Michael Robinson Chávez and Alex Kornhuber were staring at a set of perfect waves unwinding down a desert point in northern Peru when they first met. They spent two weeks surfing the world’s longest waves at Chicama. They soon discovered they had more than surfing in common; they both had a love of travel and photography. Fast forward decades later to Lima, where the two, now accomplished photographers, were teaching a workshop. Over a couple of beers they decided to bring their experience, love of travel and photography to everyone. To create journeys with a local perspective, where guests become part of the country they are photographing, not just mere observers.  Hidden Planet Expeditions was born.

Alex and Michael want their guests to discover and photograph Latin America’s mysterious and wonderful corners. Guests will learn and improve their photography skills traveling with renowned talents, such as Adriana Zehbrauskas, Lynsey Addario, Moises Saman, Ron Haviv and Luca Zanetti. You want to photograph the entire journey using a smart phone? No problem. Tripod and medium format for portraits? Absolutely. There are so many ways of making images today and we can help you with all of them. During the trips we edit through your work, on a daily basis if you like, to help you master your technique. And at every expedition's end there is a fiesta where we create a slide show and present all your work on the big screen.

We keep groups small, 14 people maximum, so photo/expedition leaders have time to teach and answer everyone's questions. Some itineraries will feature 2 photo experts. And every expedition has a full time tour manager to assure a smooth and trouble free journey. Our team speaks English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and French. Our itineraries are geared for adults, 16 years old (that's an adult in Europe and Latin America!) and above. If you want to bring the kids along for an expedition check out our Custom/Family Expeditions page and contact us for more information. We want you to learn, share and have a great time on this trip. Remember, having a camera allows us a unique opportunity to explore these places in depth and our local expertise will make it a trip of a lifetime, with the photographs to prove it!

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our photographers have been published in:

National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic Brasil, The New Yorker, Life, People, Granta, The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Der Spiegel, NZZ, Weltwoche, The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Le Monde, Du, Gente di Fotografia, Alaska Quarterly Review, Surfer Magazine and The Washington Post Magazine.


photographers' awards, exhibitions and recognition:

Our accomplished team of photo/expedition leaders have won awards and accolades from: The Pulitzer Prize, Pictures of the Year International, Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, Robert F. Kennedy Award, Scripps Howard Award, Chinese Photojournalism Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, White House News Photographers Association, Leuchtturm Award, Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual Competition, American Photography Competition.

They have had their photographs exhibited all over the world, including: The Louvre, Paris; Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan, France; The United Nations, New York; Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia; Photoville, New York City; Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad, India; Le Recontres d'Arles, France; War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Museu Memorial de l'Exili, Spain; Annenberg Center for Photography, Los Angeles; Ojo Ajeno, Centro de Imagen, Lima, Peru; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California


Tel: +1-805-422-2595

Hidden Planet Expeditions, the image is the adventure.