The Best of Patagonia

An exclusive photo-hiking adventure in Argentina and Chile that delves deep into the wildlife and landscapes of Patagonia

Join renowned South American photographer and nature documentary filmmaker, Ossian Lindholm, in this Travel Vision Photo Journeys exclusive—a Patagonian hiking and photo tour that ranges from Argentina’s spectacular Los Glaciares National Park to Chile’s renowned Torres Del Paine National Park. Whether you take hundreds of photos or just enjoy absorbing the views with your eyes, on this remarkable adventure you’ll discover a host of wonders in one of the world’s last wildernesses.

Here, at the very end of the American continent, lies a visual and sensual treat for the photographer and explorer alike. Patagonia is a dazzling world of calving glaciers, rushing waterfalls, and towering Andean peaks thrusting skywards from the clearest of blue-green waters. There are night skies milky with bright stars and remote islands shrouded with sea mists.

Wildlife abounds here, too: reclusive pumas and soaring condors are just some of the many highlights. Enchanting Patagonia is one of the few places in the Americas where you can get up close to pumas in the wild and take photos, which makes this tour one-of-a-kind. It all makes for one of the most coveted hiking experiences in the world. Lauren Hefferon, Ciclismo Classico Director, considers this to be the most beautiful and inspiring of the many places she has visited during her 30 years of travel.

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Our travel photo trek begins in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. With its snowcapped mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, remote glaciers and mirrored lakes, Torres del Paine really is the eighth Natural Wonder of the World.

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Here, you’ll join our wildlife safari to track Patagonia’s most elusive animals—the enigmatic Andean puma and the endangered south Andean deer. You’ll thread along classic trekking routes, crossing glaciers, lakes, and rivers to explore ancient woods and deep-cut fjords.

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Together, we’ll walk amidst wildlife—condors, guanacos, and the majestic puma— and learn about their behavior up-close from an expert naturalist. The camera skills you have absorbed will surely pay off with some truly spectacular photographs that you’ll always treasure.

We’ll then journey to El Calafate, the gateway to the drama of ice, mountain, and water of Los Glaciares National Park. You’ll see nature at its most energetic at the Perito Moreno Glacier, which surges bright and white into the aquamarine waters of Lago Argentino. You’ll also hike among splintered Andean spires.

On this journey of a lifetime, we guarantee that your heart, mind, body and soul will be expanded and rejuvenated. What your lens has framed and your eye has captured will now be fixed in your mind, allowing the magic of this place to remain with you forever.

About Our Guides

Your guides for this tour will be Ciclismo Classico and Travel Vision Journey director, Lauren Hefferon, and Ossian Lindholm, renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker from Tucuman, Argentina. He has filmed and produced over 100 documentaries, and written six books on the natural and cultural splendor of Argentina.

Through his life experiences as a scholar, agricultural engineer, photographer, teacher, and now filmmaker, he has come to realize that his life’s work is to deliver a powerful message—the vital importance of conservation and sustainability for preserving his homeland’s splendor.

This trip is limited to 12 travelers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Highlights

  • Full-day experience of the globally-renowned Perito Moreno Glacier, an actively calving ice-sheet
  • Sunrise and sunset photo sessions
  • Wildlife photo safari through Torres del Paine National Park
  • Wild fauna watching with local experts in Patagonia
  • Four nights at the award-winning, world-renowned leader in sustainable tourism, EcoCamp Patagonia
  • Daily photography lessons with abundant photo opportunities throughout each day

Trip Details:

Photo Walking

Price: Please call for price inquiry

Single Supplement: Please call for price inquiry

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Level: Intermediate

Start/End Locations: Puerto Natales/El Calafate

Trip Dates:

  • 02/26/18 - 03/06/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Day by Day

Arrival to Puerto Natales and Transfer to EcoCamp Patagonia

Your Patagonia photo adventure begins with you being warmly welcomed at Puerto Natales Airport by our expert guides, who’ll transfer you to EcoCamp Patagonia for a welcome lunch and an orientation to this incredible nature oasis.

