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Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes in Austral Autumn

Torres del Paine, Fitzroy Massif & Cerro Torre in the Southern Autumn

Comparable in size to Washington, Oregon and California, the flat temperate desert plain of Patagonia rises to meet the jagged granite spires of the Southern Andes. Verdant forests, fed by the meltwaters of an 8,000-square-mile ice cap to the west, surround pristine lakes that are considered to be among the world’s most beautiful. Images of craggy snowcapped peaks lie reflected in the cold, blue water. Massive glaciers grind on their slow course, calving blue icebergs into jewel-like lakes.

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Our Patagonia tour concentrates on panoramic landscape and wildlife imagery in two incredible national parks. We shoot in the spectacular mountainous region of the Andes at Los Glaciares National Park where we should have outstanding photo opportunities at the Fitzroy Massif (11,073 feet) and Cerro Torre (10,280 feet). In the Patagonian autumn, beech forests provide a fiery colorful contrast to the landscape.

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The second photographic highlight is our days spent at the foot of the dramatic peaks of the “Towers” and “Horns” of Torres del Paine National Park. The tumultuous weather of the southern hemisphere’s autumn season produces a wide variety of dramatic lighting conditions. We have plenty of time to photograph these magnificent mountains in the wondrous light of sunrise and sunset. Unwary Patagonian foxes and guanacos provide exciting wildlife photography experiences—and it is not uncommon to see condors, eagles and other birds of prey during our travels. We also organize a photo session of gauchos driving horses across grasslands.

Join us for a journey to a place called a “Living Eden” in a stunning documentary filmed for public television. The mountains of Patagonia provide some of the world’s most inspiring scenic photography and are a destination all serious nature photographers should shoot at least once in a lifetime!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Depart on overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 (April 17)
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to our hotel. Afternoon visit to Costanera Sur Wildlife Preserve and Palermo Lake. (D)

Day 3
We fly to El Calafate and drive to El Chaltén, located at the foot of the Fitzroy Massif, where we are based for four nights. Along the way we photograph spectacular steppe landscapes. After arriving at our lodge, we drive along the west side of Las Vueltas River and visit a picturesque waterfall surrounded by incredible autumn-colored beech trees. (Morning snack at the airport on your own, LD)

Days 4 - 6
The jagged spine of the Andes is the backdrop for this—one of the world's most magnificent wilderness areas. We are provided with awesome views of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Amidst these granite spires we should see Andean condors gliding effortlessly. Each morning we look for sunrise light on these spectacular massifs from different locations along Las Vueltas Canyon, shooting mountains, clouds and the rich colors of the austral autumn. (BLD)

Day 7
Following sunrise photography, we drive to El Calafate. Afternoon photography at Laguna Nimez Wildlife Reserve, time permitting. (BLD)

Day 8
Explore one of South America's most spectacular and active glaciers, the Perito Moreno, as it flows into the southern arm of Lago Argentino. Here we can closely observe great chunks of chill-blue ice calving from the glacier into the lake. (BLD)

Day 9
We depart early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We drive a new scenic road traversing ranches, grasslands, forests and mountainous terrain. We arrive at Torres del Paine in the afternoon and start our exploration of this amazing national park. (BLD)

Days 10 - 14
We have five full days in Torres del Paine where the famous and utterly captivating granite massif consumes our attention with the constant play of light across its sheer vertical walls. The compelling grandeur of these jagged peaks is complemented by the fiery colors of autumn foliage and by the abundant and relatively unwary wildlife within the park. (BLD)

Day 15
After a morning shoot in Torres del Paine we drive to El Calafate and take an evening flight to Buenos Aires. (BL, Dinner airport snack on your own)

Day 16 (May 1)
After a morning rest and lunch, we photograph a tango dance before departing to the international airport for late evening flights home. (BL)

Day 17
Arrive home.

Tour Details

Apr 16 2025 – May 02 2025
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Fee: $10,595 from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Deposit: $2,000
Limit: 16
Activity Level: Easy
Single Supplement: $2,600
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Tour Highlights

  • Shoot the landscapes and wildlife of two of the most spectacular mountain photography destinations—Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
  • More than five full days at Torres del Paine
  • Capture soaring granite mountain peaks, massive glaciers and pristine lakes
  • Prime time for austral fall colors of southern beech trees
  • Photograph unwary guanacos, foxes and birds
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, national park fees, photo guides and instruction

Testimonials

The weather and sun cooperated, and I got shots of pink sunrise light on the white snow of Fitz Roy. The entire scene was better than I imagined and ranks in the top 5 photography experiences of my life if not the absolute top. It was magical.
—Terry E.

Patagonia in the fall is spectacular. And the weather cooperated for some grand landscape photos. We had active weather with some fantastic clouds. We also were fortunate to have three Pumas quite near the road. The van arrangement was appreciated with room for photo gear next to me. We were well taken care of.
—Craig M.

Having the opportunity to be in a small group in the beautiful Andes was wonderful and hearing about Patagonia from our excellent guides was a highlight. And even though I had my doubts, the tango shoot was amazing.
—Sandra A.

Our tour leader is such a treasure. His presence is part of the reason we chose this tour. His knowledge and style are wonderful, and he is able to keep the group focused.
—David A.

