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 2025 Patagonia Expedition:  Immersive Photography Experience

 EL Chalten, Argentina and Torres Del Paine, Chile 

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Join me, Tyler Lekki, as I guide you through the breathtaking landscapes of El Chaltén and Torres del Paine on a 14-day Patagonia photo adventure. With over six years of experience exploring and photographing these regions, and now living year-round in El Chaltén, I've dedicated my life to capturing the essence of Patagonia. This intimate knowledge allows us to go beyond the usual itineraries and explore deeper into the heart of Patagonia, discovering hidden gems and lesser-known locations that other tours simply miss.

This workshop is designed for those who seek to venture beyond the usual tour routes, offering the opportunity to explore deeper into these national parks. Our journey is crafted to capture the best moments of light the Southern Andean range has to offer, from epic sunrises over the base of Cerro Fitz Roy to dramatic lenticular clouds and unforgettable photography sessions at Los Cuernos and the Towers in Torres del Paine. We will stay in some of the best hotels in the area, but we'll also camp and hike on fully outfitted trips to reach the most stunning photography locations in Patagonia.

Prepare for a hard difficulty level with extensive hiking and backpacking, but the rewards are unparalleled. If you're ready to go farther and capture unique images beyond the classic spots, this Tour is for you. Embrace the challenge and discover the true beauty of Patagonia. This tour is unique in its small group size, limited to just six participants. Unlike the typical photo tours that host 12 or more people, our small group allows for greater flexibility and access to harder-to-reach areas. With fewer people, you'll have a better opportunity to share compositions, get the perfect shot, and enjoy a more personalized experience.

Choosing a photo tour led by a local who has spent years exploring Patagonia means you'll benefit from my extensive knowledge and experience. While other tours come and go, I have a deep connection to this region, ensuring that you get the most out of your time here. We will not only visit the classic spots but also venture to new locations, maximizing your photography opportunities.

When booking your photo tour, consider the advantages of traveling with someone who truly knows the land. Join me on this incredible journey, and let's capture the beauty of Patagonia together.

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Tour Overview 

March 5th - March 18th
14 days (13 Nights) 

Group Size 
Small : 6 Clients max 

 

8,500.00  USD 
(Double Occupancy 
Additional 1,500 for single occupancy)

Difficulty : Hard 

 

Locations 
Los Glaciares National Park 
El Chalten, Argentina 



Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile 

 

Accommodations: 
Campsites and Hotels 

Pickup / Dropoff El Calafate Airport 


 

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Included in the Price. 

  • Pick-up and Drop-off at El Calafate Airport (FTE)

  • Private Transportation: Comfortable 4x4 SUVs for puma tracking in Torres del Paine

  • Accommodation: Shared rooms with private bathrooms in top Patagonia hotels

  • Entrance Fees: Torres del Paine National Park

  • Local Guides: Expert mountain guides in Los Glaciares NP and Torres del Paine NP

  • Patagonia Puma Tracking Tour in Torres del Paine

  • Professional Photo Guide Services: Led by experienced landscape photographers

  • 5-Day Fully Outfitted Camping Photo Trek (Tent, Sleeping bag and sleeping mat provided) 

  • Meals: Daily breakfast; lunch and dinner provided when camping

  • Personal Processing Instructions

  • Authentic Argentinian Asado Dinner. 

Excluded in the Price

  • Flights to/from El Calafate Airport

  • Private room (available for an extra $1,500, subject to availability)

  • Meals (except breakfast at the hotel, all meals during camping, Welcome, Farewell and Authentic Asado dinner)

  • Health/travel insurance (assistance available for purchasing)

  • Visa

  • Personal expenses, tips for guides, and any other service not mentioned in the “Included” section

Patagonia Photo Tour Itinerary 

Day 1: Meet Up in El Calafate -

We will meet at El Calafate Airport around 10 am on the morning of March 5th. It's recommended to either take an early flight into Calafate that morning or arrive the day before and spend the night in town. While Calafate is not part of the tour, it is a charming place to explore if you have some extra time.

At 10 am, once the group has gathered, we will arrange transportation for the journey to El Chaltén. This scenic 2.5-hour bus ride will take us from the airport in Calafate to the picturesque

village of El Chaltén, where our adventure begins.

We will arrive in El Chaltén around 2 pm and check into our hotel for the night. The rest of the afternoon will be spent exploring the town and preparing our gear for the hiking trip the next day. In the evening, we'll embark on a sunset photo mission to a nearby scenic spot, capturing the stunning Patagonian landscapes as the sun sets.

