PATAGONIA OVERLAND EXPERIENCE
Workshop/Tour April 2021
After the huge success of our 2019 Workshop, April 2021 awaits for another Overland Experience. Our team provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to feel and breathe Patagonia for what it truly is.We propose a full immersion into the culture, the history and the wild nature of this land guided by our local experience. Changing your mindset to approach each image you compose.
TOTAL PRICE $4299USD
Local Patagonian Tour Operator, Kawen Expeditions member of Kawen Adventure Company, together with guest photographers Matt Bishop and Ed Rhodes, will take you into a dream land that you never thought possible.
This trip is designed for enthusiast landscape/nature photographers looking for a unique and adventurous photography experience in Patagonia guided by local knowledge and passion for the region, while traveling together as a group to guarantee the best opportunity to capture that ‘epic’ scene.
The Ruta 40 is the backbone of this spectacular region and we begin the traverse of this immense road network in San Carlos de Bariloche, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, then we travel south where our overland adventure will take us over endless plains where the views are simply lost on the horizon. An area chosen by the original pre-Hispanic settlers and today it’s solitary inhabitants live surrounded by nature’s harshest elements.
On our way, our local guide Federico Lucas Mirò (EVT 16.344), will lead the group right into the hidden landscapes of Patagonia, as well as explaining the history and nature of the area. Right in front of these impressive photogenic landscapes Matt and Ed will share their wide knowledge of landscape photography, while we capture many locations that no other photographer even knows exists!
After a week traversing down the Route 40 we will immerse ourselves amongst the beautiful and dramatic mountainscapes of El Chalten. Here will have a base camp set up with necessary services provided so we’ll never miss that magic moment on field.
This workshop is held at the best time of the year when autumn gives us unique light and colours.
•Discover the history and nature of Patagonia.
•Highlights of Bariloche, with its world famous landscapes and those hidden ones and Nahuel Huapi NP.
•Piedra Parada Geological Site.
•Cueva de las Manos and Río Pinturas Canyon. UNESCO World Heritage.
•Los Glaciares National Park. UNESCO World Heritage.
•Hiking and Mountain Photography at El Chaltén/Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
•Perito Moreno Glacier
•Fundamentals of in camera settings.
•Understanding creative composition for fine art photography
•The use of photographic accessories to maximize the best image possible.
•On field instruction and hands on use of a variety of high grade ND and polarizing filters and holders.
•Workflow for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
•Group Photo Critique.
•Shooting images for stock photography and print
This is an active Overland and Photography Workshop.
In order to reach the locations for some of the photo sessions you will have to do a moderate hike for more than 2 hours. In addition to this, we will do a hike and photo exploration that will take you out into the wilderness for 4 days and 3 nights in base camps. Every day in El Chaltén there will be moderately strenuous 5 hours hikes with 1 optional strenuous 3 hours hike.
Please ask for the Recommended Check-List of Gear, Clothing and Photography Equipment.
APRIL 8th-20th 2021
DAY 1: SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE/ENCHANTED VALLEY
Arrival at Bariloche Airport ready to start our photography adventure in Patagonia. The group will meet up prior to midday at Bariloche Airport and we will make the transfer in our private van to our first secluded location, The Enchanted Valley. After an hours drive we will take a river crossing by boat to reach our first nights accommodation in a very unique bio-ranch. Here we will commence a group introduction prior to tackling our first location at sunset. Afterwards we will toast to our great adventure together during the welcome dinner by an open fireplace with a bottle of Patagonia wine.
Accommodation: 3* Eco Lodge – with very cozy cabins (for 2,3 and 4 people) and DBL rooms, some with shared bathroom. This is a remote lodge and there will be no electricity during the night. Be aware to bring a torch.
Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 2: ENCHANTED VALLEY/BARILOCHE
After an early morning photo session and breakfast we drive into Bariloche Town. Here we will arrive at our hotel, freshen up and dedicate some time for debriefing and post production lectures. There will be time at leisure to have lunch in town. In the afternoon we will go to explore a beautiful destination for photography and depending on the weather conditions, we will embark on an exciting boat adventure. According to the light and conditions we will have an evening photo shoot in one of Bariloche’s many scenic destinations.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Shared DBL w/bathroom
Meals: Breakfast (only)
DAY 3: BARILOCHE HIGHLIGHTS
After an early morning photo session at one of Bariloche's intimate lakes we continue with a stop at the very famous panoramic viewpoint from Campanario Hill. During this excursion, our guide will explain us how this little mountain village has evolved into one of the most attractive cities in Patagonia and the National Capital of Adventure Tourism. The tour continues with a nature-oriented walk through an impressive native forest in order to reach our next photo stop with an intimate view of the lakes and mountains. At midday we will stop for lunch, before returning to our hotel.
