, its swimming pool with jacuzzi and a terrace in search of the Caribbean sun.
Maloka Barlovento
Maloka Barlovento is located just 100m away from the beach and only 10min by car from Tayrona Park. This is a truly peaceful haven where you will be able to relax while listening to the wide range of birds living there. The hotel offers a splendid view of both the sea and the jungle. It is important for you to know it might be impossible to swim if the sea is rough.

Mundo Nuevo

Located in the heart of a lush natural environment, Hotel Mundo Nuevo offers you an environmentally friendly stay, in perfect harmony with the ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Offering rustic rooms with a breathtaking view of the magnificent landscapes of the region, the establishment also invites you to taste its vegetarian cuisine, made from organic products grown in the property's garden.

What's Included ?


Professional Photographer & Instructor All breakfasts, lunches and dinners Transportation in confortable vehicles Modeling Fees English speaking guide

Not Included

International Flight Additional meals and drinks Medical Insurances Expenses not specified in the program Tips

Additional Information

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I offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

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Prices & Dates

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$  5795
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