Tour of the Antelope Canyon
• Antelope Canyon Tour
On the northern Arizona, near the town of Page, at 240 km from the Grand Canyon of Colorado is amazing Antelope Canyon. This place is so named because of its red-red walls that resemble the skin of an antelope.
Canyon is not a national park, and therefore probably not as widely known as the Grand Canyon. Although I'm sure that these photos every one of you have seen more than once in their lives.
Canyon is located on Navajo tribal land belongs to the Indians. To get there, you need to pay a fee to pass through Indian territory and hire a guide (guide). That is to go on an excursion. More precisely, to go on a special transport. The tent, where the aunt sits and sells / check tickets, go here such buses. Of course, we were lucky and we went to the ancient German military jeep (white in the center of the frame).
There are two kinds of excursions - the usual for photographers. We took the second option. Excursion takes 2 hours and allowed to stand used. It costs $ 55 per person when regular tour is $ 30 and lasts for half an hour. We are Anna and Lekha was shaking in a jeep and grin over foreigners who shook their film in your camera (bottom left in the hand). "Fools" - we thought.
Inconspicuous entrance to the canyon. And there - there-Taram ...
But there like that.
Do not know if we hit the tourist season or not, who want to take pictures was a lot! Photoexcursions call it difficult. Rather - a battle for survival! Canyon itself is very small. It can go for two minutes. So at the same time in the canyon it is up to ten tourist groups, some of which, like ours, are seated on a tripod and catches the light.
The best time visit - in spring and autumn: March - April and October - November. At this time, the sun's rays to penetrate to the bottom of the canyons and look as if in the dark palace lit by bright light.
Caring Indians bring with them shovels and tossed them sand, to receive here such rays.
Because of these artistic activities the whole canyon shrouded in sand dust. With the sand in the teeth I had stopped laughing at the guys who shook their film in his camera.
Ray and stick.
In the very beginning I was almost kicked out of the canyon, because I did not understand the rules of the game: comes a group of photographers, takes position, waiting to fly away clouds and ray of light appears. As long as everyone is waiting, you can not change positions. You need to wait patiently. I rode as a kid (ala reportazhnik) until all tupili away.
In our group there was a red-haired American who cool irritated me (as I did). He was particularly angry when I touched his tripod. Later, I ran for the first guide and took the best seats. By the end of the tour we wanted to kill each other and bury. In general, the story of two idiots.
So these frames are filled with people who lurk around and waiting for us to yell "cut".
In general, the need to visit the canyon lay not less than 3 hours. Indians - people leisurely. It is best to go there on a sunny day, around noon. Even though my two o'clock a dusty canyon seemed redundant, not to mention Anna and Lech, who were waiting for me all this time and missed.