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Private Atacama Photo tours provided by Volcan Paniri Tours

Private Atacama Photo tours

Private Atacama Photo tours
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About
- Photographer-guided activity / certified local guide - Reliable information of each place to visit -Places to take pictures with the best views -Help if you want to learn to take photography -Totally customizable itineraries and places -Itineraries and special places and very little known if requested -Homemade meals to give the excursion a family atmosphere -Satisfaction guaranteed
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
Fullday photographic tours are focused on amateur / professional photographers who want to visit places without the classic tourist mass and / or at special times. On a fullday we can see the departure time, the return, if there will be any intermediate pause, etc. Ideal excursions for landscape, flora, fauna, history and archeology, culture, astrophotography, etc. You can see the departure time to see the best lights and put together a customized itinerary depending on the needs of each one. Excursion also focused on people who love to take photographs or simply want private activities to visit the area, plus it is guaranteed that throughout the excursions, we will take professional photographs that will then be sent to your emails
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 174973P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Photographic equipment • Private transportation • Breakfast • Lunch • Bottled water • Snacks • Alcoholic Beverages • National park tickets
Duration
10h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pick in the lodging of each one / pick up in your hotel
Inclusions
Photographic equipment • Private transportation • Breakfast • Lunch • Bottled water • Snacks • Alcoholic Beverages • National park tickets
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pick in the lodging of each one / pick up in your hotel
Duration
10h
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Popular mentions

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Angela
Dallas, TX4 contributions
Best photo tour ever
Nov 2019
The experience with Patricio son and Patricio father was one of the best photo tours I've ever taken in my life. For years I wanted to know the Atacama desert and take beautiful photographs of the night sky, sunsets, sunrises, volcanoes, lagoons and much more and San Pedro de Atacama offered me everything. I did private photo tours with Pato and his father as they have very good reviews and above all they focus on photography, in addition to being able to choose the best spots and hours of the day. In my visit I managed to take many very valuable photographs for my career and I hope to return to see more amazing places in the Atacama desert and I will 100% do it again with the Patricio's
Written 16 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carl Taylor Anderson
Atlanta, GA7 contributions
Passion, love and professionalism
Jan 2020
With my wife we ​​chose this agency for many reasons and we cannot be more grateful for the wonderful and incredible experience that the Patricios offered us. It is a small agency, only Patricio father and "Pato" the son work, therefore we loved that too much since we love family businesses wherever we go.

We contacted Pato many months before our visit and from the beginning he was very attentive to answer all our questions and managed to create an itinerary with everything we wanted, a private activity to enjoy the wonders of San Pedro and also give it a photographic approach since my wife loves photography and the landscapes that this area offers are incredible.

On every day of excursions we were able to taste the delicious food that Patricio prepares and also every day we could taste various strains of Chilean wine and all of premium quality. We enjoyed the delicious herbal tea for altitude, the simple but surprising cooked eggs at every breakfast and delicious snacks at sunsets.

One detail that we love was the passion and dedication that both of them put into their work, I hope the pandemic will end soon so that their job source can work again, since speaking with Pato a few days ago he told me that tourism is completely dead in San Pedro since March :(

From Atlanta we wish you both the best, many greetings from Carl & Elizabeth , stay safe!
Written 8 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ChrisElwell
United Kingdom4 contributions
Gorgeous photo tours
Feb 2020
During my visit to Atacama I contacted Patricio as he has excellent comments and also focuses his service in the photographic field. My trip focused on photographing the heritage of the Atacameños and my choice of agency was absolutely correct.

Feron only 3 days in Atacama, but due to my long stay, Patricio proposed a very complete and strong itinerary to take advantage of every hour that we would be taking photos.

We managed to visit beautiful places outside of any travel guide and probably very little visited but with immense tourist potential, in addition to finding many intact rock art manifestations.

Almost every day there were excursions of more than 12 hours in a row to visit many places. It should be noted that Patricio offered me water, breakfast, lunch, snacks and everything with a gourmet quality every day.

I plan a new visit when the pandemic ends and without thinking twice I will make my trip again with Patricio.
Written 2 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Satie37
Toronto, Canada694 contributions
Amazing Photography Tour and Incredible Guide
Mar 2020
We spent a shortened amount of time in Atacama due to Covid-19 however, our pre-booking a private photography tour with Pato created a memorable stay and we actually left with good memories and a commitment to return.

I cannot say enough good things about Pato and his company Volcan Paniri Tours. If you are a photographer - or even if you are not - Pato is one of the few actual certified guides in San Pedro and has a wealth of knowledge about every aspect of the area. He also lives in the Atacama and has a deep respect and love of the natural beauty and enthusiasm to share.

We spent 2 full days with Pato and during that time learnt about the geology, animals, some of the ecological challenges, astronomy (we did some night photography and star gazing), social, political and climate issues specific to Atacama.

This was NOT a cookie cutter tour typical of others one can sign up for in Atacama. Pato met with us the evening before our day with him to discuss the plan for the next day and discover our interests. It is obvious he is a serious photographer and has scouted out the best photo locations and also is mindful of lighting and time of day for photography.

He picked us up before sunrise to take us to the first location......he was generous in his knowledge and assisted us if we had technical or composition questions. There was NEVER any rush to move to the next location and there was also never any issue of stopping along the way should we wish to take photos. In fact, he often would point out a potential photo op.

