April 1-9, 2019
Tour size: 10 participants max
How would you feel if you could wear your Patagonia t-shirt IN Patagonia!? Now how would you feel if you could wear that t-shirt while photographing amazing landscapes, lenticular clouds, wild pumas, stunning waterfalls, and deep blue glaciers? Come join Thorarinn Jonsson and myself from April 1-9, 2019 as we take you to some of our favorite locations in Los Glaciares National Park and Torres del Paine National Park during the peak of fall colors. Pack your bags, clean the dust off your camera, and brace yourself as you get ready to see two of the most beautiful and untouched places in the world! We will explore both the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia, some of the most sought after destinations for photographers. The views are breathtaking, the light is amazing, and the weather is ever-changing. All together, these conditions allow for endless photographic opportunities.
What You Will Need:
- A DSLR camera body and assortment of lenses. A wide angle is highly recommended as well as a zoom lens.
- A sturdy tripod
- An intervalometer (a cheap one off of Amazon will work just fine)
- A headlamp or flashlight
- Hiking boots
- Rain jacket and rain bag for your camera
- Multiple batteries
- A 10 or 6 stop neutral density filter for your wide angle lens
- An up-to-date passport (*note: depending on your country of residence, a visa may be required)
- A desire to learn, have fun, be flexible, and explore nature!
What's Not Included:
- Airfare to Argentinca
- Lunch & dinner
- Accommodations from April 1st to 9th, based upon double occupancy.
- Transportation throughout the tour from April 1st to 8th of April.
- Breakfast from April 2nd-9th.
- All entrance fees to the parks we will be visiting.
- Glacier and iceberg boat tour from Punta Bandera.
Where are we staying?
We will be lodging at a variety of hotels throughout our stay in both El Calafate and Torres del Paine National Park. These accommodations are beautiful and conveniently located for our shooting locations.
We will be doing a few small hikes up to two miles round trip. These hikes will take place on mostly flat ground with small inclines and declines, nothing too exhausting. We will take our hikes at a slow and comfortable pace. If you feel a hike may be too difficult for you, please let us know and we can figure out another shooting location for you.
Getting to Patagonia:
You will want to fly into the town of El Calafate in Argentina. From the airport, you will then take a taxi to our host hotel (to be given out in your welcome packet). We recommend you fly in at least one day prior to the start of our workshop to allow for any travel delays that may occur and to recover from jet lag. You will be responsible for your own accommodations if you fly in early, but we will gladly help you find a hotel to stay at.
When does the workshop start and wrap?
The workshop will begin with our meet and greet at 12PM on the 1st and wrap on the evening of the 8th. The 9th will be your day to travel back home or to another destination.
How do I sign up and pay?
You're almost there! Just keep scrolling down and click the register icon. You will receive an invoice to sign up and that is when your $1500 non-refundable deposit is due. Your remaining balance will not be due until two months prior to our tour.
What Is Our Itinerary Like?
Day 1: Arrival Day
We will arrive in the beautiful Argentinian town of El Calafate where we will spend our first two nights. The workshop will start at noon with a meet and greet and delicious lunch. After lunch, we will depart to go take advantage of the soft afternoon light at the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the last remaining growing glaciers in the world.
**One note: We recommend arriving in El Calafate at least one day prior to the start of our workshop to allow for any possible travel delays that could be encountered and to recover from jet lag.**
We will depart early from our hotel for a morning full of photographing glaciers and icebergs from close distances. Patagonia is home to the 3rd biggest glacier system in the world, and we will see at least three of those glaciers from up close. After our boat ride, we will grab a quick lunch and then spend the rest of our day in the Perito Morino Park where we will capture various angles and compositions of the deep blue glacier.
Days 3-8: Torres del Paine National Park
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel in El Calafate and begin our journey across Argentina and into Chile. This will be a 4-5 hour drive, so make yourself comfortable on our bus during the ride as we will drive straight towards this incredible park. Don’t get too comfortable though, as we may encounter the opportunity to photograph wild flamingos along the way. Weather conditions will be in control of this journey, so upon arriving in Torres del Paine, we may either go straight to shooting, or to check in at our hotel. Either way, we will be out and exploring for sunset this evening.
As mentioned before, the weather in Patagonia is ever-changing and can be wild. Brace yourselves for conditions you have never been in before. From incredible winds, to wild skies full of lenticular clouds, to blazing sunsets and sunrise, and days full of rainbows...Patagonia has it all. With that said, our itinerary is always changing and we ask that you please be flexible. We will follow the light and conditions as we venture out each day to shoot. We will be out for every sunrise and sunset, and if conditions allow, there will be some shooting in the middle of the day and possible at night for the Milky Way and Southern Cross. The weather in this region is completely unpredictable, so be on your toes as we will do our best to take you to the best locations with the best conditions. And remember, some of the “worst” weather conditions make for the best photographs. We have plenty of great locations in store for you so there will be no shortage of great compositions. Some places are so stunning that we may even visit them twice to get the best light we can. There is also the chance to encounter and photograph some stunning wildlife in Patagonia. This could include flamingos, pumas, guanaco, and more.
A few locations will require a small hike (up to 2 miles round trip) but non are the hikes are physically demanding. These will take place on mostly flat ground. We will make sure to take the hikes at a smooth, relaxing pace.
Day 8: Depart Torres del Paine
This will be our last sunrise session in the park before we check out and make our way back to El Calafate in Argentina. Although this will be our last full morning of photograph, it won’t be limited. Expect to make a couple of stops on the way out of the park.
Day 9: Departure Day
This is your day to depart back home.