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PHOTO SAFARI: WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES IN TORRES DEL PAINE

Overview

On this five-day photo safari your camera is the star. Come photograph Torres del Paine’s colors, textures and contrasts: the blue-hues of Grey Glacier, pinks and whites of the Chilean flamingo or carpets of wildflowers contrasted against granite peaks, moody skies, scrubby pampas and autumn leaves.

Trip highlights

• Daily opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography
• Remote Camping Experience
• Splendid sunrises and sunsets each day
• Photography woodpeckers, flamingos, swans and guanacos
• Chance to capture condors, Andean deer and pumas
• Shoot Grey Glacier, icebergs, lakes, waterfalls and the three Towers
• Gaucho photoshoot opportunity

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Transfer to Torres del Paine — Wildlife Photo Safari

    Full vehicle support throughout the day

    Night at Chile Nativo Domes (BL-D)

    A private transfer will pick you up at your Puerto Natales hotel and drive you two hours to Torres del Paine National Park. You’ll immediately find wonderful photo-taking opportunities in the lagoons dotted with Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans that we pass. Soon after, we’ll set off on our wildlife safari, a gentle trail along the Park’s border where condors circle the skies and guanacos (llama family) graze silhouetted against the mountains. We’ll stop to capture Torres del Paine’s moody landscapes en route to our campsite, and later shoot the sunset splashed across the twilight skies.

    Day 2

    Up-close cruise to Grey Glacier’s Ice Wall

    Full vehicle support throughout the day

    3 hours by boat

    Night at Chile Nativo Domes (B-BL-D)

    A sunrise photoshoot from our campsite begins our day, following by breakfast and a transfer to Grey Lake. To reach the pier we’ll take a short walk through a beech forest. (Keep your camera handy while walking: woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and huemuls, or Andean deer, call this forest home.) We’ll cruise Grey Lake for about an hour, weaving through blue-hued icebergs and stopping right in front of Grey Glacier’s massive facade. Here, we’ll stay for a while to take pictures, observe the glacier’s intricate colors and icy textures - and maybe even see ice chunks calving. As you make your way back, take time to capture Paine Grande and its wind-sculpted “ice mushroom” peak. Ashore once again, we’ll have a picnic lunch and walk along the beach to observe once free-floating icebergs that have been marooned at the shores by the Park’s strong winds.

    Day 3

    Lake Sarmiento – Lake Nordenskjöld – Salto Grande Waterfall

    Full vehicle support throughout the day

    Night at Chile Nativo Domes (B-BL-D)

    The day begins with a sunrise shoot of the western face of the Torres Del Paine from our camp. Our first destination today is Sarmiento Lake, the largest in the Park. We’ll stop here to enjoy the view, have lunch and snap this glacial lake’s dark blue waters and the distinctive white calcium deposits that hug its shoreline. Later we’ll drive to via Lake Nordenskjöld to Salto Grande waterfall to photograph its waters and the wildflowers blooming nearby (orchids, calceolarias and neneos depending on the season). A picnic lunch and well-deserved siesta at our campsite follow. Once rested, we’ll head east to another prime location for observing guanacos, to photograph their antics once again.

    Day 4

    Towers Lookout Point – Laguna Azul

    1 hr by transfer

    1 hr walk

    Night at Chile Nativo Domes (B-BL-D)

    Today we’ll set off very early to the eastern side of the park to shoot the sunrise backdropped by the three Towers. (Our departure before sunrise means there is a chance of glimpsing a puma.) Our next destination is Laguna Azul, an enchanting lake bordering the park; home to ducks, swans, coots, woodpeckers and blessed with an incredible view of the Towers. We’ll have lunch here then enjoy an afternoon perfecting our floral, wildlife and landscape photography.

    Day 5

    Estancias and Gauchos – Transfer back to Puerto Natales

    Full vehicle support throughout the day (B-BL)

    We head out before sunrise once more, this time to the Los Cuernos lookout for a final sunrise shoot. Following this, we’ll drive to Estancia Lazo - a huge working cattle ranch dating back to the last century - to snap local gauchos. After lunch we’ll search the woodlands near the ranch for sightings of native birds, including the Upland Goose, Pygmy Owl, Southern Lapwing and Magellanic Oystercatcher. In the afternoon we return to Puerto Natales.

    INCLUDED

    • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
    • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
    • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
    • Four nights at Chile Nativo Camp in Torres del Paine (Double Domes)
    • Boat ride to Glacier Grey
    • Professional Guide (English-Spanish) and Driver.

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any international or domestic flights
    • Any additional nights
    • Medical expenses
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities for Guide & Driver

    Lodgings

    Chile Nativo Riverside Camp

    This new site is located in the Rio Serrano sector of the National Park. It has access to two bathrooms (one men’s, one women’s) with hot water showers and plugs for electronic devices.
    ​​In total we have 8 domes (4 meters in diameters each), with 2 inflatable double height mattresses per dome.
    ​​We also have a dining room dome, common area dome and kitchen dome for our personal chef.

    Dates & Prices

    PRICES FOR SEASON 2019/2020: (valid until April 2020)

    2 passengers USD$ 2.595
    3 passengers USD$ 2.395
    4-8 passengers USD$ 2.295
    Single supplement USD$ 200

    Lodging in Hotel

    2 passengers USD$ 2.995
    3 passengers USD$ 2.795
    4-8 passengers USD$ 2.695
    Single supplement USD$ 655

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES/SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

    Public bus from/to Punta Arenas USD$ 15

    • Dates
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    • 5 DAYS
    • January 22, 2020 / January 26, 2020
    • 2.395
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    • 5 DAYS
    • April 9, 2020 / April 13, 2020
    • 2.595
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    • 5 DAYS
    • April 15, 2020 / April 19, 2020
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