2024 PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR

El chaltén & torres del paine in the fall.

Join us for a Patagonia Photo Tour where we will capture the most iconic and impressive landscapes in southern Chile and Argentina. From massive glaciers, towering peaks, turquoise lakes, and pristine Patagonian forests to plenty of wildlife like pumas, guanacos and condors, Patagonia is a photographer’s paradise.

We are running this Chilean and Argentine Patagonia photo tour in April   2024, during the best time of year to photograph the spectacular Patagonia forests’ fall colors and when the parks are less crowded.

Road to El Chalten Patagonia

During this 13-day Patagonia photo adventure , we will visit the most photogenic locations around the picturesque village of El Chaltén in Argentina, as well as the most iconic spots in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, including one full day at the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

This Patagonia photo tour is mainly focused on enjoying and capturing the best moments of light that the Southern Andean range has to offer, from epic sunrises over the base of Mount Fitz Roy to dramatic lenticular clouds and unforgettable photography sessions at Los Cuernos in Torres del Paine. We will stay in some of the best hotels in the area but also camp and hike on fully outfitted trips to reach the best photography locations in Patagonia .

We will personally help you capture the best possible images during our Patagonia photography workshop and show you the best techniques to shoot any subject in different light conditions: sunrise, sunset, midday, twilight, night, etc.

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PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photo tour in  April  2024.
  • Group size: 12 participants + 2 instructors + 1 local mountain guide.
  • Main topics: landscape, mountains, forests, wildlife.
  • Main areas : El Chaltén , Perito Moreno Glacier , and Torres del Paine .
  • Accommodation included in top hotels close to the best locations.
  • Transportation included in a bus to travel comfortably with all the luggage/camera bags.
  • All entrance fees to national parks included.
  • A 3-night, fully outfitted photo experience with camping in the Patagonian wild.
  • Puma tracking photo tour in Chilean Patagonia.

Download the official Patagonia Photo Tour brochure

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Is this Patagonia Photo Tour the Right Trip for me?

Before you continue reading, it’s important to note that this Patagonia photo tour requires a very good  level of fitness . During the first part of the trip, in Argentina, we’ll hike an average of 3 to 4 miles per day with an average elevation gain of 1,500 feet. Also, we’ll be sleeping in tents for  three camping days.

During this fully outfitted camping experience, we’ll have a team of local porters and assistants so you can just hike with your camera gear and focus on shooting and taking in the views. While in Chile, we won’t be hiking as much, but there will be some shorter hikes to reach the best photography locations.

We’ll be visiting and photographing many locations, which require walking on uneven paths, so being in good physical shape is fundamental so that you can enjoy the experience.

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2024 EL CHALTÉN & TORRES DEL PAINE PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY

The itinerary for our Patagonia photo tour can be flexible . Here, the weather is very changeable and we can experience all four seasons in one day. However, the weather is also one of the best things about Patagonia, since it creates the most dramatic conditions you’ll ever see in the wilderness.

As we know the area very well, our goal will be to photograph the Patagonian landscapes in the best possible conditions, depending on the weather forecast.

We will try to make the most of the light, especially during the sunrises, when the light creates a feast for the eyes by turning the peaks red and orange.

DAY 1: Argentine Patagonia Photo Tour

This Patagonia photo tour will begin at El Calafate Airport (FTE) in Argentina, where we’ll pick you up by 12 PM and meet with the rest of the group.

During this first day, we’ll do the welcome speech and briefing. We’ll also do a gear review to make sure we are familiar with our cameras and have the right settings. You’ll then have time to rest from the trip, before going out for our first group dinner.

It’s important to be well-rested because the remaining days will be filled with activities!

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DAY 2: Patagonia Photo Tour

On the second day of our Patagonia photography tour , after breakfast, we will say goodbye to El Calafate and drive to our first photography spot: Perito Moreno Glacier!

This spectacular mass of ice spreads along 121 square miles and it’s one of the few glaciers in the world in a quasi-steady state, with no major changes in its size during the past centuries.

This massive glacier towers above the turquoise waters of an enormous lagoon in Los Glaciares National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s one of the most impressive glaciers in the world. We will spend the morning shooting this gigantic sharp ice field under the fall colors from different viewpoints until sunset light.

After our Perito Moreno photo excursion , we will then drive to El Chalten to begin the next part of our journey.

From Perito Moreno, we will drive about 4.5 hours to the world-famous village of El Chaltén . Just an hour before we arrive in El Chaltén, we’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the iconic peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in the distance; these two peaks will be our main photography backgrounds for the next five days.

Perito Moreno Glacier Photography tour

DAY 3: Patagonia Photo Tour with Camping

On the third day of our Patagonia photography tour , if the peaks are visible, we will wake up early to capture the sunrise at a location near the village.

After we have breakfast at the hotel, we will leave our laptops, electronics, and other clothing at the hotel before meeting up with the porters, local mountain guides, and assistants to start our Patagonia camping photo adventure . We will do a 2.5-mile ( 4-kilometer) hike (about 3 hours with a 1,300 foot/400 meter elevation gain) to our first campsite, which is next to the beautiful Laguna Capri and has views of the imposing Mount Fitz Roy .

The local team will set up our campsite for us, and, after having lunch, we will scout the area with our cameras and wait for the sunset light by a secret waterfall not too far from our campsite. The foliage in this area is usually at its peak during this time of year. After sunset, we will walk back to the campsite for dinner and some rest.

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DAY 4: Patagonia Photo Tour with Camping

On the fourth day of our autumn Patagonia photo tour , we will start the day by capturing the sunrise at another hidden waterfall close to the campsite. After breakfast, our porters will pack up the camping gear and we will continue hiking towards our next campsite, near the base of Fitz Roy . This will be a shorter  2.5-mile ( 4-kilometer) hike (2 hours on mostly flat terrain). This will be a private campsite, reserved only for guided tours.

Once we reach our campsite, the team will set up the sleeping tents and a large communal tent where we can gather for lunch.

After lunch, you’ll have the option to hike up to Laguna de los Tres , one of the most beautiful landmarks of the trip.

It will take us around 2 hours from the campsite to reach this location via a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilomter) uphill path with a 1,300-foot (400-meter) elevation gain. This is the steepest and toughest trail of the trip, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a picturesque lake that offers unparalleled views of the Patagonian mountains right at the base of Fitz Roy . This is one of those places that you cannot miss if you visit Argentine Patagonia!

If you choose to stay at the campsite, we will start exploring this spectacular area. We will capture endless outstanding foregrounds, such as reflective ponds, red ‘bonsai’ trees (“ñires” and “lengas”), and lakes, with the impressive Mount Fitz Roy in the background , until the sunset light is gone. Then we will head back to the campsite to enjoy a warm dinner.

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DAY 5: Patagonia Photo Tour with Camping

On the next morning of our Patagonia camping photo adventure , we will wake up early to start hiking to our sunrise spot on one of the most beautiful, yet unknown Argentine landmarks.

It will take us around 1 hour from our campsite to reach the base of Mount Polo . The trail is mostly flat with some muddy and swampy sections. From here, we’ll be able to see Fitz Roy while being surrounded by some majestic dead tree trunks which will help us with our compositions. If you prefer to stay at camp, you’ll be able to capture the beautiful morning light over Fitz Roy reflected in some close lagoons. 

After our morning session, we will go back down to the campsite to have some breakfast. Then, our porters will take all the camping gear to the village, and we will start the 5.5-mile (9-kilometer) hike back to El Chaltén (4 hours, flat + 1,640 feet (500 meters) downhill).

Back in El Chaltén, we will head to our hotel, where we will have some post-processing lessons before going to our sunset location near the village.

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DAY 6: Argentine Patagonia Photo Tour

On the sixth day of this Patagonia photo workshop , after our morning session, we will meet up with the porters and guides again to start our last trek, this time towards the Cerro Torre area . This 5.5-mile (9-kilometer) hike will take us 4 hours and involve a 1,640-foot (500-meter) elevation gain on a trail with continuously breathtaking views.

Once we reach our private campsite and the team sets up the tents, we will walk 25 minutes to Laguna Torre , a pristine glacial lake right below Cerro Torre where you can see chunks of ice floating in the lake.

Here, we will have plenty of compositional elements to photograph, such as rivers, trees, rocks, and ice. We will explore the area around sunset before returning to the campsite for a warm dinner and some rest.

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DAY 7: Patagonia Photo Tour with Camping

On the next day of this guided Patagonia photo tour , we will be back to Laguna Torre to shoot sunrise . The sunrise in this location is stunning. Seeing the peak of Cerro Torre light up as the sun is coming up is definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

Then, the porters will gather up the camping gear and we will start hiking back to El Chaltén, following the same path we took the day before.

In the village, we will have time for some rest at the hotel and, depending on the weather, we may visit a nearby waterfall or have a post-processing class.

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DAYS 8-12: Chilean Patagonia Photo Tour

On the eighth day of our Patagonia photo tour , we will continue our journey and drive toward the outstanding Torres del Paine National Park in Chile . It will be a long drive that includes a border crossing, but we’ll make stops along the way to see wildlife like guanacos and rheas.

The closer we get to our final destination, the more impressive the scenery will become. We will stay at one of the best hotels in Torres del Paine , with stunning views of the incredible vertical peaks that we will be shooting in the coming days. We can even take amazing pictures from the hotel doorstep! After check-in, we’ll head out for our first sunset session in Chile.

2-week photography tour in Patagonia

During the next 5 days , we’ll have the flexibility to shoot in different locations across Torres del Paine National Park during the best light according to the weather forecast, which we will check the day before. We’ll access our photo spots via small drives and short hikes.

There are endless possibilities to shoot here: beautiful reflections of Los Cuernos , Laguna Amarga , Glacier Grey , the Dead Forest , turquoise lakes, waterfalls, many panoramic views of the mountains, colorful autumn foliage, and even seascapes.

Photography tour in Torres del Paine, Chile

Also, during this week, we will try to capture some blue hour and night images if conditions allow. The moon can illuminate the beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine, so we’ll always keep an eye on the conditions for any possible night photography session.

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Also, we’ll spend one of the days doing a Patagonia Puma tracking Photo Tour . Pumas are elusive animals and it’s not guaranteed that we’ll see them, but with the help of our professional puma trackers who know their habitat and understand their behavior, we’ll have high chances of seeing them. This area in the Patagonia is the best place in the world to witness this beautiful feline. In addition, we’ll probably see other animals, such as guanacos, condors, rheas, armadillos, foxes, and many species of birds.

On our 11th day of the trip, after our last sunrise, we’ll head back to El Calafate in Argentina, where we’ll spend our last night.

Puma tracking photography tour

DAY 13: Patagonia Photo Tour

After breakfast, we will pack up and drive you to El Calafate Airport, where we will wrap up this photo adventure across Patagonia . We can take you to the airport from 06:00 to 10:00 AM, but you can also take a private taxi to the airport if you need to catch your flight earlier or later. 

Patagonia Photo Tour

PRICE: $7,490 USD

Deposit: $2,000 USD

A $2,000 USD deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due 120 days before the start of the photo tour. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Pick up & drop-off  at El Calafate Airport (FTE).

Transportation during the trip in a private bus.

Fuel and  parking   fees .

Border crossing fees.

Accommodation in hotels in shared rooms with private bathrooms.

Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park.

Entrance ticket to Glaciar Perito Moreno .

Local mountain guides in Los Glaciares NP and Torres del Paine NP.

Patagonia Puma tracking tour.

Photo guide services from professional landscape photographers.

– Private 4-season tent with sleeping bag and air mats.

– All food and drinks – breakfast, picnic, lunch, dinner.

– Bilingual, accredited professional guide.

– Cook & kitchen services.

– Porters

– Dining tent.

– Satellite phone and first aid kit.

  • Access to Dan Zafra’s full  Capture the Milky Way Course  (valued at $299).
  • Access to the recorded material during the expedition.
  • Access to David Aguilar’s  Moody Landscapes course .

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from El Calafate Airport .
  • Private room – Extra $1,000 (*Subject to availability).
  • Meals, except for camping days.
  • Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs).
  • Personal porters
  • Telephone, personal expenses, tips, etc., and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section.

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Upcoming Patagonia Photo Tours 

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  • Francesco Dall'Olmo

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What will I learn during this Patagonia photo Tour?

This trip is focused on landscape & wildlife photography, mainly shooting mountains, forests, and waterfalls. We’ll also do some blue hour/night  photography when conditions align.

What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.

During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn:

Basic Photography Techniques

  • Getting comfortable shooting different types of landscapes and wildlife in manual mode.
  • Adjusting to the best camera settings in each situation.
  • Planning your sunset and landscape images.
  • Shooting long exposures using ND filters .
  • Enhancing your composition with the best techniques.
  • Basics of wildlife photography .
  • Designing your own shooting workflow to be more efficient in the field.

Advanced photography Techniques

  • Creating powerful compositions  that tell a story and engage the viewer.
  • Building a  connection between your photography and your vision .
  • Becoming a  master of light : learn how to enhance it and keep it under control.
  • Advanced landscape techniques  like bracketing, focus stacking, or focal length blending.
  • Advanced night photography techniques,  if conditions allow.
  • Advanced wildlife settings and shooting techniques.

Post-processing Techniques

Some of the  post-processing techniques  that you can learn with the included tutorials are:

  • Basics of Lightroom and Photoshop .
  • Preparing your images  in Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Stitching of panoramas  using different software like Lightroom or PTGui Pro.
  • Reducing the noise  in your images with Denoise AI.
  • Sharpening your photos  with Sharpen AI.
  • All types of Blendings  (exposure, focal length, focus, etc.).
  • Light shaping and Dodge & Burn  in your landscape & night images.
  • Post-processing of  moody and atmospheric landscapes .
  • Advanced night photography post-processing  techniques.

Your Instructors on this Patagonia Photo Tour

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Dan Zafra will help you take your photography to the next level on this Patagonia Photo Tour. He will help you with composition, technique, and post-processing in your landscape, wildlife, & night images and use the best methods according to your skills.

Dan is a professional landscape and astrophotographer and has explored the lower latitudes of our planet over the years in places like Peru, Bolivia, Atacama, and Patagonia. He has experience running photo tours all around the world and he’s very knowledgeable not only about the best locations but also about the best time and lighting to photograph them.

Dan is the Co-founder of Capture the Atlas and his main passion is educating other photographers with photo tours, workshops, and tutorials. His online photography courses have helped more than 1000 photographers over the last few years. Joining him for this workshop will provide you with a great opportunity to learn how to best capture the highlights of Patagonia.

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David Aguilar will be your photo tour leader throughout this Patagonia photo tour, and he will make sure that you are in the right place at the right time to get the best photography results from this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, and composition in all your landscape and night images.

David is a real expert on Patagonia after taking many trips throughout the region and running photo tours there over the last few years. He’s very knowledgeable about the most photogenic locations, the weather patterns, and the best techniques to capture breathtaking landscape images. He has also hiked all around the main landmarks of Patagonia and has discovered many rarely known photo locations that he’ll show you on this trip.

David’s main passion is traveling and helping others with their craft. He’s traveled extensively, not only in Patagonia and South America, but also in Nordic countries like Iceland and Norway and across vast areas in the European Alps.

He’s also a skilled post-processing editor and has helped countless photographers over the last few years with his online landscape editing courses.

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Prince Berkoh will be the tour leader of the tour and he’ll make sure that you capture the best possible images during the trip.

Prince is a landscape and night photographer based in Northern Spain. His passion for photography has taken him to some of the most spectacular landscape photography destinations in Europe and South America.

He loves educating and teaching others about photography, and he’s given presentations on night photography over the years. He also has extensive experience, having led numerous tours in Nordic countries such as Patagonia, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Lofoten Islands, and more. In addition, he leads other photo tours in Europe and South America.

