Patagonia, the southern section of South America shared by Argentina and Chile, is perhaps the most dramatic and varied region that any photographer could hope to visit. From barren, wind-swept plains to ethereal glaciers, the imperious Andes mountains and the rain forests of Chile, this is a truly magnetic destination, where you and your camera will encounter more than you thought possible. Taking in everything from glacial sunsets to the peaks of the Andes, this tour is set for autumn in Patagonia. Fresh snow, enchanting shades of the fall and zero tourists to disturb the serenity should all add to the natural landscapes. Interested in coming along? Check out our itinerary, and feel free to sign up or send us any questions.
On the first day we will arrive at El Calafate, regarded by many as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. We recommend that you fly to El Calafate from Buenos Aires, having stayed for 1-2 days in the capital. It’s a good idea to acclimatize yourself, especially if you’ve had a long flight to Argentina. The recommended arrival time is 13:00.
Upon arrival in El Calafate, we will pick you up from the airport with our private, comfortable bus, along with the group’s support car. Our vehicles have been chosen to ensure that on the tour you’ll always have a window seat and space for your camera gear. You’re going to need it! We’ll drop you off to our chosen hotel in El Calafate, before meeting together for dinner.
The streets of El Calafate are great for an afternoon stroll, and you may want to indulge in the local chocolate and buy some souvenirs for friends and family back home. Over dinner we’ll taste the very special Cordero Patagonico – a famous dish of Patagonia lamb roasted on a local parilla. We don’t mind saying that it’s the best meat we have tasted on all of our adventures, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy it too. After dinner we’ll settle in for the night at the hotel.
Today we can leave the bulk of our luggage behind in the hotel as we head to Perito Moreno, the point of departure for our glacier cruise. All we'll need to take with us is camera gear and warm clothing. The park only opens at 8:00 in the morning, so we won't make it in time for sunrise. But we will return in the evening to shoot as the sun goes down, stroll through the autumnal forest and gaze across the panoramas toward the glacier.
Between our two visits to Perito Moreno there will be time for lunch and a much-needed rest. After dark, the group will head out for dinner at one of El Calafate's parillas, before spending the evening back at the hotel.
On the third day of the tour we will head south toward the famous stone mountains of Torres del Paine national park. We will stop at the border with Chile for lunch, before crossing and making our way through the magnificent landscape of the Torres del Paine national park.
On top of the decadent scenery, we’ll see plenty of animals along the way. With some luck, maybe a puma or two; with less luck, an equally photogenic combination of guanaco, ostrich and armadillo. As we enter Chile the landscape will become more wild, and the imperious ridges of the Andes will begin to loom on the horizon. Naturally, we’ll make plenty of time to stop and shoot the local flora and fauna.
The last part of today’s journey is made on a gravel road as we traverse through the inner territories within the Torres del Paine. After, we will check into our spectacularly located hotel, Pehoe. Located on a small island, Pehoe stands on the shore of the turquoise Lago Pehoe, and is accessed by a charming footbridge. There we will have a short break, and, weather dependant, we will drop off our bags and head out to a secluded sunset location.
Day 9 of the tour will begin with a morning photography session at a nearby canyon with incredible views towards the Andes. The stunning panoramic views are accompanied by the majestic river, flowing far down below.
The day will then be spent exploring the Lago Desierto area, well known for its many waterfalls as the river undulates. You’ll be happy to know that we will spend the entire day in the shadows of the mountains and glaciers, which will come in handy at sunset, when we will visit one of the panoramic points on the Fitz Roy massif, one of Argentina’s most famous walks.
We will spend some final early morning hours taking in the sights and photographing the magnificent Fitz Roy mountain and its surroundings. After breakfast we will head on toward El Calafate, to end up nicely right back where we started.
But don’t assume that this point marks the end! The group will indulge in one final look out over the Perito Moreno glacier at sunset, as we hope for a worthy “goodbye” salute from Patagonia! We will make a salute of our own at a final farewell dinner in El Calafate once the sun goes down. Your overnight hotel is included in the tour.
For some this tour will be a taste of Patagonia that leaves you wanting more. If that’s the case, we’d like to encourage you to join us for an extension of the tour, and a one week Fitz Roy hiking trip. Many of Patagonia’s most beautiful treasures are well hidden, and we intend to seek them out off the beaten path. This will be a markedly more physical activity than the bulk of the tour, which is why are proposing the hike as an extension or standalone activity.
After the breakfast and sunrise session, we will drive back to El Calafate, you can fly back home next day.
Out of college, Daniel chief editor of global travel and adventure magazine Continent Expedition, as well as an instructor of photo-workshops. His work as a photographer has been recognized by major organizations several times, as he has won the Golden Turtle award and was a finalist in National Geographic Russia's photography contest in 2013 and 2014.
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