The Patagonian coast is a must-visit for wildlife and landscape photographers alike. This trip was specially designed by Ossian Lindholm after many visits to the area and combines a perfect balance of photo opportunities for both stunning vistas and unique animals in the region.
The star of the show is the Southern Right Whale. From early June to December, hundreds of the majestic creatures migrate to Peninsula Valdes to mate and breed, which means you’ll have the unique opportunity to photograph their calves as well! You’ll also have the chance to see colonies of up to one million Magellanic penguins on the Patagonian Coast every year between September and March.
Every excursion includes daily lessons with master photographer Ossian Lindholm and is hosted by Lauren Hefferon, the founder of Travel Vision Journeys. With a small group and expert leadership, enjoy two whale watching sailing trips in Peninsula Valdes during the most beautiful moments of the day: sunrise and sunset.
Savor the ability to get away from it all during an escape to Bahia Bustamante, an old kelper town converted into a lodge. Living in close proximity to a wildlife sanctuary means you’ll get once in a lifetime shots of penguins, sea lions, birds and more. Along with the marine life, you’ll also have the chance to explore the gorgeous Petrified Forest and see all of the wildlife that the Patagonian Steppe has to offer, including guanacos, rheas, foxes, skunks, and armadillos.
A trip to Patagonia in southern Argentina means that you’ll see everything the country has to offer in one concentrated space. If you can’t choose between photographing marine animals, wildlife, or stunning landscapes, now you don’t have to! Get it all on tour with luxury accommodations, and hone your photography skills as you go. Experience the Patagonia Steppe as never before, only with the Travel Vision Journeys Whales, Penguins, and Seascapes Expedition!
- Professional tour guides throughout the program
- Daily photography lessons from Ossian Lindholm
- Whale watching
- All accommodations and private transportation
- All breakfasts and most lunches and dinners
- Accident insurance and gratuities at restaurants and hotels
- All activities according to the itinerary
- Whale watching on sunrise and sunset sailing trips
- Daily photography lessons with accomplished photographer Ossian Lindholm
- Opportunity to photograph large penguin and elephant seal colonies
- Unique landscape photography sessions in the Petrified Forest and Caleta Valdes seaside cliffs and tide pools
- Stunning wildlife observation of foxes, guanacos, birds, and more
- Diverse Argentinian cultural and historical experiences including museums and an introduction to the local cuisine
Day by Day
Day 1: Evening Arrival in Comodoro Rivadavia
Your Patagonia trip gets off to an exciting start at Comodoro Rivadavia! Your tour guide will meet you at the airport in this coastal town and transfer you to Bahia Bustamente Lodge.
Here you’ll get an exciting tour of the hotel that also functions as a kelper community. More than 40 families collect algae at the lodge and you’ll learn about the history of the profession in the remote town, see the drying beds, explore the collecting sheds, and more. The evening ends with a relaxing introductory dinner.
At Bahia Bustamante Lodge, you’ll stay at little casitas that were originally built for workers, but now accept guests. Each has two bedrooms and one bathroom out in the hallway, to be shared by both bedrooms. There’s a very cozy sitting room and dining room for the group to enjoy evening talks and delicious meals. We visit this very remote location to experience the isolation of estancia life on the steppes, as it was nearly a century ago. In exchange of roughing it (only a little), we’ll experience a stunning wild shore, marine and steppe wildlife, and we’ll live for two days in an authentic estancia built by inmmigrants to harvest seaweed and breed sheep.
Day 2: Bahia Bustamente
What better way to start your tour than with a peaceful sunrise photo session and breakfast at the lodge? Afterward, we’ll set off for a sailing trip in Malaspina Cove and visit a special lookout to spot marine flora and fauna. Throughout the day you’ll get the chance to photograph sea lions, Magellanic penguins, cormorants, petrels, and flightless steamer ducks among other animals. It’s even possible to see groups of dolphins and killer whales!
After an exciting morning on the water, enjoy a photography lesson and lunch in a local restaurant to relax and recharge for the afternoon adventures.
In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a combination of driving and trekking in the famous Petrified Forest. There the group will travel back in time to when Patagonia was subtropical before the Andes Mountains rose and dominated the once flat landscape. On the way to the forest, keep an eye out for guanacos, maras, foxes, and skunks.
Day 3: Tour and Transfer to Puerto Madryn
On day three, the group leaves early to tour the beautiful Graviña Peninsula, where you’ll get the chance for some landscape photography at the fine sand beaches. The unique geological area is sheltered from the wind by large red rock formations that create a stunning contrast with the intense blue of the sea. When the tide is low deep natural pools are formed in the rock and you can even walk out among them for breathtaking photos.
Afterward, return to the lodge for lunch and pack up for the departure to Puerto Madryn. We’ll arrive at the Hotel Australis Yene Hue around 6 pm, and finish the evening with a group dinner.
Day 4: Puerto Madryn
Your morning starts with a visit to the Museum of the Sea, lunch, and a photo lesson. In the afternoon, enjoy exploring and sunset photography at Playa Doradillo where you’ll have the chance to spot whales from the beach. The mothers pass with their young calves just meters from the coast, all but ensuring the opportunity for stunning photos you can’t get anywhere else in the world!
Day 5: Tour and Transfer to Puerto Pirámides
On day five, the group will depart from Puerto Madryn after breakfast to visit Valdés Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first stop is Caleta Valdes where you’ll get stunning landscape shots of the cliffs and another great opportunity to spot pods of killer whales down below. Then, we will visit Punta Delgada to observe one of the largest elephant seal colonies in the world and photograph a unique species that has recovered from the brink of extinction.
After a picnic lunch, it’s time to transfer to Puerto Pirámides. Enjoy some free time to relax and check in to the Oceano Patagonia Hotel before the night ends with a sunset sailing trip to photograph the whales up close.
Day 6: Puerto Pirámides
The last full day of the tour begins with a peaceful sunrise whale watching experience, breakfast, and a photography lesson. Your final afternoon is free to choose your own experience and options like hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are all available for a fee. Then, enjoy your last dinner with the group before we have to say goodbye!
Day 7: Departure
Adios! Savor your final free morning in beautiful Patagonia before the trip comes to an end. After our farewell lunch, we’ll transfer you to Puerto Madryn Airport when the group will say goodbye and catch separate flights to their international destinations.