Patagonia is a mystical land and nobody can argue that. Its landscape is much a homage to storytelling as it is to the place itself. The immense beauty of the region attracts dreamers, adventurers and explorers who delight in the tangled web of legends and myths. According to legend, Patagonia used to be inhabited by giants. Truth is that it is home to the most amazing, wild and impressive landscapes one can imagine. Vast area of nothing but untouched brute nature, turquoise glacial lakes and glaciers, granite spires , majestic mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, imposing trees, crazy beautiful autumn colors, and a generous variety of wildlife is what this gem of place is really home to. The Calafate berry is said to grant mystical powers for those who eat it, ensuring their return to this land of magic. How I see Patagonia is as a place of self discovery, a place that allows one to connect with nature in the purest, most honest way. If you are interested in becoming part of the team I am building to share this amazing experience with, then you are kindly advised to read further into the details of what our daily activities would be.
Date: April 5th – 21th 2022
Price: 2550 USD
16-Days in wild Patagonia
with Andrei Andritcu ( photographer at enjoythearctic.no)
Follow Andrei on @andrei_andritcu & @enjoy_the_arctic
Pick up from El Calafate Airport and drive to the hotel in the city, then take rest or explore the city and visit Reserva Laguna Nimez for birds lovers. For the evening we will have dinner in a traditional restaurant.
We take the bus to El Chalten (no need to rent a car because we will be 5 days in the mountains without road access) from here we will hike 4 hours up hill+flat to the first camping ground where we will stay 3 nights scouting for the best photography locations. We will wake up every day for sunrise, visit Laguna de los Tres lake (its shores can offer us a memorable sunrise due to its looming “croissant-shaped” spires of the three granite peaks behind. ). The trail is initially quite steep and passes through forest containing yellow-flowered calafate bushes, so we can literally taste the legend 🙂 Also, we will be visisting the Piedras Blancas glacier and the Laguna Sucia ( an emblematic place offering a peak preview of the great Mt Fitz Roy, therefor a must see once in El Chalten ).
After sunrise and breakfast we hike 4 hours to Dagostini camping situated 15 min from Laguna Torre and the view point of Cerro Torre ( the world’s most controversial mountain and also the most talked about history in the world of climbing.)
After sunrise, we hike to El Chalten from where we take the bus back to El Calafate. As you can imagine, many stops along the way are a must and taking photos of all the places we will find fit will be on the day’s ~menu ~.
After a good night rest in a hotel ( finally 🙂 ) we will be taking the early morning bus to Puerto Natales in Chile. Puerto Natales is our gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
These following days are all connected to day 8 . We will drive to the National Park Torres del Paine where we will spending 4 more nights visiting Laguna Amarga lake ( our beautiful portal towards the park ) , the Rio Paine waterfall, Cuernos del Paine ( cuernos translates to horns from Spanish and it will all become clear once there ) and also to Lago Pehoe ( this one will have you running for your cameras ).
Return to the hotel in Puerto Natales, explore the shores of its beautiful Almte Montt golf and take a much needed rest !
Return to El Calafate ( with a few stops here and there )
Visit the glaciar Perito Moreno where the tour ends. Perito Moreno (Unbelievable sight of this wonderful glacier. So massive makes one feel so small in this world. And that’s knowing this is one of the smaller glaciers here ! The magnitude and sublimity of the Perito Moreno Glacier makes us reflect on our path here and how we need to protect our planet! )
Depart from El Calafate airport towards home. ( and that’s all folks 🙂 )
– All necessary permits
– Photo instructions
– Travel insurance
– Visa fees
Need to know:
All the photos on the website are taken during April 2018 and 2019. We can’t guarantee the exact same weather conditions (but we can hope for the best) !
There will be 8 nights at hotels and 7 nights at camping sites.
During 5 days of camping out of the 7, we won’t have any mobile network so no connection to the ~outside~ world.
Everybody will carry its own food (dry food recommended)! In Patagonia it is safe to drink water from the streams and rivers. However, for the more sensitive ones, we recommend bringing your own a water purifier .