Prince will show you the best methods for capturing the landscapes of Patagonia, from the basics to advanced techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, panoramas, and other photography tips.

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Francesco Dall’Olmo will be the Co-leader of this Patagonia photo adventure.

He is based in Northern Italy and has developed all his landscape photography in his beautiful backyard: The Italian Dolomites. Apart from shooting extensively there, Francesco has traveled and photographed all over Europe in Norway, the Faroe Islands, Spain, and in South America across Patagonia, Atacama, etc.

Besides being an excellent photographer, Francesco is an expert in time-lapses and he has produced many films in the Dolomites and other areas.

He will help you capture unique landscape images and timelapses on this trip.

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Prince Berkoh will be the co-leader of the tour and he’ll make sure that you capture the best possible images during this trip.

Prince is a landscape and night photographer based in Madrid, Spain. His passion for photography has taken him to some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe, from Spain to the remote Faroe Islands.

He also loves educating and teaching others about photography, having led numerous workshops and presentations on night photography over the years.

Prince will show you how to best capture the Patagonian landscapes, from the basics to advanced techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, panoramas, and other night photography tips.

WHAT TO BRING ON A PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR?

We will send you a complete list of everything we recommend bringing on this tour before the trip. Below is a summary of things you might need:

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR

  • DSLR/mirrorless camera and a sturdy tripod .
  • A wide-angle lens , such as a 14-24 mm lens.
  • A medium zoom lens , such as a 24-70 mm lens.
  • A telephoto lens , like a 100-400 mm lens.
  • A camera bag to transport all your photography equipment and some other items.
  • A  6-stop ND filter to shoot waterfalls and rivers.
  • A CPL (circular polarizer filter).
  • A headlamp for the night shoots and camping.

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CLOTHING AND HIKING GEAR

The average temperature in Patagonia in April is between 50ºF to 23°F (10° C to -5ºC) , and it’s especially cold in the mornings. You should come prepared for all kinds of weather and bring warm clothing. Rain and strong winds are very common in Patagonia. Some of the things that we recommend bringing on this fall Patagonia photo tour are:

  • A system of top layers to wear (base layer, fleece, windproof layer, shell).
  • A system of bottom layers to wear (hiking pants, fleece pants for cold nights, overpants for rain).
  • A good pair of breathable boots to keep your feet warm and protect your ankles while hiking.
  • Warm and breathable socks .
  • A wool hat , neck gaiter, and gloves.
  • Light water bottle .
  • A small, light towel .
  • A sleeping bag liner

Some optional items that are highly recommended are:

  • Hiking poles.
  • A cap or sun hat.
  • Light sneakers or sandals so you can change your shoes after the trek.
  • Sunglasses.
  • An external power bank.

You will find more items and details on the official list of recommendations that we provide upon registration.

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The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS) , and in Chile, it’s the Chilean peso (CLP) . We highly recommend getting Chilean pesos in your home country, although, if that is not possible, you can always purchase some at El Calafate Airport. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most places in Patagonia, but there are still many businesses that only take cash.

For Argentina, we recommended bringing cash since you can get a much favorable rate exchanging your USD in most stores and restaurants at El Calafate or El Chaltén. 

DOCUMENTATION

People from most countries, including the Americas, Europe, Eastern Asia, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand, don’t need a tourist visa to visit Argentina and Chile for trips that are shorter than 90 days.

Please check if you need a visa to visit Argentina and Chile if you live outside those areas. We can help you with this process.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The accommodation on this Patagonia Photo Tour is double occupancy in shared bedrooms with two individual beds and a private bathroom . We also offer single occupancy rooms in all hotels on the trip for an extra $1,000. If you are interested in this, please let us know on the signup form below, since the single occupancy rooms are subject to availability.

In Argentina, we are staying in top-rated hotels close to the best locations, where you can see marvelous views of the Patagonian Mountains.

  • In El Calafate we’ll stay in Hotel Kau Kaleshen, at a one-minute walk to the main street, where you can find shops and restaurants.
  • On the nights in El Chalten , we’ll stay in Chalten Suites Hotel, the best hotel in town, where we’ll be able to rest after our hikes and camping nights.
  • Finally, in Torres del Paine we’ll stay at Morrena Lodge; a beautiful rustic hotel, embedded in nature, right on the border of the national park.

On camping nights, you will sleep in a private, individual tent. Also, during these nights, you can leave the luggage you don’t need, like electronics and extra clothing, in a secure room at our hotel in El Chaltén.

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Most of the trails are moderate in difficulty, but tour participants should have a very good level of fitness .

In El Chaltén , we will be taking long hikes of approximately 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 kilometers) with 1,640 feet (500 meters) of elevation gain to reach our campsites. After this, we’ll be exploring and scouting the area, which can add a few more miles. We’ll spend a total of 3 nights camping during the trip.

Campground during Patagonia Photo tour

During these treks, you just have to carry your camera gear, tripod, and personal items like water, toiletries, a toothbrush, and some extra clothes. Our local team will provide and transport all the camping gear (tents, sleeping bags and mats), set up the campsites, and cook all our food so we can focus on scouting and shooting.

There’s also an optional porter service for your camera/personal gear that you can get for an extra fee of $80-100 USD per day.

In Torres del Paine , we will take shorter hikes. The longest hike we will do in Torres del Paine will be to Mirador los Cuernos, which takes around 1 hour each way in mostly flat terrain.

LOCAL GUIDES AND TOURS

All the local guides in both the Argentine and Chilean parts of this Patagonia photo tour are included.

We have also included the entrance fees for Perito Moreno and Torres del Paine National Park, as well as the price of the Puma tracking tour.

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WHAT EXPENSES SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FOR THIS PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR?

You should book your flight to El Calafate International Airport (FTE).

Airline ticket prices will depend on the airport you are flying from, but round-trip flights from the USA cost around $1,400 – $1,800, and ones from Europe cost $1,100 – $1,300.

Meals are not included, except for breakfast at the hotels and all the meals on camping days.

Most days, we will have breakfast at our accommodation and a nice dinner in a local restaurant. In Torres del Paine, we will have dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, and, during the day, we’ll order box lunches.

We recommend preparing to spend about $40-$70 USD on food per day.

TRANSPORTATION

All transportation and fuel are included during the tour. We’ll be traveling in a private 29-seat bus for the whole 12 days. This will give us ample room to be comfortable during drives and more than enough space for luggage and camera gear. Everybody will have a window seat.

The bus also has a few amenities such as USB chargers and a small fridge with refreshments.

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What makes this Patagonia Photo Tour unique?

Unforgettable, frequent questions about our patagonia photo tour, what level of photography knowledge should i have to attend this photo tour to patagonia.

Whether you are experienced or just starting out in photography, you are welcome to join us, and I am convinced that you will progress very fast. Together, we will get you back home with a greater and deeper knowledge of many photography topics.

Once you sign up for the workshop, we will discuss your skills and goals for this tour, and I’ll organize a teaching plan so you can make the most of this experience. You’ll also receive access to Dan’s Capture the Milky Way course so you can start preparing your astrophotography before the trip.

WHAT PHYSICAL SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?

Most of the trails are moderate in difficulty, but we’ll be hiking and photographing many locations, so being in good physical shape is recommended so that you can enjoy the experience. This is especially important in the Argentine Patagonia region, where the hikes are longer and we’ll be sleeping in tents for 3 of the nights on the trip.

AM I TOO YOUNG/OLD FOR THIS PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR?

There is no age limit to join this Patagonia photo tour.

We do recommend that participants older than 70 years old do a physical examination with a primary care provider (PCP) to make sure that they are physically prepared for this experience.

CAN MY NON-PHOTOGRAPHER COMPANION JOIN US ON THE TOUR?

Non-photographer companions are welcome to join the tour, and they need to book a spot under the same price and conditions as any other participant. (We don’t allow non-participant companions tagging along with the group). We have had plenty of non-photographer companions over the years and all of them enjoyed an amazing experience. As long as they enjoy nature, beautiful landscapes, and are a bit patient with the schedules of a photo tour, joining the trip can be a great experience regardless of the shooting.

CAN I USE MY DRONE?

Unfortunately, flying drones is not allowed in any of the national parks that we will visit, so we don’t recommend bringing a drone on this trip.

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Terms and conditions.

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Patagonia is one of the most spectacular and photogenic mountain regions in the world for good reason; here, you can see everything from towering peaks and enormous glaciers to glittering rivers and waterfalls, and some of the most dramatic light in the Andes.

During the fall, the forests feature a unique display of colors, which adds the perfect touch to any landscape photo. Here, you can also expect to see some of the darkest skies in South America when the wind blows away the clouds.

We have crafted this Patagonia photo tour so you can visit, explore, and photograph all the best locations in this magical region during the best moments of light. All our guides and team will focus on you and your photography during this special trip.

Are you ready for this adventure?!

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Loved by non-photographers too, our photo tour holidays offer the ultimate, small-group travel experience to the world's most wonderful and unique places - with special access away from the crowds. I love to travel, but I hate being stuck with loads of other people (especially when we've got nothing in common), being taken to the regular, over-crowded tourist attractions or wasting hours in an amazing country just relaxing by some pool. I want to get the most out of my holidays - I want to see as many different animals as I can, I want to travel through different landscapes and be shown hidden gems off the beaten path, I want to experience the culture, taste the food, meet new friends with similar interests, enjoy some luxury and importantly, I want to have the time to take some beautiful and unique photos of it all. This is what we strive for with our photography tours and workshops. It's not enough for me to spot a distant lion, tick it off and move on - I want to have the option to try and get closer, on the correct side for best lighting and even wait for him to lift his head and stare directly down the barrel of my camera lens for a great photo - or to move on when I'm done - I want flexibility. I want the inside tips for the best photo location to be ready when the sun rises over the horizon and spills across the bay onto those boulders - and if I can't quite get my photo to work, it'd be awesome to have a friendly pro-photographer right there to offer advice (not one who'll stand in front of me to get the best shot themselves!). If there's a seal colony out on an island nearby, then I'd want to charter a boat tour out there just with my friends onboard so we can spend as long or as short as we want to get the photos without being crowded on a regular sight-seeing tour. If the seal colony was a bit of a tourist attraction on a local beach then I'd want to wait for the crowds to leave, and go down onto the beach after hours - just us as a small group, and a private ranger guide to photograph them at our leisure in beautiful evening lighting. You don't even need to be a photographer to love this style of holiday - who wouldn't like a bit of luxury and a bit of extra patience from their tour leaders, or to be given the opportunity to fly over lakes covered in pink flamingos in Africa in a doors-off plane or over a beautiful coastline in a doors-off helicopter for some epic views? Stay on a private island, learn some new skills with your photography, make some new friends and have an unforgettable, unique holiday - all at the same time! Sound good? Well, there's a reason more than half of our guests come back again, and again on our photo tours!

Absolutely not! We have many non-photographers (and partners of photographers) enjoy our tours! As one guest said "It didn’t matter that I’m not a photographer - I used my iPhone. Just experiencing all these amazing locations at a relaxed pace, in comfort and without the crowds was wonderful!" . The expert photography tuition is a bonus - the incredible access to experience the best places in a tiny group is the main thing! If you're traveling to take photos, or just as a holiday - in the end, it's all about seeing as many of the amazing animals as possible, experiencing the local food and culture, admiring the landscapes, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the whole unforgettable experience with a small group of friends. Whether or not you put a camera in front of your face doesn't really change this. We've had many non-photographers come on our tour, enjoying just spotting animals, identifying them, or watching their behaviour and by the end of the trip many of them do start picking up a camera (or borrowing one of ours) and start getting excited about photography too! Some have later gone on to become full-on photographers, to the delight of their partners! Either way, they have a ball and often come away with us again and again. Most photography guests are beginner to keen-enthusiast level - so no need to stress that your photography may not be good enough - the whole point is to improve your photography, no matter what your level! Our tours are enjoyed by everyone from non-photographers, iPhone and happy-snap photographers right up to serious professionals. We start each tour with a quick photography crash-course, and our expert photography guides are there to help you throughout the whole tour. There is no better way to improve your photography than spending a solid week or two practicing, surrounded by amazingly inspiring subjects, with a small, friendly group of like-minded people. You will be amazed how much your photography will improve. We're there to offer as much or as little assistance as you'd like, at whatever level of complexity you're ready for.

The level of physical activity varies for each of our tours (check the dropdown for each specific tour), however none involve strenuous hiking or anything like that. In Kenya, for example, the hardest thing you'll have to do is walk to and from your tour vehicle mostly, other destinations involve things like optional snorkelling, or may include short walks or humid conditions. We've had 83 year old guests, guests with bad knees and even heart-conditions do even what we consider our most strenuous tours, so rest assured the tour you're looking at is very likely achievable. If you're concerned, just ask us. The tour information booklet we provide for each tour gives a clearer indication of what's involved for each destination. We're very mindful of the abilities of our guests and can always provide less demanding alternatives for those wishing a break.

For each of our tours, we've carefully prepared a detailed information booklet covering everything including our recommendations for what kind of clothes to bring, what type of power plug, what currency, what the climate is like, language tips and plenty of other information to help answer all your questions! We'll send you a copy of this information booklet when you book, or you can email us for one in advance. As for what kind of camera gear is best, whatever you have is fine, but if you've got too much and need help deciding what to bring and what to leave behind, or if you have a bit of money you could spend on getting something really perfect for the trip, please just contact us and we can certainly help you out with what's ideal for each particular tour!

Fear not - more than half of our tour guests travel solo. To help you make friends before you even leave and to be reassured and aided by the advice of your fellow-travellers (and those who have gone before you), we've created an interactive Facebook group for our CBP Voyager Club members (that's anyone who's been on, or is going on any of our tours, which also gives them 5-10% OFF any future tours!). You can find out who's coming from your area, perhaps even meet up beforehand or fly together. This is a great resource and we encourage you to make the most of it if you're on Facebook! Anyone can read the CBP Voyager Club Facebook page , but you can only interact once you've paid your deposit. And do not worry that most accommodation is twin-share - we're good at pairing you up with a roomie who you'll get along with - it has been the start of long-term friendships for many! We can't guarantee that we'll always be able to have you sharing with someone of the same sex - it depends on the gender split, but we do our best. You can request to purchase a single supplement (a room to yourself) if you really need to (subject to availability) though keep in mind that you're usually only in your rooms to sleep as we fill your waking hours with plenty to do, and the couple of occasions we have had guests request rooms to themselves, they end up regretting it when they see the amazing friendships that form between the other roomies.

Of course we can - even in places like Kenya we've successfully catered for vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant and vegetarian guests, and all have had a wonderful tour.

Rest assured that we do not travel through any of the major danger hot-spots like those highly warned against in travel advisory boards etc. For example, in Kenya, we do not even pass through downtown Nairobi and we operate completely away from the coast / Mombasa region and the Somali border. The fact that we like to take you to the more tranquil, less-touristy places on our tours conveniently means we only ever spend minimal time in busy, built up areas or large tourist attractions where thieves or terrorists might target - most of the places we stay at are quite rural and private, and you'll quickly feel right at home & safe.

Our cancelation policies are in line with other leading tourism operators, and you can read all about them here in our Booking Terms and Conditions . We are proud to employ industry best-practices.

The Voyager Club is our photo tour loyalty program! As our photo tours apparently can be very addictive (we've had guests come to more than half a dozen of our tours!), we created the Chris Bray Photography Voyager Club, giving repeat guests 5% OFF future tours with automatic Silver Membership , and then 10% OFF as Gold Members after their fifth tour with us.

