4th - 12th April 2017 - Half Full
Spanning the southern parts of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia holds some of the most spectacular photographic treasures in South America, perhaps even the world. Towering mountains, shattering glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls and much more, all these can be found in this pristine location.
The area we will explore was carved over time with monumental geological process which continues even today. The Andean mountain range spans the whole continent, from north to south, measuring some 7000 km. It was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates, a process that is still active in some regions as is evident by the seismic and volcanic activities. With time, the fierce winds and the constant advance of the glaciers carved the original formation into the shapes we can appreciate now, and it wasn’t so long ago that the valleys we will explore were occupied with enormous glaciers.
Join professional nature photographer Erez Marom and photographer/trekking expert Jörg Bonner on a comprehensive photo workshop in the most incredible locations Patagonia has to offer. For the dedicated hikers, there is a week-long hiking annex to this workshop during which we'll hike to shoot The Torres Del Paine and Mount Fitz Roy.
After arrival at El Calafate International Airport, the group will meet in the lobby of our El Calafate hotel in the afternoon. We will have a meet-and-greet over a delicious Argentinian dinner in one of the top restaurants in El Clafate, where we will meet each other and the guides, and discuss the plans for the days ahead.
After breakfast in the hotel, we will hope on our spacious bus and head to the harbor from which a boat will take us to visit three glaciers: Upsala, Seco and Spegazzini. We'll take a fascinating trip to shoot the intricate patterns from various angles, exploring the northen side of the Argentino Lake.
When we return, the bus will take to the Perito Moreno, one of the last advancing glaciers in the world. Every few minutes, ice chunks, some of them the size of a house, detach and tumble into the water in a great display.
We'll spend the day shooting glacial landscapes and once we're done, we'll take a 3-hour drive to our next destination: El Chalten. After setting in our 4-star hotel, we'll eat a good dinner in a restaurant.
We’ll shoot sunrise in Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas, an iconic spot outside of the town with impressive views to the every mountain in the area. After shooting, we'll go back to Chalten to get ready for the hike into Laguna Torre.
After returning to the town, we'll be joined by our mountain guides and begin a 9 km hike to Laguna Torre (there is an option to have your bags carried for you by porters, extra charge applies).
The lagoon lies beneath one of the most spectacular peaks in existence: Cerro Torre, the serrated dark wonder. We will camp near the lagoon for 2 nights, shooting it at sunrise, sunset and even by night, to produce unique and spectacular mountain shots. The glacier feeding the lagoon keeps it teeming with icebergs, which complement the landscape amazingly, and if the weather is cold enough, the lagoon will have a fine icy crust.
While we will be in field conditions, all measures have been taken to make it comfortable and fun. We will be camping on private grounds, and supplied with all the necessary amenities. We'll be eating delicious hot meals, including picadas and regional wines, rather than regular "camping food". If you prefer, you can bring your own sleeping bag and inflatable mat for a more comfortable sleep (otherwise those will be supplied for you) but all the rest is taken care of in the best possible way. After shooting sunrise on day 5, we'll hike back to El Chalten, and sleep in a comfortable hotel there.
Our camp is also adjacent to a surprising number of cascades and waterfalls, which we will explore and shoot extensively in the long hours between sunrise and sunset.
Home to some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, Torres Del Paine (TDP) is one of the leading photographic locations in South America. We will spend 3 days in TDP, during which we'll shoot from several amazing vantage points. Our main subject will be the Cuernos Del Paine, a mountain ridge of immense beauty and grandeur.
Due to the park's location and geographic conditions, there is a very high chance of beautiful pink sunrises on the mountains. We will shoot the Cuernos with a variety of foregrounds.
But that's not all there is to see in Torres Del Paine. Other beautiful mountains (such as the Torres themselves), winding rivers, lenga trees with autumn colors and many other beautiful attractions await us in this wonderful place.
During our stay in Torres Del Paine, we'll be accommodated in one of South America's most scenic hotels. It has its own island, no less, and there's plenty to shoot from the rocky banks.
After a sunrise shoot in day 9, the participants who are leaving will be driven back to El Calafate for their flight home. The hiking annex participants will start the hike to Torres Base Camp, from where we will continue to the Annex' first destination: the Torres Del Paine viewpoint.
Total Price: US$5690 per person in double room for participants registering by May 31st, 2016.
$5840 for participants registering between June 1st and October 31st, 2016.
$5990 for participants registering afterwards.
Join as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!*
Special offer: Join both 'Giants of the Andes' and the Fitz Roy Hiking workshop right after and receive a 200$ discount!*
Single Room supplement: $1190
Maximum Number of Participants: 13
Physical Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate. There won't be any difficult climbing, but there will be hikes of up to 1 hour to get to certain locations, and a hike of 9km with 400m of elevation gain (3-4 hours in relaxed pace) to get to Laguna Torre. Your gear can be carried for you during this hike if you so choose (extra cost applies), so it shouldn't be difficult for people with good mobility. There will be two nights of camping in the wild in tents and without running water. Weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -5 degrees centigrade (at night), in addition to strong winds, but conditions are usually on the calm side this time of year.
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.
Jörg Bonner is an austrian landscape photographer and keen traveler. Inspired by his grandfather’s love for the mountains he found his way towards a more adventurous life in his mid-twenties. Since then he has spent an ever increasing amount of time travelling the seven continents, looking for the perfect spot to set up his tripod. Mountains are by far his favourite subject and thus it comes as no surprise that he keeps coming back to Patagonia’s epic landscapes - and even after five consecutive years his fascination for the towering peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks is as strong as on the first day.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 75% refund (not including deposit) will be given up to 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Important: The rules of Los Glaciares National Park prevent any sort of teaching on park grounds. Therefore, while in the park (3 days out of the trip), the workshop will oficially be a photo tour, with the guides acting as group leaders and not tutors. This is unfortunately unpreventable and is true for any person conducting a workshop in Patagonia. Rest assured - the guides will be there with you for the duration of the trip. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me and I'll explain everything.
*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.
4th - 12th April 2017 - Half Full