Kyle Adler is a professional travel photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a recent winner of the prestigious international competition Travel Photographer of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photography competition. Kyle’s work has been published in a variety of outlets internationally including National Geographic Online, CNN, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, and fine art photography books. His images have been exhibited in the UK ad the US. Kyle is featured as a Photographer of Inspiration by the leading Polish photography magazine Szeroki Kadr. The 2019 eclipse in Chile will be Kyle’s fifth total solar eclipse. A keen eclipse chaser, he has lectured and published extensively on eclipse photography, and his work has received wide praise by scientists and laypeople alike. Kyle leads photography tours in locations around the world, while also shooting for newspapers and magazines. When not traveling, Kyle publishes a daily travel photography blog, shoots for private clients with an emphasis on performing arts, teaches classes and workshops, and is working on a book project. His passion is advocating the use of photography as a bridge to enhanced understanding of the land and people we visit around the world.
Tour Summary: From Jun. 27 through Jul. 10, 2019, join our small group of photography enthusiasts and experience the thrill of shooting a total solar eclipse as well as capturing the full range of Chile’s spectacular beauty including a visit to fabled Easter Island. Chile is a dream destination for travel photographers, offering breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, unparalleled astrophotography, and fascinating cultural encounters. We’ve planned this unique itinerary to provide ample opportunities to capture unforgettable images that you won’t find in travel brochures and on postcards. Our extraordinary photographic journey will take us from the historic and vibrant capital city of Santiago and colorful Valparaiso, to La Serena and Isla Damas for in-depth workshops on eclipse photography in preparation for capturing extraordinary images of the total solar eclipse in this region, then on to the stark otherworldly beauty of the Atacama Desert with the darkest skies on Earth that are perfect for astrophotography, and finally to mystical Easter Island where we’ll have the opportunity to meet and photograph the native Rapa Nui people in exclusive photo shoots we have customized to capture a strong sense of the people and the place. Award-winning professional travel photographer Kyle Adler will be shooting alongside tour participants and will provide personalized in-the-field instruction. During our optional informal workshops, we’ll review our recent images, plan our shot list for upcoming locations, and cover techniques to make the best images possible. Topics will be tailored to the group’s interests and may cover any aspects of travel photography from shot planning to capture technique, and on to post-processing and image sharing. Unlike most photography tours, we will place a special emphasis on learning to use the camera as a bridge to enhanced understanding of the land and people we visit. Photographers of any level will see their images improve, and non-photographer friends and family are also most welcome to join this tour. You can make memorable images using whatever camera gear you wish to bring; it is not necessary to invest in specialized gear.
The photo tour begins:
June 27, Arrive Santiago – Welcome Dinner
We arrive at Santiago airport, where we are met by a representative and transferred to our hotel. Check in. Afternoon at leisure.In the evening we transfer to Cuerovaca Restaurant for our welcome dinner. Over dinner we get to know each other and discuss plans for our upcoming photography adventure. Transfers included. Accommodations at Atton El Bosque Hotel .
June 28, Santiago city tour with San Cristóbal Hill -Breakfast & Lunch
Encounter Santiago, Chile’s capital, nestled in the central valley, right below the imposing Andes. This city mixes the legacy of the “Mapuche”(the natives who inhabited this land during the Pre-Columbian era), our Spanish colonial past, and the modernity of any thriving city. Walk its streets, visit its museums, engage with its architecture, and become a part of it. We find numerous opportunities to make vibrant images of the capital city’s architecture, street scenes, people, and cityscapes. We visit the Barrio Lastarria that is known for its wide variety of cultural centers, museums, theatres, antique fairs, cafes, bookstores, and small specialty shops. This unique multicultural environment gives Lastarria a vibrant European neighborhood charm, never losing its tranquility, despite the fact that it is located only steps away from Santiago’s main artery.
From here, we transfer to the Santa Lucía Hill which is a cultural icon of the city of Santiago. It was here that the conqueror Pedro de Valdivia founded the city on February 12, 1541, beginning the Spanish colonial period. Today many still call the mountain by its original name, Welen, which in Mapuche language (Mapudungún) means pain or sorrow. Next, we stroll around the Central Market, known as one of the main attractions in the historical downtown. It was selected by National Geographic as one of the five best markets in the world. Its beauty lies in the architecture, the variety and quality of seafood, and the authentic atmosphere provided by the vendors. We practice techniques for both street and portrait photography.
