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Join Ramiro Torrents, a world renowned photography teacher specialized in landscape photography (whose photos can be seen in a variety of media outlets such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet and The Guardian) on an upcoming adventure in Patagonia, set for late March 2024. This is an ideal setting to master landscape photography. We’ll concentrate on planning, composition, and post-processing. Prepare to witness the fiery red peaks at dawn and uncover hidden, lesser-known gems. Expect nights filled with starlight, creating unforgettable mountain memories.
El Chaltén is one of the most inspiring places on earth. The conjunction of granite walls, glaciers, forests, rivers, lakes, the steppe, and the colossal Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre, make out this place something very special. But this trip is also special, particularly for those who love Photography. If you do, don’t miss out this chance!
Early pick-up from El Calafate Airport or your hotel. A 2.5-hour drive to “El Chaltén” awaits. Once in town, we’ll gear up for our six-day adventure, with five nights of camping. Our first campsite, Laguna Capri, is accessible via a 4-kilometer trail with a moderate level of difficulty. We’ll arrive in under two hours, set up camp, and search for intriguing compositions.
Before sunrise, we’ll head to a nearby picturesque spot. After capturing the sunrise, we’ll enjoy breakfast, return to camp, pack up, and move to our next destination, Poincenot. This is a 4.4-kilometer trail with low difficulty, taking less than 1.5 hours. After setting up camp, we’ll explore the area for sunset compositions amidst the vibrant autumn foliage.
We’ll rise three hours before sunrise, embarking on a steep 2-kilometer trail with a moderate difficulty level. Upon reaching the top, the Fitz Roy mountain range and Laguna de los Tres will unveil themselves. With ample time, we’ll set up our gear to capture the perfect shot, savoring hot coffee or mate as we patiently await the right moment. After descending to Poincenot, it’s time for lunch, some rest, and an exploration of one of nature’s enchanting gardens.
And like every night, our gaze will turn to the skies above, ensuring we don’t miss any potential Milky Way shots.
Early risers are in for a treat, particularly in this Patagonian region. One hour before sunrise, we’ll head to a location that will leave you breathless. This one-kilometer hike will take around 40 minutes. We’ll prepare to capture the coveted sunrise photo, and afterward, we’ll have favorable light to spend time exploring, discovering hidden corners, and identifying astonishing compositions. Afterward, we’ll return to the campsite, pack our equipment, and, as soon as we finish lunch, we’ll set off for our next destination, De Agostini, the closest campsite to Laguna Torre. This involves a 10.5-kilometer hike with an easy difficulty level, passing by Laguna Madre and Laguna Hija. We’ll establish our camp and immediately head out for sunset shots, akin to the one you can view below on the right.
Following our morning photography session, we’ll enjoy lunch, pack up, and commence our journey back to El Chaltén. This is a 9-kilometer trail, offering a pleasant walk with minimal elevation changes. Along this trail, we’ll encounter numerous beautiful compositions, which is why we want to allocate some extra time to fully appreciate them.
Once back in town, it’s time for a well-deserved shower and rest.
After having breakfast at our hotel, just before sunrise (around 7:45 AM), we’ll be picked up for a stunning sunrise location. Hoping for a dramatic sky, we’ll capture breathtaking scenes, including a classic Patagonian road shot. After spending several hours in this spot, everyone can enjoy the rest of the day. Day 8 promises to be an eventful one
Our day begins at 2:30 AM! It’s a long but incredibly rewarding adventure. Our destination: Loma del Pliegue del Tumbado. A 21-kilometer (round trip) trail with a moderate difficulty level and an elevation gain of 850 meters. We’ll commence our hike under the starry sky, passing through a sprawling forest. Once we arrive, a panoramic view of the mountains will stretch out before us, resembling a painting. Depending on our arrival time and the weather conditions, we might have the chance to capture some nighttime shots before the anticipated sunrise. Upon returning to town and as our workshop approaches its end, we’ll head out for a dinner.
After breakfast, if the mountains are visible, we’ll head to the road to capture the sunrise. We’ll then return to the hotel to check out and participate in a post-processing class. Around noon, we’ll commence our journey back to El Calafate.
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