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


16-25 April 2020

Guided by Iurie Belegurschi & Daniel Kordan

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Itinerary

Day 1 – 16 April

We'll begin our expedition to the remote wilderness of Patagonia in the Argentinean city of El Calafate. You'll fly via Buenos Aires by Aerolineas Argentina to El Calafate airport. Your recommended arrival time will be provided at a later date.

On arrival, a shuttle bus will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your accommodation where you'll have a chance to relax and freshen up before meeting the rest of the group in the evening for a welcome dinner. We'll be treated to a special Patagonian dish known as Cordero Patagonico – roasted lamb served on a local parilla. You'll have a chance to get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy this delicious meal, while your guides go over the itinerary for the days ahead.

Day 2

In the morning of day two, we'll head towards the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, capturing its icy blue walls surrounded by warm autumn foliage. In the afternoon, we'll take a leisurely stroll through the Patagonian rainforests, framing the mountains the Perito Moreno Glacier in the background amidst the stunning native trees as the sun sets, casting the sky in blazing red hues.

Day 3

On day three, we'll rise early for breakfast and journey towards the small village of El Chaltén within Los Glaciares National Park. It will take approximately 3 hours before we reach our accommodation, where we'll settle in for the next two nights.

There will be a chance to freshen up before we head out to catch the sun setting over a nearby canyon. The area makes for stunning photographic opportunities, with sprawling panoramic views across the Andes and the crystal blue waters of the Fitz Roy river flowing below in a meandering line towards the mountains.

Day 4

We'll get up bright and early on day four for a sunrise session back at the canyon, capturing the first rays of light as they touch the rugged outlines of the Andean ridge.

The rest of the day will be spent traversing the Lago Desierto area, where we'll encounter numerous waterfalls cascading along the glacial rivers. The aim will be to find stunning compositions with the rugged mountains and glistening glaciers serving as a breathtaking backdrop.

For sunset, we'll make our way towards a scenic point along the Fitz Roy mountain range, where we'll have the perfect view of the rugged granite peaks.

Day 5

On this day, we'll have an early breakfast before continuing on our adventure towards the Torres del Paine National Park. This will involve a border crossing from Argentina into Chile.

There will be plenty of wildlife to spot as we near the peaks of Torres del Paine, including pumas, guanaco, ostriches and armadillo. We'll take our time capturing the spectacular flora and fauna that is so characteristic of these incredible surrounds.

We'll make the last part of the journey upon a gravel road, before arriving inside the park to check in to our accommodation. There will be an opportunity to freshen up before we head out for a sunset session in the wilderness at a nearby location.

Days 6  – 9

Over the next few days, we'll take our time exploring the diverse opportunities for photography within the Torres del Paine National Park. The weather here can be unpredictable, so our itinerary will be decided at very short notice, to make the most of the incumbent conditions. Our experienced guides know the area well, and will ensure that you'll be at the best locations to take advantage of the glorious light.

Among our shooting locations will be:

- Harbours of Pehoe lake, including stoney bays with variety of foregrounds to choose

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

- Easy 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

- There will be a day when we depart to Lago Grey for a full day excursion to the Grey Glacier. The cruise will take up to 4 hours. 

Day 9

This will be our final day of shooting. After making the most of sunrise, we'll return to Punta Arenas and stay overnight in the city centre.

In the evening, we'll meet together for one last group dinner and salute our wonderful memories from an incredible adventure in Patagonia.

Day 10, 25 April – departure

This will be our final day in Patagonia. The shuttle bus will collect you from the hotel at 7am and transport you to Punta Arenas airport. 


Recommended Flights:


10 Apr flight aerolineas Argentina 1810 (departure around 11 am)

19 Apr flight aerolineas Argentina 1877 departure 13:20


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:


Airfare

Visas (if applicable)

Single supplement (1000 USD)


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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