This afternoon we will catch the sunset from a different perspective than yesterday
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Shared DBL w/bathroom
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch.
DAY 4: BARILOCHE/PIEDRA PARADA 364km– 6 hours
After an early morning breakfast we take the Ruta 40 South, driving beside blue lakes and jagged mountains. The road goes along fertile valleys and small villages. After almost 4 hours, we leave the Ruta 40 to take a detour off the main road to reach our destination at the amazing geological site: Piedra Parada and La Buitrera Canyon. The landscapes along this road become dry and it is the prelude of the fantastic rock formation system where we will enjoy our next photo session. We have a gourmet picnic lunch on location and there will be time to explore the area during the afternoon. Piedra Parada Formation is an ancient volcanic caldera in the middle of the Patagonian Plateau, encompassed by a phenomenal landscape in the semi-desert steppe region. This narrow canyon is considered a new rock climbing paradise and it is a place full of possibilities for great pictures.
After a fire cooked lamb for dinner on a local ranch, we will try a spot of night photography in an area completely free of light pollution , where the Milky Way shines in it’s entire splendour.
Accommodation: we stay in a Farm with very nice shared DBL rooms w/bathrooms.
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner.
DAY 5: PIEDRA PARADA / PERITO MORENO TOWN: 640 km 8 hours
After breakfast we leave for the longest ride of the trip that goes through sheep farming country, tiny countryside towns and endless plains. Today we have time to talk with our trip partners, listen to music, discuss about photography and take the best “mate-tea” lesson!!! We will have a box-lunch on the road in order to arrive to our next destination late afternoon.
Accommodation: 3 star hotel shared DBL w/bathroom.
Meals: breakfast and lunch.
DAY 6: PERITO MORENO TOWN / CUEVA DE LAS MANOS: 118km, 2 hours
CUEVA DE LAS MANOS/ LAS HORQUETAS: 148km, 2.5 hour
Today we will visit the impressive Río Pinturas Canyon and the Cueva de las Manos Archeological Site. This is a Unesco World Heritage Site where Ancient Cultures left their art expression 9.000 years ago.
This segment of the Ruta 40 is one of the most colourful of the trip. We will visit the site during the morning, then we will continue to our next destination, an old road side hotel in the middle of nowhere. On the way we will have the chance to take impressive pictures of the Patagonian plaines as well as Mount St Lorenzo, one of the highest peaks in Patagonia.
Accommodation: Road-side Hotel – shared DBL w/bathroom.
Meals: breakfast, lunch (dinner not included)
DAY 7: LAS HORQUETAS/ EL CHALTEN: 422 km, 5,5 hours
Today we also have a long drive, we leave after breakfast and possible photo session and we will drive along the most remote and dramatic segment of the Ruta 40. No man’s land, wildlife such as guanacos, rheas, hawks and eagles are the true inhabitants. On the way we will have the chance to enjoy the remoteness of this place, long straits roads, the turquoise Lake Cardiel and arriving to our next destination the famous Patagonian Mountain Silhouette, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif, on the way to our final destination at El Chaltén. If time permits we will have the possibility to photograph one of El Chalten's Iconic views of The Fitzroy silhouette. This evening we will sleep in a very comfortable hotel where we can freshen up, recharge our camera batteries and empty our SD cards in preparation for the following days in the mountains.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* - shared DBL w/bathroom.
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch.
DAY 8: EL CHALTEN – LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:
During next 3 ½ days we will be camping and hiking around 5 to 6 hours a day, in order to photograph some of the world famous panoramic view points of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains, as well as performing sunrise and sunsets photo sessions on specific sites of the area. Not only do we have our local mountain guide that can take us to locations that only they know best, but to guarantee that we photograph under the right light, we stay on Base Camps sites where required provisions will be set up for us by mountaineers at two special locations. Very few workshops provide this service for photographers and we know how important it is to be on location to evaluate the best timing to capture the right light. The hiking here is some of the most rewarding in the world. During the following days the Photo Sessions will be focused on different views and light conditions of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Massif. The order of the hikes and photo sessions may change according to weather conditions.
We start the day before breakfast, leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff, we go back to have breakfast at the hotel and have final check of our gear and leave extra clothing for daily changes and toiletries with our mountain porter. After meeting our local Mountain guide we will depart for our next photo adventure.
