George Theodore, April 26, 2018
Patagonia – an area that covers parts of Argentina and Chile – is one of those you-have-to-been-there kind of places to appreciate it. Here, in the southern Andes, you have mountains, wind, desert, wind, grasslands and wind. An awe-inspiring place with never-ending subject material, this should be on every nature and wildlife photographer’s bucket list.
We began our tour in Buenos Aires, just hours after landing, with an exclusive photo session with the champion and fun-to-work-with tango couple Emmanuel and Yanina in the beautiful neighborhood of La Boca. After a short break, we were treated to a dinner and tango show at the traditional Esquina Homero Manzi.
The following day, we flew to El Calafate where we met Danillo, our driver, and off we went to Los Glaciares national Park starting in El Chalten - home to the stunning mountain range that includes Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and other peaks. One just doesn’t tire of shooting here almost any time of day. Our three-night stay at this location (Hotel Destino Sur) included a boat trip out to Viedma Glacier
Heading back to El Calafate, we made frequent stops to photograph guanacos, armadillos, condors, rheas and …….. pumas (not!). Here at Estancia Nibepo Aike, we were treated to “live action” in herding horses and sheep, demonstrations in horsemanship and other activities. From the Estancia, we travelled to Perito Moreno, one of the few glaciers that is still progressing. After two nights at Nibepo Aike we left for Chile.
Torres del Paine National Park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, contains numerous lakes, glaciers, rivers and mountains. Dominating the landscape, the towers (Torres) and horns (Cuernos), rise almost vertically from the Patagonian steppes providing awe-stirring views from our vantage points around Lake Pehoe. And then there was an evening with the craziest display of Patagonian lenticular clouds. Like a huge fleet invasion, one after another, it just would not quit. Did I mention it was windy? You just had to be there.
Finally, on our return to Buenos Aires, we topped off a great tour with a celebratory farewell dinner and yet another photo session with Emmanuel and Yanina.
Take a look at these terrific images from our tour participants:
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