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Antarctic Peninsula 

South Shetland Islands +

by   Renato Machado

November 2024

A little about this wonderful destination.

Embark on an epic journey and let your emotions overflow! Get ready for an unparalleled experience on the Antarctic Peninsula Photographic Expedition, where magic unfolds before your eyes.


Feel the pulsing excitement as you witness the grandeur of this frozen continent. Immerse yourself in the immensity of the landscapes, the majestic mountains and the icy seas. Discover an untouched world, where nature reveals itself in its purest form.


Get the adrenaline flowing as you photograph Antarctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Watch playful penguins dancing in the snow, majestic whales emerging from the depths, curious seals peering between icebergs. Every click will be an explosion of emotion and beauty.


Feel alive sharing this experience with other photography lovers, immersed in this unforgettable photographic journey. Share stories, learn from experts, and create bonds that last forever.


This is the opportunity of a lifetime, a calling for explorers with vibrant souls and adventurous hearts.


Do not waste time! Reserve your place now and dive head first into this photographic expedition full of emotion, beauty and unforgettable discoveries.


Below   more information about this wonderful itinerary and embark on this unique journey!

Be my guest   and  come and photograph the beauties of the Antarctic Peninsula.






Period:  November 3rd to 12th, 2024





Individual investment

$5,990.00 (Standard Twin Cab)

U$7,650.00 (Standard Plus Twin Cabin)

U$9,000.00 ( Premier )

U$ 10,100.00 (Suite Cabin)

U$ 11,431.00  (Premier Single)

For single hosting add  50% except

Standard Plus Triple and Premier Single Cabin)

*Values valid until 08/30/2023


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


Arriving in Ushuaia. (We recommend arriving in Ushuaia at least one day before boarding).

When your plane lands in Ushuaia, you will enjoy an impressive view.
Ushuaia is a picturesque community located in the foothills of the Andes, with snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys. Walk along the main street with its charming boutiques and cafes, or along the harbor to see for the first time the seabirds that will accompany you as you exit the Beagle Channel.

Day 1: Departure from the city of Ushuaia.
Embark in the afternoon and meet your expedition team and speakers. After settling into your cabin, we'll sail through the Beagle Channel and the famous Drake Passage.

Days 2 and 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake sailed these waters in 1578, Drake Passage is one of the stormiest seas on the planet. Between the night of the second day and the morning of the third day we will cross the Polar Front (Antarctic Convergence), a natural biological barrier where the cold polar waters submerge below the warmer waters of the north. This generates a large amount of nutrients, which sustain the biodiversity of this region.

The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit for many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail through the passage, our team will be with you on deck to help you identify the huge variety of seabirds, including the majestic wandering albatrosses. Furthermore, a full conference program will be waiting for you.

The first icebergs and snowy mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, an archipelago of 20 islands and islets discovered in 1819 by Captain William Smith with his brig Williams. If conditions in the Drake Passage are favorable, on the third day our expedition team will accompany you on the first landing and experience the fascinating encounter with penguins and seals.

Days 4 to 7: Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland Islands are teeming with wildlife. Vast penguin colonies, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day on this island group unforgettable. Navigating the narrow passage into Deception Island's flooded caldera is truly incredible.

25 de Mayo Island is the largest island in the South Shetland Islands and is characterized by colonies of chinstrap and Adelie penguins, terns, imperial gulls, Antarctic terns and giant petrels. south. There are also scientific bases in different countries. Chinstrap penguins, gentoo penguins and elephant seals await you on Livingston Island.

Learning about the remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula will thrill you in a way comparable to the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its incredible landscape, an untouched wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and canals, and the incredible variety of wildlife. In addition to penguins and seabirds, you'll also be able to see crabs, Weddell seals and leopard up close, as well as humpbacks, minke and maybe even orcas!

We hope to sail through some of the most beautiful canals ever depending on the ice conditions: Gerlache Strait, Neumayer Canal and Lemaire Canal are narrow passages between towering rocks and spectacular glaciers. We plan to do at least two shore excursions per day. Locations for such excursions may also include:

Paradise Bay, literally the best named place in the world, is where we will attempt to make a proper descent to the mainland.
Ice conditions permitting, after crossing the iceberg-covered waters of the Antarctic Strait, we hope to visit the active Adélie penguin (more than 100,000 pairs breed here) and imperial shag colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone shelter here in 1903; ruins that today have been invaded by penguin nests.

Other possible explorations could take us to Melchior Islands, Cuverville Island, Punta Portal, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and, ice conditions permitting, Petermann Island to visit the Adélie and Gentoo penguin colonies.

Days 8 and 9: Crossing the Drake Passage
We will leave the Antarctic Peninsula and head north, crossing the Drake Passage. Join our speakers and naturalists on deck as they look for seabirds and whales, and enjoy some of the final talks. Take time to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the last few days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 10: Arrival at the port of Ushuaia
We will arrive in Ushuaia early in the morning, where you will disembark after breakfast.

NB:The itinerary described above is just a guide. Our exact route and schedule may vary to make the most of local weather, ice conditions, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Changes will be made by the captain and expedition leader to facilitate the best results for the prevailing conditions. A daily program will be posted on board. Remember that on these trips, flexibility is the key to success.




Ushuaia has 46 cabins and suites to comfortably accommodate up to 90 passengers, as well as ample deck space and an open bridge policy.

Originally built by the North American agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), USHUAIA was recently furnished to accommodate a maximum of 90 passengers in 46 comfortable ​​ca bines and suites .


The polar ship USHUAIA is designed for this type of voyage and offers a large deck and open bridge policy. All cabins are equipped with a table and ample luggage space. In the spacious restaurant, meals are served to all passengers simultaneously. It also has a lounge and bar (Observation Room) with multimedia equipment, a library and a small hospital.

The chefs prepare an excellent variety of dishes including local specialties and the bar has a wide and careful selection of wines and alcoholic drinks.


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Technical information

Ice rating: ABS 1
Passengers: 84
Crew: 35
Speed: 13 knots
Length: 85 meters
Beam: 15.5 m
Engines: 3200 HP
Bow thruster: 500 HP


Fabio Bittar , São José dos Campos

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

Ilka Lemos  , 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


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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