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Argentina & Chile – Best of Patagonia Photo Expedition 2021

Argentina & Chile – Best of Patagonia Photo Expedition 2021

US$4,385 per person sharing

Spaces Available

Please note that costs for 2021 tours are subject to change (as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates) – should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees as close to original cost.

18 Mar 2021 – 27 Mar 2021

Near South America’s southernmost tip lies a vast and wild land that sprawls across Argentina and Chile, and is home to the towering Andes mountains, vast and empty steppes, glaciers and icefields and some incredible animals. This area – Patagonia – is world-renowned for its incredible natural beauty, and it is here where the we will visit two prime areas known for its natural splendour: Los Glaciares National Park and Torres Del Paine National Park.

 

Here we will bask in the glorious mountainous peaks of Mt Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and Paine Massif, stand in awe in front of the Perito Moreno & Grey Glacier and capture the wildlife found in these parks, including the magnificent Puma. Join ORYX Photo Tours as we take you on a Patagonia photography tour in one of the most picturesque places in the world!

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

Patagonia is world-renowned for its incredible natural beauty and we will visit the Chilean and Argentine parks found here.

Month of Travel

The late summer is considered the best time to visit Patagonia. With moderate temperatures and up to 18 hours of daylight, it’s perfect for wildlife spotting, sightseeing and of course, photography!

Wildlife & Landscapes

Along with its most popular drawcard, the puma, Patagonia also plays host to numerous other wildlife species and is known for its fantastic birding as well. All set against a backdrop comprising of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. It is truly a photogenic locale!

Small Group Departures

This photo tour is limited to only 6 guests and will include a puma tracker and local guide on top of photographic tutoring.

Getting the shot

We will be trekking by foot in order to close to wildlife sightings and landscape sceneries.

Kirsten Frost

ORYX LEADER
Kirsten Frost

10 Days
6 Guests & 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    El Calafate, Argentina / Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Per Person Sharing
    US$4,385
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,133
  • Photographic Highlights
    Exquisite landscapes and lakes found in Patagonia, Perito Moreno & Grey Glacier, Mt Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Paine Massif, Puma, Guanaco and Andean Condors of Rio Verde
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Day 1: Fly Buenos Aries to El Calafate

Today is the first day of our Patagonia photo tour! Today we will fly to El Calafate (approximately 5 hours) at a time to be advised and depending on our arrival time, we may arrange a visit to Laguna Nimez to capture their resident flamingos. Over dinner we will discuss our upcoming adventure in more detail.
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Day 2: Transfer to El Chalten

We will begin our comprehensive photo safari of discovery across this vast and contrasting region, right at the shores of the massive Argentino Lake, at the picturesque town of El Calafate. We hope to have a clear day so that we can capture the colossal amphitheatre of granite peaks surrounding the lake, including the dominant peaks of the southern Andes, Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. The driving time between El Calafate and El Chaltén is approximately 4 to 5 hours through the Patagonia Steppes but we still stop at interesting locations our Patagonia photography tour.
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Day 3: Sunrise photo session Mt. Fitz Roy – Walk to Mirador Laguna Torres

This morning we will have an early start on our Patagonia photo tour to photograph the sunrise as the rays drape themselves across the omnipresent Mt. Fitz and Cerro Torre from one of the viewpoints near El Chalten. The picturesque trails found among Los Glaciares National Park attract hundreds of trekkers from all over the world and we will have the chance to explore one of them. Once we arrive at Laguna Capri, we will enjoy the commanding views of Cerro Torre, as well as the other peaks and glaciers found in this region.
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Day 4: Sunrise photo session Mt. Fitz Roy – Transfer to El Calafate – Afternoon visit to Perito Moreno Glacier

After one last sunrise photo session, you will drive back towards El Calafate at midday. On your way back, we will visit a different area of Los Glaciares National Park, where from the wooden walkways you will be able to appreciate the grand Perito Moreno glacier. It is by far the most imposing glacier of the whole park, and a feature of stunning beauty! Our evening will comprise of dinner and relaxing at our hotel.
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Day 5: Full day trip to Los Glaciares National Park & Perito Moreno Glacier

We will have an early start on our Patagonia photography tour as our local guide and driver drive westwards along the “Old Estancias road”. This scenic route is very interesting as it will allow us to be away from traffic and visit secluded areas of Los Glaciares National Park, many which offer breath taking views of the snowy summits of the southern Andes. We will arrive to the picturesque setting of Estancia Nibepo and here we will attend an introductory tour to the estancia facilities including an old-fashion sheep shearing demonstration, followed by a boat ride to explore the southern branch of Argentino Lake, heading towards the front of its very famous glacier, Perito Moreno Glacier. But our exploration does not stop here as we will slowly cruise the front of the glacier to admire it.
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Day 6: Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

This morning our Patagonia photo tour commences in Chile as we drive to Torres del Paine.
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Day 7: Puma tracking in Torres del Paine – Afternoon boat trip to Grey Glacier

Our Patagonia photography tour begins with an early start in order to be on time to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn and continues as we inspect the puma hunting grounds located in the eastern flank of the park, where we have been granted special access. We will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and actively calving front of the Grey Glacier.
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Day 8: Puma tracking in Torres del Paine – Exploring the eastern side of the park

Today is our last puma trekking day and the plan is to venture to their hunting grounds located in the eastern side of the park for one last photography session.
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Day 9: Drive to Punta Arenas – Lunch at Hotel Remota – Condors of Rio Verde

After a delicious lunch, our Patagonia photo tour journeys to Estancia Olga Teresa in Rio Verde area 78km northwest of Punta Arenas. This farm is the most accessible location in the world to see and photograph the world’s heaviest avifauna; the majestic Andean Condor. This ranch protects, researches and showcases a population of 100 Condors and we’ll be capturing these birds between late afternoon and sunset. Once our session is done here we will drive back to Punta Arenas where we will overnight. Overnight Punta Arenas
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Day 10: Transfer to Punta Arenas airport to fly home via Santiago de Chile airport

Today our Patagonia photography tour sadly comes to and end! Dependent on your departure, you will be transferred to Punta Arena’s airport in time to catch your flight home.

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