Either click the 'Book Now' button above and fill in your details, or simply contact us and let us know which tour you're keen to join us on, and we'll send you a deposit invoice to secure your spot, along with the tour information booklet and our Booking Terms and Conditions .

Starting in the picturesque town of Trelew in Southern Argentina, we'll head in our private mini coach two hours to Puerto Piramides, which will be our base for the next week. Puerto Piramides is a UNESCO world heritage site, recognised not only as the best whale-watching place on Earth, but also for its wider marine life, birdlife and other wildlife. Featured in BBC and National Geographic documentary films, this rich area also boasts Magellanic penguins, dolphins, sea lions and southern elephant seals. Our accommodation for the next week is at the luxurious, waterfront Las Restingas Hotel De Mar . After settling in and a quick meet & greet and photography crash course (and perhaps spotting some whales playing through your panoramic, beachfront windows), we'll head to dinner.

Part whale watching, part shore-based, this week will blow you away. When the weather's good, we'll charter a large, private RIB (zodiac boat) with plenty of room and the best captain who knows exactly what we want in terms of lighting and backgrounds to get the best photos. This time of year, the whole bay is packed with southern right whales, including mothers and calves, and curiosity will bring these gentle giants (up to 15m long!) right alongside - so close you'll need your wide-angle lens and a lens-cloth to wipe off the whale-breath! Each encounter is captivatingly different, and with a bit of luck we'll experience everything from breaching, tail lobbing against the sunset, resting calves - even mating! We have the boat all day, but typically we'll go out early for the morning lighting for a few hours, come back for breaky, head back out again to try our luck in another area, come back for lunch, enjoy a few hours off to go through your photos or look for fossilised sharks teeth on the shore before then heading back out again in the late afternoon, staying out until the magical golden glow of sunset - long after regular tourists have to return to shore. Our special permits also allow us to explore wherever we want along the dramatic coastline, head out to find dolphins, sea lion colonies, outcrops of rock covered in terns, cormorants, kelp-gulls, giant petrels and 180 other species of birds! We'll only be doing this marine photography for part of this week however, as whenever the weather's not great - or if we want a chance of scene - we'll head inland on various different day tours, exploring the local Peninsula Valdez. We've organised private access with a ranger right down onto the gravely beach (below the cliff-top viewing platform) where the huge Elephant Seals hang out. We'll photograph the enormous bull ‘Beach Masters' hopefully rearing up to fight for dominance and territory, the adorable big-eyed pups suckling, and try to freeze the moment when these seals flip arcs of sand over the top of themselves to keep cool. If we're lucky, we might even see orca as they patrol the shore. Patagonian foxes also hang around, as well as mara (like a hare crossed with a tailless Kangaroo), Darwin's lesser rhea (giant flightless bird similar to an emu), guanako (A type of Llama), armadillos, skunks and of course plenty more birds like crested tinamou, turkey vultures and more! This first week is jam-packed, but any ‘spare time' you manage to find, there's plenty to do in this area from fascinating information centers to lovely little cafes, and you'll have plenty of photos to go through anyway, with us on hand to teach you some new tricks!

Today we’ll depart from Trelew (Argentina) and catch a short flight to El Calafate, arriving in time to explore the village this afternoon before transferring to our accommodation (the Posada Los Almos Hotel) for the next two nights. Tonight we’ll have dinner at one of the favourite restaurants in town, La Couzina.

This morning we’ve arranged a private tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province. It’s an amazing glacier, 250 square kilometres and is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. It’s also one of the few glaciers that is still advancing, rather than retreating, and an incredible site to photograph. Tonight we’ll return to the Mirador Del Lago in El Calafate to get ready for the adventure to continue in Chile tomorrow!

Today we’ll drive to Torres del Paine National Park, another UNESCO world heritage site, also home to an abundance of wildlife including guanacos and possibly even the elusive Puma. It boasts a huge diversity of birds including eagles, hawks, lesser reheas, buzzards, flamingo and South American condors that have returned from the brink of extinction. In fact, en route, near the border of Chile, we’ll stop at a Condor viewpoint to photograph these majestic birds! The real draw card to this area is its incredible landscapes. The Torres del Paine igneous granite rock spires are millions of years old and dominate the views of South America’s first National Park. Surrounded by photogenic azure lakes, emerald forests, raging rivers and radiant blue glaciers, you’re in the middle of a picture-perfect postcard. We'll be staying at the comfortable Hosteria Tercera Barranca for the next 5 nights, so spread out and make your self at home!

To give us the best possible chance of spotting the elusive Puma we have allocated 4 full days here and are being accompanied by one of the best Puma spotters in the business. In fact, our guide is so good and so well known in this area that we have had to hire our own undercover ‘hire' cars, as if we used his car we would be frequently stopped and followed by others seeking the same prize of the Puma. Every day we will be trying our luck at photographing the puma and will hopefully also come across other animals too like the grey and red fox, hairy armadillo, hog-nosed skunk, Chilean flamingo, Magellanic woodpecker, austral parakeet, austral pygmy owl, ringed kingfisher, black-chested bussard eagle, crested caracara and more! We'll also have time to explore some of the hidden gems within the national park so we can photograph the dramatic landscapes from various different angles – without having to walk too far! There'll be waterfalls, glaciers, iceberg, forests, mountains, black sand beaches, azure lakes and more Part of the beauty of travelling with a small group of like-minded photographers is that we have the flexibility to spend just as long or short as we want at each location, free to stop to get out and photograph whenever we see something interesting.

That's it I'm afraid! This morning we'll drive back to Punta Arenas where we'll drop you at your hotel or at the airport for your flight home any time after 2PM. Where did those 14 days weeks just go? Well, I guarantee you'll have thousands of amazing photos to flick back through to remind yourself, forever, of one of the best journeys of your life! When we say that after Punta Arenas we all fly home – Chris Bray Photography actually start their very next tour, their incredible ‘ Galapagos, Amazon and Hummingbirds ' tour straight after, so perhaps while you're already in South America some of you'd like to join our team for the double-whammy?!

IMPORTANT - Ensure you have read our Tour Booking Conditions prior to booking. The document covers everything from your rights, inclusions and payment schedule, to our cancellation policy and extent of liability. All our photo tours are subject to minimum numbers. Please ensure you have read our tour Booking Conditions for our cancellation policy. Sea Sickness - There are many boat trips on this photo tour and while the water is usually protected and calm, anyone who suffers from seasickness should bring appropriate medication. All meals are provided but beverages must be purchased at your own expense. Level of fitness - Moderate. You do need to be able to get in and out of boats, clamber down sand dunes onto the coastline for the elephant seals, and wander around for a morning or afternoon with your camera bag on your back to photograph the pumas. The price includes internal flights (from Trelew, Argentina to Punta Arenas, Chile but does NOT include flights from your hometown to Trelew, Argentina),nor your return flight back home from Punta Arenas, Chile. The price does NOT include visas or reciprocity fee's for entering Argentina or Chile. We do not loan out our own camera equipment for this trip so be prepared to be self sufficient regarding your camera gear.

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Marco Grassi Photography

Patagonia Photo Tour

Hiking in Patagonia, Cerro Torre in the background

01-10 April  2023

Join an unforgettable adventure in one of the most photogenic places in the world. During this Patagonia Photo Tour we will have plenty of opportunities to photograph majestic mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, trees, autumn colors, glaciers and much more. We will have access to some secret locations and get the best out of every condition.

PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY

Our Patagonia photo tour officially begins! After picking everyone up at El Calafate Airport or hotel nearby, it’s time to drive towards El Chalten. We’ll drop off our luggages in a safe storage and start hiking in the early afternoon.

An easy hike (4km approx, 1.30h, uphill + flat) will lead us to our camping spot. We will set up our tents and get ready with our cameras. After sunset we will go back to the campsite for dinner and some rest.

Ready to leave early in the morning to reach our sunrise location, again very close to our campsite. Then it’s time to pack our tents and continue towards the next campsite (4km approx 1h hike, flat). Here we will spend a total of two nights.

We’ll have plenty of time to scout around, then we’ll reach our sunset location and come back for dinner.

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On the third day of our Patagonia photo tour we’ll get up early and have a quick breakfast! Afterward we will hike up to our sunrise location, an incredible lake right below Mount Fitz Roy. The hike is 2km uphill and takes approx 1.30h.  In the afternoon we will scout some more and take pictures of some beautiful locations in the area.

After our sunset shooting it’s time to have dinner and recharge for the next day.

On day 4 we move to our next campsite, where we’ll spend two nights. This camp is located in a different valley and very close to “Laguna Torre”. Here we’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph the incredible Cerro Torre. Hiking time is approx 3.30h (9km), mostly flat.

After lunch, we scout around before reaching our sunset location.

Rainbow clouds during the Patagonia photo tour with Marco Grassi Photography

DAY 5 & 6

Sunrise will be very close to our campsite, there are different compositions to choose from. These include river, trees and a lake right below the mountains.

In the afternoon everyone is free to explore on his own or join the group for some more scouting. Sunset will be in the same area.

On day 6 we hike back to El Chalten (9km approx 3h, mostly flat) after sunrise. We will then check in in the hotel and have a post-processing class.

DAY 7 & 8

On day 7, after our sunrise shooting, we drive to our next destination. We will have access to an incredible place. The hike takes approx. 3 hours and this secret spot has it all: view on the mountains, valley, river. Here you will also be able to fly your drone for some crazy aerial views over Mt. Fitz Roy. We will spend two nights camping here.

DAY 9 & 10

After our sunrise shooting, we’re ready to begin our hike back down. We will drive to our hotel in El Chalten and have some time to relax before leaving again for sunset.

On day 10 after breakfast, it’s time to drive back to El Calafate, where the tour ends.

The tab below points out the approx distances we will cover everyday to reach our campsite or final destination (doesn’t include short daily hikes). Please note that it is however subject to changes, depending on the weather conditions.

Distance: 4km

Elevation gain: 400mt

Time: 1h 30min

Elevation gain: –

Distance:  2km one way

Elevation gain: 450mt

Time:  1h 20min one way

and then back

Distance:  9km

Elevation gain:  –

Time:  3h 30min

Distance: 9km

Elevation gain: 54mt

Time: 3h 30min

Distance: 6.5km

Elevation gain: 600mt

Afternoon hike

Elevation loss: 600mt

Sunset hike

Distance:  2.5km one way

Elevation gain: 50mt

Time:  1h one way

Sunset during the Patagonia photo tour with Marco Grassi Photography

Professional photo guide + co-guide + mountain guide

NP Entry Fees and special accesses

2 Nights Lodging in Hotel (shared room) + Campsites

Transportation

Breakfast everyday

Lunch, Dinner when camping

All transfers included

Personal Processing Instructions

Flights & Travel Insurance

Snacks, alcohol and beverages

Lunch, Dinner at hotels

Anything not mentioned in the “included” list

MEET THE TEAM

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Marco Grassi (Photographer)

Born and raised in Italy, Marco Grassi is a self-taught and award-winning photographer focused on landscape photography. At the young age of 23 Marco has completed his round-the-world trip and today, several countries later, he defines himself as a true travel addict. Marco’s work has been published and rewarded extensively worldwide in a large variety of media outlets, such as the National Geographic and GEO Magazine. Among some of his clients we can find “Nisi Filters” and “Hilleberg – The Tentmaker” .

His workshops have been designed with the central idea of putting you in the right place at the perfect time and give you plenty of amazing photo opportunities whilst creating a life-changing experience. He will assist you and advise you with valuable photography tips during the whole trip and show you the best photo locations of each destination.

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Jessica Lancia (Head of operations & Co-guide)

Jessica has completed a round-the-world trip at the age of 22 and it’s during this trip that she has quickly grown her love for nature and, most of all, mountain landscapes. After returning from this journey, together with Marco she started working on the idea of guiding photography workshops and they now lead together in many different locations such as Patagonia, Dolomites, Norway and Faroe Islands.

Jessica is the logistical mastermind who develops the visual and written content of marcograssiphotography.com and takes care of all organization aspects of the trips with an accurate attention for all the details.

Jessica will assist you during this photo tour and she’ll make sure to help you with anything you might need and with any questions/doubts you might have before and during the trip.

THE LAND OF THE GIANTS

Patagonia is famous for its dramatic mountain peaks, shimmering rivers, abundance of glaciers, incredible cloud formations. in autumn, the forest comes to life and adds a touch of yellow, red and orange to the trees below the mountains. during this patagonia photo tour, we will have plenty of time to explore multiple locations and make the best out of every possible condition..

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Location: Patagonia, Argentina

Tour Length: 10 Days, April 01-10th 2023

Pick up/Drop off:  El Calafate Airport (FTE)

 Accommodation:  campsites + hotels

Physical Difficulty: Medium

Number of Participants : Max. 8

Important note about shared room: if you opted for “shared room” (no extra cost), it might happen that you have to share with a participant of opposite sex (remote, but possible scenario). We will check with each of you if you are fine with this. If one of you is not comfortable, then you will both need to upgrade to a single room (price varies depending on tour).

Tour’s price: 41 00€

Single room supplement:  200€, non-refundable deposit required:  700€, payment in full: 12 0 days before starting date.

*Discounts available if joining the Patagonia photo tour as a group (2+ people) and for returning customers. Enquire at [email protected]

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

By booking this tour you agree to our  Terms&Conditions .

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Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes in Spring

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Comparable in size to Washington, Oregon and California, the flat temperate desert plain of Patagonia rises to meet the jagged granite spires of the Southern Andes. Verdant forests, fed by the meltwaters of an 8,000-square-mile ice cap to the west, surround pristine lakes considered to be among the world’s most beautiful. Images of craggy snowcapped peaks lie reflected in the cold, blue water. Massive glaciers grind on their slow course, calving blue icebergs into jewel-like lakes.

Our Patagonia tour concentrates on panoramic landscape and wildlife imagery in two incredible national parks. We shoot in the spectacular mountainous region of the Andes at Los Glaciares National Park where we should have outstanding photo opportunities at the Fitzroy Massif (11,073 feet) and Cerro Torre (10,280 feet). The Patagonian spring is a vast, living tapestry of blooming wildflowers, migratory birds and newborn wildlife.

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The second photographic highlight is our days spent at the foot of the dramatic peaks of the “Towers” and “Horns” of Torres del Paine National Park. The more temperate weather and longer daylight hours of the southern hemisphere’s spring season offer a wide variety of photographic opportunities. We have plenty of time to capture these magnificent mountains in the wondrous light of sunrise and sunset. Patagonian foxes and guanacos are at the beginning of their birthing season and the possibility of a puma sighting provide exciting wildlife photography experiences—and it is not uncommon to see condors, eagles and other birds of prey during our travels. We also organize a photo session of gauchos driving horses across grasslands.

Join us for a journey to a place called a “Living Eden” in a stunning documentary filmed for public television. The mountains of Patagonia provide some of the world’s most inspiring scenic photography and are a destination all serious nature photographers should shoot at least once in a lifetime!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart on overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 (Nov 5, 2024) Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to our hotel. Afternoon visit to Costanera Sur Wildlife Preserve and Palermo Lake. (D)

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Days 4–6 The jagged spine of the Andes is the backdrop for this—one of the world's most magnificent wilderness areas. We are provided with awesome views of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Amidst these granite spires we should see Andean condors gliding effortlessly. Each morning we look for sunrise light on these spectacular massifs from different locations along Las Vueltas Canyon, shooting mountains, clouds and the warming light of the austral spring. (BLD)

Day 7 Following sunrise photography, we drive to El Calafate. Afternoon photography at Laguna Nimez Wildlife Reserve, time permitting. (BLD)

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Day 9 We depart early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We drive a new scenic road traversing ranches, grasslands, forests and mountainous terrain. We arrive at Torres del Paine in the afternoon and start our exploration of this amazing national park. (BLD)

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Day 15 After a morning shoot in Torres del Paine we drive to El Calafate and take a late evening flight to Buenos Aires. (BL, Dinner airport snack on your own)

Day 16 (Nov 19) After a morning rest and lunch, we photograph a tango dance before departing to the international airport for late evening flights home. (BL)

Day 17 Arrive home.

