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Galapagos Photography
MasterClass

Metropolitan Touring photography cruise offers something truly unique

Unparalleled access to key visitor sites and expert knowledge from photographers of world renown. Discover Galapagos like never before!

Guided tours through this incredible archipelago and personalized instruction from globally recognized photographers create an unforgettable travel experience.

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Galapagos, with its incredible variety of wildlife and breathtaking locations, provides the perfect opportunity for both beginners seeking their first wildlife photography adventure and experienced photographers looking for a unique new experience, all while capturing timeless memories they’ll hold onto forever! 

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The Photographers

Lucas Bustamante

Lucas Bustamante has dived with whale sharks, been bitten by countless snakes, and been chased by elephants. He co-founded Tropical Herping and Savia Fund, an Ecuadorian Nonprofit dedicated to the legal defense of nature. 

His photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, and many other magazines, books, photo exhibitions, and articles. Lucas’s primary objective is to use photography to promote wildlife conservation, so he manages different projects throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. 

Frank Pichardo

Frank Pichardo is a Peruvian wildlife photographer and tour leader. He has almost two decades of experience focusing on professional photography in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Upper Amazon.  

Frank leads the tourism department of Tropical Herping, thanks to his vast experience and knowledge in photo tours and ecotourism.

Nowadays, he is focused on photographing nature for conservation and education purposes. His work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine. 

Galapagos Photography Itinerary

The Photography Masterclass begins in Quito. Following a lovely journey through our highlands, you will embark on a Galapagos Cruise aboard Yacht Isabela II. It is available to both amateurs and professionals. We’ve picked the best route for a photography cruise based on diverse flora, fauna, and magical settings. 

We invite you to participate in our photography expedition extension after your Galapagos tripYou will travel with your photo instructors one more time to complete your Ecuador portfolio, visiting the cloud forest, the Choco rainforest, the Andes, and Old Quito after your Galapagos trip. An itinerary for the first time scheduled and unique in the country!

Masterclass Program
US$8,499

Year

Start Date

End Date

Price

2024

6/Sep/2024

12/Sep/2024

   USD 7,965

2025

5/Sep/2025

11/Sep/2025

USD 8,499

Day 1
Transfer between Airport & Hotel in Quito. Welcome to Quito! Remember to always keep your camera at the ready!  
Day trip to Antisana National Park (full-day). Overnight at Holiday Inn Hotel (airport).
This will be our first photography experience with Galapagos wildlife. Our team will offer on-location tips and tricks for photographing Galapagos wildlife and setting up your shot for the best photographic results. Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport and return to the mainland. 

Masterclass Extension
US$ 3,878

Year

Start Date

End Date

Price

2025

11/Sep/25

16/Sep/2025

 USD 3,878

Day 9 to 13

 

The masterclass extension begins here, with visits to Quito and the nearby rainforest! 

Overnight at Casa Gangotena. 

The adventure gets underway in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Quito has the distinction of being one of the very first places to be declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. From here, we take off for Mashpi Reserve located a few hours northwest of the city, within the Metropolitan District of Quito. Mashpi is nestled deep within the cloud and rainforests of the Ecuadorian Chocó—one of the world’s most significant biodiversity hotspots. 

All our activities are designed to help you improve your photography skills.