A little further, we cross the Mapocho River and head straight towards the Bellavista neighborhood, center of artistic life, where pubs, cultural centers and international gastronomy can be found. From here, we ascend the San Cristóbal Hill, a spur of the Andes where the famous Virgin Mary statue overlooks the city. We conclude the day with a panoramic view of the city with the majestic Andes in the background. Lunch at Central Market. Return to hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure, or we may hold a photography workshop. Accommodations at Atton El Bosque Hotel.
June 29, Valparaíso – Viña del Mar – Breakfast & Lunch
We depart from the hotel in Santiago and head due north to Viña del Mar to visit its main streets and avenues, museums, and its large homes and palaces. Later we head along the coast towards Reñaca, one of Chile’s most famous beach towns to enjoy a bit of sunshine and nature. We head around the bay to Valparaíso, and tour this busy port city with its charming hills. We pass by Chile’s parliament building as well as other examples of the historical architecture that have made Valparaíso a World Heritage Site since 2003. The first stop is a must for photography enthusiasts. We ride the Artillería lift up to the remarkable 21 de Mayo lookout point. We photograph the port activity, the rolling hills full of color and signs of the city’s development over recent years. We continue around the “cerros” or hills of the city to the San Luis square. Come across Cerro Concepción, and discover it on foot with its Anglican and Lutheran churches, and the Paseo Atkinson alleyway with its famous Brighton Restaurant. Walk over to Paseo Gervasoni where Café Turri and the house of the cartoonist Lukas are located. Cross over to Cerro Alegre where the Paseo Yugoslavo and Baburitza Palace, once home to a Croatian immigrant and now the recently renovated Fine Arts museum of Valparaiso, are situated. From here descend on the “El Peral” lift to encounter the Plaza Sotomayor, where the Monument to the Fallen Heroes of Iquique stands. Lunch is included at Café Turri, with its stunning view of the bay. Throughout the day, we have the opportunity to capture lovely images of this compelling city. We transfer back to our hotel in Santiago. Accommodations at Atton El Bosque Hotel.
June 30, Santiago – La Serena – Breakfast & Dinner
We enjoy breakfast .n the hotel and fly to La Serena, the second oldest city in Chile. After settling in at the Hotel, we tour the city. Our first stop is near the 28 m- (91 ft-) high La Serena lighthouse, where we have the opportunity to photograph the area´s sweeping views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, site of the city´s founding in 1544, and walk three blocks through the high street area to visit the archaeological museum. This museum houses a genuine Moai statue from Easter Island and a complete collection of artifacts from pre-Hispanic cultures including the Diaguita and Molle people. Located one block away is La Recova Market, which offers an abundance of interesting opportunities for photography as well as shopping for such local handicrafts as lapis lazuli (Chile’s famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery and ceramics with Diaguita motifs, and alpaca wool. We visit one of the world’s major astronomical observatories, probably the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, where the telescopes are 4 meters in diameter. We may also visit the Cerro Pachon site with the Gemini South Observatory’s 8-meter telescope. This is subject to availability and confirmation. This evening we visit our exclusive site for eclipse viewing, where we have a briefing by our eclipse expert, Prof. Jay Pasachoff. We also have a workhop to plan our photography for the upcoming total solar eclipse. Accommodations at HOTEL ENJOY
July 1, Tour of Isla Damas- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The tour disembarks at Isla Damas with time to enjoy its beaches of white sand and surroundings before returning by boat to the Caleta Punta Choros. In the village on the coast lunch is provided in a traditional fishing village. We return to La Serena during the evening to make landscape images featuring a spectacular sunset. We join the other members of the eclipse group for a pre-eclipse seminar, including lectures on eclipse scientific research and eclipse photography, while we enjoy dinner. Accommodations at HOTEL ENJOY
July 2, Eclipse viewing- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel early to our exclusive eclipse viewing site in Elqui province. We have plenty of time to set up our photography gear and practice our capture procedures before this afternoon’s total solar eclipse. Food, drinks, tables and chairs are provided for a comfortable eclipse viewing experience. After the eclipse join fellow travelers for a celebratory dinner and a report by our eclipse experts. Accommodations at HOTEL ENJOY
July. 3, La Serena – Santiago – Atacama, Breakfast & Dinner
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board flight to Santiago and connect to flight to Calama. Upon arrival in Calama we drive into the Atacama Desert, arriving at San Pedro de Atacama. Check in. Accommodation at Casa Don Tomás hotel.