The day will conclude with a group dinner, providing an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the exciting adventures ahead.

Curated for You

El Chalten, Argentina. 

Week 1: Exploring El Chaltén

 

Day 2-7: Immersive Mountain Experience

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out into the mountains for our first backpacking trip, weather permitting. The first week of our adventure is dedicated to exploring the stunning El Chaltén area, with a focus on flexibility and following the best weather conditions for photography.

   

During this week, we will camp in the mountains for up to five nights, staying at unique campsites that other tours don't visit. Each client will have their own tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat set up at each camp, along with a personal porter to help carry gear. This allows you to focus on carrying just your camera and personal items, ensuring you can fully enjoy the experience without the burden of a heavy backpack.

 

Our small group size offers flexibility and the ability to reach more remote and harder-to-access areas. We will camp in locations that provide unparalleled photographic opportunities, capturing the beauty of glacier lakes, hidden compositions among Lenga trees, and drone shots outside the national park borders. Bringing a drone is highly recommended for this part of the tour.

 

A camp chef and camp manager will be present at all times, preparing fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Beverages, including cold beer, will be provided at the campsites, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Our camp chef will prepare fresh meals daily, with porters bringing in new supplies each day.

 

Rest assured that we will not only hit the classic spots but also visit many secret locations that I have discovered over my years living in El Chaltén. Expect to visit secret waterfalls, Laguna Sucia, Laguna Torre, Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, Loma del Polo, the spectacular views of the river outside of town, Piedras Blancas Laguna, and multiple secret drone spots outside of the national park. We will also cross zip lines to traverse rivers, reaching unique locations and compositions.

 

One highlight of our time in El Chaltén will be a group Argentinian Asado, where we'll enjoy a traditional lamb roast over an open fire, prepared just like the locals do. This dinner will be planned for a rainy day when hiking conditions are less favorable.

 

The advantage of having a personal porter and freshly prepared meals allows us to hike with only our camera gear, giving us the energy and freedom to explore deeper into the mountains and reach more locations than typical tours. The droning opportunities here are world-class, and I urge everyone to bring a drone to capture these breathtaking perspectives.

 

The detailed El Chaltén itinerary will be provided to each client the week of the tour, as our weather experts check conditions to determine the best days for camping. We want to ensure that no one is out camping during a storm, so we will plan accordingly to maximize comfort and enjoyment. Rest assured, we will be ready when the time comes, and we will be shooting 24/7 if conditions allow.

We have scheduled this tour in mid-March to avoid the influx of photographers who arrive in April. This timing offers longer days, warmer temperatures, and a more enjoyable experience in the mountains, free from the crowds and the challenge of competing for the same compositions It will not be peak fall foliage but we should start to see some colors. 

Day 8-13: Adventure in Chile

   

Our second week of the Patagonia photo tour brings us to the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We will start with a private transfer from El Chaltén, crossing the border into Chile for a picturesque 5-hour drive to Torres del Paine. During this part of the trip, we will stay at two exceptional hotels: EcoCamp at the base of the Towers on the park's eastern side, and Rio Serrano on the western side. These accommodations will ensure comfort and convenience as we explore the park. Please note, there will be no camping during this portion of the tour.

 

    From our base at EcoCamp, we will select the optimal day for a sunrise hike to Base de Las Torres Laguna, a spectacular location for sunrise photography and an 8-hour round-trip hike. This will be our most strenuous hike in Torres del Paine, but the breathtaking views make it worth the effort.

For the next five days, we’ll have the flexibility to photograph various locations throughout Torres del Paine National Park, based on the best light and weather conditions. We will review the forecast daily to plan our sessions, using short drives and hikes to access prime photo spots.

 

There are countless photography opportunities in Torres del Paine: stunning reflections of Los Cuernos, the vibrant Laguna Amarga, Glacier Grey, the mysterious Dead Forest, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, expansive mountain views, colorful autumn foliage, and coastal scenes. Additionally, we will aim for blue hour and night photography sessions if conditions are favorable.

 

  One of the highlights of this week is a Patagonia Puma tracking photo tour. While puma sightings are not guaranteed due to their elusive nature, our experienced puma tracker, who knows their habitat and behavior, will enhance our chances of seeing these magnificent animals. This region is one of the best places globally to observe this beautiful feline. We may also encounter other wildlife, including guanacos, condors, rheas, armadillos, foxes, and various bird species.

 

On our 13th day, after a final sunrise shoot, we will return to El Calafate in Argentina, where we will spend our last night, reflecting on the incredible experiences and photographs we’ve captured during this unforgettable tour.

Torres Del Paine, Chile