Patagonia Photo Workshop - Iurie Belegurschi

Witness the way that the world transforms in the wilderness as you get off the beaten track in Patagonia! On this 9-day expedition to this remote region of South America, you'll explore the most dramatic scenery that Argentina and Chile have to offer.

The area is renowned for spectacular views of the Andes mountains, surrounded by thick, lush rainforests. From snow-covered mountain peaks to majestic glaciers glistening in the sun, this exotic destination has it all.

We'll travel during the peak of autumn, when the foliage takes on brilliant earthen hues, making for truly stunning landscapes. Whether you are just starting out with a camera, an amateur or a professional photographer, this tour of Patagonia is bound to expand your portfolio with some of the grandest landscapes on the planet.

Total price: 7900 USD


Dates


1 – 9 Apr 2019

20 – 28 Apr 2019

Guided by Daniel Kordan and Iurie Belegurschi

Guided by Raymond Hoffman

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Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival

Your Patagonian adventure begins on day one at Chile's southern-most city, Punta Arenas. Situated on the Strait of Magellan between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, this city is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park.

We recommend that you arrive at Punta Arenas airport around 13:30, on Flight Latam 283. Our guides will arrange a shuttle bus to collect you from the airport at this time for transfer to your hotel.

Once you've arrived, you'll have some time to explore the city at your leisure, before meeting with the rest of the group in the evening for a special Cordero Patagonico dinner – a wonderful dish of Patagonian lamb roasted on a local parilla. You'll get to know your fellow travellers a little bit better and to ask any questions that you may have, as our guides discuss the itinerary for the next few days.  

Day 2

We'll get up bright and early for breakfast on day two, before embarking upon our journey towards the Torres del Paine National Park.

The area is teeming with wildlife, making for wonderful opportunities to photograph a puma or two, guanaco, ostriches and armadillo.

As the peaks of the Andes come nearer to us on the horizon, you'll notice the surrounding landscape transforming before your eyes, morphing into an enchanting wilderness. The vegetation here is diverse, so we'll make plenty of stops to capture its beauty.

By the afternoon, we'll reach the inner part of Torres del Paine National Park, where we'll check in to our accommodation. There'll be a chance to freshen up before we head back out with our camera gear for a sunset shoot at a nearby location.

Days 2 – 6

The weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable, so the itinerary for the next few days will depend largely upon the conditions. No matter what nature throws up, your guides will make sure to take you to the best locations to make the most of the light and the forecast.

Among our shooting locations will be:

- Harbors of Pehoe lake, including stony bays with a variety of foregrounds to choose from

- Panoramic view from Explora hotel

- Optional 1-hour hike to Mirador Condor with a stunning 360-view to Cuernos, Paine Towers, Lake Pehoe and Glacier Grey

- Hike to the Nordenskjold lake: we’ll see the dead forest on the way and plenty of small bays

- Salto Grande waterfall

- Laguna Amarga with salty edges and high chance to see pink flamingo feeding

- Laguna Azul and wonderful waterfall on the way to the lagoon

- Rio Serrano Sector with wonderful bends of the river, gaucho and horses in the water

- On one of the days we will head to Lago Grey, for the full day excursion to the Grey Glacier. The cruise will take up to 4 hours.

Day 6

On this day, we'll take our journey from Chile across the border into Argentina, as we head towards the small village of El Chaltén within Los Glaciares National Park. This part of the expedition, including the border crossing, will take around 7-8 hours in total.

Once we arrive at El Chaltén, we'll check into our hotel where we'll be based for the next two nights. There will be a chance to rest before we head out to catch the brilliant colours of the sun setting over a nearby canyon. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the incredible panoramic views that you'll have across the Andes, made all the more magical by the stunning Fitz Roy river that flows below.

Day 7

We'll rise early on day seven for a sunrise shoot back at the canyon, capturing the first rays of sunlight that kiss the Andean ridge.

The rest of the morning and afternoon will be spent around Lago Desierto, with views of the park's famous granite peaks all around. The deep blue lake is surrounded by forests, featuring glacial rivers that form a number of waterfalls within the landscape. 

We'll take our time roaming around, in search of compositions set against the fabulous backdrop of rugged mountains and glistening glaciers.

When the sun lowers on the horizon, we'll head to scenic point on the Fitz Roy mountain range, where we'll capture the blazing colours of sunset on those famous granite peaks.

Day 8

This will be our final day of shooting and we'll be sure to make the most of it! Breakfast will again be early, as we'll have a 2.5 hour drive ahead of us to El Calafate, a town on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It is home to the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, which towers over icy blue waters. Unlike most other glaciers on the planet, Perito Moreno is still growing, and we'll capture its sheer grandiosity surrounded by the burnt earthy hues of autumn.

In the evening, we'll take a leisurely stroll through the surrounding forests, framing beautiful native trees against the stunning mountains as the sunset light illuminates the peaks.

We'll spend our final evening in El Calafate.

Day 9 - Departure

This day marks the end of our adventure through the remote wilderness of Patagonia. We'll have one final breakfast together as a group before checking out of our hotel for the airport.

Our shuttle bus is scheduled to transfer us to to the airport from the hotel at 7am. We recommend departing from El Calafate airport to Buenos Aires on Aerolineas Argentinas flight at 10am.


Included:


Two professional photo guides

Professional driver services

Professional licensed local guide services

Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering plenty of room for you and your photography gear (all window seats)

All transfers included

Accommodation in the most amazing Patagonia hotels. Every rooms has a private bathrooms

One Lago Grey cruise in the Torres del Paine park

All national parks entrance fees

Full Board: Meals included

Not included:


International flights

Alcohol, snacks and beverages


Cancellation and Refund Policy


We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.

75 days or more: 75% refund

60 days or more: 50% refund

Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.


Disclaimer


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.


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