Patagonia Photography Workshop

4 - 14 Apr 2017
24 Mar - 3 Apr 2018
2 - 12 Apr 2018 Guided by Daniel Kordan
15 - 25 Apr 2018

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.

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Day 1 - 4 april

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.

Day 2 - 5 April

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.

Day 3 - 6 April

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 4,5,6,7 - 7 - 10 april

With so much depending on weather when it comes to achieving quality photographic results, we will, to an extent, plan the next few days at short notice. But fear not! We know the area very well, and will choose locations depending on the circumstances and the forecast. What we can now say for certain, is that among the places we will visit (including for sunsets & sunrises) will be:
  • Harbors of Pehoe lake, including stony bays with a variety of foregrounds to choose from
  • Panoramic view from Explora hotel
  • Optional 1-hour hike to Mirador Condor with a stunning 360-view to Cuernos, Paine Towers, Lake Pehoe and Glacier Grey
  • Hike to the Nordenskjold lake: we’ll see the dead forest on the way and plenty of small bays
  • Salto Grande waterfall
  • Laguna Amarga with salty edges and high chance to see pink flamingo feeding
  • Laguna Azul and wonderful waterfall on the way to the lagoon
  • Rio Serrano Sector with wonderful bends of the river, gaucho and horses in the water
  • On one of the days we will head to Lago Grey, for the full day excursion to the Grey Glacier. The cruise will take up to 4 hours.

Day 8 - 11 april

After a hearty hotel breakfast on day 8, we will leave early to photograph the sunrise before moving on to the small village of El Chalten, back across the border in Argentina. The road will take us through El Calafate once more, where the group will stop for lunch. We will be spending the next two nights at our hotel in El Chalten.

Day 9 - 12 April

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.

Day 10 - 13 April

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.

Day 11- back to El Calafate.

After the breakfast and sunrise session, we will drive back to El Calafate, you can fly back home next day.

Tour Guides

Daniel Kordan

Moscow-born Daniel Kordan is sort of jack of all trades, having graduated from art school and moving on, of all things, to study in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and become an optics physicist. He also has an intense passion for nature and the outdoors, pursuing mountaineering and hiking during the course of his studies. This was also a time he used his expertise and natural people skills as a tour guide in the winter and summer, guiding visitors who wanted to explore Russia's rugged mountains.

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.

Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is one of Iceland's premier landscape photographers, and his work has been published in a number of major international news outlets such as The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph. He hails from Moldova, but has been based in Iceland since 2006. His undeniable skill in photography is supplemented by his knowledge from his degree in Tourism and Hospitality, as he continues his passion to help others appreciate nature through photography by conducting photo tours and workshops in Iceland, Norway, Greenland, and many other locations around the world.

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Total Price : 7900 US$ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 800$
Registration deposit: 2000$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Professional driver services
  • Professional licensed local guide services
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable minivan offering ample room for you and your photography gear (all window seats), all transfers included
  • Accommodation in most amazing Patagonia hotels. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Full board
  • Gourmet full day glacier cruise
  • Cruise at the foot of Perito Moreno glacier
  • Lago Grey cruise at Torres del Paine park
  • All national parks entrance fees
Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.