While it’s easy to take a good picture in Chile and Argentina, it’s hard to explore their full photographic potential. Where and when is the best natural light? Where are the optimal locations away from tourists, and are they safe? How do you get there? What other challenges should you expect? If you don’t speak the language, how do you make the most of it?
To answer such questions, let us introduce you to Rodrigo Lizama. With over 20 years of experience as an enthusiastic naturalist and guide, he has a passion for photography. Internationally recognized for his guiding services and local knowledge, his sense of humour and zest for life is also contagious. This Patagonia Photography Tour offers a kaleidoscope of constantly changing and challenging images for you to create and capture.
Start off in gritty Santiago de Chile, the cultural crucible of what it means to be Chilean today. Then, expose the urban pastiche of briny Valparaiso with its graffiti & leafy Vina del Mar with its vineyards. Next, wander through the monkey puzzle trees of Araucania, around sapphire lakes and smouldering volcanoes of the Mapuche people. Then, in the Valdivian forests of Huilo Huilo, catch a glimpse of the elusive fauna and flora. Onward, explore the Lake District with Germanically-manicured farmlands, serene lakeside villages and more looming volcanoes. To the utmost south, your aperture widens out to encompass the vast Patagonia. Remote, rugged, and arresting, Chile’s Torres del Paine and Argentina’s Los Glaciares will cast a powerful spell over you. They have soaring granite towers, iridescent blue icebergs sailing on its milky green lakes. Monster glaciers rumble as golden grassy pampas teem with birds and wildlife.
So, how on earth can you capture such grandeur with a mere lens? Never fear, Rodrigo Lizama is here! Born and raised Patagonian, this place is literally his backyard. However, while he can get you far, the spellbinding impressions of Patagonia will always elude your best photography. Overall, from sunrise to sunset, your lens, heart, and mind will be working hard to showcase this beguiling destination. In the end, your images will tell an epic tale and inspire others to connect with our beloved planet.
Departs on April 5th, 2021
The journey begins once you are picked up from the airport of Santiago and taken to the accommodation for check-in. Afterwards, you will delve into the city to observe iconic landmarks such as the Main Square, San Cristóbal Hill, La Vega Market and more. Towards the evening you will have the opportunity to get to photograph this vibrant city and get to know a different side of it when you visit the bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista. There, enjoy an amazing welcome dinner at one of the best restaurants in the area and get to know your Tour Leader and fellow travellers. Overnight in Santiago.
Today start very early in the morning, the first destination being scenic Valparaiso. You may even reach the city before the sun rises, witnessing the vividness of the architecture that stands out. Your visit will focus on the beautiful Alegre and Concepción Hills, known for their typical cable cars. Later, you will travel to the city of Viña del Mar, where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, time permitting, you may visit a museum that will allow you to explore the background of the famous poet, Pablo Neruda. In the afternoon, travel to the valley of Casablanca for a tour of a private vineyard followed by an exquisite wine tasting. In the meantime, you’ll have the perfect chance to take impressive photos of its scenery. Finally, return to your hotel in Santiago.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport of Santiago for your flight to Temuco. Once there, visit the secluded sector of Lago Budi. The magic of this place does not only sit within its saltwater lake but also in the essence of the community. Here you will enjoy an ethnical experience amidst beautiful surroundings and authentic people. What’s more, you will get to photograph this whole adventure step by step and also taste the local flavours of a Mapuche lunch. You will subsequently return to Temuco, and if time permits, you may proceed to the Ñielol Hill to snap a few pictures of the outstanding view during sunset. Overnight in Hotel Bayern in Temuco.
After breakfast, drive to the area of Curacautín. Continue along the road and pass the vast countryside of the Araucanía Region full of ethnicity. Throughout today’s journey, you will have various stops along the way to take snapshots of the surrounding landscapes. Ultimately, reach the Conguillío National Park. Overnight and dinner at Lodge La Baita.
Start your day at sunrise photographing the endless panoramas that the Conguillío National Park has to offer. You will get to see the magnificent Llaima and the Sierra Nevada volcanoes along with fascinating lagoons. Afterwards, pass through the city of Villarrica, with an eclectic range of attractions. During the trip, there will be lots of lookout points with different angles towards volcanoes, lakes and Araucaria trees. Reach the sector of Panguipulli and then follow the route bordering a lake to arrive at Puerto Fuy. Overnight and dinner in Huilo Huilo.
Day break will offer the perfect scenario to take some breathtaking pictures of the areas waterfalls or nearby lake. After returning for your morning breakfast, say good-bye to this region and continue on your journey. Follow the route which will take you past several quaint small towns. Arrive at Puerto Octay, characterised by its German architecture, making for some incredible pictures. There, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant known for its gastronomy and picturesqueness setting. A little further south down the road, is the town of Frutillar, an inspirational town with a beautiful setting. The last destination will be the city of roses known as Puerto Varas. Overnight in Hotel Cabañas del Lago in Puerto Varas.
The morning starts with a transfer to the airport of Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas. Depending on the arrival time, you’ll most likely have a Patagonian city tour before checking-in into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of the iconic places of the city such as the Main Square, Cerro La Cruz lookout point and the boardwalk, so make sure to bring your camera! In the evening, there will be time to rest and prepare for the rest of the adventure which lays ahead. Overnight in Hotel Yegua Loca in Punta Arenas.
Today depart from Punta Arenas to reach Puerto Natales by midday. Walk around this fascinating city admiring the views from the waterfront. Then continue to your next destination, Torres del Paine National Park, best known for being one of the Eighth Wonders of the World. After check-in, there will be time to explore this national park during sunset, which provides a great opportunity to take unique and fantastic photos. Overnight and dinner in Hotel Lago Grey in Torres del Paine.
Spend the following two days discovering the magic of the Torres del Paine National Park. There are several guided excursions to go on, offering various picture-perfect moments. On the first day, visit the Amarga Lagoon early in the morning to contemplate the wonderful sunrise between the mountains followed by an exciting photo safari. You will have the opportunity to spot local wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, eagles, and others. Later in the day take a trek to a nearby lagoon, lookout point and waterfall surrounding ourselves in pristine landscapes. Overnight and dinner in Hotel Lago Grey in Torres del Paine.
Today you can either take a hike in the midst of the imposing mountains and glaciers or a lighter climb to the Ferrier Lookout Point. You will have the opportunity to take some incredible pictures at dusk. Overnight and dinner in Hotel Lago Grey in Torres del Paine.
Your journey continues once you leave Torres del Paine and travel east to the charming city of El Calafate in Argentina. After the international border crossing, visit the Nimez Lagoon. This area is a nature reserve that showcases the representative Patagonian landscapes. There will be time for snapshots of its flora and fauna with a fascinating sunset as the main backdrop. Overnight at Hotel Mirador del Lago in El Calafate.
In the morning say good-bye to El Calafate and embark on a trip to Los Glaciares National Park. Once there, you will reach the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, known for its unique lookout point. Enjoy lunch right in front of the glacier. Afterwards, you will have the chance to take pictures of this icy landscape. After today’s tour, travel to Puerto Natales, where you will have a wonderful farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel Vendaval.
Concluding this tour, leave Puerto Natales via transfer to the airport of Punta Arenas. Meanwhile, there will be time to remember and review your extraordinary pictures!