Our Patagonia Photo Tour will take you through a land of amazing scenery that seems to have been carved out just for landscape photography. It’s no wonder that thousands of passionate outdoor and landscape photographers flood here every year. The region covering Southern Argentina and Chile is particularly stunning in autumn when the colours are at their peak. This time of year the landscapes of Patagonia are their best. Join Photo Tours & Expeditions for a photography adventure of a lifetime.
On our photography tour in 2021, we will take you straight to the most beautiful locations right at the peak of the fall colors. Why spend time researching and scouting when we can take you to the right place at the right time? This takes away all the stress of planning and leaves you free to photograph the many wonders within the National Parks, Los Glaciares, Perito Moreno, and Torres del Paine without distraction. The raw natural beauty of these places will awaken your creativity and spark your senses.
Date: April 12th to 24th, 2021.
Who is it for? Our Patagonia Photo Tour is open to all skill levels, non-photographer spouses are also welcome.
Group Size: Minimum 4 People, Maximum 12 People.
Where: This photo tour covers southern Patagonia and starts and ends in El Calafate, Argentina. Airport Code (FTE).
Fitness Level: Moderate. Access to most of the shooting locations in Patagonia is done by hiking. However, most of the walks are rated easy and some moderate. Average hiking distances are 3 to 4 miles round trip, and the longer one is 12 miles. Elevation gain varies per hike.
Day 1 | Arrival in Patagonia, El Calafate. Airport Code (FTE) | (D)
After arriving in El Calafate, we will greet you and take you to your hotel. Your tour leaders will introduce themselves and the other guests. You will then savor a delicious meal together in a traditional Argentinian Steakhouse.
Day 2 | El Calafate to El Chalten (213 KM) | (B, L)
Today we have an early start, and we drive towards El Chalten. This charming town is known as Argentina’s trekking capital and home of the Fitz Roy, one of the most beautiful peaks in Patagonia. We make stops along the way at designated viewpoints, and we visit Estancia La Leona. We’ll arrive around noon and have lunch in el Chalten. After check-in in the hotel, we’ll meet our local guide and have our first sunset outing.
Day 3 | El Chalten to Lago del Desierto (37 KM) | (B, BL, D)
Today we have an early start as we move by ground transportation to Lago del Desierto. We’ll spend the day photographing Huemul Lagoon and Glacier, the Huemules Reserve, and we’ll also visit the Blue and Green Lagoon.
Day 4 | El Chalten | (B, BL, D)
Today we start with a sunrise shoot around the Eco Camp. After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Hosteria del Pilar and hike to Poincenot Camp in preparation for hiking and photograph Laguna de Los Tres, one of the highlights of the trip. This is a moderate hike, almost flat. The track along Rio Blanco is interestingly enough with plenty of interesting subjects to photograph along the way. Rest time in the afternoon, there are plenty of opportunities for photography around the campsite. Lunch and dinner will be served in tented domes in Poincenot Campsite.
Day 5 | El Chalten | (B, BL)
Early morning we hike to Laguna de Los Tres and photograph the Fitz Roy (2 hours, moderate and with some elevation gain). We’ll return to camp, have a relaxed morning and lunch there. In the afternoon, we hike back to El Chalten (around 3 hours, mostly downhill). We’ll stop for photography along the way.
Day 6 | El Chalten | (B)
Today we make our hike to the Lookout Cerro Torre for sunrise. This is a short hike from the base. Then return to El Chalten, and the rest of the day is free. Take a rest, download images, and possibly get some tutoring from the tour leaders. For the most adventurers, there will be an option to continue the trail and hike to the base of Cerro Torre for even more impressive photos.
Day 7 | El Chalten to Torres del Paine (380 KM + Border Crossing) | (B, D)
Today is travel and border crossing, from El Chalten to Torres del Paine national park in Chile. We’ll arrive at Torres del Paine by the main entrance of Amarga lake. We will drive by private transportation through the national park with destination Serrano River, and we’ll connect with our local guide.
Day 8 | Torres del Paine | (B, L, D)
This morning we’ll transfer to Pingo parking area. We’ll hike up Mount Ferrier (short and steep); however, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most fantastic lookout points in Torres del Paine. To make the most of the day, we’ll plan the afternoon accordingly to timing and weather conditions as we move to Lake Pehoe area. We’ll check in Hosteria Pehoe, our home for the next 3 nights. Situated on an incomparable location -its own small island within the Toro Lake- this is the ideal place to stay and photograph around the National Park.
Day 9 | Torres del Paine | (B, L, D)
Today we’ll start early and head over to photograph the Salto Grande Waterfall at sunrise. We’ll then continue with an easy hike to shoot from the Horns Lookout. We’ll return to the hotel for lunch and have some rest time. In the afternoon, we will start hiking for about an hour to Mirador del Condor, the lookout points to the whole Paine mountain range, Lagoon Honda, Sarmiento, and Verde.
Day 10 | Torres del Paine | (B, L, D)
Today we’ll photograph the Cascada Paine, then continue to Laguna Azul. We’ll stop along the way to photograph in designated spots and lookouts. We’ll have options in the afternoon to photograph other sights or if you prefer take some free time to rest.
Day 11 | Torres del Paine to El Calafate (360 KM + Border Crossing) | (B L)
Today we trace our steps back and travel to Argentina via private transport. We transfer to the small town of Cerro Castillo, and we’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. We’ll then cross the border and make it back to El Calafate.
Day 12 | El Calafate (B,BL,D)
Today we’ll leave early, and we’ll head out to explore the Glacier Perito Moreno, perhaps one the most iconic glaciers of the Patagonian Ice Fields. We’ll have an opportunity to have a close encounter with the massive ice walls as we navigate one of the sides or Argentino Lake. We’ll finish the day with a walking tour of the famous walkways of the National Park.
Day 13 | El Calafate (B)
Today marks the end of your photo tour and is time to say goodbye to Patagonia. Transfer out to the airport and travel back home. Alternatively, you can continue to join us for a three-day extension to the Patagonian Ranch Nibepo Aike and to the remote pioneer’s region of the National Park.
The Patagonia photo tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.