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Patagonia 2024

Torres del Paine El Chalten Perito Moreno  

 by   Renato Machado

APRIL 2024

A little about this wonderful destination.

Come and discover exotic Patagonia up close

We start in Torres del Paine National Park, everything revolves around an immense mass of mountains that can be informally divided into two parts. On one side, ‘Los Cuernos’ and its incredible ballet of forms and stratified surfaces. To the northeast, the famous granite towers that make climbers from all over the world happy. The entire mountain range was formed over the last ice ages, carving out a chain of peaks independent of the Andes. Surrounding it are dramatic glaciers, such as Grey, and meltwater lakes with waters in shades of blue, green and gray. Its milky appearance comes from the voluminous load of minerals that have been stripped from the slopes by gigantic tongues of ice for tens of thousands of years. Lakes like Sarmiento, del Toro,

Then we left Chile heading to Argentine Patagonia.

El Chaltén is considered the capital of trekking in Argentina, a small and charming city in Patagonia, located between mountains, lakes and glaciers. It is one of the main destinations for mountaineers and hikers from all over the world.

Located within Los Glaciares National Park, its landscapes of rock and ice mountains are among the most beautiful in the world. The most popular mountains are: Cerro Fitz Roy, also known as El Chaltén, which gave the city its name; and Cerro Torre, considered by climbers to be the most difficult mountain in the world.

Come with me and hike in autumn on the multi-colored trails of El Chalten, always with the backdrop of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Waterfalls, wildlife and astrophotography.

Be my guest   and come and photograph the beauties of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia.

 

 

INFORMATION  GENERAL

 

Period:  07th to 18th of  April 2024

 

 

 

Investment: U$ 3,600.00 (accommodation in a double room)

U$ 4,100.00 (accommodation in single room)

 

 

 

Target Audience: Interested in landscape photography, drone photography,  wildlife, astrophotography, travel and nature.

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Itinerary

04/07/2024 Sunday / Punta Arenas

Arrival at Punta Arenas airport Reception and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park with a stop in Puerto Natalles and Mirador Rio Serrano, our gateway to Torres del Paine park. We will then proceed to the hotel at a pre-defined check-in time. At the end of the day, we will meet in the hotel lobby, where we will have a briefing about the day to day of the trip. Free night for dinner. Overnight in Rio Serrano.


 

  • Everyone must be available at Punta Arenas airport by lunch time (Chile time)


 

04/08/2024 Monday / Torres del Paine  

Departure before dawn in search of the first light of day at the base of Cuernos del Paine. We will follow a trail overlooking an imposing waterfall, Salto Grande. We will have some small flooded areas with several dry trees, the result of the last big fire in the park. The composition possibilities are many, from great mountains, still life, wildlife, lakes and much more. We will then return to the hotel for lunch. Early afternoon free for rest. In the middle of the afternoon we will move to the shores of Lake Pehoe at Mirador Pehoe where we will have infinite composition possibilities remaining in place until the light allows. Return to the hotel and overnight.


 

04/09/2024 Tuesday / Torres del Paine

We will leave again before dawn towards Laguna Amarga, providing a frontal view of the granite Los Cuernos that give the park its name. Next we will head to the Paine Waterfall for another photo session and along the way many Guanacos making the landscape even more beautiful. Stop for lunch at Laguna Azul and free afternoon for compositions at this location. Trees in autumnal color, the view of the Cuernos at the bottom of the lake with wonderful reflections and lots of wildlife.

Around 4 pm we will continue on our first day of searching for the Puma with a specialized guide.  Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

 

 04/10/2024 Wednesday/ Torres del Paine

We will leave before dawn towards the Trail to Mirador Condor with a medium to moderate level trek where we will capture wonderful dawn shots with Lake Pahoe and the wonderful Torres del Paine, making the composition pure magic. After the photos, a quick stop for a coffee at the viewpoint. In this same place we will continue walking in search of wildlife, especially Pumas and Foxes. Next, we will head towards the glacier located on the banks of Lake Gray with a stop for lunch. Giant icebergs that break off the glacier float to a dark sand beach, providing beautiful images with the rocky massif in the background in the late day light. Return to the hotel and overnight.


04/11/2024 Thursday / Torres del Paine

We will leave before dawn towards the Laguna Amarga region for our second day of searching for the Puma with a specialized guide. Following with a medium to moderate level trek in Mir where we will make wonderful captures of Lake Pehoe and the wonderful Torres del Paine, making the composition pure magic. After the photos, a quick stop for a coffee at the viewpoint. In this same place we will continue walking in search of wildlife, especially Pumas and Foxes. Next, we will head towards the glacier located on the banks of Lake Gray with a stop for lunch. Giant icebergs that break off the glacier float to a dark sand beach, providing beautiful images with the rocky massif in the background in the late day light. Return to the hotel and overnight.


