Photo Tours South America FAQ
What type of clothing should I take with me ?
In all the areas of the Calchaquí Valley and Puna there are a lot of fluctuation between the temperatures. Expect many sunny, dry days, filled with scorching sun at times. It’s important to dress accordingly since the climate and weather might change drastically:
Comfortable clothes should be a priority. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and missing on a great moment. Make sure you pack for well tested and comfortable clothes and footwear. It’s also important to make sure that your shoes are in great shape for small treks and paths. We might encounter trails with rocks, branches and difficult access.
So, it's mostly only hot during the day ?
Not necessary, see, during many excursions and journeys, the high-altitude will present itself as wind and lower temperatures. It’s always recommended to carry some type of weather jacket to sustain high winds and low temperatures while outside. This is also true during the night. Nights are chilly due to the high-altitude and it’s recommended to wear appropriate clothes.
Sun protection is fundamental
Besides wearing sun blocker at all times, it’s also a great idea to wear a comfortable hat, or baseball cap during the entire tour. It will not only protect you from the sun and the elements, but it will also provide you with enough shade while working outside and with your equipment. Make sure your have head protection (any type of hat) that is tightly in place. High winds are known to remove hats from people’s heads and offer them to the hill’s cliffs!
Sunglasses are also a good option while outside. Make sure you get UV protection since without it, you will not be able to see your camera’s monitor/electronic viewfinder.
What type of electric voltage is available in Argentina ?
Argentina has implemented the European norm of 220 volts. Unlike the US, electrical outlets in Argentina present two rounded holes instead of rectangular ones. It’s strongly recommended the purchase of adapters for charging your photographic and electronic devices – see reference picture. Most new electronics and cameras chargers automatically switch between currents since they were designed for a global market. If you’re not certain about your device’s electrical compatibility, please make sure to check its manufacturer’s manual before plugging-in to a foreign electrical outlet. It’s also very common to find this information printed on device’s charger.
Would I get cellphone coverage and WIFI reception in Argentina ?
Most US cellphone carriers currently offer either free roaming or an international plan options. This means that you can enjoy accessing your phone from overseas. Please consult with your carrier regarding your plan options.
Argentina just recently started deploying their 4G LTE infrastructure, which is not yet available through out the country. In big cities, such as Buenos Aires, fast coverage is better spread. Inside the provinces of Salta and Jujuy the access is much slower – 3G and sometimes 2G – and spotty. For reliable internet access we suggest you to utilize local WIFI access spots along our trip.
WiFi is a worldwide standard and it will be available at every hotel we stay during our trip. Don’t hesitate to request its password access at the time of check-in. Although is very common to find WiFi access on local bars, restaurants and sometimes convenience stores, please remember that these are open networks (even if they are password protected) that are shared with all the other customers around you. Never connect to services that request sensitive information such as a bank, pension or personal account services while on these networks.
Is it a good idea to back-up my photos while on the trip ?
YES! We most definitively suggest you to do a daily backup of all the photos and videos you’re taking. Although digital equipment and storage have become reliable enough, you should always make several backups of your content.
Ideally, have external drives to backup the content too. Another good suggestion would be to have plenty of memory cards available and never to re-use a card (So that would become your first backup)
IT experts recommend at least three separate backup solutions for any given content.
Although backing everything up to the cloud is a good way of storing your files, Internet access might not be fast enough for all your unprocessed material.
What type of equipment should I take ?
The type photography equipment you should take for the trip is a very personal decision. This might depend on the type of photographs you want to create while on the journey. We don’t have a limitation as to what or what not to take with you. A rule of thumb would be to include everything that you will use or might need, and that you can carry. This is important, since as our itinerary shows, we’ll traveling quite a bit of distance to reach the different locations on our tour.
Why is it that you include the welcome dinner but not most of the other dinners ?
Noon is know to be one of the worst time for photography due to the position of the sun ( It creates flat shadows and removes depth to landscapes. It’s also very bad for portrait shoots, since it accentuates the shadows in a very unappealing way) To maximize each day, all launches have been coordinated and scheduled ahead of time. This will allow you not to worry about it while you’re engaged in a photo activity or excursion.
Dinners are entirely different. With the exception of the welcome dinner, which is our fist supper as a group, we believe that allow you the opportunity for you to experience the local restaurants of the small towns we’re visiting is an important feature of the trip. They provide and a different level of authenticity and they’re of great cultural value since they host many local artist.
For those who would rather have all inclusive package, we also offer an added fee for all the meals of the trip. Please contact us and let us know
How do you manage user privacy ?
We don’t sell nor trade any of the information shared with us. We might send you a promotional email from time to time if you’re registered in our newsletter. Every communication has the optional unsubscribe feature that can remove you from future communications. We take privacy issues very seriously. For more information about our policies, please see our definitions at http://tours.photos/terms-of-service/
How soon should I complete the payment of the tour ?
We recommend you do it as soon as possible. You can reserve your spot by providing the $1,500 deposit or by paying the full amount 60 days prior tour’s departure date. After this deadline, we can only accept tour’s full price.
All tour’s balance should be completed no later than 60 days from tour’s departure date. We accept credit cards and personal checks. Please contact us if you have any questions.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that emergencies happen and that after submitting your deposit, you might have to change plans and cancel the itinerary.
Days prior to Departure Tour Cancellation Fee 121+ $45 processing fee * 91-120 45% of Deposit * 61-90 30% of Trip Price 60 100% of Trip Price
* You can transfer your deposit balance toward a new tour/workshop up to one year. Please contact us immediately if you need to cancel your reservation. We strongly suggest all travelers to purchase travel insurance for the unforeseen circumstances that might impede you from traveling.
Is there a surcharge by paying with credit card?
No, there’s no surcharge while paying with a credit card.
For your your convenience we accept credit card payments by Paypal and personal checks.