Patagonia with Adam Jones
10 DAYS // Nov 28 – Dec 8, 2016
November 28 - Depart from Miami to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Meet in Miami for our 8:10 pm direct flight on Lan Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Flight is included)
November 29 - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina at 7:00 am. Welcome dinner & Tango Show included. Overnight Buenos Aires. (D)
November 30 - El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Early morning flight at 5:50 am from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, Argentina. Arrival time is at 9:15 am. Photograph Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park. This park of 2,300 square miles has thirteen glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles). The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle. Overnight at Hotel Kau Yatún, El Calafate. (B, L)
December 1 - Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Sunrise shoot and full day exploring Lago Argentino and Estancia Cristina, Los Glaciares National Park. Today we will have the extraordinary opportunity to explore the northernmost part of the huge Lake Argentino. We will start our day with a transfer to Puerto Bandera. During the whole morning, we will cruise the gelid waters of the lake, seeing impressive icebergs and eventually have fascinating views of the front of Uppsala Glacier. We will arrive to Estancia Cristina by noon and will have the whole afternoon to explore the surroundings with 4x4 vehicles. We will enjoy short hikes to some viewpoints where we can see part of the Southern Patagonian Ice field and the imposing Andes. Overnight Hotel Kau Yatún ,El Calafate. (B, L)
December 2 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
This morning we are crossing into Chile and will go through customs. Drive to Torres del Paine National Park. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and you will be likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes. Overnight Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine. (B,L,D)
December 3 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Sunrise shoot Torres del Paine National Park (western side) – boat trip to Grey Glacier. This 3-hour journey aboard our boat allows everyone to enjoy a unique compound of floral landscape, lush greenery and imposing mountains. Overnight Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine. (B, L,D)
December 4 - Torres del Paine National Park
Sunrise shoot Torres del Paine National Park (eastern side) – Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul. This morning, we will have an early start in order to photograph the 'Horns' (Los Cuernos) at dawn. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns into orange colors and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks.
During the morning, we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine River and if it’s clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga.
After our picnic, we will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes.
The flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography, as well. The park holds nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) is a great period of the year to see the myriad flowers that bloom in these magnificent mountain landscapes.
After our return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset. Overnight Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine. (B,L,D)
December 5 - Punta Arenas
We will leave the park early in the morning, after enjoying another photo session of the Paine mountains. Later, we will visit Mylodon Cave Nature Reserve, an outstanding natural formation that sheltered a large number of long-gone Pleistocene mammal species, including the Giant Ground-Sloth or Mylodon, about 12,000 years ago when most of the surrounding area was covered by glaciers.
Afterwards, we will head towards the picturesque coastal town of Puerto Natales, where there are are gorgeous vistas of Ultima Esperanza ("Last Hope") fjord, with tens of stunning Black-necked Swans feeding along the shore.
In the afternoon, we will visit Estancia Cerro Negro, a typical working sheep-farming station, where we will watch a shearing and sheep dog demonstration and enjoy a delicious Patagonian-style barbecue. Later, we will be transferred towards Punta Arenas, Chile's most southerly town. Overnight Hotel Rey Don Felipe. (B,L)
December 6 - King Penguins at Useless Bay
Morning ferry crossing in the Straits of Magellan. You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatrosses, Southern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmars, King Cormorants, Dolphin Gulls and South American Terns.
It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale's Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lions. Afternoon visit to Useless Bay to photograph King Penguins. Overnight at Hosteria Yendegaia in Porvenir. (B,L,D)
December 7 - Magellanic penguins, Punta Arenas
Flight to Punta Arenas (15 minutes) – visit to Otway Sound penguin colony, famed for its colony of adorable Magellanic penguins.
The Penguin Sanctuary is one of the most easily visited penguin preserves in the world. Almost 5,000 of the smallish "warm weather" penguins - all of them couples - make their way here in September, and begin building nests. Most lay their eggs in October, and start hatching fuzzy gray chicks by late November. Our trip has been scheduled so we can photograph the baby penguins. Overnight at Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas. (B,L)
December 8 - Santiago, Chile - Return back to the USA
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport, for our flights back via Santiago, Chile to Miami. We arrive back in Miami at 9:00 am on December 9th. (B)
Itinerary is subject to change.