Join us on a photographic adventure and expedition to Patagonia, the land of majestic glaciers and mountains. A place of enchanting colors, where rivers and lakes stay pristine, and nature grows wild.
This is Patagonia, a landscape’s photographer dream.
This stretch of the world is known to be one of the most sought-after locations for passionate outdoor and landscape photographer.
Imagine placing your camera in the heart of the Southern Andean mountains, between Argentina and Chile. Unimaginable sights, glacier-fed lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, jagged peaks, plus incredible cloud formations are the settings awaiting you for the photo trip of a lifetime.
This adventure is designed to guide you to the most stunning locations in Southern Argentina and Chile during the peak of the autumn colors. Together we will photograph the many wonders within the National Parks, Los Glaciares, Perito Moreno, and Torres del Paine. The raw natural beauty of these places will awaken your creativity and spark your senses.
Because we want you to focus on capture the charm and soul of Patagonia, we have curated an itinerary that takes into account both easy access to the locations and convenience.
Our group will be staying as close as possible to the shooting locations without sacrificing comfort.
This photo tour will be led by two tour leaders and a local mountain guide expert. A team of two leaders ensures flexibility for the group, and it provides the perfect mix of photo possibilities throughout the tour in Patagonia.
When: April 12th to 24th, 2021.
Who: Open to all skill levels, non-photographer spouses are welcome.
Group Size: Minimum 4 People, Maximum 12 People.
Where: This photo tour starts and ends in El Calafate, Argentina. Airport Code (FTE).
Fitness Level: Moderate/Active. Access to most of the shooting locations in Patagonia is by hiking. However, most of the walks are rated easy and some moderate. Average hiking distances are 3 to 4 miles round trip, and the longer one is 12 miles. Elevation gain varies per hike.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.
After arriving in El Calafate, you’ll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Today you’ll meet your tour leaders, the other guests, and savor the first meal together in a traditional Argentinian Steakhouse.
Overnight at Quijote Hotel.
Today we have an early start, and we drive towards El Chalten. This charming town is known as Argentina’s trekking capital and home of the Fitz Roy, one of the most beautiful peaks in Patagonia.
We make stops along the way at designated viewpoints, and we visit Estancia La Leona. We’ll arrive around noon and have lunch in el Chalten. After check-in in the hotel, we’ll meet our local guide and have our first sunset outing.
Overnight at Poincenot Hotel.
Today we have an early start as we move by ground transportation to Lago del Desierto. We’ll spend the day photographing Huemul Lagoon and Glacier, the Huemules Reserve, and we’ll also visit the Blue and Green Lagoon.
Overnight at Laguna Condor Refugio de Montaña.
Today we start with a sunrise shoot around the Eco Camp. After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Hosteria del Pilar and hike to Poincenot Camp in preparation for hiking and photograph Laguna de Los Tres, one of the highlights of the trip.
This is a moderate hike, almost flat. The track along Rio Blanco is interestingly enough with plenty of interesting subjects to photograph along the way.
Rest time in the afternoon, there are plenty of opportunities for photography around the campsite. Lunch and dinner will be served in tented domes in Poincenot Campsite.
Overnight in Poincenot Campground Private Area. Tents, inflatable mats, and sleeping bags provided.
Early morning we hike to Laguna de Los Tres and photograph the Fitz Roy (2 hours, moderate and with some elevation gain).
We’ll return to camp, have a relaxed morning and lunch there. In the afternoon, we hike back to El Chalten (around 3 hours, mostly downhill). We’ll stop for photography along the way.
Overnight at Poincenot Hotel.
Today we make our hike to the Lookout Cerro Torre for sunrise. This is a short hike from the base. Then return to El Chalten, and the rest of the day is free. Take a rest, download images, and possibly get some tutoring from the tour leaders.
For the most adventurers, there will be an option to continue the trail and hike to the base of Cerro Torre for even more impressive photos.
Overnight at Poincenot Hotel.
Today is travel and border crossing, from El Chalten to Torres del Paine national park in Chile.
We’ll arrive at Torres del Paine by the main entrance of Amarga lake. We will drive by private transportation through the national park with destination Serrano River, and we’ll connect with our local guide.
Overnight at Nash Lodge.
This morning we’ll transfer to Pingo parking area. We’ll hike up Mount Ferrier (short and steep); however, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most fantastic lookout points in Torres del Paine.
To make the most of the day, we’ll plan the afternoon accordingly to timing and weather conditions as we move to Lake Pehoe area. We’ll check in Hosteria Pehoe, our home for the next 3 nights. Situated on an incomparable location -its own small island within the Toro Lake- this is the ideal place to stay and photograph around the National Park.
Overnight in Hosteria Pehoe.
Today we’ll start early and head over to photograph the Salto Grande Waterfall at sunrise. We’ll then continue with an easy hike to shoot from the Horns Lookout.
