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Argentina Photography Tours

Venetians named this wondrous place L’Argentina, the Latin word for sliver or ‘argentum’ due to the legendary mountains of  silver.  The 8th largest country in the world, Argentina is a world within itself with the most landscape variety in all of South America. We have four distinct trips to Argentina’s unique regions:  The Northwest ( Jujuy and Salta), the South, Patagonia, the Patagonia East Coast of Peninsula Valdez and Ibera in Argentina’s Northeast region

Salta: is located in the northwest of the country. To the north, it borders Bolivia and Paraguay and to the west lies Chile. The Salta province is characterized by vastly diverse terrain such as the fertile valley of the capital, the polychrome canyons of Cafayate, and the desolate plateaus of La Puna. One of the adventure capitals of world, Salta is hugely popular with outdoor enthusiasts: hikers, cyclists, fishermen and rafters. Thanks to its high altitude, steady, dry and sunny climate, Salta boasts the finest wines in the world. The region’s capital, Salta City is nicknamed Salta La Linda for its extraordinary colonial beauty and delicious local specialities.

Patagonia: A trip to Patagonia in southern Argentina means that you’ll see everything the country has to offer in one concentrated space. Enter Patagonia: a world of dazzling calving glaciers, rushing waterfalls, and towering Andean peaks thrusting skywards from the clearest of blue-green waters; nighttime skies milky with bright stars and remote islands shrouded with sea mists. We walk amidst wildlife—condors, guanacos, and the majestic puma— and learn about their behavior up-close!

 

 

Peninsula Valdez: Peninsula Valdes is especially noted for its vibrant coastline, which features a stunning array of tall cliffs, rocky reefs and hidden inlets surrounded by crashing surf. Considered one of the most valuable wildlife habitats in the world, it is home to some of the most exotic marine creatures, along with penguins, sea lions, seals, and whales. Because of its geographical proximity to the beautiful, pristine southern lands and the fact that it shares some of its weather, the region is known as Atlantic Patagonia and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Ibera: The Iberá Natural Reserve is one of the largest freshwater reservoirs on the South American continent. The largest protected area in Argentina, Ibera has 1.3 million hectares of pristine wilderness. The Ibera Wetlands has a spectacular offering of streams, marshes, lagoons and swamps that cover approximately 14 % of the Corrientes Province. The wetlands are home to a staggering 4 000 plant and animal species, which make up 30 % of Argentina’s biodiversity. The indigenous communities of the wetlands inhabited the area as early as in the 9th century. They called the place I–Berá “shining waters.” Here, visitors are introduced to a range of wildlife such as capybaras, various deer species, giant otters and raucous howler monkeys; to name but a few!

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Culture

Argentines are passionately devoted to the sport of fùtbol and, if you’re a fan, chanting and stomping alongside other stadium fanatics should definitely be in your plans. Cultural activities abound here. Tango is possibly Argentina’s greatest contribution to the outside world. The steamy dance has been described as ‘making love in the vertical position.’ Add a distinctive Argentine take on literature, cinema, music and arts, and you have a rich, edgy culture – part Latin American and part European – that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Food & Wine

Satisfying that carnal craving for flame-charred steak isn’t hard to do in the land that has perfected the art of grilling. Parrillas (grill houses) are ubiquitous, offering up any cut you can imagine, alongside sausages and grilled vegetables. Thin, bubbly pizzas and homemade pastas also play central roles, thanks to Argentina’s proud Italian heritage. Argentine beef is famous around the world and Asado (an Argentine barbecue) is very popular in the country which has the highest consumption of red meat in the world.

Landscape

With over 30 national parks in the country, Argentina is home to a vast – and quite diverse – natural wonderland. The country that boasts the Andes’ highest snowbound peaks is also home to rich wetlands, rust-hued desert, deep-blue lakes, lichen-clad Valdivian forests and Patagonia’s arid steppes. Wildlife comes in spectacular variety, from penguins and flamingos to capybaras, giant anteaters, whales, guanaco herds and more. In this vast country, stunning sights abound and big adventure awaits.

Best Time to Visit

December through February

What to Bring on Tour

For Hikes/Walks:

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Waterproof or water resistant hiking boots and hiking socks
    (gore-tex not necessary)
  • 1-2 pairs of light weight pants, the best are ones you can unzip
    at the knee
  • 2-3 pair of walking/hiking shorts
  • Walking sticks (optional)
  • 3-4 breathable shirts (quick-dry, cotton not recommended)
  • For high altitude hikes and chilly evenings, bring 1-2 sets of
    warmer clothing (sweater and long pants)

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet
  • Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)

Suggested Camera Equipment:

  • Camera bag, such as the Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials
  • Backpack or Lowepro Sling Shot, is recommended
  • 1-2 camera bodies
  • Lenses: 35-70mm, 80-200mm
  • Polarizing filter for each lens
  • Inside pockets: (2) 16GB memory cards, lens brush, cleaning cloth, camera manual, sharpie marker, leatherman tool (place it in your checked bag), extra camera battery, charger, flashlight, water bottle, zip lock bags, extra luggage tax
  • External hard drive
  • Computer and charger
  • Travel tripod (optional)
  • Flash card reader
  • Body SLR OR invest or bring a good quality compact camera

Off the Hike:

  • 2-4 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

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