A Photographer’s Paradise
Capture Patagonia at its finest as we explore its magnificent terrain on both sides of the Chile-Argentina border – in vehicles, on foot and on horseback! Stunning mountain landscapes, vivid forests, indigenous wildlife, the gaucho culture, even a trek across a glacier are all part of this unique beyond-the-beaten path photography adventure. There is no better time to explore this far southern wilderness than late April when crowds are at their lowest and autumn colors are in their full glory.
- Price $9500
- Duration 6+ days
- Group Size 5+
- Date 15/04/2020 - 27/04/2020
- Patagonia in its most spectacular season – more colors, less crowds.
- World famous Torres del Paine & Los Glaciaras National Parks
- 3 days on horseback exploring fall color forests and gaucho (cowboy) life on working estancias
- Ice Trekking – hike across a glacier!
Day 1 (April 15) Santiago – Welcome to Chile! Our adventure begins when we meet you upon your arrival at Santiago International airport (SCL). We will transport you to our hotel where you can relax and recover from your travels until 4pm when our group gathers for an orientation meeting and a brief session on image management in Lightroom. Afterward, we’ll head out for dinner in central Santiago. Overnight in Santiago hotel.
Day 2 (April 16) Santiago to Puerto Natales – today is mostly a travel day. We’ll catch an early flight to Punta Arenas and then board a private minibus for the drive to Puerto Natales, the gateway to southern Patagonia. We’ll meet our local guides and end the day by enjoying a seafood dinner in this charming town. Overnight in Puerto Natale hotel.
Day 3 (April 17) Puerto Natales to Lago Brush Camp – our adventure shifts into high gear today when we board our boat for the short trip to Balmaceda glacier. After lunch, we’ll meet our horses and guide who will lead us on our ride through vivid fall colors to our rustic camp in the forest. Overnight “glamping”at Lago Brush Camp.
Day 4 (April 18) Lago Brush to Villa Rio Serrano – after a hearty breakfast we’ll continue our ride through the autumn colors. Before long, we will catch our first glimpses of the iconic Paine massif rising abruptly from the surrounding plains. Its jagged peaks will grow clearer and larger as we approach our destination, Rio Serrano village, just outside Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll arrive in the early afternoon and check into our comfy riverside lodge and get a few well-deserved hours of R&R before a sunset photo session and delicious evening meal. After dinner, Ken will share his presentation, Seeing 101, which explains Ken’s Whole Brain approach to photography and practical ways to sharpen your creative vision. Overnight at Rio Serrano Lodge
Day 5 (April 19) Villa Rio Serrano to Torres del Paine NP –We’ll jumpstart this day with a sunrise photo session of the Paine peaks and Serrano river valley followed by breakfast at our lodge. Then it’s time to check out and explore the stunning scenery of Torres del Paine Park. We’ll spend the day photographing landscapes featuring lakes, waterfalls, fall colors and of course, the spectacular mountains. A sunset photoshoot followed by dinner and drinks at our hotel inside the park caps off this amazing day. Overnight in Torres del Paine NP
Day 6 (April 20) Torres del Paine NP to Estancia Cerro Guido –Our exploration of Torres del Paine continues with a sunrise shoot at a breathtaking location overlooking Lago Pehoe. After breakfast, we’ll visit several more locations inside the park to photograph its landscapes and wildlife such as guanacos and, if we’re lucky, Andean condors. We’ll leave the park in the afternoon and make our way to Estancia Cerro Guido, a working ranch in the pampas and our home for the next two nights. During our stay, we’ll have multiple opportunities to experience and photograph the gaucho lifestyle and enjoy some amazing meals. We’ve also set aside time for a post processing and image critique session. Overnight at Estancia Cerro Guido
Day 7 (April 21) Estancia Cerro Guido – if you haven’t had your fill of early mornings, you can take advantage of the fantastic the view of the Paine massif from the estanica by getting up for optional sunrise photoshoot. Otherwise, join us for breakfast with a view. Afterwards, we’ll drive out to another local estancia for a half day ride on horseback with multiple stops for photography. Upon our return, we’ll get cleaned up and get back together in the evening for a traditional asado (open fire bbq) dinner. Bring your appetite, but don’t forget your camera! Overnight at Estancia Cerro Guido
Day 8 (April 22) Estancia Cerro Guido to El Chalten – we say goodbye to Chile today and cross the border into Argentina in our private minibus. We’ll spend most of the day traveling until we once again see mountains rising sharply from the pampas. Soon after, we’ll reach the mountain town of El Chalten on the outskirts of Los Glaciaras National Park. Overnight at El Chalten hotel.
Day 9 (April 23) El Chalten – today is our most physically challenging day, but we’ve tried to make it as painless as possible for the less than superfit. After breakfast, we’ll set out on a ~4hr hike to the base of Mt. Fitzroy. The trail is good, the incline not too bad and we’ll keep the pace easy with plenty of breaks. However, we are hiking for hours, so be sure you are up to the effort. We will also be spending the night in the mountains. The good thing is that the only things you have to carry up are your camera gear and water. All the food and camping equipment will be provided. We are making this effort because the photos will be worth it. Mt. Fitzroy’s granite monolith is the focus of our journey, but there are many other photo opportunities in these mountains including glaciers, waterfalls and the fall colors. Night photography is also on the agenda for this moonless evening. Overnight at Poincenot Tent Camp
Day 10 (April 24) El Chalten – we have to start extra early to get to our sunrise location but sacrificing a bit of sleep pays off when the first deep orange rays of sunlight light up Mt. Fitzroy’s spire in the background while a beautiful waterfall fills the foreground. We’ll take all the time we need to make the most of this opportunity before heading down the trial back to El Chalten. On the way, we’ll walk through a fall colors forest and let the scenery dictate the number photo stops we make. Back in town, we’ll settle into our hotel and get some rest and a meal before gathering for our second post processing/image critique session. Overnight at El Chalten hotel.
Day 11 (April 25) El Chalten to El Calafte – we depart the mountains in the morning and make our way to El Calafate, stopping along the way for photos as the light and scenery dictates. You have the rest of the day at your disposal after we check in to our hotel. Relax, process photos, do some shopping or explore this charming town with or without your camera.
Day 12 (April 26) El Calafate – strap on your crampons (provided) and get ready for a big day on big ice! After breakfast in town, we board our ferry and cross the lake to the base of massive Perito Moreno glacier. Before we ever set foot on ice, the immense face of this river of ice will have you clicking away. Don’t forget to look up either because those dark specks are actually people traversing the glacier. Once we are on the ice, you’ll be mesmerized by its intense deep blue tones. It’s quite an otherworldly experience and a great final photo opportunity to cap off our adventure. In the evening, we’ll get together to enjoy some of Argentina’s famous steaks and wine at our farewell dinner.
Day 13 (April 27) El Calafate to Bueno Aires – after breakfast we’ll head to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Our adventure ends up on our arrival at the international airport. We’ll arrive in time to make connections for most international departures. If your schedule has you flying out the following day or you just want a night to relax before starting your journey home, let us know and we can arrange for accommodations near the airport (extra charge applies).