If you’re looking for a Patagonia photography adventure that’s both comprehensive and intimate, with expert photographic guidance and natural history interpretation… this it it!
Many Patagonia tours focus just on Chile or Argentina, but with Nat Hab, you’ll see both sides of the southernmost Andes. We travel with a very small group, for the utmost in personalized attention and flexibility. And while we don’t make you undergo endurance treks or freezing tents, this adventurous foray will get you deep into some of the most striking wild country on Earth, for simply matchless photographs.
- A Personalized, Small-Group Experience
We know that a small group is essential for the best nature adventures—and that’s doubly so on a photography trip. That’s why we limit our group to just 10 people, plus our Expedition Leader and assistant guide/driver. And sometimes, when options exist to choose between different ability levels for hikes, for instance, your group will be even smaller. In every instance you can count on always plenty of personal attention and photography coaching from our Expedition Leader.
- Your Expedition Leader is a Top Nature Photography Guide
Your Expedition Leader, Cassiano "Zapa" Zaparoli, is one of South America’s top naturalist guides and photographers, with years of expertise gained through exploring the wild reaches of the southern Andes. His in-depth experience capturing images of Patagonia's iconic mountain landscapes and wildlife will benefit your own ability to do likewise. In addition to NHA’s high-level training, our Expedition Leaders receive exclusive resources from WWF’s top scientists. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Photograph Three Major Glaciers—And Walk on One, Too!
The Patagonian ice fields are some of the largest on earth, and we capitalize on glacier photo opportunities. You won't just shoot at a distance, as might be typical on a standard tour, you'll trek atop Viedma Glacier, largest in Los Glaciares National Park, do some light hiking near Perito Moreno Glacier, 200 feet high, and cruise to the face of Upsala Glacier to capture images of ice calving from its towering face, nearly five miles across. Few Patagonia trips include all three of these jaw-dropping opportunities!
- Choose from Varied Hikes to Suit Your Ability
Although Patagonia is known for challenging hiking, we’ve finessed our adventure to offer a variety of activity levels. From El Chaltén, for example, you can opt for an easy but rewarding walk to an arresting view of Mt. Fitz Roy, or choose a vigorous all-day hike to a lake nestled at the base of the granite pinnacle of Mount Torre. Because our small group travels with an Expedition Leader plus an assistant guide, our guest-to-guide ratio is just 6 to 1, allowing us wherever possible to offer choices so you can see and photograph what you’d like to, in the manner that’s most comfortable.
- Search for Wild Pumas—Sightings are Increasing!
While pumas—also known as cougars or mountain lions in North America—are elusive and rarely seen, sightings are definitely on the rise, and we put a special focus on finding opportunities to photograph them. This may not be the case on most other Patagonia trips that aren't as wildlife-oriented as ours.
- An Unusual Walk Through a Petrified Forest
Few Patagonia tours include a stop at La Leona Petrified Forest. Wind and water were responsible for uncovering this fascinating geological site, which remained hidden for millions of years. On a gentle hike we see fossilized remnants of a warm, humid, prehistoric Patagonia, photographing enormous tree trunks that date back millions of years and heaps of fossilized, broken reptile bones, some of which are still being identified.
- Capture Photos of Gaucho Country
Patagonia’s cultural heritage is also a draw, and our local connections in the region allow us to offer a visit to Estancia Cristina, an early 20th-century sheep farm where the traditional gaucho way of life once prevailed. A lunch of lamb roasted on a spit provides an authentic culinary experience. We also take a four-wheel-drive excursion to a lookout for stupendous views of the surrounding peaks and Lago Argentino.
- Unique Lodgings Include Famed EcoCamp Patagonia
Nat Hab accommodations are often as memorable as the nature destinations we explore. And so it is in Patagonia. One of the region’s most renowned lodgings is EcoCamp Patagonia, in view of the jagged spires of Chile’s famed Torres del Paine. Domed suites are modeled on traditional Kawesqar native huts; warm and wind-resistant, these nomad-style dwelling provide an immersion in the natural environs while offering supreme comfort. EcoCamp Patagonia is a highlight you won't find on standard Patagonia itineraries offered by others.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Patagonia Photo Adventure
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. NHA is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that the world’s wild places and creatures are under substantial threat from a warming planet. And we continue to set standards worldwide in environmentally sustainable travel—a goal that is central to all we do.
- NHA Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel —partner a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!