We’ll return to the hotel for lunch and have some rest time. In the afternoon, we will start hiking for about an hour to Mirador del Condor, the lookout points to the whole Paine mountain range, Lagoon Honda, Sarmiento, and Verde.
Overnight in Hosteria Pehoe.
Today we’ll photograph the Cascada Paine, then continue to Laguna Azul. We’ll stop along the way to photograph in designated spots and lookouts. We’ll have options in the afternoon to photograph other sights or if you prefer take some free time to rest.
Overnight in Hosteria Pehoe.
Today we trace our steps back and travel to Argentina via private transport. We transfer to the small town of Cerro Castillo, and we’ll have lunch in a local restaurant.
We’ll then cross the border and make it back to El Calafate.
Overnight in Quijote Hotel.
Today we’ll leave early, and we’ll head out to explore the Glacier Perito Moreno, perhaps one the most iconic glaciers of the Patagonian Ice Fields.
We’ll have an opportunity to have a close encounter with the massive ice walls as we navigate one of the sides or Argentino Lake. We’ll finish the day with a walking tour of the famous walkways of the National Park.
Overnight in Quijote Hotel.
Today is time to say goodby to Patagonia. Transfer out to the airport and travel back home. Alternatively, you can continue to join us for a three-day extension to the Patagonian Ranch Nibepo Aike and to the remote pioneer’s region of the National Park.
If you crave for more photos and adventure in Patagonia, you can join this optional extension. In the next couple of days, we’ll visit and photograph a working ranch in Patagonia. Then we’ll head a more remote area of the National Park.
Early in the morning, we’ll head to the ranch Nibepo Aike, located inside the National Park.
The setting is an authentic “Patagonian Estancia,” with more than one hundred years of history; this is your opportunity to have a true experience of rural life, the way of the gaucho.
Farming activities as cattle branding, dressage or milking, sheep shearing, and herding, plus a demonstration of typical riding skills on criollo horses, are some of the actions to photograph. If you feel adventurous, horseback riding & hiking are in order, different paths allow us to explore the grounds of the estancia and discovering its flora and fauna.
Overnight in Estancia Ibepo Aike.
Today we will explore a remote area of the National Park, only a few people venture this far, and access is limited.
We start the day heading to Los Pioneros dock in the southern area of Los Glaciares National Park. From there, we’ll navigate for about an hour until we reach our first trek (2km) heading to Lake Frias. Then we’ll cross in Zodiac-type boats, and upon disembarking on the opposite bank, the second (4.5 km) hike begins. We’ll walk passing through a forest with centuries-old lengas, and then through an ancient glacial valley. Then we’ll reach Lake Frías Superior, which is covered with icebergs. From here, we will see the Dickson, Cubo, and Grande glaciers! We will have lunch with a fantastic view and then start the return to the city of El Calafate.
Overnight in Quijote Hotel
Today is time to say goodby to Patagonia. Transfer out to the airport and travel back home.
Photography is more than a passion for Daniel; it’s a golden opportunity to document the world and share unique cultures with people across the globe. Embarking upon his creative path at the age of 17, he has since shot assignments, commercial work, and lifestyle campaigns. However, his primary focus is on travel and landscape photography. During the last few years, Daniel led photo tours in Morocco, India, Peru, Cuba, and Vietnam. Daniel is fluent in both, Spanish and English.
George is an adventure/travel photographer based in Miami; however, most often, he is traveling somewhere in the world. His passion started in his youth; the love for photography has never stopped growing for the 40 plus years. His unique approach for developing itineraries, for arranging high-quality excursions, and guiding people to unique locations yields the capture of great images. He brings all of his experience and knowledge to share it personally with each participant.
If you love the outdoors, being out in nature and make incredible landscape photos, absolutely!
Just keep in mind that I (Daniel) can be a little bit biased, this place is so amazing to me that I literally cried when standing on some of these locations for the first time. We worked really hard putting together this itinerary to give you the best of both parks while maintaining great accommodations and prices.
While several photography tours are being offered in Patagonia, none of them provide a similar experience. Just do your due diligence and compare the number of days, meals, and accommodations.
Patagonia is a region of South America, located in Argentina and Chile, encompasses the southernmost part of the Andes Mountains. Extending from the northern lakes region of Bariloche to the southernmost Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia is vast.
The most famous and photogenic landscapes of Patagonia are concentrated in the middle of the area between El Chalten and Puerto Natales.
Patagonia is well developed and well-traveled. Patagonia is safe, there are almost no records of crime in the region.
The people are amicable, helpful, and honest throughout the whole area. Of course, one should always be cautious when traveling and use common sense.
This is a popular but vast area, so the crowds are entirely avoidable. We will be up early each day to avoid having to contend with crowds.
April is shoulder season, but many photographers visit during this time because of the magical autumn colors. You will experience beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and capture photos with minimal distractions.
We have rated this tour as moderate/active.
If your fitness level is average, you’ll be able to participate in this tour with no problems. While some of the hikes are not easy, they are not overly complicated either.