July 4, Full day excursion Altiplanic Lagoons and Atacama Salt Flat – Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast we travel on the international highway to the Atacama Salt Flat, one of the largest in the world. Within the salt flat, in the area known as Soncor and the Chaxa Lagoon, we may see some of the three species of native pink flamingos. We then travel further within the Altiplano, reaching 4300 meters above sea level. Arrive at the Miñique and Miscanti lagoons, at the foothill of the Miñique and Miscanti volcanoes, with fantastic scenery of bluish waters arising from a background of volcanoes. We spend some time in these otherworldly places working on our landscape photography. We return to Socaire for lunch. Our final stop is the village of Toconao. We visit the main square with its bell tower built in 1750 of cactus wood and straw, and the church of San Lucas. Both have been national monuments since 1951. We return to our hotel in San Pedro. Accommodation at Casa Don Tomás Hotel.
July 5, Atacama – Breakfast & Dinner Excursion to Tatio Geysers-
We rise early this morning to visit the Tatio Geysers, the geothermal center of the Atacama Desert. We witness this impressive natural spectacle of steam combined with volcanic magma; it’s a visual performance that will afford us remarkable image capture opportunities. After capturing this delightful spectacle, it is time to enjoy a delicious breakfast and later to spend time at the natural hot pool, with an average temperature of 36° C (97 F). We visit the village of Machuca, where local families farm and raise cattle. There is a good chance to observe flocks of flamingos, ducks and gulls in the nearby wetlands. Return back to San Pedro de Atacama. Half day excursion Moon Valley and Death Valley This afternoon we tour the Moon Valley. The Valley of the Moon, declared a natural sanctuary and monument, is formed by a depression surrounded by small hills with stunning sharp ridges. This unique place is famous for its natural mineral sculptures, one of them being “Las Tres Marías” (three Mary’s) formed by wind erosion, resembling a lunar setting. Our tour concludes with a magical sunset at the Kari Viewpoint, one of the highest points of the “Cordillera de la Sal” (Salt Mountain Range). After making images of the sunset, we return to our hotel in San Pedro to get ready for our stargazing experience in San Pedro. Next, we discover the clearest skies on earth through an astronomical tour that allows participants without any prior knowledge of the sky to understand it and how to look at it. San Pedro de Atacama is a place to observe the sky and its stars. It offers its visitors the chance to enjoy and observe stunning objects, such as moon craters, the rings of Saturn, star clouds, and galaxies. We learn about constellations, how to read a sky map and recognize the main stars. When the moon is visible, it is possible to make lunar images through the telescopes (there are adapters for Nikon, Canon, Minolta, and Pentax cameras). During this tour we have ample opportunities to practice night photography. At the end of the tour, we share our experiences over a warm drink. Transfer back to San Pedro de Atacama. Accommodation at Casa Don Tomás Hotel.
July 6, San Pedro de Atacama – Santiago – Breakfast
We transfer to Calama airport and board our flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Accommodation at City Express Hotel.
