Summits of Patagonia Photo Expedition

Torres del Paine and the Falkland Islands!!!! Nov 2 - 17, 2018 (16 days)

This special tour combines two of the Southern Hemispheres' most incredible locations for photography, Torres del Paine National Park and The Falkland Islands. These dates were specifically chosen to coincide with the height of springtime offering unsurpassed wildlife opportunities when most birds and mammals will be with their newborn babes. Cost: US$6,750 based on double occupancy (single supplement + 20%) *note: for the Saunders Island portion on the Falklands, single accommodations may not be available. There will especially be lots of activity in Torres del Paine surrounding the Guanaco calving season, with predators such as Foxes and Pumas on the prowl and with Condors and other birds doing the clean up. Blooming shrubs and wildflowers will also be in abundance offering a special accent to the surreal Patagonian landscape. The Falklands are a wildlife mecca and the primary focus will be on Penguins (5 species: King, Gentoo, Rock Hopper, Magellanic and occasionally Macaroni). Hundreds of Black-browed Albatross will be on the nest with their recently hatched chicks and we will also see dozens of other bird species, several endemic to the islands, in addition to sea lions, elephants seals, porpoise and other sea mammals. The wildlife in the Falklands is surprisingly approachable and, if one sits quiet, many species will often come to you! Tour price includes: all lodging, meals, ground transportation, guiding and photo instruction. Not included: international or domestic airfare, Falklands inter-island flights, excess baggage fees, alcoholic beverages/soft drinks, park entrance fees, laundry and gratuities for guides, hotel and restaurant staff. (*note: If using Internet Explorer you may have problems viewing the entire itinerary. In such case, please try viewing with another browser such as Safari, Chrome, Mozilla, etc.)

    Day 1

    Arrive on mid-day flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Check into our hotel. Afternoon free to look around the historic downtown area of the city or take a stroll along the Straits of Magellan. Evening orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

    Day 2

    Fly to the Falkland Islands capital of Stanley. Then board a small plane flight to Saunders Island.

    Day 3 to 6

    4 days of wildlife photography on Saunders Island split between The Neck and The Rookery base camps.

    Day 7

    After one last early morning photo shoot on Saunders, we will take a small plane flight back to Stanley and check in to our hotel. Afternoon free to look around Stanley.

    Day 8

    Full day excursion to Volunteer Point on East Falkland to photograph King Penguins. We travel by Land Rover over very primitive roads which is all part of the Falklands experience. Here resides a massive population of around 2000 breeding King Penguins as well several other species of birds, sea mammals, etc. Overnight at hotel in Stanley.

    Day 9:

    Fly from Stanley to Punta Arenas. Road transfer to Puerto Natales on Last Hope Sound. Check into our hotel and spend afternoon and/or the following morning photographing along the waterfront. At this time of the year we often encounter breeding pairs of beautiful Black-necked Swan with their chicks which often ride on the backs of the adults. We will see several other species of waterfowl as well and there also. We will also spend some time at the fishing pier photographing the many colorful artesan fishing boats. Overnight hotel stay.

    Day 10

    Drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park. We will make numerous stops along the way as we approach the incredible peaks of the Paine Massif. In the afternoon we will check into our hotel with commanding views of this iconic Patagonian landscape.

    Day 11 - 14

    4 full days exploring Torres del Paine National Park. Each day we will be up before dawn and position ourselves at variety of different vantage points in hopes of capturing the magic first light as it hits these precipitous granite spires. Afterwards we will return to our hotel for a late breakfast 2nd cup of coffee beofre venturing out to explore the park and its wildlife and waterfalls. This will be the height of spring and most of the birds and mammals will be with their new born babes. There will especially be a great deal of activity surrounding the guanaco calving when Pumas and Foxes will be on the prowl looking for an easy meal with Condors and other birds doing the clean up. Wildflowers and blooming shrubs are also be abundant and will add a nice accent to our scenic images.

    Day 15

    After our last morning in the park, that will be an early one once again to catch the sunrise, we will start our journey along the new south road to Puerto Natales where we will have lunch and do some shopping for maps, gifts, etc. We arrive late in the day to historic Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan where we will check into our hotel. We enjoy a final farewell dinner this evening. Hotel Cabo de Hornos.

    Day 16:

    Today you will be transferered to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight home. If time allows beforehand, perhaps we can make a visit to the very interesting Salesian Natural History Museum. End of tour.