Patagonia, the southern section of South America shared by Argentina and Chile, could well be the most dramatic place a photographer could hope to visit. With barren, wind-swept plains, ethereal glaciers, the imperious Andes mountains and the rainforests of Chile, this is a magnetic destination with more variety than you can imagine. On this photography tour you and your camera will encounter nature at its finest. Taking in everything from glacial sunsets to the peaks of the Andes, this autumn adventure in Patagonia is a genuine trip of a lifetime. Fresh snow, enchanting shades of the fall, zero tourists and landscapes to die for… what more could you want? Are you interested in coming along? Check out our itinerary and feel free to sign up or send us any questions.
Our Patagonia photography adventure will start in the Chilean city of Punta Arenas. It’s known as the gateway to the breathtaking Torres del Paine national park. We’ll recommend an arrival time - usually a direct flight from Santiago in the morning - that will give you a chance to acclimatise after a long journey.
Over dinner we’ll start your trip off with a bang, with the very special Cordero Patagonico – a famous dish of Patagonian lamb roasted on a local parilla. There’s no doubt that it’s the best meat we’ve tasted on our photography adventures around the world, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy it too! After dinner we’ll settle in for the night at the hotel.
After breakfast at our hotel in Punta Arenas, the group will start the journey toward towards the Torres del Paine national park.
As we make our way through the heady scenery and near the peaks of Torres del Paine, with any luck we’ll also see plenty of animals too. A puma or two isn’t unheard of, but much more likely is a photogenic combination of guanaco, ostrich and armadillo.
Nearing the park the landscape will become more wild, and the imperious ridges of the Andes will begin to loom on the horizon. Naturally, we’ll take 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 of Torres del Paine.
Inside the park we’ll check in to our hotel. We’ll have a short rest before heading out to our sunset location. The autumn here brings with it the end of the tourist season, so it’s likely that only photographers will be left in the park.
So much depends on the weather over the next five days and four nights. Because we want to make the best of the national park and ensure the group captures as many locations as possible under perfect conditions, we will plan our 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:
We will be based at our hotel in El Chalten for two nights. Our first evening will be spent watching the sun go down over a nearby canyon, which offers incredible views of the Andes and the majestic river flowing down below.
Before breakfast on day seven the group will head back to our favourite canyon for a spectacular sunrise shoot. We will again witness the incredible views that stretch toward the Andean ridge. With the Fitz Roy flowing far below, it’s not a bad way to start a day!
The rest of the daylight hours will be spent exploring the Lago Desierto area, well known for its many waterfalls as the river undulates through the landscape. You’ll be happy to know that we will spend the entire day in the shadows of mountains and glaciers. As sunset looms we will visit a panoramic point on the Fitz Roy massif, one of Argentina’s most famous walks.
The morning of day eight will begin with breakfast and a 2.5h drive. Our destination is El Calafate. We’ll have lunch there before heading out to photograph the mighty Perito Moreno glacier.
There aren’t many more spectacular ways to end a photography tour than with a visit to Perito Moreno. On a sunset stroll through the forests we will indulge in one final goodbye to Patagonia’s dramatic landscape. The glacier is a worthy salute for any photographer, and we will be sure to make a salute of our own at a final farewell dinner in El Calafate after the sun goes down!
Our final night will be spent in El Calafate.
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.