July 07, Santiago – Easter Island- Breakfast & Dinner
Departing our Santiago hotel, we transfer to the airport and fly to Easter Island. On arrival at Mataveri airport we transfer to our Easter Island hotel. Check in. Half day excursion Ahu Akivi, the Seven Moai Today we explore Ahu Akivi, the seven Moai representing the ancestors of the people of Easter Island and Rapa Nui’s early explorers. Here we find the only Moai facing the ocean. Legend has it that these structures represent the seven explorers sent by King Hotu Matu’a before his colonization voyage. After this visit we continue our trip toward the site of Puna Pau, a small red scoria crater and the location where the Pukao (a kind of hat or topknots placed on top of some Moais) were made. Finally, we visit Ahu Uri Aurenga, whose single statue has the distinction of being orientated along the line of the winter solstice, marking not only the beginning of the seasons (tonga) but also the time of different taboo (prohibitions) regulating fishing and other activities on the island. Astronomically it is facing east, lined with two neighboring hills, Maunga Mataengo and Maunga Tararaina, as well as two smaller Ahu nearby. Return to our hotel at Easter Island. Accommodation at Taha Tai Hotel. (B)
July 8, Easter Island – Breakfast & Folk show and Dinner
Dinner show Rapa Nui Tonight we enjoy the authentic cuisine of Easter Island, along with a demonstration of the Rapa Nui culture: a dance show presented by one of the best folk groups on the island. We learn to capture striking images of performers in action. We depart our hotel at about 7 PM for dinner. The typical food of the island is mainly based on sea products such as fish and seafood, so we have a three-course-menu with a delicious appetizer, main course and a dessert, all based on local products. After dinner we have a short transfer to Kari Kari Cultural Center, where we photograph a typical artistic show of the Rapa Nui culture. Each dance depicts scenes from everyday life, such as love and war, so in many of them we see a great display of strength by the dancers. Accommodation at Taha Tai Hotel.
July 9, Easter Island – Breakfast & Lunch Anakena and Rano Raraku
Ahu Nau Nau has five moai with Pukao of which two are broken. The back of the moai and some stones from the rear wall have petroglyphs. During excavations an extraordinary eye pupil of white coral red slag was found, and nowadays it is exhibited at the Easter Island Museum. We finish our tour with some time at Anakena beach, known for its white sand beach and warm waters including its own moais, before returning to our hotel. Note: We are working to try to arrange an outdoor photo shoot featuring Rapa Nui traditional dances, located on a beach with mo’ai in the background. The idea is to recreate as best as possible the type of experience one would see at the annual Tapati Festival. Ideally we’d like to have about 4-8 dancers from the top cultural dance company on the island, wearing traditional attire, and to photograph them in the beautiful and culturally significant location of Anakena Beach. If this optional excursion can be arranged, there may be an extra fee to participate. Accommodation at Taha Tai Hotel
July 10, Easter Island – Santiago – Home- Breakfast
We have some free time to explore the beach or town on our own. We fly to Santiago in the afternoon and connect with our international flights back home.
LAND TOUR: $ 6,990.00 per person sharing
Single Room – $ 8,390.00
Estimated International and Internal Chile airfares (Economy class) – $2000.00
PLEASE NOTE: Group air rates from major US cities will be negotiated with the airlines and offered to participants (usually 11 months prior to departure). Airlines may require purchase of International air to receive low domestic travel rates or rates may be combined for both International and Domestic travel. Arrival transfer in Santiago is included for participants arriving on group travel flights or at same time as group travel airline. Those making own International travel arrangements can either join at Hotel on own or purchase a private transfer. Additional costs apply. Higher rates for Internal Chile flights may also apply (subject to Airlines rules)..
International and internal Chile Airfares.
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PAYMENTS & TERMS
An advance payment of $1500.00 USD per person and a completed Reservation Form are required to secure your reservation.
A second payment of $ 2,500.00 per person is due Oct. 26, 2018. Your balance payment in full is due Dec. 15, 2018.
Cancellations must be in writing, by email, fax or letter to A Classic Tours Collection (ACTC). Penalties/refunds will be calculated based on date of receipt of written notice by ACTC.
Cancellations made from the time of booking through Oct. 25, 2018, will incur a $1,000.00 USD per person cancellation fee.
Cancellations made between Oct. 26 – Dec. 14, 2018, will incur a $2,500.00 USD per person cancellation fee.
Cancellations received after Dec. 16, 2018, are fully non-refundable.
Itinerary is subject to change due flight schedules and other implications beyond our control. ACTC Tours reserves the right to change itinerary, Hotels without prior notice.
All tour prices, taxes quoted in this brochure are based on tariffs and costs that were in effect/ negotiated at the time of publication. Consequently, prices herein are subject to change. Due to currency fluctuations, oil prices, taxation changes by local authorities, increase in entrance fees to monuments may be added to your tour fee. You will be advised of details and costs prior to departure.
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