Overview

An exclusive photo adventure that captures the landscapes of Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park

Join renowned South American photographer and nature documentary filmmaker, Ossian Lindholm, in this Travel Vision Photo Journeys exclusive—a Patagonian walking 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. Ciclismo Classico Director, Lauren Hefferon, considers this to be the most beautiful and inspiring of the many places she has visited during her 30 years of travel.

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.

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.

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 GUIDE

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.

 

What's Included

Trip Planning

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

On The Tour

  • Professional tour guide
  • All activities according to the itinerary, including flora and fauna observation and photography, birdwatching, soft hiking, and more
  • Navigation to Estancia Cristina
  • All entrance fees

Accommodations & Meals

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

Trip Highlights

  • Daily photography PowerPoint instruction at our hotels and ecolodges

  • Sunrise and sunset photo sessions

  • Up-close sightings of the elusive and majestic puma

  • Four nights at the award-winning, world-renowned leader in sustainable tourism, EcoCamp Patagonia

  • Photo safari through Torres del Paine National Park

  • Spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier full-day experience

  • And much more!

Day by Day

Day 1: Arrival to Puerto Natales and Transfer to EcoCamp

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

We’ll be staying at 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.

 

Day 2: Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride

Activity: Nature Walk & Boat Trip

Schedule: 10am to 8pm

Distance: 0.8km / 0.5mi

Difficulty: Easy

Walking time: 1h

Altitude point: 200m / 660ft

We start off driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock to leave travelers doing Grey Trek and some viewpoints on the way observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors, and interesting flora. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to EcoCamp.

 

Day 3: Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

Activity: Nature Walk

Schedule: 10am to 5pm

Distance: 10km / 6mi

Difficulty: Easy

Walking time: 5h

Altitude point: 200m / 660ft

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins our ascent back to the van, and along the way we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp. We operate an exclusive wildlife discovery program with a wildlife expert guide that will take us you to the best-hidden spots to capture sightings of rare species, such as the endangered huemul and puma.

This morning, we’ll experience the pink sunrise on Torres del Paine framed by lakes, twisting trees and guanacos in the foreground. After breakfast, we’ll begin our tour into Torres Del Paine National Park with our expert guide. While in search of the puma, we’ll experience and photograph some of the most dramatic and wild landscapes in the world

Day 4: Transfer to El Calafate

We’ll be transferred today to El Calafate. Our accommodations for the next four nights will be at Design Hotel. 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.

Day 5: Perito Moreno Experience

Today, we’ll experience one of the world’s most spectacular sites: 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.

Day 6: Day at Estancia Cristina 

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 have the option to return to the base by vehicle or to do 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. Night Estancia Cristina. 

Day 7: Morning and lunch  at Estancia Cristina .  

This morning we have a beautifully scenic walk to the Caterina River and the chapel, and a tour of the historical centre of the Estancia. After this we take a short trek, lasting about two and a half hours, to Cascada de los Perros, a surprisingly beautiful waterfall surrounded a grove of Antarctic beech, and from where you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Caterina River valley and Estancia Cristina. We have lunch at The Estancia Restuarant and then a boat ride back to El Calafate where we will enjoy dinner and an evening of “relax” at our boutique hotel, Design Suites

Day 8: 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. Starting from Puerto Argentino, we’ll navigate through the Témpanos Channel and enter the Seno Mayo del Argentinian Lake. When we reach Bahía Toro, we’ll have a guided walk through the Patagonian Andean Forest and arrive at the “Guindo Centenario” that has a trunk more than nine feet in diameter! We’ll then walk through the forest following a stream to a waterfall, where we’ll observe a formation of calcareous rocks whose magnificent walls measure 90 feet in height and 30 feet in width.

Following a trail along a stream, we’ll reach the stone wall from where we’ll observe the hanging glaciers and enjoy a 360º-panoramic view of incredible landscapes that will leave you amazed. Night Design Suites. 

Day 9: 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.

 

Day 8: 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. Starting from Puerto Argentino, we’ll navigate through the Témpanos Channel and enter the Seno Mayo del Argentinian Lake. When we reach Bahía Toro, we’ll have a guided walk through the Patagonian Andean Forest and arrive at the “Guindo Centenario” that has a trunk more than nine feet in diameter! We’ll then walk through the forest following a stream to a waterfall, where we’ll observe a formation of calcareous rocks whose magnificent walls measure 90 feet in height and 30 feet in width.

Following a trail along a stream, we’ll reach the stone wall from where we’ll observe the hanging glaciers and enjoy a 360º-panoramic view of incredible landscapes that will leave you amazed.

Day 9: 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.

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TRIP DETAILS

Length: 9 days / 8 nights
Trip Price: $7,200
Ability Level: Intermediate
Start/End Locations: Puerto Natales / El Calafate
Trip Dates:

March 24 to April 1, 2019

To make this tour a private excursion or for more information, please call us at 800.866.7314.