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PATAGONIA

El Calafate, Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine, El Chaltén

Capture breathtaking and untouched Patagonia from both Argentina and Chile.

Patagonia is a region in the south of Argentina bordered in the north by the Cuyo and Pampas regions, in the east by the Atlantic Ocean and in the south and west by Chile. It occupies roughly 490,000 square miles. Patagonia is a windswept frontier bequeathed with the earth’s few remaining glaciers. Patagonia is famous for being a magnet for wanderers. It has an almost an otherworldly feel, from the colors embedded in the landscape… teal, mauve, mahogany, periwinkle, azure, and lavender – to the effect it has on the imagination.

You will discover some of the most remarkable landscapes in Patagonia. Prepare to be amazed at unbelievable glaciers, rugged mountain peaks, and crazy dramatic skies. Since Darwin visited this land in the mid-1800s, Patagonia has become a dream destination for adventurers and settlers. Patagonia will capture your senses and amaze you. At times, you will put down your camera and just take the drama in. We will most definitely cover all the iconic locations for photography at the right times of day with the best light, but we will also enjoy the culture of the region. Our guide has traveled the region countless times and will discuss its history and idiosyncrasies. Patagonia is famous for its great food as well, and we will enjoy the finest local meals.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Patagonia!

You will discover some of the most remarkable landscapes in Patagonia. Prepare to be amazed at unbelievable glaciers, rugged mountain peaks, and crazy dramatic skies. Since Darwin visited this land in the mid-1800s, Patagonia has become a dream destination for adventurers and settlers. Patagonia will capture your senses and amaze you. At times, you will put down your camera and just take the drama in. We will most definitely cover all the iconic locations for photography at the right times of day with the best light, but we will also enjoy the culture of the region. Our guide has traveled the region countless times and will discuss its history and idiosyncrasies. Patagonia is famous for its great food as well, and we will enjoy the finest local meals.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than in Patagonia!

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Busy schedule
  • Travel by plane, AWD or minibus
  • Mild to moderate elevation changes with walking and hiking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

February / Patagonia – Temps 68/49 F  22/9 C  Sunrise 7:06 | Sunset 9:00 (21:00)
November / Patagonia – Temps 65/45 F  18/7 C  Sunrise 6:04 | Sunset 9:02 (21:02)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape, nature and wildlife photography
  • Focus on “long exposure” photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks, hikes & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels (except in remote locations)
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Private transportation and driver
  • National park entry fees
  • National park guide where required by law
  • El Calafate airport transfers

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Comandante Armando Tola International Airport, El Calafate, Argentina (FTE) – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Note: El Calafate is a 3-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

El Calafate – Hotel Patagonia Queen or similar
Chile – Hosteria Pehoe or similar
El Chalten – Chalten Suites Hotel or similar

Excursions (Optional)

Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking
Estancia Cristina


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Bernardo Galmarini

February 16 – 27, 2020
November 1 – 12, 2020
February 14 – 25, 2021
November 7 – 18, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

PATAGONIA 12 DAYS

Note: We can book your air travel from Buenos Aries to El Calafate and back. If you choose to arrive early in Buenos Aires, we would be happy to book your hotel and arrange our photographer in Buenos Aires for photo day tours.

Day 1 | El Calafate

Our adventure beings in the afternoon at our hotel in El Calafate. In the early evening we will have a meet and greet with our group leader and guide, and then celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of the many great restaurants in El Calafate. (D)

Day 2 | Perito Moreno Glacier

We are up early to photograph Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, declared a “World Heritage” site by UNESCO in 1981. This spectacular glacier is one of the very few glaciers in the world that still advances. Its massive front wall will most likely make you put down your camera in awe. There are several different views we will explore, ranging from details of the ice to the grand view spanning the 3.5 miles of its front wall. It’s frequent calving, one of the trademarks of the glacier is a little “extra” that the glacier offers its visitors frequently and one of the best features of the day. (B)

Day 3 | El Chaltén

Today, we depart towards El Chaltén, through Patagonian steppe. The 3 hours drive through the steppe to this charming little mountain town of just a couple thousand people is very interesting. We will likely see Guanacos and Nandues (a South American ostrich) on the way. As we approach El Chaltén, we will view (weather permitting) the magnificent Fitz Roy massif in all its rugged glory. We will make stops on the way to start getting used to our main subject for the next 3 days. (B)

Day 4 | El Chaltén - Fitz Roy

We will spend 3 full days in the area, shooting the Fitz Roy, the Cerro Torre, and the rest of the peaks in this massif. The best light to shoot is the early morning, where the light turns the granite red-orange. We will explore different locations for sunrise. After breakfast back in town, we can walk different easy trails that start right at the edge of the town, exploring different views and angles of the mountains, but also enjoy and photograph unpolluted forests and streams. The town itself is very picturesque and definitely worth the time to explore. Despite its size, the town is full of great little restaurants, so good food is guaranteed! (B)

Day 5 | El Chaltén - Fitz Roy

Since we will be spending 3 days in El Chaltén and Fitz Roy, the exact order which we explore will be determined based on weather and other factors. (B)

Day 6 | El Chaltén - Fitz Roy

Since we will be spending 3 days in El Chaltén and Fitz Roy, the exact order which we explore will be determined based on weather and other factors. (B)

Day 7 | Torres del Paine - Chile

On this day we depart early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We will drive through Patagonian steppe (lunch en route) crossing the border to Chile. This is a long driving day with different views as we move south towards Chile’s incredibly pretty Torres del Paine. (B)

Day 8 | Laguna Amarga - Cascada Paine

We will spend the next 3 full days visiting the park, including Laguna Amarga, Cascada Paine, Salto Grande, Grey Glacier, Lake Pehoe, and Lake Nordenskjöld. Torres del Paine is arguably the prettiest park in Patagonia. Our hotel’s amazing location in the middle of Lake Pehoe’s turquoise waters, with the rugged Paine’s Horns unobstructed views makes it the perfect place to set base during our stay. We will shoot from excellent locations, with the best light.

There are so many places to shoot and the park is so incredibly beautiful that our three days will certainly feel not enough. From walks through forests, to icebergs, to turquoise colored waters, to rugged mountains, to guanacos, condors, and flamingos, Torres del Paine has it all! (B)

Day 9 | Grey Glacier - Salto Grande

Since we will be spending 3 days in Torres del Paine National Park, the exact order which we explore will be determined based on weather and other factors. (B)

Day 10 | Lake Pehoe - Lake Nordenskjöld

Since we will be spending 3 days in Torres del Paine National Park, the exact order which we explore will be determined based on weather and other factors. (B)

Day 11 | Torres del Paine - El Calafate

After sunrise and breakfast, we drive back to El Calafate for our last night in Patagonia. In the evening we will celebrate with our wonderful “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Day 12 | El Calafate

Your morning is free, checkout and transfers to the airport for your return flight home or elsewhere in South America. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

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Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

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