Location of Adventure
Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Approximately 10 Travelers
Nature is best experienced in smaller groups, and this is especially true for our photography adventures. With no more than 10 travelers, you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. With a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes photo opportunities—we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of interest to fully explore its potential, or move on to a new destination. Our expert naturalist-photographer guide is always available to answer your questions, offers tips and share techniques, and help you better understand and photograph this stunning natural region.
Accommodations including a stay in Suite Domes at EcoCamp Patagonia, services of Nat Hab's professional Photography Expedition Leader(s) and local staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, regional wines with dinner, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Moderate to Difficult
This immersion in the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Southern Andes and Torres del Paine National Park is most fully enjoyed on foot. Weather is extremely variable in Patagonia, and travelers should be prepared to experience the possibility of high winds, intense sun, heavy rain and very cold temperatures. Though most hiking activities are moderate in terms of difficulty and exertion, participants should have a high energy level to maximize enjoyment of this itinerary. Guests must have the ability to walk a minimum of 4 miles over hilly, uneven terrain that occasionally traverses wet or slippery surfaces. Typical walks are 3–6 miles in length (though opportunities for longer and/or more strenuous hikes are occasionally offered) in order to access areas of exceptional scenic beauty. In most cases, we can accommodate a slower or shorter alternative for travelers who prefer a less demanding route; but to reiterate, all guests must be able to walk a minimum of 4 miles over natural terrain in order to fully appreciate this itinerary. Elevations generally range between 500 and 2,000 feet above sea level. Since Patagonia encompasses such a large area, and we aim to see as much of its natural beauty as possible, we also spend a moderate amount of time in vehicles driving between locations. Most days include drives of 2 hours or less, with stops along the way, although a few days involve 4- to 8-hour drives between major itinerary destinations.
Important Information About This Trip
This realm of sheer granite mountains and glaciers is among the most spectacular natural places on the planet. Most visitors to Patagonia trek and camp to access the scenic splendors of the region. Our custom-designed trip, however, utilizes atmospheric, well-appointed small hotels and lodges that place us among some of Patagonia’s most dramatic settings in genuine comfort. In order to experience the region most fully, please be prepared for some long drives and moderate hikes. Some challenging (though optional) hikes are also recommended in order to fully enjoy some of the most scenic areas.
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Please arrive in El Calafate, Argentina no later than 4 p.m. on Day 1 in order to attend a welcome/orientation dinner at 7 p.m. Guests are free to depart from Punta Arenas, Chile any time on the final day.
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, since we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. While we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special rates or better fares online.