Tour Details

2024 Patagonia’s Mountain Landscapes in Spring: Easy Activity Level:

Special Terms and Conditions Apply

Tour Highlights

  • Shoot the landscapes and wildlife of two of the most spectacular mountain photography destinations—Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
  • More than five full days at Torres del Paine
  • Capture soaring granite mountain peaks, massive glaciers and pristine lakes
  • Prime time for spring wildflowers, fewer people and longer daylight hours
  • Photograph foxes, guanacos and birds in birthing and nesting season with chance of puma sighting
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, national park fees, photo guides and instruction

Tour Leaders

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Testimonials

“My recent trip to Patagonia was the first trip I had taken with Van Os tours…even though I had heard about them for years. Their reputation was well founded. The guides were outstanding…knowledgeable, helpful and cheerful. I simply wouldn’t have come home with the same quality of images if I had tried to do this trip on my own. Worth every penny!” — Jeff S.

Trip Reports

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Patagonia in Autumn 2023 Trip Report

Days 4–6 The jagged spine of the Andes is the backdrop for this—one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness areas. We are provided with awesome views of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Amidst these granite spires we should see Andean condors gliding effortlessly. Each morning we look for sunrise light on these spectacular massifs from different locations along Las Vueltas Canyon, shooting mountains, clouds and the warming light of the austral spring. (BLD)

Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris Enrollment Information

2024 patagonia’s mountain landscapes in spring.

Nov 04 – Nov 20 2024

ENROLLMENT CONDITIONS 1. REGISTRATION A deposit and completed and signed Registration Form are required to reserve a place on a Van Os Photo Safari.

2. PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS All prices are quoted in US dollars and all payments must be paid in US dollars. For deposits only we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Final payment of the trip fee is due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by check or bank transfer. If you wish to make your final payment with a credit card a 3% convenience fee will be charged.

We must receive written notice of your cancellation. Based on the cancellation date the following applies:

Trip deposits are non-refundable . 150-91 days before the trip start date: We will refund any payments made exceeding 50% of the total trip cost. 90-61 days before the trip start date: We will refund any payments made exceeding 75% of the total trip cost. Within 60 days of the start of the trip: No refund.

If, on the trip start date , your space has been resold and the tour is full—as designated by “Limit” number of travelers on the tour website page—we will refund your payment, minus the non-refundable trip deposit and any discounts given to resell your space.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a trip for any reason. Trips are sold as a package only. This policy also applies to tour extensions and independent travel arrangements. Cancellation fees are not transferable.

Emergency evacuation insurance is REQUIRED for this tour. Upon request, we can provide travel insurance options that includes the required medical evacuation insurance. Participants purchasing trip insurance on their own should confirm that emergency evacuation is included in their policy.

3. TRIP INSURANCE We strongly encourage you to protect your travel investment and purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy that includes emergency evacuation coverage.     We can provide travel insurance options, or it can be purchased online. A CANCEL FOR ANY REASON policy is available. Trip participants without travel protection insurance are considered “self-insured.” Without insurance you assume all risks and losses for any conditions requiring your cancellation.

4. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS Van Os Photo Safaris are within the capabilities of average people in good health. Some of these trips require the capability of walking for several miles over uneven trails, stepping from a small boat to a wave-washed rocky beach, flying in small planes and helicopters, and occasionally hiking at high elevations—all while carrying an assortment of camera equipment. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please inquire with our office before reserving a space. By forwarding a signed Registration Form and trip deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you, or other trip participants and you agree to inform our office in writing if changes in your health, including viral illnesses, occur any time prior to the tour. We reserve the right to request a doctor's statement of good health. The company's or trip leader's judgment shall provide the ultimate determination of an individual's ability to embark upon or to continue a trip. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements. Tour members are asked to refrain from smoking with or near the group.

5. CONTACT SCHEDULE Participants will receive three emails before the trip departs: 1. Initial Tour Information sheet confirms the deposit and provides pre-departure information. 2. Invoice/Practical Information provides clothing and photo gear recommendations, climate data, and applicable health advisories. Visa information will also be included (if applicable). 3. Final Tour Information includes arrival instructions, itinerary revisions (if any), hotel addresses, trip telephone contact information and participant list. We provide the trip leader's telephone number(s) and/or email address with final documents so you can inquire about special photographic questions you may have regarding your trip. We welcome your calls or email messages to [email protected].

6. PHOTO SAFARI TRIP FEE INCLUSIONS Information supplied upon enrollment describes the specific details that are included in your trip fee. Generally, these include lodging in double room occupancy, all meals (specified in the itinerary as BLD denoting breakfast, lunch, or dinner), ground transportation during the trip in vans or small busses, internal tour air transportation as specified, meal and baggage tipping, and guide services provided by the trip leaders. Not included are airfare or other transportation from your home to the trip staging location, airport departure taxes, insurance, alcoholic beverages, and bar expenses (plus bottled water and soft drink expenses on international tours outside of North America), tips and gratuities to local guides, phone calls, passport or visa expenses, laundry, or items of a personal nature. Gratuities to Van Os Photo Safaris trip leaders are optional and always appreciated. Rates are based on group tariffs; if the trip does not have sufficient registration, a small party supplement may be charged.

Most of our trips are priced in double occupancy (shared) accommodations. Single accommodation is available for a supplemental cost in many locations; see the pre-departure trip information or call our office for details. You will be charged the single supplement fee if you desire single accommodation or if you wish to have a roommate, but one is not available. In some remote locations, clients with single rooms are infrequently compelled to share a room due to circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, appropriate per diem refunds will be made reflecting the direct cost of the single room at the facility where clients are required to share. There is no additional single supplement fee on ship-based cruises if you request a roommate and one is not available.

Cost increases may occur unexpectedly due to rising costs of airfares, ground transport, fuel surcharges, accommodations, and currency fluctuations, among others. Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. may be compelled to amend prices, and we reserve the right to do so without prior notice. An increase in trip prices shall not be sufficient grounds for any refund of funds paid for the trip other than as determined by the terms of our cancellation policy.

7. LOGISTICS Whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities, however, and where necessary we will be accommodated in rustic country inns, cabins, or tented camps.

Meals are always a special part of our trips for the camaraderie they engender and the opportunity they provide to try new foods from different areas. Depending on the trip and specific locale, participants order restaurant meals from the full menu or, less frequently, table d'hôte. Some trips include picnic lunches in the field. Fruit juice for breakfast and coffee or tea is included with the meals. Soft drinks are included with meals on tours within North America. Participants are responsible for their own bar tab (including bottled water, soft drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages on tours outside of North America) at restaurant lunches and dinners.

Our itineraries are intended as examples only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., or our leaders.

The second tour leader (and any subsequent additional leaders) listed for each trip on the website will be added as the group size warrants. If only one space remains on a trip, and logistics permit, we accept two people traveling together, even if it exceeds the trip maximum.

8. RESPONSIBILITY Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. and/or their Agents act only as agents for the passenger (trip participant) in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motor coach, automobile, van, boat, ship or aircraft or any other conveyance, and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts, bankruptcy or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay, cancellations or changes in flights or other tour services, and by force majeure including sickness, weather, strike, war, volcanic eruption, terrorist acts, political unrest, quarantine, epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner's risk entirely.

The right is reserved to 1) substitute hotels of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary or transport where deemed necessary, or caused by changes in flight schedules or equipment substitution; 2) cancel any trip prior to departure due to low enrollment, in which case full refund of the paid trip funds will be given, but Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. is not responsible for any other trip preparation expenses such as penalized or non-refundable air tickets, visa fees, travel insurance premiums and medical related expenses; 3) At the company’s sole discretion, suspend or postpone any trip due to force majeure or disease outbreak in which case the trip may be rescheduled, or a refund issued less any non-refundable deposits paid to tour component providers on behalf of the passenger, or a travel credit given, but Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. is not responsible for any other trip preparation expenses such as penalized or non-refundable air tickets, visa fees and medical related expenses; 4) substitute trip leader(s) for the leader(s) originally specified, in which case the substitution is not a basis for participant cancellation or refund other than provided by our normal cancellation policy; or 5) accept or retain any person as a member of any trip.

Trip prices are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of publication and are subject to adjustment in the event of any change therein.

A signed Registration Form with the Enrollment Conditions and Release and Assumption of Risk sections must be returned by each participant prior to the commencement of the trip. Participation by any trip member will be declined in the absence of the signed Registration Form including the Release and Assumption of Risk section, with no trip fee refund. No modification to the Registration Form including the Release and Assumption of Risk section will be accepted.

Should Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., or anyone acting on their behalf be required to incur attorney's fees and any costs to enforce this agreement, the enrolling trip participant(s) agree(s) to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs. In the event a lawsuit is filed, the enrolling participant(s) agree(s) to do so solely in the County of Lewis in the State of Washington.

ENROLLMENT CONDITIONS AGREEMENT & RELEASE & ASSUMPTION OF RISK

I have read, understand, and agree to the terms, conditions, and provisions of the enrollment information, as stated on the Van Os Photo Safaris Inc. website and the Enrollment Conditions section of this form, especially noting the policy on cancellations, refunds, and limitations on responsibility.

I am aware that during any trip or tour that I am voluntarily participating in under the arrangements of Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., a Washington corporation, and its employees, agents and associates, certain risks and dangers exist while traveling in the United States, foreign countries, and wilderness areas in any country or territory that include the possibility of property damage, bodily injury, and death. There is a possibility of accident or illness occurring without access to immediate or timely medical treatment or facilities. There is a risk of tropical or communicable diseases that may require quarantine and removal from the tour at my expense, food-related illnesses, the risk of personal injury and property damage or delay or inconvenience by forces of nature, wildlife or wildlife models, quarantine, political instability, acts of terrorism, strikes, government restrictions or regulations change, thefts, and the risk of accidents during travel while on foot or by aircraft, train, automobile, van, bus, boat, ship, or other conveyance. I understand that such risks cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of this trip or tour.

In consideration of, and as part payment for the right to participate in such trips, tours and/or other activities and services arranged for me by Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., its employees, agents and associates, I have and do hereby assume all risks, and hereby release Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., its employees, shareholders, agents and associates, and will hold them harmless from any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, debts, claims, and demands of every kind and nature, howsoever caused, which I now have or which may arise of or in connection with any of my trips or tours and participation in any activities arranged for me by Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., its employees, agents and associates.

Should Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., or anyone acting on their behalf, be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this Agreement, I agree to indemnify them and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs. In the event any lawsuit is filed, I agree to do so solely in the County of Lewis in the State of Washington and further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict-of-law rules of that state. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of all risk for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, and for all members of my family.

Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. may take photos and video during your photo tour and use them for promotional purposes. By making a trip reservation with us, you agree to let us use your name and likeness in any images and video in which you may appear, for our promotional materials, website, or advertising. We may also use any written reviews or photos and video you may provide us with for use on our website and in any advertising and all other forms of publicity. If you prefer to be excluded from this proviso, please let your tour leader know at the beginning of your trip.

If any part, article, paragraph, sentence, or clause of this Agreement is not enforceable, the affected provision shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it within the requirements of the law, and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc., its employees, shareholders, agents, and associates, based on any and all claims from which I have released them.

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Patagonia Photography Workshop Adventure

Come join us on this incredible Patagonia photography workshop adventure down in this wild and beautiful region of South America. Set in the heart of the Andean mountain range in southern Chile & Argentina during fall colors , you will get to experience first hand the geologic wonder of both Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park . It is here you will photograph incredible locations such as Lago Pahoe at the base of the Cuernos del Paine , the dream-like reflections of Laguna Amarga , the calving ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier, the spires of Cerro Torre and the crown of Argentina, Mt. Fitz Roy …to name a few. We have been running tours down here in Patagonia for close to a decade , giving our leaders substantially more experience on the ground than nearly any other workshops in the region. This is the bucket list of all bucket list locations for landscape and outdoor adventure photographers .

March 27th – April 5th, 2024  April 8th – 17th, 2024

Tuition Costs

Difficulty level.

Easy to Moderate Hiking

Enjoy a Cerro Torre Sunrise at the Patagonia Photography Workshop Adventure with Colby Brown

Patagonia is one of the most sought after destinations for outdoor and landscape photographers worldwide. Its breathtaking vistas, incredible mountains, glacier feed lakes and unique wildlife help make it so special. On this trip of a lifetime, we will spend time in both the Chilean and Argentinian regions of Patagonia. Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks will become our new temporary homes throughout the course of this workshop. Because we will be jumping across the border between Chile and Argentina, you will need to make sure you secure visas before you arrive, if a visa is required based on the passport you currently carry.

In addition to staying in comfortable hotels with breathtaking views, this adventure focused photography tour will take you beyond what most photographers offer in Patagonia. Instead of simply driving you from distant view-point to distant viewpoint, we will offer optional sunrise hikes around some of the most incredibly scenic areas in the world, focusing our efforts around Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in Argentina. For more info about the hikes, check out the F.A.Q. section at the bottom of this page. This will provide you with a solid mix of photographic opportunities throughout our time in Patagonia. When the weather is less forgiving, we will spend time focusing on post-processing and image editing using a variety of different applications. The bottom  line is that we will help you get to the best locations at the best time of day with the best light possible.

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What is Included?

  • All Ground Transportation
  • All Hotel Accommodations
  • All Necessary Permits
  • Camera Icon All Photo Education

What is Not Included?

  • All Flights
  • Meal Icon 2 Meals & Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport Icon Visa Fees

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE .

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Patagonia.

All Workshop Deposits Are Transferable to Other Workshops if Something Comes Up... *See our Cancellation Policy for more info...

A beautiful sunrise over the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with Colby Brown's Patagonia Photography Workshop Adventure

Areas to Explore Patagonia Photography Workshop Adventure

  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Salto Grande Waterfall
  • Laguna Amarga
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Town of El Chalten
  • Cerro Torre & Lago Torre
  • Mt. Fitz Roy
  • Laguna Capri
  • and much more...

Looking for Pumas in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with Colby Brown's Patagonia Photography Workshop

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Absolutely! Although I might be a bit biased 😉 While there are a number of photography workshops being offered in places like Patagonia, none of them offer a similar experience. Not only have I been working as a photo workshop instructor for 18 years, which included time leading trips for National Geographic, but I have spent over 10 years exploring the Southern Patagonian region of South America. I work hard to make sure I meet each of my clients at their own level, providing ample 1 on 1 time while we are out in the field. This helps to make sure that you get everything possible out of this workshop experience!

This 1st workshop of the season starts on March 27th, 2024 at 7am El Calafate, Argentina (FTE airport code). You most likely will want to arrive a day early to help you deal with any jetlag from your travels. On April 5th, 2024, the workshop ends by 2pm in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT Airport code). If you find better return flights out of Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ airport code). We can help arrange a private transfer for you and any other clients that prefer to fly out of Punta Arenas.

You will fly in and fly out of different airports between Chile & Argentina for this workshop.

This 2nd workshop of the season starts on April 8th, 2024 at 10am in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT airport code). To get there from Santiago, Chile you will want to look at flights from Sky Airlines. You might find alternative flights to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ airport code), but flying in there would require an additional shuttle option to Puerto Natales that we can help you arrange. You most likely will want to arrive a day early to help you deal with any jetlag from your travels. On April 17th, 2024, the workshop ends at 3pm in in El Calafate, Argentina (FTE airport code).

