Situated in the far south of Latin America and Chile, Patagonia is famous for its picturesque tourist attractions and absolutely stunning scenery and vistas. It is one of the least populated regions of the world, which is exactly why the unspoiled forests, ice fields and islands are so attractive for photography enthusiasts.
A number of people choose to go on individual photography holidays, which has its own charm. You can explore the area at your own pace and preferences. However, one disadvantage is that you may not be able to discover secluded and hidden gems around the area, which could make your photography holiday worthwhile. For photographers who like holidaying with like-minded people in groups, a number of companies offer travelling packages tailored for photography purposes only.
Regardless of whether you choose an individual trip or a group trip, make sure you don’t miss out on the most important icons of Patagonia. If you visit between the months of November and December, start your tour with Punta Arenas and end in Coyhaique in Chile. Spring in Patagonia around these months is absolutely spectacular and you can get amazing shots of mountain areas, wildlife and some of the best national parks and estancias this place has to offer.
You may want to drive north towards Puerto Natales and make a quick stop at Seno Otway Penguin Reserve before noon. Head towards the Puerto Natales seashore after lunch where you can take some incredible clicks during the afternoon. You certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on native ducks, geese and flamingos which are out patrolling along the shoreline of Last Hope Sound.
You must dedicate an entire day to Torres del Paine Park. Depending on the weather, you can decide whether you want to drive or hike to enjoy the views. Valle Frances or Glacier Grey offer great photographic opportunities, particularly if you take a boat across the lake to the base of glacier.
Spring is not the only season you can enjoy photography in Patagonia in. If you happen to visit during the months of March and April, you will definitely like autumn in Patagonia. During these months, a day excursion to Estancia Punta del Monte is a must. Here, you can get a close view of Andean Condors and the remote sheep. If you are lucky, you may also get a chance to photograph real gauchos in the country side, just going about their everyday chores of herding the alpacas and sheep.
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