04/12/2024 Friday / Torres del Paine

We ended the last day of the Phototour in Torres del Paine with captures of the sunrise on the banks of Lake Pehoe. We will return for lunch and in the late afternoon we will be strategically positioned on the decks and viewpoints of Hotel Explora to photograph the sunset. After sunset we return to the hotel for dinner and rest.

 

04/13/2024  Saturday / El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

We will leave after breakfast heading to El Calafate with an estimated duration of 5 hours. Right after lunch we will head to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares Park. On the way, stops to photograph the beauties of Argentine Patagonia, especially the magnificent Lake Argentino, its wildlife with flamingos, swans and wild ducks. Return to  El Calafate for dinner. Overnight in El Calafate.


 

04/14/2024  Sunday / El Chaltén

Before  breakfast, we will head to El Chaltén, also known  as the Argentine capital of trekking. Arrival at the hotel, check-in and then we will continue on a short  walk to Chorrillo del Salto. The waterfall is north of the city and most of the route is on the RP23 road towards Lago del Desierto. Next, we will head to Lago del Desierto where we will have the opportunity to photograph beautiful waterfalls and the possibility of drone captures as we will be outside the park.  We ended the day's activities for a well-deserved rest in El Chalten.


 

04/15/2024 Monday / El Chaltén

We will leave before dawn towards Laguna Torre located in Los Glaciares National Park. To get to this place that looks like a movie set, you need to walk an 18km trail (9 km there and 9 km back), which takes 5 to 6 hours. Throughout the journey we will be able to contemplate the beauty and color of the autumn vegetation, the view from different angles of the mountain range and at the end the beauty of Laguna Torre and hopefully some small icebergs to make this landscape even more surreal. We will arrive at the hotel in the evening for a well-deserved rest. Overnight stay.


 

04/16/2024 Tuesday / El Chaltén

We will continue at dawn, along the trail to Cachoeira Secreta, considered the most beautiful and famous    from El Chaltén. It is through it that you get very close to Mount Fitz Roy. The path is wonderful and colorful with autumnal colors and always Fitz Roy as a backdrop. We will arrive at the hotel in the evening for a well-deserved rest.  

 

 

 04/17/2024 Wednesday / El Chaltén

We will continue at dawn   to the gateway to El Chalten to photograph the sunrise. Next, we will take a short walk on the medium-level trail to Mirador Condor. After free afternoon. At the end of the day we will take another medium level trail to Mirador dos Paredões to photograph the sunset.  We will arrive at the hotel in the evening for a well-deserved rest.  


 

04/18/2024  Thursday / El Calafate

Breakfast and check-out. Then transfer to the airport in El Calafate, where we will say goodbye with great memories. Return flight times must be after 10:00.

DETAILS 

Fabio Bittar , São José dos Campos

“I've been on two other Phototours with Renato Machado. The experiences lived in those days will be carried forever."

Paulo Madeira  , São Paulo 

Marcelo Bargiela , São Paulo

“It was simply fantastic. His work in choosing the location, itinerary and monitoring revealed care and respect.”

I'm Renato Machado

photographer and author of  books  Secret Landscapes of Southern Brazil and Canyons and Balloons, he has dedicated himself to photography for over 10 years.

During this time, he traveled through the Sahara Desert, Egypt, Norway, Easter Island, the Polynesian Archipelago, however  It was in 2015, after a trip to Patagonia, that his passion became a serious matter in his life, and he specialized in landscape photography. Born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, 

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Cancellation Policy

To confirm the expedition, a minimum number of 6 participants will be required. If the contractor withdraws, on the trip,  the deposit amount will not be refundable. Confirming the group, the signal value will be deducted from the input.

If the trip does not take place due to force majeure, a new date suggestion will be presented. If the contractor is not available, the amount paid to date will be fully refunded.

 

If the registrant withdraws, he/she must formalize in writing  to email renato280969@gmail.com.

 

Other variations to the cancellation policy will be handled as follows:

- Up to  90 (ninety) days before the trip  payment of  down payment  of 40% (forty percent);

- More than 45 (forty-five) days  and less than 90 (ninety) days of the trip fine of 60% (sixty percent) of the contracted amount;

- Less than 45 (forty-five) days before the start of the trip will not provide the right to a refund of the amounts paid.

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