Depending on which country you are from, you might need VISAS to enter either Chile or Argentina or both. While we start in one country, we will cross over into the other via a land border, so please make sure you have your VISAS sorted out well in advance of the workshop!

When it comes to spending money down in Chile & Argentina, you mostly just have to worry about lunches, dinners, gifts, and tips for local guides.

In Chile, you can use a CC just about anywhere, but you will need some cash for tips for our guide around Torres del Paine National Park. I recommend $10 – $20 a day per person and you can pay in USD.

For Argentina, it is a little more complicated because of the state of the Argentine Peso. You can use a CC in many (but not all restaurants), but if you bring $100 USD bills, you will get a MUCH better exchange rate than you will with your CC (at times it can be almost twice as good). Additionally, you will have a local guide around Los Glaciares Naitonal Park, so the same $10 to $20 recommended tip rate applies here as well.

Reach out if you have any other questions about this…

There is a possibiliy that we might offer an extension to both Bolivia and Easter Island before the first workshop and after the 2nd. To learn more about costs and ask questions about these workshops, please send us an EMAIL .

While this trip is mostly focused on landscape photography, we should have a wide variety of wildlife photographic opportunities that could include; Guanaco, Patagonian Fox, Andean Condor, Caracara, Rhea, and possibly Puma (specifically in Torres del Paine National Park.

Patagonia is known to have some of the most fierce weather in the world. It is not uncommon to experience 80-100 mph winds on a trip to this region of the world. In addition, Patagonia is home to a massive number of glaciers, which help create their own weather systems. While this combination can make for some challenging situations, it is also why this region of the world is so popular with photographers. Dramatic weather means dramatic light which can provide incredible photographic opportunities along the way.

In Torres del Paine, the hikes we go on are very easy with gentle grades. In Argentina, once we get to El Chalten, the hikes do get a little more challenging. Every morning (weather permitting) we will do optional sunrise hikes up to the best viewing points for either Mt. Fitz Roy or Cerro Torre. These can vary in length from 5k to 9k each way, with some elevation gain. We leave early in the morning, giving our group plenty of time to not be in a rush up the trails. We work together as a group, making sure everyone makes it up to the best possible views. While these hikes are not easy, they are not overly difficult either. Being optional, you are free to partake in each morning’s hike, just 1 or anything in between.

For more information about the hikes, check out the following links…

Los Glaciares National Park Laguna Capri (Views of Mt. Fitz Roy) Mirador de Cerro Torre (First views of Cerro Torre)  Laguna Torre (Best Views of Cerro Torre)

Torres del Paine National Park Condor Lookout (Easy day hike near our hotel) Cuernos Lookout (Closer views of the Paine Massif)

The workshop tuition listed above is based on double occupancy (shared rooms). If there is availability for a single room for the workshop, the cost is $1200 USD extra. This is a first come first serve basis and is based on room availability at our hotels in both Chile & Argentina.

With a focus on landscape photography, you will want the lens mm length equivalent from 16- 200mm. This can include a 16-35 for wide-angle landscapes, a 24-70 (0r 24-105) as a walk-around lens, and a 70-200 to allow you to zoom in on distant mountains for some more intimate scenes. If you are also interested in wildlife photography, you might want to bring something like a 100-400 or 200-600 to help you fill much more of your frame with your subject.

In Colby’s gear bag you will find the following…

Sony a1 (2) Sony 14mm f/1.8 (For Astro) Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM (For Landscapes) Sony 24-105 f/4 (All-Around) Sony 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 GM or 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 G (For Wildlife)

Please make sure that you bring a sturdy tripod! Please don’t bring the Peak Design tripod, as they tend to fail in environments like this more than any other tripod we see on our workshops.

If either Chile or Argentina decides to close their borders, rendering this workshop impossible to run on the dates we have listed, the workshop will be postponed to other dates that have yet to be determined. The bottom line is that you won’t lose your deposits or your tuition fees.

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

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Colby Brown

Owner/photographer/author.

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens , an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.

Pedro Kin is one of the Workshop Manager & Photo Instructors. Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe.

Workshop Manager/Photo Instructor

Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the unspoiled nature of northern Europe, the higher latitudes do not stop him from going after the perfect shot. When not traveling the world with his camera, you can find him back home teaching workshops, testing new gear and experimenting with photography.

Testimonials

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This workshop was my first, but certainly not my last. Everything is well organized so you do not have to develop plans of where and when to go. Colby and Pedro have been coming to Patagonia annually for years and know all the iconic photography spots that do (...)

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This was my first workshop ever and I was so happy I went on this one. Colby and Pedro and they were so welcoming and personable. They were both so eager to help and answer any question at any time. I learned so much from this workshop and the accommodations (...)

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Cancellation & refund policy.

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

The first thing to note is that deposits are not refundable , but they are transferable .  In addition, all cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge to cover PayPal transaction fees. In most situations, we ask for the remaining balance of a workshop is to be paid 120 days from the start of the workshop in question. If you wish to cancel within 120 days from the start of a workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your deposit and the $150 processing fee) or transfer to another workshop with no penalties or fees .

If we don’t find someone to fill your spot, what does your refund window actually look like?

120 Days or More...

Your deposit will be transferable to another Colby Brown Photography Workshop without issue.

90 to 120 Days

You will receive a refund of 50% of the full tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit.

Less Than 90 Days...

If you wish to cancel within 90 days of your workshop starting, you are not entitled to a refund.

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Far South Expeditions

Patagonia Photo Expedition

Patagonia photo tours at the end of the world, next departures - 2024: march 19-25 • dec 10-16, 7-day trip from punta arenas, chile | maximum group size: 7 participants.

Patagonia photo tours. Landscape and wildlife photography tour to Patagonia led by resident nature photographers. Discover the best of Patagonia on this exclusively-designed, photo-oriented journey; stay at great lodges and historic guest houses, learn on nature photography during our photo workshops, enjoy and document the best wildlife encounters, learn from thorough natural history interpretation, and experience the comfort of traveling in a small group, with a maximum group size of 7 participants .

Our Patagonia Photography Expedition is a nature and wildlife photo-oriented tour, led by local nature photographers. Our program has been designed for photo enthusiasts with different skill levels, willing to travel in a small group with a maximum of 7 participants, and wishing to exploit the possibilities of landscape and wildlife photography alike. Patagonia photo tours

This itinerary features 4 days in Patagonia’s premier wildlife destination, Torres del Paine National Park, boat trips to Grey Glacier, an impressive ice tongue that flows over a lake in the fringes of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, Tierra del Fuego Island for the King Penguin rookery, as well as Magdalena Island to see a Magellanic Penguin colony and Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, a fascinating Patagonian paleontological site. Patagonia photo tours

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What the trip includes/excludes

The trip price includes : All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Grey Lake and Magdalena Island, ferry fares to Tierra del Fuego, and park entrance fees. Tipping for restaurants and porters is included.

The trip price excludes : Domestic flights, tipping for drivers and local guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

Suggested Photo Gear

Patagonia photo tours. Is essential when you make a photo safari specially in such a place as Patagonia to be helped by the right gear. Patagonia keeps inhospitable climate conditions which lead the way we will prepared ourselves for the full of half day activity. Here we will suggest you a few tips to have on mind. This wild piece of earth shows different kinds of light which often are changing quickly because of the wind. We would like to recommend you to have a nice body camera and of course and manly good quality lenses. In Patagonia you can have literally the four seasons in a few minutes. Also this brings often clouds that decorates beautifully the scenery and at the same time situations in poor ad dramatic light.  patagonia photo tours

Camera body

For it we suggest you the next camera bodies to have on mind:

Full frame Cameras

• Nikon D4, D5, D850, D810, D750, D610 • Canon 1DX, 5D, 6D, 5DS, 5DR • Sony Alpha a99II, Alpha, a77II, Alpha a7SII • Pentax K-1

Patagonia is remarkable for it sunrises and sunsets and the drama you can find within it. For it is essential to have nice sharp lenses to catch the beauty of the moment.

• Wide angle lenses: 10mm; 11mm; 15mm; 20mm; 14-24mm; 16-35mm. (for landscape photography) • Prime and zoom lenses: 28-300mm; 24-120mm; 70-200mm; 70-300mm; 80-400mm; 150-600mm; 200-500mm; 400mm; 500mm; 600mm (for wildlife) • Tripod and/or Monopod.

Why? Simple. Is stabilization and comfort. Specially for sunrises and sunsets when light take long times to rise or set. Tripods are made for this. Monopods why so? Well we will be doing some small walks or hikes to get to our beautiful light spots, what’s better to stabilize your frame with a light weight monopod to achieve an artistic composition shot. In this case, you can find different options in different brands with excellent quality. The essential thing here to focus in on the retractable single leg of it to be soft and steady. This will give you perfect balance in the middle of any trail at any moment. As you know such a pristine and wild place as Patagonia you never know what is coming next, an amazing lenticular red cloud on the sunset or a Puma crossing on front of you. Also helps a lot when you are carrying the long zoom lenses.  patagonia photo tours

• Gitzo Serie traveler • RRS Serie Versa • Induro Serie Stealth • Manfrotto • Sirui • Accessories

Some others essential complement accessories to take on consideration. Patagonia is generous in her variety of beauty, light and landscaping. For he same we would like to suggest memory cards and other important details.  patagonia photo tours

• Lexar SD HC 300MB/s 32g /64g / 128g • Sandisk SD HC 260MG/s 32g / 64g / 128g • Kingston SD HC 300MB/s 32g / 64g / 12 • Lexar, Sony, Sandisk XQ • Extension tubes (For macro shots) • Teleconverter (For more zoom) • Neutral density filter (For water movement shots, long exposures) ND0.9 (8X) ;ND1.8 (64X) ; ND3.0(1000X) Graduated ND filters ; Polarizing filters • Extra batteries (at least two or three more) • Raing camera bag (waterproof) • Flash • Remote trigger

Another essential detail is a nice and comfortable camera bag. For carrying the lenses during the walks and to protect them from the changeable climate conditions. There are a few nice options to suggest. All of them are waterproof.  patagonia photo tours

• Lowepro Pro trekker 450 AW • Lowepro Pro trekker 400 AW • Lowepro Photo classic BP 300 AW • Manfrotto Pro light Bumblebee; Windsor • Ruggard Thunderhead 35-55-75 • Tamrac Anvil 23-27

Clothing and Outdoors Gear

Patagonia means changeable climate conditions. For a comfortable staying is essential to bring the necessary outdoor clothing so you don’t worry about the climate just about the frame and the light.

• Breathable waterproof jacket • Waterproof hat • Hiking Gore-Tex shoes • Short and long sleeve shirts • Sunglasses • Warm and breathable socks • Fleece • Feather jacket (Nano puff Patagonia) • Light waterproof gloves (easy camera managing) • Shorts or convertible pants • Water bottle • Headlamp • Sunscreen (at least 50 fps) • Ziploc bags • Books for long rides • Personal toiletries

We recommend to try to pack as light as possible for a comfortable trip. Photo gear is already quite heavy and delicate.  patagonia photo tours

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  • APRIL 16 TO 29, 2024 (OPTIONAL EXTENSION FROM APRIL 29 TO MAY 5, 2024) - CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
  • APRIL 16 TO 29, 2025 (OPTIONAL EXTENSION FROM APRIL 29 TO MAY 5, 2025) - SPOTS AVAILABLE
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Patagonia photo tour details.

This Patagonia Photo Tour , from April 16 to 29 , 2024 (optional extension from April 29 to May 5, 2024) , is one of our more successful trips. Since spring 2022, we have been offering this amazing yearly Patagonia Photo Tour to photograph this beautiful area in Argentina and Chile. There is no doubt that we are talking about one of our most rewarding trips. A land of impressive peaks and mountains , beautiful lakes , magical glaciers and surreal panoramic views , Patagonia is one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet . In fact, it is a dream destination for any landscape photography enthusiast. The area offers us so many photographic possibilities, that we’ll get back home with hundreds of fantastic images .

During the Patagonia Photo Tour, we will explore the most photogenic locations throughout the area , including both the Chilean and Argentine sides . While many of the places we will visit will be easily accessible, we will also include an optional extension with more challenging hikes , that will allow us to reach some of the most stunning locations . On the other hand, as usual, we will pay special attention to the best moments of  light  every day, such as sunrise and sunset . This way, we will have the best chances to experience unique moments , and capture them with our cameras .

All this, at the best time of the year to photograph the area , during the  fall . The Patagonia Photo Tourwill be carried out in a small group , accompanied by one or two of our guides and photography instructors , from whom you will receive continuous attention and constant photography instruction . As a result, you will enjoy the best possible photo experience ,  and achieve exceptional photographs . Undoubtedly, you are facing an unparalleled opportunity. If you are passionate about landscape photography , do not miss this Patagonia Photo Tour .

What to photograph during this Patagonia Photo Tour?

Our Patagonia Photo Tour is fully focused on landscape photography as we visit one of the most beautiful areas on the planet . Stunning peaks and mountain views , beautifully colored lakes , creeks , waterfalls and glaciers, are some of the natural phenomena that we will be photographing in Patagonia. Places like Torres del Paine in Chile or Fitz Roy in Argentina, are the dream of any landscape photographer , and this is your chance to make that dream true.

In addition, we will photograph the most beautiful lakes of Patagonia , such as Pehoe , Nordenskjold , Grey , Argentino Lakes , or the  Blue Lagoon , among others. On this lakes, we’ll be able to capture beautiful views of the landscapes around us, with the fabulous Patagonian peaks in the background . If lucky, we’ll get the change to capture their precious reflections on the water of these lakes.

On the other hand, we will also have opportunities to photograph the wildlife of Patagonia , as the guanaco or the condor , but also the huemul , the Darwin fox , or even the puma / mountain lion . Not all of these species are easy to find, but we will have plenty of opportunities to photograph some, such as the guanaco.

Finally, this Patagonia Photo Tour also includes several night photography sessions , especially in the optional extension part (after the base Patagonia Photo Tour). On this part, we will camp in the most spectacular areas, and if conditions allow, we’ll get to photograph the Milky Way over the stunning Fitz Roy massif and the beautiful lakes below it, such as Dirty , Capri , or Los Tres Lagoons . Without any doubt, a golden opportunity to learn and improve your night photography technique , as well as to capture extraordinary images .

Why doing this Patagonia Photo Tour during this time of the year?

Our Patagonia Photo Tour takes place in the second half of April because it is usually the best time to capture the peak of autumn colors in the area. Our goal is to photograph the beautiful autumn colors in the bushes and trees of the locations, which dye Patagonia in that fantastic reddish tone so special for photography. This is probably the best time of the year to practice landscape photography .

At the same time, autumn in Patagonia usually offers very good photographic conditions , with great possibilities of capturing spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It is quite common, at this time of the year, the presence of the typical lenticular clouds , which usually means magical moments of light . In addition, at this time of the year, it starts to get colder, so we avoid most of the tourists , who usually prefer the summer months. This will facilitate our field work in the locations, allowing us to enjoy our adventure even more.

Finally, it is still a good time for night photography , since we will try to carry out several sessions in which we will be able to capture the Milky Way , as we said before. The mere possibility of photographing the unmistakable landscapes of Patagonia under the night sky makes the Patagonia Photo Tour worthwhile.

Who is this Patagonia Photo Tour for?

We can classify this Patagonia Photo Tour as medium difficulty , especially for those who choose to make the trip that includes the optional extension (for a total of 18 days ). This is because, in this second part of the Patagonia Photo Tour, we will do several hikes of moderate difficulty and length.

