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Day 1 - 2nd April 2017 - Arrival in La Palma
We will pick you up at the La Palma airport on the first day and transfer you to our cosy and exclusive hotel **** which will serve as our base. We will have dinner together, get acquainted and introduce the workshop.
Days 2 to 6
During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the whole island, conveniently located close to our home base. During this period, the sun rises at 8:00 am and sets at around 8:30 pm, giving us 12 hours of good light. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of photographing night scenes without having to stay up too long. Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the weather conditions, but a typical day will hold several photographic sessions in different locales, post-processing sessions with review of images and some free time at our hotel.
Day 7 - 8th April 2017 - End of Photo-Immersion trip
We will surely have a last sunrise photographic session. Then, we will have breakfast together and officially end the photographic trip. We will arrange the transfers to the airport for all participants.
Included and excluded
- Tour led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican
- "In the field’ photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions & image reviews
- Special workshop session on night photography
- Accommodation in exclusive hotel ****
- Single occupancy for all participants
- All meals and all non alcoholic drinks, typical canarian gastronomy
- Transport during the whole stay in 9 seater van
- Transfers from and to the airport of La Palma
- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!
- Photographic and clothing equipment
- International and domestic flights
- Any meals other than those stated in the detailed itinerary
- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medical and Accident Insurance (compulsory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. A certain familiarity with your camera will be very beneficial in order to get the most from this photographic trip.
Easy to Normal. Many of the places we will visit are close to the road, however, we will sometimes hike for a few kilometres taking a couple of hours, mainly in the forest. Although most walks are on good paths and trails, one needs to be able to carry the photographic equipment, so you should nevertheless be of good basic fitness.
3'500 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.
Single Occupancy Supplement
Single Occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants. Couples will be able to share the same room (twin beds, which may be put together).
Deposit of 1,500 CHF to secure your place atthe time of booking.
Full payment of the photo-trip due 120 days (4 months) prior to the departure date.
Should you need to cancel this Photo Trip, the following fees apply:
- 90 days or more before the departure date: Your deposit fee
- 89 to 61 days before the departure date: 50% cancellation fee
- 60 days or less before the departure date: 100% cancellation fee
It is strongly recommended to acquire travel cancellation insurance. If you need any help, please contact us and we will be very glad to assist you.
Number of People
Very small group limited from 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum). This number includes photographers and non-photographing partners / spouses.
Logistics and Transportation
Transportation will be in a van seating 9 people. Accommodation is in exclusive hotel **** with great views. Breakfasts and 3 course dinners typically from the region will be served at the restaurant. We will have lunch at different typical and authentic restaurants spread all over the island, adapted to our photographic schedule.
Non photographing spouses / partners
Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this trip. Even though the dinner conversations will certainly revolve around photography, all locations visited will allow non-photographing partners and spouses to discover and fully enjoy the beauty of the island of La Palma. They can also stay at our lovely hotel with views over the sea during our early morning or evening photographic forays. Same rates apply.
The official languages for this photographic trip will be English and French. If you speak any of those languages, that will be enough! In the case whereby we have both languages represented, we will duplicate our group explanations and image critique session in order to cater for the two languages.
Personal explanations to each participant can be done either in English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!
How to get there
Basic notions of geography: The island of La Palma should not be confused with the city of La Palma (on the island of Gran Canaria) or with Palma de Mayorca (in the Balearic Islands).
The island of La Palma is one of the westernmost islands of the Canary archipelago and sits within the subtropical belt. It can be reached either by boat from Tenerife, or by plane.
Different companies fly to La Palma Island: Air Berlín, Iberia, TUIfly, Binter Canarias, Islas Airways y Cóndor. If you cannot fly there directly from your home airport, a good solution might be to fly to Madrid and then catch another flight to La Palma. Another solution might be to fly directly to Tenerife and catch a ferry to La Palma Island (2.5 hours).
1) That you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required
2) That your passport is valid to visit Spain and does not expire in a critical date
No vaccinations are mandatory.
It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions you might have including allergies or special nutritional requirements. This is essential as it may affect both your own and other people's enjoyment of the trip and will allow us to understand the implications in relation to the particular trip.
Please bear in mind the volume limitation for your photo-bag! We will be travelling in a van of 9 seats, which should be able to accommodate all our bags we normally take for our photographic sessions.
All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover).
Additionally, we strongly advise you to conclude a Cancellation Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work.
Informations about the Weather:
In general, the Canary Islands are considered as having the best climate in the world due to the spring-like weather all year round, with an annual average temperature of 21°C (71.6°F).
The islands’ mild temperatures are why they have long been known as ‘the islands of eternal spring.’ The mild climate occurs largely because of the islands’ location in the path of the Canary current. The Canary current is a cool ocean current which flows toward the southwest. The islands lie in this current so they are directly affected by these cooler waters. Temperatures on the islands are usually a couple of degrees cooler than expected at their latitude.
The archipelago generally experiences mild winters and warm summers. The Canary Islands receive warm, sunny weather all year round with an average temperature that ranges from 17°C in the winter to 24°C in the summer.
On the mountainous island of La Palma, trade winds collide with the orography, elevating, condensing and bringing frequent “horizontal rain” or mist to the eastern side of the island. This is why totally different weather conditions can prevail at the same time in different places on the island. One can experience sun in the West, mist and rain in the forests of the East and dry and sunny conditions on top of the summits of the central Taburiente caldera, where one is treated to the exhilarating experience of standing above a sea of clouds. This is one of the reasons why light conditions in La Palma Island are particularly interesting for photographers. As the day progresses, convection currents bring cloud cover and interesting light phenomena.
As the night falls, the clouds tend to fade away, leaving the way to the great show of a starry sky. Indeed, the Canary Islands offer some of the clearest skies in the world due to the trade winds and the thermal inversion which prevents cloud formation. Furthermore, the Canaries are protected by the Law for the Protection of the Astronomical Quality for the Conservatives of the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, which controls atmospheric light pollution and even regulates flight routes so the skies are crystal clear throughout the year. This also means that the Canary Islands are regarded as one of the best places on earth to observe space, featuring the major Astrophysics observatories of the northern hemisphere.