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Patagonia Photography Tour with Explora ( 4 nights )

Katsuyoshi Tanaka You will be able to improve your photography skills under the expert guidance of Katsuyoshi Tanaka, a renowned photographer, who has spent years capturing these exquisite landscapes. One of the Explora guides will also accompany the expedition, giving you the knowledge to better understand the environment and enrich your photography. Patagonia, the southernmost tip of the world, is the ideal place for photography. Wherever you look you will find an unimaginable landscape and with every passing minute you will appreciate the dramatic changes of color and light. You will venture into mountains, glaciers and crystal clear lakes trying to capture the spirit of this wonderful place and its people: the gauchos.

explora patagonia at duskDay 1 | Punta Arenas-Explora Patagonia
Transfer from the airport in Punta Arenas to explora Patagonia’s Hotel Salto Chico, which is located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park (5 hours by van). Our team will be waiting to welcome you to the lodge and show you to your room. You will later meet the photographer and leader of the expedition, Katsuyoshi Tanaka and along one of our guides you will discuss the program for the upcoming days. Dinner, welcome slide presentation and initial lecture.

torres del paine sunriseDay 2 | Torres del Paine
The finest landscapes in Torres del Paine National Park, with an astonishing array of mountains and lakes can be found right in front of the lodge. Wake up early in the morning and you will be able to appreciate the spectacle of the sun rising in Patagonia. During this session, you will learn how to capture the changing light, color and ambience as the sun rises. Breakfast and discussion about the activities for the day. In the morning you will photograph the magnificent color of the lakes surrounding the lodge and will learn how to frame images with various natural elements to add patterns, shapes and colors (Lakes Pehoé and/or Nordenskjold). In the afternoon you will visit Grey Glacier by boat, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves. (Please note: the boat trip is dependent on weather conditions). Dinner and critique session.

gaucho tourDay 3 | Torres del Paine
In the morning you will head to the explora Quincho to get a closer look at the local gauchos. This is a perfect opportunity to learn how to take portraits and interactive photos. Barbecue lunch at the Quincho. Horses will be your best companions in Patagonia and they will certainly add a graceful touch to landscape photography. During this afternoon exploration, you will be able to capture them while riding though the fields. If you’re up to it, you can even ride yourself! Dinner and critique session.

torres del paine hornsDay 4 | Torres del Paine
This is a full day exploration into the French Valley that combines both adventure and photography. We will leave explora by boat (30 min) and then walk along the undulating trail that borders Lakes Pehoé and Skottsberg. There are spectacular views of the two lakes, Paine Grande Mountain and the Paine Horns. We then cross the hanging bridge over the French River for a view of the French Glacier. Dinner and critique session.

Day 5 | Explora-Punta Arenas
Our guides will give you morning orientations. If you have an afternoon flight you will have time to photograph the surroundings of the lodge. Departure.

Please note: this program may be subject to change without notification, due to weather conditions, safety and availability of routes.

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Whether you are interested in this tour or you would prefer a custom private photo tour of Patagonia, email Donna. She is not only one of our South America Travel Specialists, but an avid photographer who carries more camera gear than clothing on her travels. She will be travelling on a 4 week independent photography trip of Easter Island, northern Chile and Argentina in August 2013.


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