There was always water available for drinking and Pato put on an amazing breakfast and lunch spread - complete with portable picnic table. Personally, I think he was having as much fun as we were and he also brought along an extra tripod (good he did as mine malfunctioned) and his own camera. I also had an opportunity to take some videos with my drone!

Our two days with Pato were in sharp contrast to our half day tour with another company in San Pedro.....where our guide seemed more focused on keeping company with the driver than engaging with us in any meaningful way. Very little water on board (thankgoodness we brought our own) and more of a drop off and collect when you are finished attitude. The driver even parked the van right in the most scenic spot and we had to request he move.

We will no doubt be back to Atacama for a hopefully longer stay and will be seeking out Volcan Paniri Tours and Pato.
Written 26 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Yu Hin T
13 contributions
Excellent photography tour in San Pedro
Aug 2019
My mum and i visited San Pedro de Atacama in mid-August with a private tour organized by Pato. We were really impressed by his guiding, with his knowledge in the local area, and his knowledge in photography not only helps us taking better photos, but also taking some excellent photos that has sent us back via Google Drive.

Pato is also an individual that cares about the development of the Atacama area, as he feared the natural beauty will be washed away by the uranium production. He is going to produce a short movie on it. One of the best ways to support the environment of Atacama and his project would be to sign for his tours.
Written 11 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sean O
2 contributions
Best Way to Explore the Atacama
Jun 2019
My wife and I spent a few days in San Pedro de Atacama as part of a trip through Chile and Argentina on our way to see the total solar eclipse. We both enjoy photography, and we were looking for a tour company offering private tours so we could travel at our own pace and spend as much time as we’d like photographing all the spectacular scenery of the Atacama Desert. Volcan Paniri Tours was exactly what we were looking for! We spent 2 full days with the father/son team of Patricio and Patricio visiting and photographing Moon Valley, the Lagunas Altiplanicas, the El Taito geyser field, and Rainbow Valley. We also spent an evening in Rainbow Valley shooting astrophotography under some of the clearest skies you can imagine. Not only is Patricio Junior a talented professional photographer, he is also very knowledgeable about the geology, history, and culture of the Atacama. Patricio Senior was the driver, and we felt very safe in his hands. He prepared a home-cooked dinner our first day that was one of the best meals of our entire trip. He also has a keen eye for spotting the local wildlife. Both Patricios are friendly and hospitable, and we really enjoyed our time with them. We only wish we could have had more hours in the day and more time in San Pedro so we could explore even more with them!

One of the best things about taking a tour with Volcan Paniri is that Patricio Junior takes photos of you throughout and shares them with you after your tour. Sometimes when my wife and I are traveling, we have a hard time getting photos of us together because we’re so focused on our own photography, so traveling with a professional photographer who could take photos of us was really special.

I highly recommended Volcan Paniri Tours to anyone who wants a unique, personalized tour of an extraordinary part of the world.
Written 10 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Volcan Paniri Tours
krolinka
krolinka
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Outstanding
We stayed in Atacama for 3 nights and booked all of our tours with Pato. Pato and his dad provided an incredible ex
Nomad364891
Nomad364891
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Great tour guide plus professional photographer all in one
We spent 4 enjoyable days with Pato and his dad. Pato was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited but t
Hannah H
Hannah H
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Fantastic day in the Altiplano
Our group of 4 did the full-day Altiplano Lagoons tour with Pato and his dad (also Pato!) on 24 November. We loved
JhumJhum
JhumJhum
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Wonderful trips in the Atacama with the dos Patos.
My husband and I took several trips to the geysers, Lagunas, moon valley, rainbow valley etc with Patricio and his
Colin555
Colin555
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Out of this world photo tour!
Pato took my wife and I for a photo tour, driving us for about an hour in the direction of El Tatio high up in moun
md9802
md9802
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Amazing astrophotography tour
I went on a night astrophotography tour with Patricio Junior. It was incredible! Patricio was on time with pick up,
South_Taro
South_Taro
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素敵な星空の写真を撮って貰えるツアーガイドです
親子で行なっているアタカマ砂漠のツアーで、観光名所に関する詳細な情報から、現地の歴史や地質学の説明をわかりやすい英語で丁寧にしてくれる。特にお勧めは、満天の星空の写真を撮って貰えるツアーで、様々なポースヤ角度の写真を見事なプロ並み
UtahBikers
UtahBikers
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What an experience
Honestly a great trip to take with such professional guides ,they come across as friendly rather than like business
Richard D
Richard D
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Simply the BEST way to see the Atacama
We were on a solar eclipse tour with limited time in San Pedro so booked this tour specifically to get a custom iti
Craig C
Craig C
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Great trip with Pato!
My group of 4 just got back from a great trip with Pato. Our itinerary included Mars Valley, Moon Valley, Altiplani
ninnes
ninnes
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Great vistas and excellent guides!
We spent 5 days with Volcan Paniri tours and the Patos and are delighted that we chose this tour company for our At
tom c
tom c
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The Best...
Patricio and Patricio Senior were the guide/hosts.A fantastic day with really interesting people. Very professional
charliebollinger
charliebollinger
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The five star reviews are right!
We did the Tatio Geyser and Moon Valley Tours in the same day with Patricio and his dad. Patricio is such a well
trekkingal1
trekkingal1
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Awesome unbelievable experience with the Patricios
I saw that this company offered photography tours. Since I was a solo traveler that didn't work out for me but I d
LucieL62
LucieL62
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Incredible tour company
I joined the geysers and the night photography tour with Patricio and his father. Both tours were unvelievable. The