However, the initial Patagonia Photo Tour , of 13 days , can be considered easy, and that is why we have decided to split this tour into two consecutive and complementary parts . Thus, those who are not willing or able to do the most demanding part of the Patagonia Photo Tour , can still join just to the initial part . Meanwhile, if you are a trekking lover , and would like to camp next to breathtaking places, you can also join the extension part.

Regarding ages, it is a tour suitable for any age , as long as you are in reasonably good health. For the extension part, regardless the age, we believe it is necessary to be in reasonably good shape, being used to hikes of medium length and level.

Finally, this Patagonia Photo Tour is for all photography levels , regardless of previous experience or knowledge. Regardless of your level , you will be able to make the most of the tour and achieve excellent results , since you will be advised by two photographic guides/instructors during the whole Patagonia Photo Tour. They will provide personalized attention adapted to the level of each participant, so that everyone can take full advantage of the tour.

Likewise, there is no minimum equipment required , although you can find below a list of the ideal photographic gear for the Patagonia Photo Tour . With any DSLR or mirrorless camera you can take advantage of the tour, and even, sometimes, some clients travel taking pictures just with a compact camera or a smartphone.

In short, you have the opportunity to join one of the most special photographic trips you can take . A tour to a unique destination, to a land whose landscapes you will never forget, and where you will be able to capture some of your best photographs. Patagonia’s landscapes are probably among the 5 most beautiful areas in the whole planet, so the photographic possibilities are nearly endless.

A Patagonia Photo Tour like this one, besides providing you with the possibility of taking extraordinary images , gives you the chance to learn and progress in your photographic knowledge and techniques , with the constant help and advice of our photographic guides and instructors. Our photographic guides and instructors, with extensive experience in the organization and development of photographic tours and workshops , will be in charge of giving you ideas and composition tips , as well as teaching you all kinds of techniques.

Furthermore, all this in a very small group in which you will share your hobby and experience with other photography lovers. No doubt, we are talking about a fantastic trip to a magical destination , where you can enjoy photography to the fullest. Do not miss this opportunity and join us to immortalize some of the most incredible landscapes you can visit.

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What to expect from this Patagonia Photo Tour?

  • Capture the most incredible landscapes of the amazing Patagonia.
  • Photograph several of the fabulous glacial lakes in the area.
  • Visit the most photogenic sceneries of the Argentine Patagonia, as well as the Chilean Patagonia.
  • Photographing the imposing Perito Moreno, one of the most beautiful glaciers in the world
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Torres del Paine and the Fitz Roy Massif.
  • Immortalize some of Patagonia's animal species, such as the picturesque guanaco.
  • Understand and learn the use of neutral density filters in landscape photography.
  • Practice and learn panoramic photography techniques in incredible locations.
  • Get advice and instruction, as well as learn and practice various photographic techniques.
  • Learning the importance of including the human figure in landscape photography

PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 | patagonia photo tour: beginning the adventure in patagonia.

Our Patagonia Photo Tour will begin with the group meeting at the airport in El Calafate, Argentina , at a time to be determined. From here, we will travel in our vehicles to Torres del Paine National Park , in the Chilean part of Patagonia.

During the trip to our destination, we will make some photographic stopovers to capture some of the beautiful landscapes through which we will travel . Among them, we highlight the ones we will make in the spectacular Lake Pehoe , one of the most beautiful in Patagonia. Here, we will visit the surroundings of an island located near the shore of the lake, an area from which we will have fantastic compositions . Not surprisingly, this will be our choice for the first sunset of the tour , in search of the magical lights that, with some frequency, take place in Patagonia.

In addition, we will remain in the surroundings until it gets completely dark, so that we can photograph the scenery during the blue hour . At this time, we will be able to capture the beautiful contrast between the blue tones of the sky and the warm tones of the light bulbs of a lodge located in the area. Definitely a good start for a great tour like this one.

After our session, we will continue to our lodging , to rest after the long journey to Patagonia.

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DAY 2 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: SUNRISE AND WATERFALLS IN TORRES DEL PAINE

Today we will get up early to photograph our first sunrise of the Patagonia Photo Tour , for which we will visit a location near our lodging, next to the beautiful meanders formed by the Serrano River . From here, we will have another wonderful panoramic view of the Torres del Paine , which will make it easy to get fantastic photos.

After breakfast, we will move a few miles north to visit the Salto Grande area, where we can photograph three beautiful waterfalls , including the Paine River . Here we will be able to practice with neutral density filters , to get longer exposures , which will help us to achieve dynamic effects and fantastic textures in our images.

Then, starting from this same area, we will take a gentle hike to the nearby Skottsberg Lake , from where we will have another breathtaking view of the Torres del Paine . If conditions are good, we will remain here until sunset , looking to capture the peaks in the magical light of the end of the day. Alternatively, we will photograph the sunset on the shores of the incredible Nordenskjold Lake.

After dark, we will head back to our accommodation to rest, although we will consider the possibility of a night photography session if the conditions are suitable for it.

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DAY 3 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: EXPLORING LAKE PEHOE’S SPLENDOR

Again, we will get up early to photograph the sunrise . This time, we will head back to Lake Pehoe, not far from our lodging. Once in the area, we will go to photograph several of the most spectacular locations on the shore of the lake, looking for the warm golden light of the sunrise.

As we said before, the Pehoe is one of the most beautiful lakes in Patagonia , offering us endless compositions and photographic possibilities. For this reason, we will spend most of this day exploring the most outstanding points of the lake. The color of the lake’s waters, an incredible turquoise tone , will help us to get excellent images.

Among the locations we will visit, one of the best panoramic views of the lake will be the one we will get from the Mirador del Condor. From this viewpoint, located very close to the road, we will have an extraordinary view of the lake and the Torres del Paine. Depending on the light conditions, we will photograph the sunset from here , or from another location on the shores of Lake Pehoe.

Finally, at night, we will head back to our lodging to rest.

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DAY 4 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: GREY LAKE SUNRISE AND GLACIER EXCURSION

Today we will get up early again, to move to the surroundings of Grey Lake this time, the spot where we will photograph the sunrise. From here we will also be able to capture views of the Grey Glacier, from which the lake was formed.

After our session, we will take a boat ride on the lake , which will take us to the shores of the glacier. From here, we will be able to take extraordinary images of the imposing Grey Glacier, with its huge blocks of blue ice. Anyone who has seen a glacier up close knows the impression produced by being in front of a phenomenon of such magnitude. Photographing it, without a doubt, is something you will never forget.

After the glacier excursion, we will continue photographing the park’s surroundings , now visiting the Laguna Amarga area. From there, we will be able to capture different views of the Torres del Paine, surrounded by amazing landscapes.

For sunset , we will move to Nordenskjold Lake , where we will photograph the towers from one of its most photogenic views. This lake is probably one of the most beautiful in all of Chilean Patagonia , along with the Pehoe . If we are lucky, we may be able to photograph the frequent lenticular clouds that usually appear at sunset at this time of the year. Once it gets dark, we will come back to sleep in our lodging.

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DAY 5 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: DAWN AT NORDENSKJOLD AND WILDLIFE AT SARMIENTO

Once again, we will get up early to photograph the sunrise . This time we will visit Lake Nordenskjold again, to capture the beautiful views from its shore under different light conditions. As the light changes, we will move between various locations along the lake. In the area there are several ponds and lagoons, each with better panoramic views of the majestic Torres del Paine.

After photographing several of these locations, we will move on to Lake Sarmiento, to photograph its beautiful surroundings. In addition, it is quite possible that in the area we will have the opportunity to photograph the mythical guanacos , the most famous animals of Patagonia.

After that, we will move on to Laguna Azul, where we will stay for the rest of the day. Here we will photograph the sunset, enjoying different views of the Torres del Paine. At the same time, depending on the conditions, it is possible that we will stay a while in the surroundings to take night photos , with the impressive backdrop. Once our session is over, we will return to the lodge to rest.

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DAY 6 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: LAST VISITS TO LAKE PEHOE AND PUERTO NATALES

Today we will photograph the first light of day from another of the most scenic locations of Lake Pehoe. As we have already mentioned, we consider this to be one of the most beautiful of all the lakes we will visit on our tour, so we will make the most of these last few opportunities to photograph it.

After breakfast, we will return to photograph the meandering Serrano River , after which we will head south , leaving the Torres del Paine National Park. Our route will take us towards Puerto Natales, but before we will visit several locations with great photographic potential, such as the Toro Lake , the Milodon Cave , as well as the rock formation known as Silla del Diablo.

We will photograph the sunset in the area, before moving on to Puerto Natales , where we will go to our lodging to rest.

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DAY 7 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: SERRANO GLACIER CRUISE AND SOPHIA LAGOON SUNSET

We will get up early to head to the port, from where we will take a boat cruise to the Serrano Glacier . On this full day excursion, we will have another chance to photograph a glacier, but also a great opportunity to photograph the wildlife of the area . Among this, it is quite possible that we will be able to photograph colonies of cormorants and the majestic sea lions .

At sunset , we will visit the beautiful Sofia Lagoon , where we will have fantastic photo opportunities before returning to Puerto Natales to rest.

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DAY 8 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOURS: PUERTO NATALES SUNRISE AND JOURNEY TO EL CALAFATE

We will photograph the sunrise from an old pier in Puerto Natales , where we will have extraordinary views of the lake and the mountains in the background. At the same time, we may be able to photograph birds in the surroundings, so we will have our telephoto lenses ready.

After breakfast, we will spend some time exploring Puerto Natales, and then we will take the road to our next destination in Argentina, El Calafate. Along the way, we will make several stops to photograph the locations around us. Depending on our timing, we will photograph the sunset at our destination, or along the way.

Once in El Calafate , we will go to our lodging to rest after a long and intense day.

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DAY 9 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: PERITO MORENO GLACIER – A PHOTOGRAPHIC MARVEL

Our first sunrise in El Calafate will be spent photographing the views from the Puerto Bandera area . Next, we will go to photograph one of the most emblematic and spectacular locations of the entire Patagonia Photo Tour , the impressive Perito Moreno , one of the most beautiful and famous glaciers on the planet.

The Perito Moreno, located in the Glacier National Park of Argentina , is a glacier that is in an advancing phase. Its tongue, more than 5 kilometers long , has a height of about 70 meters above Lake Argentino . At its end, it is common to find fabulous ice caves that, hopefully, we will be able to photograph from our boat, as well as its vast expanses of ice.

In the glacier, we will make an expedition by boat to get to make a guided trekking on the ice , in which we will be able to capture fantastic details of the textures and tones of the ice. A simply unforgettable experience, which will allow us to take unrepeatable photos.

After our visit, we will return to the shore, staying in the surroundings until sunset . We will photograph the last lights of the day from some viewpoints and platforms that are in the area, capturing the magnificent panoramic view of this magical natural phenomenon. Once it is dark, we will go back to our lodging in El Calafate.

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DAY 10 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: LAKE ARGENTINO SUNRISE AND FITZ ROY VISTAS

Today we will photograph the sunrise from the shores of Lake Argentino , whose waters, of a beautiful turquoise tone , will allow us to get fantastic pictures.

After breakfast, we will take the road to our next destination, the area of El Chaltén , at the base of the Fitz Roy Massif. Without a doubt, we are talking about another of the top locations of our Patagonia Photo Tour.

The journey to El Chaltén will take us almost four hours, but we will stop a few times along the way. The first ones will take place in the eastern part of Lake Argentino , but we will dedicate more time on another beautiful lake, Lake Viedma . From the latter, we will have the opportunity to photograph views of the glacier of the same name , as well as to capture, from a distance, the first images of Fitz Roy. We will also have the opportunity to photograph the petrified forest of La Leona.

Before reaching El Chaltén, we will stop to photograph the famous views of the road with the Fitz Roy in the background. Facing the sunset , we will stay at one of these impressive views, from where we will be able to capture unique images. We will then continue on to the village, where we will rest after the long day’s ride.

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DAY 11 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: FIRST SUNRISE IN EL CHALTÉN AND CONDOR WATCH

For our first sunrise in the area of El Chaltén, we will travel the first miles of route 23 to the south, to capture the first light of the day with the views of Fitz Roy in the background.

After that, we will return to the village to have breakfast and then photograph a waterfall located in the surroundings, the Chorrillo del Salto . Here we will be able to use neutral density filters again, trying to get exposures that bring dynamism to our photographs.

Afterwards, we will take a simple hike to the Mirador de los Condores , from where it is common to sight the majestic condor, the second largest flying bird species in the world (after the wandering albatross), and another of the symbols of Patagonia . This formidable bird has a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters, which gives an idea of its extraordinary size. From this point, it is quite likely that we will be able to spot and photograph several condors, so we will have our telephoto lenses ready. At the same time, depending on our time and energy, we will consider doing another trekking of about 30 minutes, to the nearby Mirador de las Águilas.

For the last part of the day, we will head towards the area of the Fitz Roy River, an area where we will have extraordinary views of Cerro Fitz Roy. Here we will photograph the sunset, which often provides moments of incredible light.

After we have made the most of the last lights of the day, we will return to our lodging to rest.

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DAY 12 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: FITZ ROY RIVER MAGIC AND LAS VUELTAS VISTA

Today we will return to the surroundings of the Fitz Roy River to photograph the sunrise , in search of different lights from the previous day’s sunset. The area will look spectacular, with the reddish autumn color predominating in the bushes. Thanks to this, we will be able to capture beautiful photographs.

We will spend a good part of the morning photographing the river environment, where we will have plenty of close-ups to compose our images . Afterwards, we will go to El Chaltén , where we will have time to visit the town.

In the afternoon, we will go to the area of Las Vueltas River , where we will reach a viewpoint with a fabulous panoramic view of the surroundings. Here we will photograph the sunset, with the mountains in the background, in a simply unforgettable picture. After that, we will return to our lodging to sleep.

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DAY 13 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: LAST FULL DAY – DESERT LAKE AND GLACIAL SUNSET

This will be the last full day of the first part of our Patagonia Photo Tour (base tour), so we will try to make the most of every last minute of it. We will start early and head north towards Lago del Desierto , about an hour north of El Chaltén. We will photograph the sunrise at a stopover along the route, next to the Río Eléctrico , from where we will have exceptional views of the mountains.

We will then continue our route to Lago del Desierto, making several stops to photograph some of the waterfalls that abound in the area. Once again, we will be able to practice with the use of filters, looking for more silky and/or dynamic effects in the water.

Once at the lake, we will photograph different views of the lake as we walk along its southern shore. In addition, we will also be able to photograph part of the beautiful forests of the area , covered by the autumn colors, as well as walk some of the trails that start from there.

In the afternoon, we will consider the possibility of a gentle trekking, which will take us to the beautiful Huemul Glacier, as well as to the glacial lagoon located at its foot. This would be the point from which to photograph the sunset of this last day of the base tour, without a doubt an extraordinary location , as well as the perfect finishing touch to a tour like this. Alternatively, we will photograph the sunset on the way back to El Chaltén, with the beautiful views of the Río Eléctrico and Río Las Vueltas , and the peaks of Fitz Roy in the background.

After dark, we will head back to our lodging to rest.

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DAY 14 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR: FINAL SUNRISE AND TOUR CONCLUSION

Today we will get up early to capture the last sunrise from El Chaltén , for which we will visit a different location in the surroundings of the Fitz Roy River. From there, we will once again enjoy the magnificent views of Fitz Roy in front of us.

After breakfast, participants who do not take the optional extension to this Patagonia Photo Tour will be transferred to the El Calafate airport , where the Patagonia Photo Tour will end. Travelers who continue with the Patagonia Photo Tour Extension will remain in El Chaltén with the guides to get ready to begin the second part of this photographic adventure .