We’ll be staying at the EcoCamp for three full days of exploration and wildlife photography. Each day will follow a similar rhythm, starting off early to catch the special light of the sunrise. After breakfast, we’ll leave camp to seek out some of the Park’s many wildlife opportunities, including tracking the elusive puma.

Lunch will be either a picnic or at the EcoCamp. During your stay at EcoCamp, you can choose between nature walks, treks and bike excursions. We’ll spend two days in search of the puma.

Puma (Day 1)

EcoCamp Patagonia operates an exclusive wildlife discovery program with wildlife and photography expert Diego Araya. The Patagonia Puma Tracking Photo Adventure is a one-of-a-kind nature exploration program focusing on Torres del Paine’s native wildlife, distinct ecosystems and spectacular photo opportunities across the Paine massif. Diego takes you to the best-hidden spots to capture sightings of rare species, such as the endangered huemul and puma.

Puma (Day 2)

This morning, we’ll experience the pink sunrise on Torres del Paine framed by lakes, twisting trees and wild horses in the foreground. After breakfast, we’ll begin our walk into Torres Del Paine National Park with our expert Puma tracker Diego. He’s a passionate environmentalist who’s been working in Torres Del Paine for years. He’ll not only lead us to the puma, but he’ll teach us about many of the park’s special creatures—the guanaco, fox, rhea, condor and different species of birds—and the fascinating interplay of their behaviors. While in search of the puma, we’ll experience and photograph some of the most dramatic and wild landscapes in the world.

Trekking

Today, we’ll have a full day of trekking. We’ll have many options to choose from based on your interest and ability, from an easy 3 to 5-mile walk to a challenging 8 to 13-mile trek.

Transfer to El Calafate

We’ll be transferred today to El Calafate. Our accommodations for the next four nights will be at Xelena Hotel & Suites. After checking in, we’ll visit Reserva Laguna Nimez, where you’ll get a chance to try out your wildlife photographic techniques on silvery grebe, black-faced ibis and flamingoes as they wade through its watery reeds.

Perito Moreno Experience

Today, we’ll experience one of the world’s most spectacular sites: the striking sights and sounds of the Perito Moreno Glacier as it splits and splinters into the Argentino Lake. This 240-foot-high cliff of vivid blue ice is especially exciting for photographers who will enjoy the array of colors and shapes created by this ancient ice. We’ll spend the morning walking on the pasarelas (“walkways”), which offer breathtaking views of the glacier.

Our evening will conclude in El Calafate, where we’ll dine on fine Patagonian cuisine.

Hike from the Upsala Glacier Through the Cañadón de Los Fósiles

We’ll take a boat ride to Estancia Cristina and from there, will use 4×4 vehicles that will take us to a lookout from where we’ll be able to see the Upsala Glacier. From there, we’ll take a spectacular hike down through the Cañadón de Los Fósiles, an area where we can find abundant fossils and remains of the last marine ingression uncovered by glacial action.

Mayo Spirit Trek de Southern Spirit Lago Argentino

The glaciers of the Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro are located within Seno Mayo of Lago Argentino and Los Glaciares National Park. The only way to access them is by lake. Starting from Puerto Argentino, we’ll navigate through the Témpanos Channel and enter the Seno Mayo del Argentinian Lake. We’ll then walk through the forest following a stream to a waterfall, where we’ll observe a formation of calcareous rocks.

After our hike, we’ll board the boat again and navigate through Lago Argentina to observe the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. We’ll disembark with the guide and begin a walk through the Patagonian Andean Forest.

Adios!

We’ll transfer you to El Calafate Airport to fly to Buenos Aires Airport. From there, you can either fly home or extend your stay in Bueno Aires.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Private transportation
  • Accident insurance and gratuities at restaurants and hotels

On The Tour

  • All activities according to the itinerary, including flora and fauna observation and photography, birdwatching, sea mammal watching, soft hiking, and more
  • All entrance fees

Accommodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners

Meet the Guides