Argentina: Patagonia’s Pumas, Birds and Landscapes
From: $6,000 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH)
4 - 8 Participants
8 spaces available
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of Argentina: Patagonia’s Pumas, Birds and Landscapes
Description of Argentina: Patagonia’s Pumas, Birds and Landscapes
The rugged landscape of Patagonia will offer incredible photo opportunities. In Argentina, the granitic Mount Fitz Roy near El Chalten and the Perito Moreno Glacier a few miles from El Calafate will provide a great variety of views and chances for pictures. In Chile, Torres del Paine will propose breathtaking perspectives with lots of excellent photo ops. Wildlife is also immensely present through the region where Guanacos, Andean Condors, Lesser Rheas and good chances for Pumas will complete our experience.
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Length of Tour
Day 1 – Ushuaia – El Calafate – El Chalten
Esteban will welcome us at Ushuaia’s harbor, according to flight schedule we might do some photography in town prior to transfer to the airport to get our plane to El Calafate. Once arrived we will meet our private vehicle and drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village in the foothills of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Mountains.
The three-hour drive (125 miles) will provide many stops on the way for landscape pictures; we are likely to see Guanacos and Lesser Rhea on the way. As we approach, weather permitting, we will have stunning views of the Andes Range and its magnificent granite mountains.
Day 2 – El Chalten – Chorrillo del Salto and Laguna del Desierto Área
During the next three days in the area we will be photographing the Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and other massive mountains. Sunrise photography sessions are great at this time of year. Near town, Chorrillo del Salto waterfall is at an accessible distance from the road, we will spend time exploring different the views of water and a beautiful forest around this place.
Later in the day, we will explore Río de la Vueltas towards Laguna del Desierto area near the border with Chile to enjoy and photograph unspoiled forests and streams. Views of the Fitz Roy are also possible today.
Day 3 – El Chalten – Mirador Los Condores – Cerro Torre Trail
Early morning drive out of town in order to get the best light to shoot the granite mountains. After breakfast we’ll walk a section of Cerro Torre trail, reaching the first viewpoint of the valley, from where the Cerro Torre group and valley is entirely visible. Cerro Fitz Roy is also visible and a beautiful waterfall called Margarita. The trail travels through a glacial valley. It is a three-hour round trip to the viewpoint.
Day 4 – El Chalten – Cañadon Río de la Vueltas
First light photography. After breakfast and check out we start our way to El Calafate. Just a few miles out of town there is an easy walk through the steppe to get great views of Cañadon Río de las Vueltas. Along the road there are great chances for more spectacular views of Mount Fitz Roy at the distance, lake Viedma and Rio La Leona. During the afternoon we will spend some time at Lake Argentino and Laguna Nimes for wildlife photography.
Day 5 – El Calafate – Glaciar Perito Moreno and Boat Cruice
We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonders: the “Moreno” glacier. This ice field-type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, it is big sheet of ice that covers 8500 square miles, is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (5,4 M sq miles) and Greenland (380000 sq miles).
Because of its unique local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process between two lakes. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from you. A beautiful, short trail will lead us from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. The roar of the chunks of ice moving inside the glacier or the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water makes this day a very special.
After lunch we will take a 45-minute boat cruise up close to the Perito Moreno Glacier front. It is a great opportunity to watch and listen ice falling into the Argentino Lake. Today while we drive 100 miles round trip, we will have good chances to search for the King of the Andes the Condor.
Day 6 – El Calafate – Torres del Paine
We leave early in the morning from El Calafate in our way to Torres del Paine National Park. The road is a typical Patagonian steppe road. There are many chances to see flamingos, Black-necked swans and other birds during the trip.
In about 4 hours we cross into Chile through the Cancha Carrera international border point. A couple of hours later we enter Torres del Paine National Park, which holds the UNESCO World Heritage status. During the last portion of our drive, the Paine Massif will be visible, weather permitting. We then follow the spectacular interior road of the National Park all the way to our hotel. We will make all the necessary stops for pictures of the mountains and fauna of the Park, arriving by late afternoon.
Day 7 – Torres del Paine – Grey Lake viewpoints
Early breakfast and departure to Grey lake. After one-hour drive, stopping for landscape photography we will reach the area of the Grey Lake, from where we begin our trek. We begin walking through a forest, for 5 minutes or so, until we reach the south shore of Lake Grey, where, during all seasons, we can see blue icebergs emerging from the water and floating south. They are pushed by the wind thus giving the characteristic grey note to the water of this lake.
Afterward we’ll walk along the beach of Lake Grey for 45 minutes, until we reach the path that leads us onto a peninsula where we ascend to a natural viewpoint which offers great views of the park, the lake and the mountains.
Day 8 – Torres del Paine – Pehoe viewpoint
Another unforgettable day spent visiting the southern part of the park. We leave Rio Serrano area in our vehicle and drive towards the central part of the park, enjoying the stunning scenic beauty. We can stop to photograph at the best viewpoints. After some excellent photographic opportunities, we reach Pehoe Lake, the area of the Hosteria Pehoe, where we plan to do our next stop. Nearby we begin our trek to Pehoe viewpoint.
Day 9 – Torres del Paine – Salto Grande and Porteria Sarmiento Area
We will devote our morning exploring the Salto Grande; it is a huge waterfall with powerful waters provided by Lake Nordenskjol. Later, during the rest of the day, we will search of photographic opportunities for Guanaco, Lesser Rhea and other birds. Our hotel´s amazing location in the middle of Lake Pehoe´s turquoise waters, with the rugged Pain’s Horns views makes it the perfect place to set base. We will shoot from excellent locations, with the best light.
Day 10 – Torres del Paine – Laguna Amarga – Cascada Paine
Today we have great options of sunrise photography just outside our Hostería. After breakfast we will drive towards the northern part of the Park, Cascada Rio Paine is a great location for water photography and a great viewpoint of Torres del Paine. After lunch we will reach the area of Laguna Amarga where we will spend the rest of the afternoon. These is a great area to explore in search of Puma.
Day 11 – Torres del Paine to El Calafate
Today we star early to add chances for Puma and to take pictures at sunrise. At mid-morning we return to El Calafate. Tonight, we will go out for our last dinner together to a nice restaurant were a steak dinner awaits.
Day 12 – El Calafate – El Calafate airport
After breakfast we transfer to El Calafate airport for our flights home.
Cost is $6,000 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Ushuaia, Argentina (Airport code USH.
This trip ends in El Calafate, Argentina (Airport code FTE).
If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $800 will be assessed.
NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.
If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.
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This trip includes good quality hotels near our birding and photo location.
Activity Level Rating: 3 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
Although most walks will be short, there will be a few longer ones of a couple miles. We will also spend a fair amount of time at higher elevations.
Gear for Birding & Wildlife Viewing
Photography Gear Recommendations
The best camera is the one you have with you! That said, we will help you get great photos no matter what camera you use.
This photo tour is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:
Recommended Lenses for Birds & Wildlife
Recommended Lenses for Landscape Opportunities
Recommended Lenses for Macro (Bugs, Frogs, etc.)
Filters (Mainly for Landscape Photography)
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Detailed Trip Information
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Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
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The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.