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OPTIONAL PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION

Once the first part of our Patagonia Photo Tour is finished, we have prepared an optional 6-night complementary extension to it. This extension is designed to enjoy the most spectacular locations of the Argentine Patagonia, in the best moments of light, sunrise and sunset . Since, in order to reach these locations, it is necessary to make routes of longer duration and medium difficulty, the only rational way to organize it in a safe way, is to spend the night in tents near these locations.

Therefore, those participants who like trekking , and are used to do routes of longer duration and medium difficulty, will have in this extension the perfect opportunity to photograph those dream places. Among these, we highlight the Laguna Torre , Laguna Capri, the Mirador del Fitz Roy , or the Laguna de Los Tres . In any case, it will not be necessary to be in excellent physical shape or be a professional athlete; it is enough to have an average physical level. The longest hikes will be around 5 or 6 miles, but we will have more than enough time to do them comfortably.

In addition, this extension is scheduled to take place during the new moon and the nights close to it, so it will be a perfect opportunity to photograph the Milky Way from these magical locations.

In short, if you want to make the most of all the possibilities of a Patagonia Photo Tour , you are in front of an unbeatable opportunity.

DAY 1 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 14 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

This first day of the extension, once we say goodbye to our colleagues who do not make the extension trip, we will prepare the equipment to start the first of our routes.

Once everything is ready, we will begin our hike to Laguna Torre, one of those magical locations. This hike is about 5.5 miles long and has a medium difficulty level. However, along the route we will make several stops to be able to photograph the impressive scenery around us.

Before reaching the lagoon, we will set up our camp. After that, we will continue the last mile that separates us from the lake, where we will spend the rest of the day. From here, the view of Cerro Torre is simply breathtaking. With luck, in addition to the autumn colors, it is possible that we can enjoy the presence of an iceberg in the lake , detached from the glacier.

We will photograph the sunset at Laguna Torre , but also, if the conditions are right, we will be able to do a night photography session in this place before returning to our tents to rest.

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DAY 2 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 15 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

Today we will get up early to return to Laguna Torre , this time to capture the sunrise lights from its shore. We will arrive at the shore before the first lights illuminate the peaks, to try to capture all the beauty of the landscape around us.

Afterwards, and after dismantling our camp, we will head to the next point of our route, the Capri Lagoon . This route will take us a good part of the morning, although it is not too difficult. Once at the lake, we will set up our camp again, and we will get ready to take pictures of the surroundings . We will spend the rest of the afternoon in the surroundings, photographing both the shores of the lake and the area of the Fitz Roy viewpoint , where we will find several small lagoons , as well as a variety of elements to achieve extraordinary compositions.

After sunset, we will rest for a while in our tents, and then go out again to take night photos , if the conditions are right.

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DAY 3 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 16 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

Before sunrise , we will go out again to photograph Laguna Capri under different light conditions. On this occasion, the first light of day will illuminate the imposing peaks of Fitz Roy , while the golden hour advances. If we are lucky, we will be able to experience a truly unforgettable scene.

Afterwards, we will pack up the campsite to start our way back to El Chaltén . However, we will stop again in the surroundings of the Mirador del Fitz Roy , in search of new images of the surroundings under a different light than in the afternoon. We will spend enough time here to take advantage of the many photographic possibilities of this area, before continuing our route.

Once we arrive in El Chaltén , we will go directly to our lodging, where we will wash up and rest after our photographic adventure in nature.

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DAY 4 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 17 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

Today we will set out on the second route of this extension of the Patagonia Photo Tour. After having rested enough, we will start our hike, which on this occasion will take us to the area of Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Sucia . This route, with no stops, could take us about four hours. However, we will do it quietly , making several stops to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.

The goal is to arrive at the destination to photograph the sunset , although before that we will stop to set up our tents in the camp. Therefore, we will have enough time to do this hike with no rush. In addition, this time we will spend two nights at the camp , so the next day will be spent entirely in the area.

For the sunset, we will go to the lakes area, from where we will be able to photograph probably the most spectacular view of Patagonia. Having the opportunity to witness a sunset in a place like this will make the efforts of the route more than worthwhile. Also, if we have favorable conditions, we will do a night photography session from this same area, trying to capture the Milky Way above us.

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DAY 5 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 18 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

As we are close to the lakes, we will get up early to photograph the sunrise , in this case from Laguna Sucia . Again, if we are lucky, we will have the chance to capture the beautiful lights of the first hours of the day over this incredible landscape. On this occasion, the light of the sunrise will be tinging everything with the beautiful golden tones that we photographers look forward to so much.

After spending some time photographing the surroundings, we will head back to our campsite to rest for a while. Not long after, we will make another route , quite simple and short, this time, to the nearby Laguna de Piedras Blancas, under the glacier of the same name. From here, we will be lucky enough to photograph another extraordinary view. The turquoise waters of the lagoon will contrast with the golden lights of the sunset, if we are lucky with the conditions. In any case, this is a dream location , one of those places that one never forgets.

After sunset, we will wait by the shore to take night pictures of a place as magical as this, before returning to rest in the tents.

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DAY 6 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 19 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

Today we will go back to our lodging in El Chaltén , but not before getting up early to capture a new sunrise . Depending on the level of strength after such an exhausting tour, we will decide whether to photograph the dawn lights from Laguna Los Tres or Laguna de Piedras Blancas. The first, closer to the camp, implies a route with a steeper slope, about 400 meters, while the second, about one mile away, has hardly any slope.

In any case, we will make the most of this last session near Fitz Roy to capture, once again, the infinite beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Undoubtedly, if the weather allows us, this extension will provide us with hundreds of fabulous photographs . Certainly, we will be enjoying some of the most impressive views of the entire planet.

After our session, we will return to the camp, where we will pick up our tents, and start the route back to El Chaltén . We will take it easy on the way back, making several photo stops along the way.

After photographing the sunset from near the village , we will return to our lodging to have a shower, pack our luggage, and rest.

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DAY 7 | PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR EXTENSION (DAY 20 OF THE COMPLETE TOUR)

Depending on time and energy, we will value a last session at dawn, from the road south of town.

After breakfast, we will start our route to El Calafate airport, where our Patagonia Photo Tour will come to an end.

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PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR CONDITIONS

Pricing and bookings.

The price of this extraordinary Patagonia Photo Tour (Chilean and Argentinean parts) , of 14 days (13 nights at the destination), is $5,350€ per person, based on double, triple or quadruple occupancy, shared with other participant/s in the tour, according to the planned itinerary.

Price based on a minimum participation of 6 travelers. If this minimum group is not reached, we will offer the possibility of continuing with the trip for an additional price supplement.

Single room supplement: $1,000, subject to availability at the time of request.

The price of the optional 7-day extension (6 nights at destination), from April 30 to May 6, 2023, is $1,140, with shared room accommodation for 2 nights, and tented accommodation for another 4 nights. The price of the supplement for single accommodation during this extension is $1,160.

To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to [email protected], or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.

Price per person is subject to the minimum group size of 6 participants.

Accommodation only, in hotels or cabins shared with other participants in the trip.

Supplement of $1,000 per stay in single room (plus $1,160 extra in case of participating also in the optional extension choosing to stay in single room). Prices subject to availability at the time of booking.

General Considerations

This Patagonia Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).

The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.

In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.

At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.

Documentation

Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To enter Argentina and Chile in the case of Spanish or European Union citizens, a valid passport is sufficient, with a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of return of the trip. In addition, depending on the country of residence, it may be necessary to obtain an additional visa or travel authorization.

For citizens traveling from countries other than Spain, please check with the local authorities in your country. Each traveler is responsible for complying with the necessary documentation and requirements to access the destination country.

The travel agency or the photographers accompanying the group have no responsibility for the client’s admission to the destination country, as well as for the documentation and formalities that each client needs to complete.

Travel Insurance

This tour includes a basic assistance insurance. If the client wishes, he/she can extend the coverage by paying the corresponding difference, or take out a different travel insurance at his/her own expense.

It is always recommended to have an insurance with the highest possible coverage of medical expenses, which can even be unlimited.

In case you wish, Workshops Photo Tours will provide the necessary information to arrange a policy with the coverage and conditions appropriate to the client and the contracted trip.

Personal Counseling

The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.

Responsability

We are completely sure that the Patagonia Photo Tour (Chilean and Argentinean parts) will be an unforgettable experience for travelers. Workshops Photo Tours considers that it is its responsibility as a tourist agent to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). These values must prevail in all its trips. Likewise, Workshops Photo Tours must ensure that the impact of its trips will in no case be negative for the country and its population.

The travel agency or the photographers accompanying the group have no responsibility for any accident, damage, loss or theft that the client may suffer during the trip.

Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.

At the time of confirmation of purchase by the customer, he/she must pay the amount of $500 of the trip. The payment of the final part shall be made no later than 60 days before the start of the trip. The agency may terminate the contract and apply the rules established for withdrawal before departure if the consumer does not make any of the payments provided for in the preceding paragraphs within the corresponding period.

The benefits that make up the package travel contract result from the information provided to the consumer in the brochure or program, as well as the indications relating to this information that have been made to confirm the reservation.

Cancelations

In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.

However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:

– Up to 60 days before the trip: US$500 (US$863 in case they had chosen single room basis). – Less than 60 days before the trip: 100% of the cost of the trip.

For these cases, the client is recommended to contract an extended insurance that covers some cancellation assumptions.

Prices are based on the currency exchange rate in effect on September 14, 2019. The currency may be updated up to 21 days prior to departure in accordance with the Combined Travel Act, applying the corresponding supplement / discount.

Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.

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MORE INFO ABOUT PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR

Starting/ending location.

International Airport El Calafate, Argentina ( Google Maps )

  • Accommodation during the 12 nights of the Patagonia Photo Tour, in shared rooms, as well as the 6 nights of the optional extension, if booked (2 in hotels and 4 in tents).
  • Transportation and transfers during the entire trip, plus all expenses derived from it.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and natural areas where necessary.
  • Boat excursions to the Grey and Serrano glaciers, as well as trekking and boat excursion on the Perito Moreno.
  • Photographic guide/s specialized in the destination.
  • Personalized instruction and assistance.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • A minimum of two photo editing videos made by our photographers.
  • Online group photo editing session to process and edit some of the photos taken during the trip.
  • Organization and services of an official travel agency with more than 5 years and 45 photo tours of experience, meeting all legal requirements and regulations in Europe regarding travel.

Not included

  • Flights and/or transportation to and from Patagonia.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner), snacks or beverages.
  • Visas, if required.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not included in the “Included” section.

RECOMMENDED PHOTO GEAR FOR THE PATAGONIA PHOTO TOUR

We recommend you to bring a DSLR or Mirrorless system camera with interchangeable lenses, but you can join the photo tour bringing any kind of camera, including compact ones, or even a smartphone.

Wide Angle Lens

A wide angle lens will be really useful to capture the amazing Patagonia landscapes, allowing us to capture beautiful images, along with stunning close-ups.

Standard Zoom

An standard zoom, like a 24-70mm, or a 24-105mm, will be very useful on this trip. With that focal length range, you will be able to capture a great variety of the scenes we’ll find.

TELEPHOTO LENS

A 70-200mm or even 100-400mm telephoto lens will allow us to get amazing images of the peaks from a distance, focusing on their details.

FAST LENS FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS

These kind of lenses are not really essential, if you already have a fast wide angle. However, if you already have a lens like a 14mm 1’8 or a 20mm 1’4, it would be perfect for the night sessions.

A tripod will be needed for our low light photography sessions, such as the sunrise, sunset and night photography ones. We recommend you bringing a really sturdy one, so it’s not easily moved by the wind.

PHOTOGRAPHY FILTERS

We recommend you bringing ND filters for long exposure photography, as well as graduated ND filter for sunrises and sunsets. A polarizer filter will be very useful too, to add saturation or avoid reflections.

REMOTE CONTROLLER

Bringing a remote or an intervalometer will be a great idea, because they will be very useful in low light sessions, avoiding the need to touch the camera, and therefore minimizing the risk of moved images.

Bringing enough extra batteries is essential for a trip like this. Given the cold temperatures, batteries will run much faster than usual. Therefore, you should bring enough batteries to avoid running out of energies.

MEMORY CARDS

We also recommend you bringing enough memory cards so you can store all the pictures you will take during the trip, or even doing security copies. Given their low price, it’s better to carry extra cards.

PRactical Information

Is there a minimal physical level to join this patagonia photo tour.

This Patagonia Photo Tour is a two-part tour. Since the area includes both locations very easy to visit, and others of more difficult access, we have thought it convenient to make a first base tour of easy level, and to include the most difficult part in an optional extension after that.

In this way, we have that the base trip, of 13 days of duration, is for those who have a simple/medium physical level, and we can say that it is suitable for all the public, as long as they are in a reasonable state of health. Meanwhile, the extension is for those who have an intermediate level, so it is already recommended for people who are in a good physical condition, and used to intermediate level and duration trekking and hiking. We are talking about hikes of between 5 and 6 miles, with no great elevation gain, except for some very specific sections, such as the final part to reach the Laguna Los Tres.

On the other hand, there is no age limit, as long as the physical requirements for each part are taken into account, as we have previously mentioned.

Do I need a minimal photography level to join the Patagonia Photo Tour?

There is no need of a minimal photography level to join this Patagonia Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones.

One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!

What kind of weather can I expect during this Patagonia Photo Tour?

This Patagonia Photo Tour takes place in the middle of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, trying to photograph the spectacular colors of this time of the year. For this reason, and being in mountainous areas, we can expect cold temperatures, being possible to reach 0ºC (32ºF), or even a little less, at night. Likewise, we may encounter some rain and wind, the latter being frequent in Patagonia.

For this reason, we recommend dressing in layers, being ideal for this purpose technical mountain clothing. We recommend wearing a medium or thick fleece, as well as a down jacket or a medium synthetic coat, necessary for the nights. It is also highly recommended to bring a waterproof jacket such as Gore Tex or similar, to protect against rain and wind. In any case, when you confirm your trip reservation, you will receive our recommended equipment guide for more information and details.

Are meals included on this Patagonia Photo Tour?

Our Patagonia Photo Tour does not include meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). This will allow us to have maximum flexibility during the trip, to focus as much time as possible on what matters most to us, photography.

We will usually have breakfast at the lodges or in cafeterias after our sunrise sessions. Then, we will have some of the lunches and dinners as picnics, with products bought in supermarkets (sandwiches, fruit, snacks, etc), while in other occasions we will go to restaurants, or to the hotels themselves. In any case, we will have plenty of time to enjoy the extraordinary cuisine of the area, where meat stands out (almost essential to try the grilled lamb), and sweets such as alfajor.

Which payment options do you offer?

Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options. 

What kind of accommodations will we have?

In this Patagonia Photo Tour, we will stay in medium/tourist category hotels, lodges, apartments or cabins, on a room only basis, and in double, triple or quadruple rooms, to be shared with other participants in the trip, with private bathroom.

For the part of the optional extension of 7 additional days after the trip, we will alternate 2 nights in hotels with 4 nights in tents, which we will spend in campsites located in the most impressive areas of the Glacier National Park in Argentina.

If you come with someone else to the Patagonia Photo Tour , you can share a room, but if not, we will assign you a roommate, always of the same gender. In any case, there is the possibility of hiring accommodation in a single room for an additional supplement.

Can I join this photo tour regardless my country of residence?

Anyone can join this Patagonia Photo Tour, regardless of the country where they live. Although our office is located in Santander, Spain, our trips are open to participation from anywhere on the planet, so we have clients from countries all over the world. However, Spanish will always be the language used during the Patagonia Photo Tour (sometimes together with English).

Our Patagonia Photo Tour will start at the International Airport in El Calafate, Argentina. All participants will have to be at that meeting point during the starting day of the trip, at a time to be determined by us, where they will have to arrive from their place of origin. Therefore, it is not necessary to pass through Spain before the start of the Patagonia Photo Tour.

