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Patagonia Photo Adventure

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Chile,  6 Days From $ 2,650 per person Themes
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Pure Patagonia Premium Photo Adventure is an exploration into Torres del Paine's unique wildlife, led by photo & wildlife professional Diego Araya and supported by a special team of fauna trackers. Each day you discover and photograph the park's geology, spectacular sunrises & sunsets and native flora & fauna, enjoying moments of intimacy with unique wildlife including the endangered huemul and the elusive puma, one of the world's most enigmatic felines.

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Activity (Activities)

Photography
Eco Lodge

Green Approach

Eco-Luxurious

Certification

ISO 14001 EMS

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Day 1 Arrival, The Patagonian Adventure starts
Torres del Paine NP, Chile

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively you can start your trip in El Calafate / Argentina (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule). En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon. After dinner our guide, wildlife expert Diego Araya, gives a briefing on the upcoming days and the wildlife we'll be seeing.

Days 2, 3, 4 & 5, Wildlife Exploration
Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We start off each day early, photographing the sunrise from distinct locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go. Our puma tracking team, already hard at work, will be in radio contact to let us know how they're doing. We begin our wildlife exploration close to EcoCamp, in the park's eastern sector, making the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity. We enjoy around six hours of wildlife observation, studying and photographing the park's native flora & fauna, guided by Diego's photography tips, before heading back to EcoCamp for lunch and relaxation time.

In the afternoons, after the peak sun hours with little animal movement, we head out again, this time to the park's western sector where we enjoy the beautiful landscapes and flora & fauna to be found. We visit landmark places such as Grey Glacier and other striking natural monuments. Our guide Diego takes us through the different habitats and ecosystems in the area, introducing us to the unique and colourful wildlife of Torres del Paine and teaching us the methodology for responsible observing wildlife. Our tracking team will alert us to any interesting fauna sightings in the area. After photographing the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif we return to EcoCamp for dinner and well-earned rest.

N.B. In the event of bad weather alternative activities will be planned, for example to scenic waterfall Paine Grande or Laguna Azul.

Day 6 Departure
Torres del Paine NP, Chile

Today we enjoy a final breakfast at EcoCamp before loading our luggage into the van and say goodbye to EcoCamp's staff as we drive back alongside the Patagonian pampa to the airport to catch our onward flight.

 

 

Departure City

Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate

Finishing City

Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate

Group Size

Minimum of 2 people

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is suggested
  • Items of personal nature
  • Photo equipment, binoculars - please bring your own.

Inclusions

  • English speaking specialist wildlife guide. Guide ratio 6. Max group size: 6 people
  • Accommodation EcoCamp's Suite Domes
  • Meals as indicated in the price chart
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake*
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales 

Best for:

Solo

Not as good for:

Little Greenies

Other Necessary Information

Your Tour Guide: Diego Araya - Professional Photographer and Expert Wildlife Guide

Diego has always been passionate about nature and wildlife. During his studies in Marine Biology he began to explore photography in search of intimacy and complicity with animals. Once he got his college degree, and after some travels around Europe and North America, he found work with the national Park Service in Chile running projects related to ecotourism and conservation. In 2004 he left behind his professional achievements and urban conveniences to live in Patagonia in pursuit of his long-life dream and to be one with nature. Over the years he has managed to create one of the finest and most complete professional photography archives of Patagonian wildlife together with becoming one of the most qualified residents in tracking, approximation and photography of the fauna in the region.

Diego featured in the BBC's "The Dark" in Torres del Paine and in 2009 he published Patagonia 237, his first book. A 300 page, big format coffee table book financed by Nikon Chile. In 2010 he started working as expedition staff and zodiac driver on the Antarctic Dream Vessel accumulating over 100 days in Antarctica experience. At the moment he is an professional wildlife photographer, EcoCamp Photo Adventure Tour Guide, and is working on several editorial and tourism projects.

 

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