Patagonia – April 12-23, 2019

With Rod Barbee
April 12 - 23, 2019
Argentina, Chile

$6959 Double Occupancy *
$8039 Single Accommodation
Deposit: $1000
Discount if paying deposit and balance by check. See Pricing below.

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Go nearly as far south as one can go in South America and you’ll find yourself in one of the world’s most alluring landscapes. Patagonia, an area covering more than a third of Argentina and Chile, is a huge natural preserve that tempts those seeking wildlife, magnificent scenery, and adventure.

Our tour of Patagonia will concentrate on the magnificent landscapes, as well as the region’s wildlife, in two of the most incredible national parks you’ll ever visit: Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and Cerro Torre National Park in Chile.

The lakes and mountains in this region are considered among the most beautiful on the planet. Massive glaciers calve blue icebergs into lakes, the color so intense that it’s often dismissed as unreal to those viewing photographs of them. Jagged mountains reflecting in pristine lakes offer some of the most stunning mountain landscapes you’ll find anywhere, while guanacos stand sentinel against snowy peaks and condors soar overhead.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the autumn color of the beech forests offers a brilliant contrast to those rugged peaks and blue lakes.

Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine, Chile
Guanaco, Torres del Paine, Chile

Though the trip officially begins on April 12 with your arrival in El Calafate and transferring to El Chalten, we suggest an arrival in Buenos Aires on April 10. We plan on staying at the CasaSur Recoleta hotel. The next day will be spent exploring the city and getting acclimated. On the morning of the 12th we'll fly to El Calafate to officially begin the tour. Upon signing up you'll be sent further details.

As this is a photo tour rather than a workshop, we may or may not have any formal classroom teaching. This doesn't mean we won't try to get together to share images and answer questions. It will be a matter of available time and meeting space.

Our Guide

Based in Punta Arenas, Chile (not somewhere a long distant from Patagonia) the guides we are teaming with are passionate about what they do, intimately knowledgeable about the area, and expert naturalists. They know photography, they understand light and they'll get us to right locations at the right times.

They'll also be providing comfortable, spacious transportation. We won't be jammed tightly into a van like sardines as other tours do.

The Tour:

Day 1 · Arrival at El Calafate airport - Transfer to El Chalten

Overnight at El Chalten, Argentina. (Lunch included)

Mount Fitz Roy, Los Glaciares, Argentina

Day 2 · Sunrise shooting for Mt Fitzroy and full day in Los Glaciares NP.

Overnight at El Chalten, Argentina. (Breakfast, lunch)

Day 3 · Lago del Desierto - El Chalten surroundings
The stunning Lago del Desierto (Lake of the Desert) offers us another view of Fitzroy.
We will drive from El Chalten along the Rio de las Vueltas to Lago del Desierto. Time permitting, we may stop along the way for sunrise shooting of Fitzroy reflected in the river’s waters.

Overnight at El Chalten, Argentina. (Breakfast, lunch)

Mt. Fitzroy, sunrise

Day 4 · Sunrise shooting for Mt Fitzroy - Drive to El Calafate

Time permitting we'll visit the Laguna Nimez Reserve bird sanctuary in El Calafate.

Overnight at El Calafate, Argentina (Breakfast, lunch)

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina

Day 5 · Los Glaciares NP: Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier sweeps down from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, terminating in the waters of Lago Argentino. We'll have ample opportunity to photograph the blue glacial ice from multiple vantage points: by boat, along the south wall of the Glacier, and from a network of footbridges and platforms built into the facing hillside. With a little luck we may even see it calve into the pristine waters of the lake.

Overnight at El Calafate, Argentina (Breakfast, lunch)

Day 6 · Transfer to Torres del Paine NP

Torres del Paine, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is known for its lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and granite towers, and has been referred to as the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Overnight at Torres del Paine, Chile (Breakfast, lunch)

Torres del Paine

Day 7 · Sunrise shooting for the Towers - Full day exploring the eastern side of the park.

Overnight at Torres del Paine, Chile (Breakfast, lunch)

Torres del Paine, Chile

Day 8 · Sunrise shooting for the Towers - Full day exploring the eastern side of the park

Overnight at Torres del Paine, Chile (Breakfast, lunch)

Photo courtesy Far South Expeditions

Day 9 · Puma searching at Estancia Laguna Amarga

Today we will be aided by a professional puma tracker in hopes of finding and photographing the Patagonian Puma (Puma concolor patagonia) The ample population of Guanacos along with the protection afforded the Puma means that sightings are not unusual. With luck we will have the chance to photograph this largest of all pumas in the Americas.

Overnight at Torres del Paine, Chile (Breakfast, lunch)

Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine, Chile

Day 10 · Sunrise shooting for the Horns - Boat trip to Grey Glacier

After our morning shoot we will navigate the stunningly blue waters of Lago Grey to the very face of the Grey Glacier. The many shades of white and blue of this Glacier framed by the surrounding mountains, as well as the multiple perspectives afforded us by our boat, will allow us to capture many memorable images.

Overnight at Torres del Paine, Chile (Breakfast, lunch)

Curnos del Paine above Lago Grey, Patagonia, Chile.

Day 11 · Sunrise shooting for the Horns - Drive to Puerto Natales

Overnight at Remota Lodge, Puerto Natales (Breakfast, lunch)

Day 12 · Drive to Punta Arenas airport for flights heading home. (Breakfast, lunch)

Pricing

$6959 Double Occupancy. ($6750 if paying deposit and balance by check)

$8039 Single Accommodation ($7796 if paying deposit and balance by check)

If you're traveling with a photographer friend or spouse, choose the Double Occupancy option. I can try finding you a roommate but can make no guarantees. If a roommate is not available, the single supplement cost will be added to your invoice.

If you wish to pay deposit via PayPal or credit card and balance by check, I can prorate the discount.
If you wish to pay deposit by check and the balance by PayPal/credit card, I will adjust the invoice accordingly to remove the discount on the balance.

Please read the Policies page before sending any money.

What's included

All accommodations, meals (lunch every day, breakfast days 2-12) as stated in the itinerary, guide services, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Perito Moreno and Grey Glaciers, and park entrance fees (Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks).

What's not included

Dinners, international and domestic flights, tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile or Argentina, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

Hiking

There will be some hiking involved. None of it should be overly strenuous or long, usually less than a mile one-way.

Trip Insurance

I understand that sometimes folks need to make last minute cancellations due to illness, family, or business matters. Unfortunately, I am unable to make last minute refunds or provide credit to future workshops due to these last minute cancellations. I therefore highly recommend travel insurance. See this page for some resources.

Traveling companions

Unfortunately, I cannot provide a discount for non-photographing traveling companions on this trip.

Questions?

Many of your questions may already be answered on my FAQ page.