After a short bus ride, we will start the hike from El Pilar to Poincent Base Camp. On the way we will enjoy views of Piedras Blancas Glacier, Cerro Eléctrico and Cerro Chaltén (Mount Fitz Roy). After a 6 hour hike up to our base camp at Poincenot we will be greeted to our shared tents already set up for us, and a communal igloo tent where our personal chef will provide us with warm cooked meals and drinks. According to weather conditions we will do another hike for a sunset photo session.
Accommodation: at Poincenot Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.
Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
DAY 9: LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:
We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another day hike. Hike to Laguna de los tres or Laguna Sucia. We end up the day with another sunset photo session such as The Secret Falls.
Accommodation: at Poincenot Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
DAY 10: LOS GLACIERAS NATIONAL PARK:
We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of the Fitz Roy Masiff. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another day hike. Today we hike from Poincenot Base Camp to our next Base Camp at Laguna Torre passing through Lagunas Madre e Hija and changing valleys. We end the day with another sunset photo session.
Accommodation: at Laguna Torre Base Camp. 1 tent each 2 people. Dry toilet.
Meals: breakfast, box-lunch, dinner.
DAY 11: EL CHALTEN / EL CALAFATE: 220km, 3 hours
We start the day before breakfast leaving early for a sunrise photo session of Laguna Torre. Then we return to base camp to have breakfast before another hike. Today we hike from Laguna Torre back to El Chalten arriving after lunch.
In the afternoon we get back on the bus to go to our next destination at El Calafate. This road is very colourful and we will be surprised with the turquoise colour of the Lakes Viedma and Argentino as well as La Leona and Santa Cruz glacial rivers.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel -shared DBL w/bathroom.
Meals: breakfast, box-lunch.
DAY 12: EL CALAFATE – PERITO MORENO GLACIER:
After breakfast we will drive towards the Andes Mountains to spend the day visiting Los Glaciares National Park’s most famous sight – the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. We will walk the walkways from balcony to balcony in front of the glacier, which no words will be apt to describe, as we anticipate seeing calving and hearing the thunderous sound that follows! Suggest doing the optional boat trip (not included) in front of the glacier for the complete experience of one of nature’s natural wonders. Back in town we will have our Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* - DBL room w/bathroom.
DAY 13: EL CALAFATE/TRIP END:
Today our travel experience in Patagonia is about to end. After breakfast, if time prevails we will have our last photography group discussion by our guest photographers Matt and Ed at the hotel.
We will assist you with Airport Transfer arrangements (NOT included in price).
TOTAL PRICE $4299USD
$1000 USD Deposit (made payable by bank transfer or credit card to Kawen Adventure Company).
Due to the current pandemia outbreak Kawen Adventure Company understands that booking such a trip in advance may be demanding and uncertain, so we ask our participants to pay a deposit to hold your place in the workshop which is refundable at any stage (no questions asked) up until January 8th 2021. Refunds will incur a small bank transfer fee.
The final balance of the $3299USD will be made payable in 2 separate transactions: 1) $2799 USD via bank transfer (due prior to 22nd February 2021) and 2) $500 USD made by a cash local payment on day 1 of the workshop.
•Professional Tour Leader and Local Guides.
•Photography Leader and Photography Workshop.
•Private van with driver.
•Entrance fees to National Parks and Sites.
•During Hike & Photo: Porter for personal gear (up to 5 kg) NOT for PHOTO EQUIPMENT.
•Accommodations:1 night in Enchanted Valley Lodge, 8 nights in 3 star hotel/hosteria in double room with private bathroom and 3 nights at base camp tents at El Chalten .
• Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches (some are packed lunch) and 5 dinners.
•International and local Flights to Bariloche and from El Calafate.
•TRF OUT to El Calafate Airport.
•Alcoholic drinks during all meals.
•During Hike & Photo - Personal Porter for photo equipment max 15kg: U$D 130 per day.
•Boat trip in front of Perito Moreno Glacier.
•Personal Travel Insurance.
•Staff and guides gratuities.
The terms and conditions of this workshop/tour are as per Kawen Adventure Company. As guest photographers, Matt Bishop and Ed Rhodes, will not be held responsible for any payments or public liability for any persons participating on this trip.
Kawen Expeditions is part of Kawen Adventure Company E.V.T. No. 16344. Kawen Adventure Company is an Argentian Travel Tour Operator (Empresa de Viajes y Turismo) certified by the National Ministry of Tourism.
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