What else should I bring to the tour?

After booking this Patagonia Photo Tour, you will receive our travel guide and equipment recommendation to take with you on the Patagonia Photo Tour . This recommendation refers not only to the clothes, accessories and necessary items to take on the Patagonia Photo Tour , but also to the photographic equipment. In short, you will not have to worry about anything, as our experts will inform you of everything you need to bring to make the most of this  Patagonia Photo Tour .

A first tip for the tour is to bring a coat or parka in bright colors, such as red, orange, light green or yellow, which will make it easier for us to take fantastic portraits of you in some of the most incredible locations on the island!

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When to visit patagonia, what to pack, non-photographic equipment, photography equipment, other accessories, top photography locations of patagonia, torres del paine national park, los glaciares national park, useful tips for travelling in patagonia, car documentation, money and currency, wifi and internet.

Ultimate Guide to Patagonia

“Patagonia! She is a hard mistress. She casts her spell. An enchantress! She folds you in her arms and never lets go.”

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In this way, Bruce Chatwin describes one of the most beautiful and incredible regions of this Earth, Patagonia. 

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I would like to tell you how it feels like to walk in the prairies between cute guanacos and fleeting pumas, among speedy hawks of all kinds and colourful mountain peaks, among the crafty foxes of Patagonia and the majestic condors, all at the foot of the Andes, but I can't. I can't put all of this into words, nor can I even come close to narrating what it really feels like to be there. 

Even if I can’t convey to you the same emotions that I felt while I was exploring those places, I’ll try to help you as much as I possibly can to plan your trip of a lifetime down there, at the southern end of this world. In this article, you'll learn all about the boundaries of Patagonia, when and where it is recommended to go there, what to pack and a few of its most beautiful locations for photography.

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Ultimate Guide to Patagonia

First things first: where is “Patagonia”? Is it a province, a country or a town? Well, the answer is none of these.

When someone talks about Patagonia, they are referring to a specific region of South America which lies between two countries: Chile and Argentina. The boundaries of this region are naturally created by the Andes in the west and the south, deserts and grasslands in the east, extending north to the Rio Negro and Neuquèn provinces of Argentina as well as the Palena province in the Los Lagos region of Chile.

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As you can see, the area that we are talking about is quite huge; you could probably spend a lifetime roaming around there without even seeing half of the region. Luckily, the area we are interested in for photography is much smaller than that. All of the most popular and famous photographic locations of Patagonia (we’ll talk about them later) lie within a range of 400-500km, so if pictures are all you are after, you won’t have to drive for thousands of kilometres between Argentina and Chile. 

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Ultimate Guide to Patagonia

Regardless of the time of the year you’ll be there, Patagonia will always offer you breathtaking views. There are some periods though that are slightly better than others for photography. In this chapter, I'll talk about what each season of the year has to offer and when is the best to visit. 

Okay, I’ll make it quick. Autumn is the best time of the year to visit Patagonia for photography. Temperatures are still not too rigid, you'll have plenty of light to hike during the day and last but not least, you’ll catch the wonderful autumn foliage in all of the locations. Trust me, the vibrancy of the colours that you'll witness down in Patagonia are unique. It's going to be hard to find those colours elsewhere in the world.

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Meanwhile, all of the hotels, campsites and restaurants will still be open. There will be far fewer tourists around, since generally, the hiking season is summer. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to elect autumn as the best season to visit Patagonia!

Winter is beautiful too, with high chances of catching some snow in many locations but you should be prepared to face the harshness of the cold season in Patagonia, since that’s not a joke! 

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You should be aware that in winter, most of the huts, campsites, hotels and restaurants will be closed; temperatures can be really low and strong winds should always be taken into consideration. Many trails will become dangerous and it is recommended that only expert hikers or mountaineers attempt them. 

While you can take some incredibly beautiful photos during winter in Patagonia, the effort required to take those shots will be very high, much higher than the other seasons! 

This is probably the least considered season when people think about traveling in Patagonia. In early spring, everything will still be closed for the winter season and you may find melting snow in many locations. Temperatures will be similar to winter, warming as the season progresses. In late spring, the kick-off of the hiking season begins and tourists will start to flow in.

I recommend visiting Patagonia in late spring, if that’s the only time of the year that you can travel, so that you won’t have any problems with campsites, accommodation and trails; oh, and you’ll have more daylight too! 

If you are into hiking and exploring as much as you are into photography, then this may be the best time of the year for you to visit Patagonia. With long days you’ll have enough time to do not just photography but also other activities, visit more places and take longer trails to explore the wilderness of the area. The temperature will be warmer and you can easily sleep under the stars in some of the many campsites that will be open during the season.

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Ultimate Guide to Patagonia

Planning what to bring on an adventure like a Patagonia trip is not an easy thing to do. Let's go through all the necessary stuff that I recommend you bring on this trip, in terms of photography as well as other much-needed gear.

At most of the photography locations that you’ll visit, you’ll need the kind of clothes that you would use in any other mountainous place around the world: fleece meshes, thermal meshes and waterproof pants are some of the suggested items that you bring.

Obviously, the amount of clothing that you'll need to pack will depend on the season you are planning to travel in. During winter, you’ll need more – and likely heavier – clothing than in summer, when breathable t-shirts may be a valid option if you plan to hike a lot. 

Camping Gear

Patagonia is one of the best places on Earth to go on a camping trip; not the kind of camping that requires an RV but the kind of camping that requires a tent and a sleeping bag (as well as many other things). I've decided to include this section because I think that 90% of you who are reading this article will probably spend at least a few nights under the starry sky of Patagonia.

Let’s start from the tent: if you plan to stay out in the wilderness for a few nights, then this is the first thing that you should think about. In Patagonia, the wind is one of the biggest problems when camping. As such, you should choose a tent that will protect you from strong winds as well as rain and hail.

Personally, I use a Camp Minima 3 SL (or 1 SL, depending on the length of the hike), and it has been great even in the worst possible conditions. The 1 SL can be too small for many people, so I recommend going for at least the 2 SL if you want some space. By the way, I’m not sponsored, nor do I have any collaboration with the manufacturer. This is just my honest opinion. 

The next piece of gear that you should think about when camping is your sleeping bag. When choosing a sleeping bag, be sure to keep a wide margin on the lowest comfort temperature. For example, let’s say that the minimum predicted temperatures in Patagonia will be around 3°C. You should choose a sleeping bag with a minimum comfort temperature lower than that by a few degrees at least, so that you won’t be too cold during the night. When you're out in the elements, it's easy to get cold but it’s far harder to warm yourself up, so remember this general tip when you are in the selection process. 

Other important pieces of gear that I would recommend you put in your backpack are a sleeping mat for more comfort and a camping stove to cook something hot to eat at the end of the day.

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Now, let’s talk about the important stuff: what kind of gear do you need for taking photos in Patagonia?

Let’s start by saying that the weather will be exactly what you would expect at the southernmost end of the world: atrocious. It’s common to catch a few days of continuous storms and your equipment should be ready to work under those kinds of weather conditions, unless you want to be stuck in your tent or hotel for many days in a row. As such, a weather-sealed camera and lenses are highly recommended!

There are not many things to say about the camera apart from that it needs to be weather-sealed. Aside from that, any DSLR or mirrorless model will do the job. I recommend bringing along a full-frame camera if you plan to shoot landscapes more than wildlife , as they have an overall better image quality especially at low ISOs. A high-end APS-C camera will also work well if you are travelling in Patagonia for its incredible wildlife, since the quality will still be excellent and you can take advantage of the 1.5x crop factor. 

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My personal recommendation here is to never leave for a Patagonia trip without being covered across all of the most important focal lengths. You’ll probably end up using all of them! 

Wide Angle Lens

If you mainly shoot landscapes, then this is going to be your workhorse for the whole trip. There are endless foregrounds to include in your pictures in Patagonia and the mountains work perfectly with a wide angle lens (from 14mm to 24mm).

Standard Zoom Lens

Even if personally I love to shoot mountainscapes with a wide angle lens, at the end of each trip I have noticed that a good 40% of the photos were taken with my standard zoom lens (24-120mm in my case). The point is to never leave your standard zoom at home. Never. You are going to need it!

Telephoto Lens

It goes without saying that if you are a wildlife photographer , then this should be the first lens you put in your bag. Even if you are not strictly a wildlife photographer though, a telephoto lens can be useful in many cases. Check out the shot below. Without my 150-600mm, I could never have taken a shot like that. 

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I’ll never get tired of writing how fundamental it is to have a good, sturdy tripod with you when travelling in places like Patagonia. You’ll focus a lot more on the composition and you’ll be able to use an array of techniques that you simply can't do without a tripod, such as HDR , multiple exposures, bracketing and  long exposures . Even if you don’t care about compositions or these types of photography techniques , a tripod will give you a steady support for your camera. For me, it's definitely a must-have when visiting Patagonia!

Sometimes they can be quite useless, sometimes they turn a boring photo into an incredible shot: overall, my tip is to bring at least a set of neutral density (ND) filters with you to Patagonia.

You are going to shoot moving subjects (water, clouds, trees, etc) quite a lot down there and if you want to capture the movement of those subjects, the only way to do it is by mounting an ND filter on your lens. Long exposures can result in some incredible effects, so you’ll probably want to play with them at least a few times during the trip!

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Torch / Headlamp / Flashlight

A source of light can be really useful if you plan to hike in the darkness (before sunrise or after sunset), so be sure to always a torch, headlamp or flashlight in your bag. 

Spare Batteries

One battery is never enough. Remember that you’ll be out in the wilderness, perhaps for a night, maybe for a week, but you’ll need a few spare batteries in any case. If you don’t want to bring a lot of them, you can bring a powerbank with you to charge the ones that you have. 

Remote Control

A remote trigger release can be useful for long exposures or in general when shooting in Bulb mode. You can choose between a more complicated intervalometer with a screen and many features or a simple cable / bluetooth remote with just the shutter button. Since I like simple things, I went for the latter but feel free to choose the one you prefer the most! 

Ultimate Guide to Patagonia

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There are two main areas in Patagonia where the majority of the photos you see online have been taken: the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Let’s talk more about these two fabulous locations for photography. 

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If you are looking to book a Patagonia trip, then chances are high that you have already heard about the Torres del Paine National Park. It is one of the most incredible spots for photography in the entire region. The park is famous for its unique shaped mountains, blue icebergs calved from the nearby glaciers and the “pampas”, which are the classic Patagonian steppe. 

Your options for visiting the park and how much time you spend there are endless:

There are many multi-day hiking options (the most famous trail is the 'W circuit') with pre-arranged campsites along the trails. There is no wild-camping in the park and you must camp in the designed campsites. 

You can stay in one of the few campsites along the main road that crosses the park: I suggest 'Camping Tahoe;, which will allow you to sleep near the famous Tahoe lake. This is one of the most popular photography spots and it’s not expensive at all. 

You can stay in one of the hotels inside the park, though obviously this will be the most expensive option. 

In terms of photography, you’ll have to decide whether you want to catch the sunrise in the Lake Tahoe area, go photo-hunting for the beautiful puma, or hike on a trail to catch the sunset behind the Cuernos del Paine with dead trees in the foreground. Well, I guess these are the kind of choices that everybody would love to have in their life, right?

Small tip: If you aim to shoot the Cuernos from up close with some of the famous dead trees in the foreground, then you should take the Mirador Cuernos trail, which will take you through the famous 'dead forests' until the Nordenskjold lake. Please remain on the trail in this area as the vegetation there is really fragile.

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To visit the Los Glaciares National Park, you’ll have to cross the Argentine border, so be sure to have your passport with us as well as the car documentation for border-crossing in case you are driving. I'll give you some information now about the three main locations where you should absolutely go for photography when visiting this park: the Perito Moreno glacier, Mount Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre. 

Perito Moreno

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The Perito Moreno is one of the few growing glaciers in the world and it’s nothing short of incredible! The size of this glacier will leave you speechless when you stand in front of it. You should know that the glacier is part of the park and has opening hours and an entrance fee. You can check on the official website of the park for this information, as it may vary depending on the season you’ll be there. 

You’ll find the Perito Moreno approximately 80km from El Calafate, which is also the nearest town. 

Fitz Roy Mountain

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I bet you were looking forward to this, eh? The Fitz Roy is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountains of Patagonia, if not the whole planet. Those rugged peaks are one of the main reasons so many photographers want to travel to the end of the world. 

To visit the Fitz Roy, you should head to El Chalten, a small town in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. From El Chalten, take the 8-mile trail that leads to the Campamento Poincenot. You can either choose to stay at the basecamp for a few nights so that you don’t have to hike back and forth every day, or stay in a hotel downtown. My tip is to choose the first option: you’ll enjoy more of the wilderness and you’ll be closer to all the photography locations. Many of the photo spots are really close to the campsite, though you’ll have to walk a little bit more to reach a few of the others, including Laguna Sucia (in the photo below) and Laguna de los Tres. Regarding Laguna Sucia, you should advise the local rangers that you will be going to hike there, since the official trail is closed and it’s considered quite dangerous. 

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Cerro Torre

The spikes of Cerro Torre are another incredible view that only a place like Patagonia can offer. To visit what is widely-considered to be the most photogenic mountain of the world, you will need to start your adventure from El Chalten. This time though, instead of taking the Campamento Poincenot trail, you should head instead to the Campamento Agostini. This hike is slightly easier and shorter than the hike to Fitz Roy but it will still take you around three hours to reach the campsite. 

The two campsites are connected by a trail, so you can plan to camp for a few nights at the Poincenot campsite and then move to the Agostini (or viceversa) without returning to town.

As for the Fitz Roy, most of the photo locations can be found easily around the Agostini campsite, with the river flowing close by and the Laguna Torre just 10 minutes away! 

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Let’s start by clearing this up: one of the trickiest things to do during the whole trip will probably be the border-crossing if you have rented your own car. There are some strict regulations between Chile and Argentina, especially about food, so be prepared to have your car examined scrupulously when you arrive at the border. The car also needs to have specific documentation for border-crossing at the ready, so you should warn the car rental company beforehand if you've chosen to drive between Chile and Argentina. Many car rental companies do not offer the possibility to cross borders, so ask before you book! 

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The official language, both for Chile and Argentina, is Spanish. In big cities, most people will understand and speak in English but you may have some difficulties communcating in the most remote places or in the parks. 

Chile and Argentina have two different currencies: the first one has the Chilean Peso, while the latter uses the Argentine Peso. Credit or debit cards are accepted in cities and towns but it’s always a good idea to bring some cash with you, as electronic payments may not always work. 

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Patagonia will be a nice way to unplug a little bit from everyday’s life, as WiFi and/or Internet connections are often not available in many locations.

In cities and towns, you won’t have any problems with Internet connection or WiFi, which are both available in most hotels and restaurants. 

In Torres del Paine, you probably won’t have phone signal while at hotels and campsites, the WiFi may be really slow.

In Argentina, especially at the Campamento Poincenot and Agostini, you won’t have any WiFi or Internet connection at all, so be prepared to be off the grid for a few days!

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In conclusion, I'd like to say that Patagonia has some of the most raw and astonishing views I’ve ever witnessed in my own life: driving through the pampas, seeing those imposing mountains growing on the horizon, observing the condors flying high above the Andes.. I could go on forever. The number of visual memories that I have from my Patagonian trips is huge; the only way you can really understand what I mean when I say that to travel at the end of the world is a once in a lifetime experience is, well.. to go there and witness it all with your own eyes!

About the author:  Leonardo Papèra is a landscape photographer based in Italy. You can find more of his work on his  website  or by following him on Instagram .

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