Photographing Patagonia’s Wilderness

15 days – 14 nights

Starts in El Calafate – Ends in Comodoro Rivadavia.

What our clients say!

On her 2011 private Iguazú and Salta birding tour

…”Just a quick mail to thank you so much for arranging our itineraries to Salta and Iguazu. We had a wonderful time and both Mario and Paula were absolutely great guides. Of course we spent much more time with Mario and the pace and focus of the trip was perfect… my daughters both enjoyed the birding that we did do and one has taken some amazing photos with her new camera in the humming bird garden.

Thank you for putting this trip together for us.”

Yvonne Pennington – South Africa

Yvonne Pennington

Few places on Earth give nature photographers such great opportunities to take the most incredible wildlife pictures as the endless solitudes of mighty Patagonia.

Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

Few places on Earth give nature photographers such great opportunities to take the most incredible wildlife pictures as the endless solitudes of mighty Patagonia.

The Andean range here is not as high as further north, but it is equally spectacular and much more diverse than in other areas when it comes to the diversity of flora and fauna. And this doesn’t even speak of the beauty of its odd shaped mountain ranges. Names like Mount Fitz Roy, and Torres del Paine are always high in any avid nature photographer’s list of most wanted-to-see places on Earth. Pristine glaciers of ancient deep blue ice rest on the shores of turquoise lakes in this part of the world, and the Andean Condor soar overhead providing awesome inspiration for nature photo artists. Blooming season is incredible in this remote corner of the world, and during the springtime, it is impossible to resist the temptation of taking thousands of photos of many varieties of red, yellow, purple and white flowers that seem to carpet the windswept foothills of Andean Patagonia. It is also during this time of the year when most birds are active and singing, being particularly territorial, guarding their nesting sites and thus providing easier photo opportunities.

The Atlantic coast of Patagonia is well known for the large concentrations of seabirds and marine mammals that make their home here during their breeding seasons. What can one possibly say that you don’t know about the world renowned Valdes Peninsula, with its extensive gravel beaches covered by enormous colonies of Elephant Seals and Sea Lions, and reputedly being home to the highest concentration of breeding Southern Right Whales on Earth? Or about the nesting colony of Punta Tombo, with nearly half a million Magellanic Penguins reproducing there? Not much more than… you would love to see these places! Or, in other words: there are certainly very few places on Earth where one can possibly spend a greater time photographing wildlife!

But there’s more than these spectacular places to see on the Atlantic coast of Patagonia. This is a journey of discovery, which will take us to some unexplored sites along the coast, to photograph other fauna, and landscapes not possibly found at the Valdes/Punta Tombo area. We will explore the Atlantic coast of the Province of Chubut, and spend time visiting other wildlife preserves. The final bit of this part of the tour will take us to the most spectacular marine wildlife reserve of them all, located off the coast of Puerto Deseado (Port Desire). This solitary island is home to the only nesting colony of Rockhopper Penguins on the Atlantic coast of South America, and the estuary of the Río Deseado (Desire River) hosts the most incredible array of fauna possibly found outside the Valdes including such unique species as Red-legged Cormorants and Commerson’s Dolphins.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

You will be received by your Trogon Tours’ expedition leader at the airport in the Argentine Andean city of El Calafate. We will drive to El Chaltén to spend days 1 to 3 in the area of Mount Fitz Roy. On the evening of day 3 we will drive back to El Calafate, where we will spend the following two nights. On day 4 we will visit the Moreno Glacier. On day 5 we will drive across the Andes to Torres del Paine National Park, where we’ll spend the balance of the day, plus days 6 and 7. On day 8 we will drive back to El Calafate to take a flight to the city of Trelew. We will drive from here to the Valdes Peninsula, where we will spend day 9 taking photos of the colonies of seals along the Atlantic coast. On day 10 we will take a boat tour to see and photograph the Southern Right Whales. In the afternoon we will head south for the Valley of the Chubut River, where we will spend the night at Gaiman. On day 11 we will visit Punta Tombo and spend time taking photos of the Magellanic Penguins. A drive along the coast will give us chances to take some spectacular scenic pictures of the barren shores of Patagonia, as we continue our way south towards our hotel for the night. On day 12 we will have our last drive to Puerto Deseado, where we will spend the last three nights of the tour. We will explore the area of the estuary of the Deseado River, and Penguin Island on days 13 and 14. On day 15 we will drive to Comodoro Rivadavia where the tour ends at the local airport.

Some Photo Highlights

The Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine, Mount Fitz Roy, an incredible diversity of colorful flowers, the marine fauna colonies of the Valdes, and the unexplored Atlantic coast of Patagonia.

Best time to go

One of the goals of this tour is to try and photograph the highest number of wildlife species, and of course to see and photograph the Patagonian flowers at the peak of their blooming season. Late November is by far the best time of the year to do this trip.

What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Boat excursions as per program. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in El Calafate to day 15 in Comodoro Rivadavia. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners with one non alcoholic drink per person/meal. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”