Capture the legendary beauty and serene seclusion of Chile during your 8-day photography tour of Patagonia and the fantastical scenery of Torres del Paine National Park. The marvels of Chilean Patagonia feature ancient forests, glinting glaciers, vast pampas, and the rugged splendor of the Southern Ice Field spread against the backdrop of the Andes. Find inspiration in nature as you trek past elusive pumas and sail across sparkling translucent water to reach the soaring ledge of Grey Glacier....
Punta Arenas – Day at Leisure in Punta Arenas
The city of Punta Arenas overlooks the Strait of Magellan in the southern corners of Chilean Patagonia. The historic port and a tradition of sheep-breeding has supported the sophisticated European architecture wrapping around Plaza Muñoz Gamero. Opulent mansions reminiscent of the regional wool-boom decorate the skyline in view of the statue of Ferdinand Magellan, which was erected to commemorate the voyager’s 400th anniversary. Your flight will land at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, where your private transfer escorts you to the luxurious Hotel Cabo de Hornos.
Your gorgeous accommodations are located in the heart of town near the main square of La Plaza Central. The building harkens back to the days when Punta Arenas stood as the capital of Chile’s “white gold” rush, referring to the quick pace and incredible demand of wool in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cozy ambiance welcomes you to Chile with views of the stunning cityscape and reflective waters from the Strait of Magellan. The light and cheerful décor of your room effortlessly combines the history of Hotel Cabo de Hornos with the comforts of modern luxury.
Before you explore the charms of Punta Arenas, you will meet with the celebrated photographer and local guide, Justin Hofman, for more insight into the remarkable adventure to come. The acclaimed photographer, scuba diver, and naturalist has a spent a career documenting wildlife acquiring an extensive knowledge of ecology and animal behavior along the way. After meeting Justin and your guide, you will set out to visit Cementerio Municipal, one of the most interesting cemeteries in South America. Elegant and opulent tombs decorate the grounds, which contrasts with the humbler graves of immigrants who often worked the farms. The grand José Menéndez’s tomb is an imitation of the Vittorio Emanuele II monument in Rome, made to scale.
Torres del Paine – Milodon Cave en route to Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine – Panoramas and Condors with a Viewpoints
Torres del Paine – Western Lakes Scenery and Sail to Grey Glacier
Torres del Paine – Photo Safari and Puma Tracking Excursion
Torres del Paine – Absorbing Hike to the Base of Cerro Torres
Punta Arenas – Scenic Punta Arenas by way of Puerto Natales
Punta Arenas – Magdalena and Marta Islands before Departure Home
- Learn the best ways to capture the natural splendor of Torres del Paine National Park with guidance from acclaimed photographer and naturalist Justin Hofman
- Relax in the comforts of luxury accommodations that offer sensational amenities at the heart of Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park
- Complete the challenging hike to the base of the Torres del Paine summit for rewarding views of the famous granite towers
- Scour the marvelous scenery along a private ranch in Torres del Paine National Park in search of captivating wildlife including the renowned puma
- Sail the frigid waters of Grey Lake for fantastic views of icebergs, beech forest, and the remarkable icy expanse of Grey Glacier
- Experience the thrill of viewing Magellanic penguins in their natural habitat on Isla Magdalena in the Strait of Magellan
- Stand atop a marvelous vista to watch Andean condors glide across the sky in search of food
- Witness the sensational natural history of Chilean Patagonia when you visit Milodon Cave, where the fossils of a giant ground sloth were discovered
Unlock the secrets of Patagonia during your exclusive photography tour. The trip is tailor-made for photography novices, experts, and all-around enthusiasts. Enjoy time in the secluded reaches of Torres del Paine National Park with acclaimed professional photographer and scuba diver Justin Hofman on an expedition into the legendary untamed landscape of Chilean Patagonia. This area is home to gray fox and guanacos, and glaciers and beech forest. The marvels of your tour through Patagonia will blend the grandeur of exploration with the ability to snap captivating photos commemorating the beauty of the scenery, wildlife, and remote ambiance.
The sensational expedition will begin with your arrival in Punta Arenas, an urban enclave at the edges of the Patagonian expanse. The city is a unique mixture of historic architecture from the wool boom and expansive streets deriving from the importance of the port. Your night here will bring insight into the diverse layers of human history before you venture deep into the landscape. Meet your guide and the celebrated photographer during your time in Punta Arenas for a tutorial on the coming adventure. Outside of Puerto Natales, also referred to as the Gateway to Torres del Paine, you get acquainted with the exceptional views of the massif from the mouth of Milodon Cave, where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the late 19th century.
You will have five nights in the stunning preserved wilds of Torres del Paine. This natural park encompasses more than 561,665 acres of forests, tundra, ice fields, lakes, and rivers that emerged from the receding glaciers around 12,000 years ago. The wonders of the natural landscape will be yours to capture through your camera’s lens during guided tours with seasoned professionals. The diverse landscape provides opportunities to view the wildlife up-close, from spotting Andean condors to guanacos.
Your time in Torres del Paine National Park will take you into the mountains on guided hikes to reach stunning viewpoints and along private ranches in search of the elusive puma. The challenging hike to the base of the famous granite towers rewards you with a serene ambiance and incredible light that hits the granite peaks. Then, sail the waters of Grey Lake, which reveals the remarkable topography of the shoreline, the dense forestry made of beech trees, and the blue and white hues of fallen icebergs casting a trail like breadcrumbs to the edge of Grey Glacier. Upon returning to Punta Arenas, you will visit Magdalena Island to wander the walkways that wind around the largest penguin colony in Chile and bring a wild end to your time photographing the natural majesty of Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park.
$1,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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