On the Argentinean side, when we are in El Chalten, the hikes are a little bit more challenging. However, some of these activities are going to be optional. There is a couple of mornings where we have planned sunrise shoots at the best viewpoints for both Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. These can vary in length from 2km to 8km each way, with some elevation gain, but we will leave early, giving you plenty of time not to be in a rush.
We’ll travel together as a group, but this tour also features two tour leaders. This gives us the flexibility to split the group if needed making sure everyone makes it up to the best possible views.
In Torres del Paine, and the Glacier Perito Moreno all the hikes we go on are straightforward with gentle grades.
Remember, all these activities are optional, you are free to participate in each of them, just one or anything in between.
While this trip is mostly focused on landscape photography, we should have a wide variety of wildlife photographic opportunities.
If we get lucky, that could include; Guanaco, Patagonian Fox, Andean Condor, Caracara, Rhea, and possibly Puma (specifically in Torres del Paine National Park.
Patagonia’s best season is November through May (summer and fall in South America). During the Summer months, the winds are 10 to 40 mph with gust up to 60mph. During April and May, the fall season, the winds subside.
The weather in Patagonia is very erratic and unpredictable due to wind coming off of the Southern Ice Field. It is typical to expect rain, snow, sun, and wind all in one day, so it’s essential to be prepared.
During April, daytime temperatures are usually in the 15 ºC and drop to the 2ºC at night. Because of its vast area, there are important climatic variations in the region, and wind can be a factor of importance.
As mentioned before, the weather in Patagonia is fickle, and high winds are inevitable. Clouds and storms roll in quickly. When the clouds clear, it is very easy to get sunburned. So what should you use to avoid or reduce sweat and feel comfortable? Well, the use of layers is the best advice.
The idea is to add cloth or take off cloth depending on the circumstances. Doing so will help your body to maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Today it is easy to find synthetic fibers that are developed to remove sweat, becoming better than any natural fiber.
For the upper body, the first is a t-shirt made from synthetic breathable “thermal” fabric. As the second layer, you can use a long sleeve shirt of the same fabric and then a synthetic fleece sweater or jacket. This will protect you from moisture and wind. Thermal underwear is recommended, especially on cold nights.
Waterproof hiking boots are a necessity. Please make sure you have an opportunity to break them in before the trip.
Visas are not required for entry into Chile or Argentina for citizens of most European countries as well as citizens from the United States and Canada for stays up to 90 days. However, it is advisable to check on your particular situation.
It is required that all of our guests have their own medical travel insurance, which should include evacuation for medical reasons.
Credit and Debit cards can be used at many restaurants, hotels, and shops. However, it is good to have some local currency to make small purchases. United States Dollars and Euros can be exchanged in both countries at banks and currency exchangers.
Water has no problem in Southern Patagonia. In fact, water can be taken from pipes or streams. If you prefer to have natural water, Mineral Water can be found in stores anywhere.
No, there is no cell service. However, you’ll be able to connect to the hotel’s wi-fi. Just keep in mind that this area is a remote area.
Yes, a converter is required. Electricity is supplied throughout Patagonia at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.
Please note that in Chile, power outlets only accept rounded 3 or 2-pin plugs. In Argentina, power outlets accept rounded 2-pin and diagonal 2-pin plugs.
Patagonia is easy to travel for English speaking visitors. The area has a high percentage of English speaking locals.
A little bit of Spanish is always helpful and appreciated by the locals. Daniel was born in Argentina, so Spanish is his first language, and communications won’t be an issue.
1) Booking procedure:
We will send you an email shortly after confirming your booking. Do not book your flights at this time unless otherwise indicated by us. We will let you know once the minimum number of guests to run the tour has been reached.
2) Balance of Payments:
The final payment for the trip is 90 days before departure. Such payment shall be made via credit card or wire transfer. Failure to meet the payment schedule will result in cancelation and forfeit of deposit.
3) Cancelation and Refunds
If, for any reason, DAK Photography Inc. must cancel the trip, 100% of paid deposits will be fully refunded. We reserve the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time. In the event of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible, and a full refund of trip payment will be given.
If a guest needs to cancel, we must receive written notification, email is accepted.
The following cancelation fees apply:
In the event that you have to cancel, we will do our best to fill your spot. If we do so, we will refund 100% of the tour fee less an administrative fee of $ 150.-
Refunds will be not be made for any other costs you may have incurred as a result of your booking.
Travel and medical insurance that includes emergency evacuation coverage are mandatory. We recommend that you purchase this as soon as the trip is confirmed to protect your investment.
Price: $6,895 US Dollars.
Single Supplement: $1,485 US Dollars.
Small-Group Fee: $650 US Dollars. For less than 8 registered participants, a small group supplement will apply.
Deposit: $595 US Dollar, secures your spot.
Balance: Due 90 days prior to departure. Full terms and conditions in FAQ.
Price: $1,195 US Dollars.
Single Supplement: $295 US Dollars.
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