Mexico Photography Tour 2020 - ColdSnap Photography

Mexico Photography Tour 2020

January 29 - February 6

The Mountains, Monuments, and Monarchs of Central Mexico

I have been lucky in my life to have travelled and explored some pretty amazing places on this planet. Some places have excited me more than others–some have reached deep into my soul and left a mark that will forever be there. Mexico is one of those places. Blessed with a culture that is rich with history, and an incredibly diverse ecosystem, the highlands of Central Mexico are a photographers’ dream! This is a photographic trip of a lifetime.

We will explore everything from Mexico City, mountain waterfalls, prehistoric ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Cities, and the Monarch Sanctuaries high in the tropical mountains. Every day you will see sights that will leave you in awe. Each day will greet you with more photographic subject matter than you could dream possible.

Our route and destinations have been carefully pre-scouted for safety and comfort. Our mode of transportation will be in Suburban SUV’s for maximum comfort and safety.


This workshop is a primarily field shoot.  There is no classroom time scheduled as each day we will pack in as many photographic sights as is comfortably possible. Some days we will start before sunrise, other days we will go past sunset. Our pace will be energetic, but not exhausting. Instruction will be a combination of field demonstrations and one on one instruction. Instructors, John Gregor and Tomy O’Brien, have over 35 years of professional photographic experience. Their goal is to help you get great photographs.


We will start the workshop in Mexico City and end in Mexico City. We will make a large circular tour around Mexico City visiting mountain villages and cities both large and small. See the Sample Itinerary for a list of locations where will go. 

Fly into Mexico City International Airport. We can greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. If you arrive more than 2 days in advance of the workshop we won’t be able to greet you at the airport. When the workshop is complete we can drop you off at a hotel of your choice (we can make suggestions on where to stay if you want to extend your stay in Mexico) or drop you off at the airport (the earliest we can get you to the airport on the last day is 12:00 noon)


We don’t have a fixed itinerary as locations and sites visited will depend upon weather and light conditions, so this itinerary is subject to change. The list below states the village or city of our hotel followed by a list of potential locations we will visit. It is not a complete or completely accurate list.

Workshop begins January 29 at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Day 1 & 2,   Mexico City; Anthropology Museum, Historic Main Square of Mexico City with the Cathedral and the National Palace.

Day 3,   Zacatlan; Teotihuacan (Pyramids of the Sun and Moon), Tuliman Waterfalls-600 feet.

Day 4 & 5,  Puebla City;  Zocolo, Capilla del Rosario, Historic district, Cauutinchan 16th century rural church, Tecali village (onyx carving artisans.)

Day 6,  Cuernavaca;  Zocolo, Cortéz’s Palace, Tepoztlan mountain village with aqueduct, Popocatepetl volcano.

Day 7 & 8, Zitacuaro, Monarch butterfly reserves, horseback trek into the mountains to photograph millions of Monarch butterflies.

Day 9, Return to Mexico City;  approximately 12:00 noon end of workshop.

Workshop ends February 6 at about 12:00 noon local time.



Workshop Cost: $3495

Non Refundable Deposit: $750

Non-refundable deposit of $750 holds your registration until 90 days prior to the workshop when the balance is due.

Single Supplement $750

Please read our cancellation policy before registering.

For questions please call John at (218) 830-0767.

Includes ground transportation during the workshop, 8 nights hotel accommodations based upon double occupancy, guided tours and admission fees to all locations.

Not included: food, tips, airfare, hotels prior to the start of the workshop or after it finishes, any personal expenses.


We have made special arrangements with a variety of hotels along our route. Our hotels are chosen for cleanliness, comfort, and safety. Most are not 5 star accommodations as we won’t be staying in them very long, however, they are clean and comfortable. Hotels are provided for the evenings of January 29 through February 5. If you need hotels prior to January 29 (the workshop begins 9am on January 29) or after February 5 (we drop you off at the airport or hotel February 6 at about 12:00 noon) contact us and we will work with you to provide you the best accommodations that fit your needs.


Other Instruction

Do you want to improve or learn to speak Spanish? We highly recommend Livit Immersion Program in Puebla Mexico. These folks are fantastic! They are patient, and will sculpt your learning experience to what you want to get out of it. Check out their program at:

This is a past workshop

To see our current list, see our workshops page