This photographic journey is led by professional photographer and author; Sergio Ballivian, offering a superb teaching and learning workshop. It is specifically designed to photograph in the immediate landscapes adjacent to and within Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile…embracing the southern Andes Mountains where the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap is located. Fjords, glaciers, steep, rugged mountains, dense forests and steppe meet here, bracing themselves from the famous winds of Patagonia…very close to the cold waters of the southern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
The great variety of terrain, jaw-dropping vistas and stern climate makes this region a bit challenging, but with proper clothing, expert guides and well-designed logistics this tour is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities not to be missed!
Duration: 5-days / 4-nights
Group Size Limit: 10
Check current group sizes and max. full price / person for each departure date. We can also create a custom departure dates!
Pricing is in US $ dollars:
Double Base 4 nights: 1,690 / per person
Single Base 4 nights: 2,190 / per person
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We can run this trip at any time of the year, so please let us know your date preferences and we will create a custom departure date for you and your group.
Current tour departure dates:
- To be defined
Flights to Punta Arenas, Chile depart from most major cities in Latin America, usually routing via Santiago or Buenos Aires, and arrive at various times of the day. Depending on your airline, you would arrive at different times on day 1 in Punta Arenas. However, we would recommend you arrive one day earlier in Punta Arenas in case of flight delays due to weather. Please let us know your flight info so we can coordinate pick-ups and other services. International airfare is NOT included in this itinerary. For airline tickets, please contact our ticketing agent GEO Travel 1-800-938-7285.
Questions and requests? please e-mail: [email protected]
Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales to Patagonia Camp
Today´s topic: recognizing our surroundings.
The tour begins with a private overland transfer from Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) to the town of Puerto Natales (PNT) (3 hrs). En route, we will share with you a bit of the history of Patagonia, its native people, the early colonizers, the remote ranches and the times before tourism arrived in the region. Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, you will learn some history of this remote settlement, ranchers, miners and fishermen, including visiting some monuments and nearby viewpoints along the coast. You will visit Ultima Esperanza Fjord, to see the unique quality of light due to the proximity to the South Pole. After a little over an hour, you will arrive in Patagonia Camp, where you will be greeted and briefed about the planned program for the next few days, covering technical and logistical details, including the weather so everyone is informed properly. The location of Patagonia Camp is a stunning location on the shores of Lago Toro which you will be photographing on a constant basis! Welcome dinner and overnight at Patagonia Camp (5*). (L,D)
Grey Glacier Lookout Point
Today’s topic: The Intense Colors of Blue Ice
We begin with a buffet breakfast. Soon thereafter we drive from Patagonia Camp to Gray Ranger Station: then hike along Pingo trail for about 1 hour, where it is possible to observe a great variety of native flora and fauna, an ideal opportunity to capture up-close images of this wilderness as well as the grand landscape. At an appointed time we will return and head towards Gray beach. Our hike continues through a native forest where the Magellan woodpecker is found as well as the “cachaña” (native parrot) and various other native bird species. As we come out of the forest we will see the majestic icebergs with their characteristic deep blue tones of the Gray Glacier floating on the water and stranded on the beach. At the end of our walk along the peninsula, we will have a fantastic view of Gray Glacier and its immediate surroundings and learn how glaciers are formed. After a delicious box lunch we begin our return to our vehicle and return to Patagonia Camp in the afternoon. During dinner we will have a special guest; a part of Gray Glacier in our cocktails. Overnight at Patagonia Camp (5*). (B,L,D)
Fauna Trail: Walking between two park entrances
Today´s topics: Fauna, Pre-Historic Times & Indigenous People
We begin with a buffet breakfast. We drive from Patagonia Camp to Sarmiento Ranger Station. We begin a 3-hour trek of medium difficulty, where we can see the local flora like guanacos, rhea and gray fox (among others) in their native ecosystem. This is the perfect setting to take pictures of wild animals at (hopefully) close distances. This area is used by local pumas (mountain lions/cougar) as part of their varied hunting territory, so you may see remains of past hunts. If luck is on our side, you may see a puma, the king of the Andes, watching us stealthily behind the bushes. Later we see cave paintings dating back some 6,000-6,500 years old, a period before the Tehuelches were in the region. It will be an interesting visual challenge to capture the life of the original inhabitants of the region as you capture images of their past communication. Afterwards we will head to the Paine Waterfall, an ideal location to understand the hydrographic network of the Torres del Paine region. A tripod will be necessary to do time-lapse photography of moving water. We will have a delicious box lunch in the area, then return to our vehicle and arrive at Patagonia Camp in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Patagonia Camp (5*). (B,L,D)
Outing in the Forest: Native tree with autumn colors
Today´s topic: Visual textures
We begin with a buffet breakfast. Today’s excursion will be weather-dependent. We will either visit the Torres viewpoint or the forest near Patagonia Camp – both locations have what we need, objects with texture. The idea is to find and learn how to photograph textures of the objects we find in our path, an important element in photographic composition. Based on the texture, whether smooth or wrinkled, soft or rough, we can decide what kind of photograph we want to make. In everyday life, texture is captured through the sense of touch, while in photography it’s captured through the point of sight and the angle of the light hitting the object. To capture the texture of a photographic object is fundamental in order to envision it in real life. Conversely trying to hide the texture, as in using shallow focus, allows us to transmit a surreal version of the object. In the afternoon, we will meet in the Puma Room to review what photos were captured by each guest during the program, accompanied by a delicious cocktail. Farewell dinner and overnight at Patagonia Camp (5*). (B,L,D)
Patagonia Camp – Punta Arenas Airport
Your final buffet breakfast. Today is the return day from the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine and Patagonia Camp to Punta Arenas. The drive is 3-hours and we will arrive at the airport in time for your flight back to Santiago or whatever destination is next.
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Questions and requests? please e-mail: [email protected]
NOTE: Due to weather conditions, excursions are subject to change without prior notice as well as the order of the excursions in the program . If any activity is cancelled it will be replaced by another one.
- luxury yurt accommodations,
- meals as noted (B,L,D)
- private transport
- bi-lingual guides
- airport transfers
- decades of experience and local knowledge