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“Very crowded, heavily overpriced Canyon with unpolite guides”

Upper Antelope Canyon
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Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour
Ranked #9 of 44 Tours in Page
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The much overratest stuff to do in Page.
If you want to squeeze with hundreds of other silly tourists with a always pushing, unpolite and anoying guide, please go ahead.
The beams can only be seen good in may. This Attraction is heavily overprized!!!
There are hundreds of maybe not so easy to access Canyons around but this one is not recommendable at all!!!!!

5  Thank Badboyq3a
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Visiting Antelope Canyon and the four other canyons nearby was one of my most memorable trips, and I have been on many. I must have taken 800+ photos in that one day. I was on a photography tour of course but the canyons were truly natural wonders. You really have to see it to believe it. To see what they look like, visit my blog at: http://travelswithrarecat.blogspot.ca/2013/05/slot-canyon-3-upper-antelope-canyon.html

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We visited the upper antelope canyon in hopes of capturing some of the incredible light views and it did not disappoint! Even on the 8:15am tour that we took through Overland Canyon Tours! Our tour guide was amazing and helped us get the perfect shots. I liked that they also transported you in a closed Suburban versus an open air vehicle. The canyon itself was far beyond anything we expected! I would go back in a heartbeat! By far the most incredible and amazing thing I have ever seen!! I would highly recommend booking this tour in advance as it is very popular! It is a very easy tour and although it was very hot in August, we did not even drink the water they provided until on the way back to their business. The canyon itself was very comfortable.

1  Thank Joyce S
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is an amazing place for Photographers....I would say its a must visit place for any landscape photographers. But it comes with its own drawbacks.
1) Its very very crowded. If you get distracted by the crowd you will loose a nice shot.
2) Its very expensive.

My Recommendations:
1) Go on weekdays
2) Go for photographers tour
3) Take 11 to 1 PM tour (We went with a tour operator who is right in the entrance of the canyon. You dont need advanced reservation with this operator. I called in the morning and I got a 11AM prime photo tour.
4) Take Tripod, Remote for the camera
5) Cover your camera with plastic cover to avoid dust.
6) Take lens cleaning cloth with you to clean lens oftenly to get clear images.
7) Dont get distracted by the crowd, if you shyout you wil not get what you want. Just go setup your tripod wherever you want as soon as guide allows you to take shot in any place.
8) Take widest possible lens to get 'unique' images.
9) If you miss the beam time in the canyon, there is nothing much impressive later hours. Until you like to get inside a narrow passage and come out.

2  Thank Bangaloretravellar
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Regardless of what tour company you choose (you'll have to use one), the basic Upper Antelope Canyon experience consists of: being shuttled out to the canyon, being led through the canyon, avoiding other tourists doing the same thing, and being shuttled back. Most of the tours may be advertised with generous time estimates; we were a relatively small group of 7 people booked for two and half hours, and we were back in Page within about two hours of leaving.

During the tour, your guide will point out good photo opportunities within the canyon and highlight some familiar shapes that can be seen in the rock formations (Elvis, Nemo, and various U.S. Presidents, amongst others).

Be prepared to get very dusty and dirty, both on the ride out to the canyon and while in it. There is blowing sand everywhere and it will be in your hair, clothes, and shoes when you leave. Sunglasses are a good idea to help keep the dust out of your eyes during the rides out and back.

Also, if you have a good camera and have a tripod or can rent one from your tour provider, it's would really be worth it as some of the more demanding low-light shots from inside the canyon are difficult to do handheld. Don't expect to change lenses within the canyon; there is enough blowing sand and dust that you will surely regret it if you do. If you are shooting with a point-and-shoot or smartphone/iPhone, it's still possible to get some nice shots in the many places where there is lots of indirect lighting.

Don't go in expecting an intimate cultural or personal experience; this is a popular attraction for the interesting visuals and photography opportunities within the canyon and the tours tend to focus on this aspect of the canyon. The tours also focus on pushing as many people through as possible, so while it's likely you will have some parts of the canyon to yourself for a few precious moments during your tour you will also be certain to rub elbows with other tour groups passing through. Nevertheless, while everybody talks about the overcrowding, you will have a lot of fun on this tour if you put yourself in the right mindset and just enjoy the scenery.

A final thought: don't get too precious about capturing the perfect shot. These canyons have been photographed to death and it's likely someone's already picked up whatever you're looking for. If you search Google Images or Flickr for "Antelope Canyon", you'll see what I mean. So if your elbow gets bumped or somebody walks into your shot, just let it go and move on.

6  Thank DytallixBB
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