Tour Details

Apr 16 2025 – May 02 2025
Register Now
Fee: $10,595 from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Deposit: $2,000
Limit: 16
Activity Level: Easy
Single Supplement: $2,600
» Terms and Conditions

Special Terms and Conditions Apply

Comparable in size to Washington, Oregon and California, the flat temperate desert plain of Patagonia rises to meet the jagged granite spires of the Southern Andes. Verdant forests, fed by the meltwaters of an 8,000-square-mile ice cap to the west, surround pristine lakes that are considered to be among the world’s most beautiful. Images of craggy snowcapped peaks lie reflected in the cold, blue water. Massive glaciers grind on their slow course, calving blue icebergs into jewel-like lakes.

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Our Patagonia tour concentrates on panoramic landscape and wildlife imagery in two incredible national parks. We shoot in the spectacular mountainous region of the Andes at Los Glaciares National Park where we should have outstanding photo opportunities at the Fitzroy Massif (11,073 feet) and Cerro Torre (10,280 feet). In the Patagonian autumn, beech forests provide a fiery colorful contrast to the landscape.

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The second photographic highlight is our days spent at the foot of the dramatic peaks of the “Towers” and “Horns” of Torres del Paine National Park. The tumultuous weather of the southern hemisphere’s autumn season produces a wide variety of dramatic lighting conditions. We have plenty of time to photograph these magnificent mountains in the wondrous light of sunrise and sunset. Unwary Patagonian foxes and guanacos provide exciting wildlife photography experiences—and it is not uncommon to see condors, eagles and other birds of prey during our travels. We also organize a photo session of gauchos driving horses across grasslands.

Join us for a journey to a place called a “Living Eden” in a stunning documentary filmed for public television. The mountains of Patagonia provide some of the world’s most inspiring scenic photography and are a destination all serious nature photographers should shoot at least once in a lifetime!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Depart on overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 (April 17)
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to our hotel. Afternoon visit to Costanera Sur Wildlife Preserve and Palermo Lake. (D)

Day 3
We fly to El Calafate and drive to El Chaltén, located at the foot of the Fitzroy Massif, where we are based for four nights. Along the way we photograph spectacular steppe landscapes. After arriving at our lodge, we drive along the west side of Las Vueltas River and visit a picturesque waterfall surrounded by incredible autumn-colored beech trees. (Morning snack at the airport on your own, LD)

Days 4 – 6
The jagged spine of the Andes is the backdrop for this—one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness areas. We are provided with awesome views of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Amidst these granite spires we should see Andean condors gliding effortlessly. Each morning we look for sunrise light on these spectacular massifs from different locations along Las Vueltas Canyon, shooting mountains, clouds and the rich colors of the austral autumn. (BLD)

Day 7
Following sunrise photography, we drive to El Calafate. Afternoon photography at Laguna Nimez Wildlife Reserve, time permitting. (BLD)

Day 8
Explore one of South America’s most spectacular and active glaciers, the Perito Moreno, as it flows into the southern arm of Lago Argentino. Here we can closely observe great chunks of chill-blue ice calving from the glacier into the lake. (BLD)

Day 9
We depart early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We drive a new scenic road traversing ranches, grasslands, forests and mountainous terrain. We arrive at Torres del Paine in the afternoon and start our exploration of this amazing national park. (BLD)

Days 10 – 14
We have five full days in Torres del Paine where the famous and utterly captivating granite massif consumes our attention with the constant play of light across its sheer vertical walls. The compelling grandeur of these jagged peaks is complemented by the fiery colors of autumn foliage and by the abundant and relatively unwary wildlife within the park. (BLD)

Day 15
After a morning shoot in Torres del Paine we drive to El Calafate and take an evening flight to Buenos Aires. (BL, Dinner airport snack on your own)

Day 16 (May 1)
After a morning rest and lunch, we photograph a tango dance before departing to the international airport for late evening flights home. (BL)

Day 17
Arrive home.

Tour Highlights

  • Shoot the landscapes and wildlife of two of the most spectacular mountain photography destinations—Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
  • More than five full days at Torres del Paine
  • Capture soaring granite mountain peaks, massive glaciers and pristine lakes
  • Prime time for austral fall colors of southern beech trees
  • Photograph unwary guanacos, foxes and birds
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, national park fees, photo guides and instruction

Testimonials

The weather and sun cooperated, and I got shots of pink sunrise light on the white snow of Fitz Roy. The entire scene was better than I imagined and ranks in the top 5 photography experiences of my life if not the absolute top. It was magical.
—Terry E.

Patagonia in the fall is spectacular. And the weather cooperated for some grand landscape photos. We had active weather with some fantastic clouds. We also were fortunate to have three Pumas quite near the road. The van arrangement was appreciated with room for photo gear next to me. We were well taken care of.
—Craig M.

Having the opportunity to be in a small group in the beautiful Andes was wonderful and hearing about Patagonia from our excellent guides was a highlight. And even though I had my doubts, the tango shoot was amazing.
—Sandra A.

Our tour leader is such a treasure. His presence is part of the reason we chose this tour. His knowledge and style are wonderful, and he is able to keep the group focused.
—David A.

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