Patagonia Adventure Tour | Chile

TBA 2019

Patagonia is a photographer's paradise!

If you love mountains, the outdoors, and travel, then chances are you already aspire to visit Patagonia. You probably subscribe to the Patagonia clothing catalogue just to enjoy the background images. I do. And if you love photography too, then I must implore you to add this year's photo tour to your bucket list.

The 2019 tour will mark my tenth week down there, and I’m just as excited this time as ever. There’s no way to describe the ethereal feeling of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. I’ve compiled a short VIDEO and a past group's SLIDESHOW as an attempt.

See a full tour recap on the BLOG

Let me first explain the unique custom design of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most photo tours to this region are centered around lodges and classic overlooks. Nothing wrong with that. We do believe it’s important to relax, unwind, even spoil yourself while on a 10-day vacation. But it’s also important to let your lungs feel a steep grade in the trail, to get some dirt on your hands, and water in your shoes.

Enter, the Light Finds Patagonia Adventure Tour!

See you there,

Paul

 

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Tell me all about it!

Your adventure begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Day 1

Arrive, via Santiago, in the historical port city of Punta Arenas (PUQ). Tour begins! After checking in to the hotel and touching base with loved ones, we set off to walk the town, shop at the markets, practice our spanish, and have a fine dinner. This one is on us!

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Day 2- We set off via private transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. This is your first journey through the countryside of Patagonia. We stop along the way at a Magellanes Penguin colony for photos. We may also encounter other wildlife such as flamingos and nandus (like ostriches). This evening we lodge and dine in luxury at the edge of the quaint Chilean town of Puerto Natales while soaking in the breeze that blows off of the quiet Señoret Channel of the Pacific Ocean.
 
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Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, we wave goodbye to Puerto Natales and head to Torres Del Paine National Park.  You get your first glimpse of the dramatic Paine Massif today (weather permitting). Traversing the park’s borders, we have the excitement of seeing the range from several vantage points.  We end our day with dinner and loding at Hosteria Grey.

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Day 4 - Awaken to sunrise painting golden light on the mountain range. After an early breakfast we take the catamaran across Lago Grey and arrive at Refugio Grey, inside the National Park.  We spend the afternoon exploring Glacier Grey warming up our legs on an optional hike to a high vantage point.

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Day 5 - Today is our first official day on the W trail! Our route takes us away from the 100sq-mile Glacier Grey to Refugio Paine at the base of Paine Grande which rests along the dreamy glacial-blue waters of Lago Pehoe.

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Day 6 - After shooting sunrise light on Paine Grande, we are on the trail again and headed towards the famous French Valley.  We end our day at our private cabanas beneath Los Cuernos, which means “the horns”.
 
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Since you're now in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, it is only fitting that you kick your feet up in a fire-heated hot tub and enjoy.
 
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Day 7 - Rise early today for the chance to shoot sunrise light reflecting off the grandest wall of granite in the world. Or just watch it from bed through your cabin’s skylight! Did I mention you are situated just above another beautiful lake, surrounded by rushing waterfalls, curious foxes, and soaring Patagonia condors?

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Continue along the "W" trail to Hosteria Las Torres.
This beatiful hotel is situated to the southeast of the parks namesake towers, Los Torres which means "the towers."
 
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Day 8 - You won’t want to leave the fine food and lodging of this Hosteria. So, we’re staying here a second night. Rest, relax, and catch up on editing photos today.
 
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Day 9 - Very early in the morning, take the optional adventure up the trail into the natural amphitheater of Los Torres. Weather permitting, we’ll stay awhile, making numerous compositions of these other-wordly towers. Then, it’s back down the mountain.
 
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You've completed the "W" Trail!

We'll stay the next two nights just outside the park in a gorgeous Patagonia Estancia (ranch). This gives us one more night to relax and soak in the beauty here. It's always a tour highlight.

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Day 10 - Relax and reflect on your accomplishment, as you enjoy the day-to-day culture of life on an authentic Patagonian Estancia.  Great food, wine, views of the Paine Massif (you just conquered), and real-life gauchos make today a special treat.

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Day 11 - Leaving the Estancia, we travel back to Puerto Natales, stopping along the way for breathtaking sightings of wild guanacos set against an iconic Patagonia backdrop. We spend our final night back in Punta      Arenas where we started. Tour ends.

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Day 12

Fly home to the USA with stories and photos to share with your family and friends of of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Patagonia!

For a complete PDF itinerary, please contact us.


FAQ - everything else you'd like to know


Important Information

Price: $3,900

What is included:

ALL lodging. ALL methods of transportation while in Chile. ALL meals (brkfst, lunch, dinner) while on the "W" trail. ALL national park fees and permits. Local Chilean guide while on the "W" Trail. First night welcome dinner in Punta Arenas.

What is NOT included:

Airfare. Meals while not hiking on the "W" trail.

Flights: Schedule to arrive in Punta Arenas (PUQ) via Santiago, Chile on TBA 2019.

Note: If you are able, it is wise to arrive as early as one day prior to allow for unexpected int'l travel delays.

Depart on TBA 2019 to arrive home to USA on TBA 2019.

Limit: 8

 



This non-refundable $900 registration fee will secure your spot. Please contact me via email. I will answer all of your questions as promptly as possible. Please include all dietary needs and physical restrictions that we should be aware of. You will receive a complete itinerary, packing list, and liability waiver in the mail following registration.

Payments: The remaining balance is due as follows:

First $1,500 payment is due by TBA 2019. The second $1,500 payment is due by TBA 2019.

Insurance: We recommend Allianz trip insurance.

Policy: Prior to 90 days before the tour, your payment minus the deposit can be reimbursed. Within 90 days before the tour, a refund can only be given if your spot is filled.