Join the Tiny Atlas Community as we head to the Chilean Patagonia with Upscape for on an epic adventure exploring stunning terrain that changes continuously with ample opportunities for wildlife encounters, rushing water, and astrophotography.
We will spend 8 days with you exploring and photographing. We will travel together from the pampas of Northern Patagonia, past towering peaks, to azure lakes. Enjoy meals of delicious local cuisine accompanied with some of Chile’s finest wines. We will stay in small lodges and glamp for three nights alongside the pristine Jeinimeni River.
Our 8 days will be spent traversing the untouched landscapes of Balmaceda, San Rafael, Parque Patagonia, Jeinimeni, and Outpost Patagonia. Tiny Atlas, our seasoned Upscape guides, and photographers Dan Tom @dantom and Chiara Zonca @shadowontherun will explore and shoot with you, providing photographic tips and inspiration along the way. We will have a number of Hasselblad’s latest mirrorless digital medium format camera systems, the X1D, along with us for you to test as well.
Day 1 : Travel to Balmaceda
- Airport pickup
- Drive along the famous Carretera Austral, past lenga forests and the towering Cerro Castillo
- Arrive at Puerto Tranquilo on the vast Lago General Carrera
- Visit Capillas de Marmól, the striated limestone outcropping, for our first official photography session
Day 2 : San Rafael
- Breakfast onboard boat tour of the Exploradores river
- Disembark at Laguna San Rafael National Park
- Visit the ruins of the historical Ofqui Hotel
- See Glacier San Rafael and enjoy some whiskey on the (iceberg-mined) rocks
Day 3 : Day With Photographer
- Drive along the southern coast of Lago General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile, passing the small town of Puerto Guadal and hamlet of Puerto Bertrand
- View the snow-capped mountains of San Valentín, Patagonia’s tallest mountain
- Final stop on the edge of the voluminous Río Bakar
Day 4 : Parque Patagonia
- Drive past the city of Cochrane into Parque Patagonia, which spans 650,000 hectares and is the product of twenty years of conservation efforts
- Observe the renewed population of Patagonian wildlife such as the llama-like guanaco, the ostrich-like southern rhea Borde Baker, and a population of shy huemules
- Lucky visitors might also spy a puma here.
Day 5 : Travel to Jeinimeni
- Journey around the south shore of Lago General Carrera lined with canyon-like walls and giant boulders
- Arrive in the shoreside town of Chile Chico
- Continue south to start our total off-grid adventure at Outpost Patagonia, set along the shores of Río Jeinimeni.
Day 6-7 : Outpost Patagonia Experience
- Explore the four ecosystems of the Jeinimeni National Reserve
- Fly-fish the Jenimeni river or lake, rich in trout coming up the waters of the Lago General Carrera
- Go horseback riding with a local gaucho (Patagonian cowboy)
- Hike a circuit that includes the Valle Lunar (Moon Valley)
- Visit the Cave of the Hands with cave paintings that date back 7,000 years
- Walk along the shores of Lago Jeinimeni
- Share stories with each other around nighttime campfires while toasting to Chile’s finest wines
- Try cordero al palo, the Patagonian barbecue of spit-roasted lamb
Day 8 : Return to Balmaceda
- Enjoy one last breakfast in our dining dome
- Journey back to Balmaceda for our departing flights.
Extension Option : Santiago arrival night March 5th
- Enjoy extra time in Santiago before the trip
- Stay in the lovely neighborhood of Lastarrias
- Airport Transfer, City tour
Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, Borde Baker Lodge sits on the banks of the Baker River. Rooms are luxuriously-appointed, and meals make the most of local, organically- farmed fruit and vegetables, and dishes are drawn from authentic, Patagonian cuisine using traditional techniques.
El Puesto is a cozy Patagonia refuge, where you can disconnect and enjoy the views of General Carrera Lake. With only 9 bedrooms, El Puesto which allows for a personalized stay. Hearty, country breakfasts with locally-sourced products such as jams, honey, granola and bread are a great way to start the day here.
Within the Jeinimeni Reserve, which stretches from Argentina to the Patagonia Ice Fields in Chile, Outpost Patagonia is found along the shores of the brilliant turquoise river, Río Jeinimeni. This largely uninhabited area has four markedly different ecosystems, including: deciduous forests, evergreen forests, steppe, and high peaks, creating unique and dramatic scenery. Outpost Patagonia is a pop-up camp, complete with kitchen and living room dome tents, private guest tents with living rooms and insulated sleeping pods and shared tent bathroom/showers. The camp is positioned as a home base for travelers to explore, as well as access the entrance of Patagonia Park, the conservatory that made headlines earlier in 2018 when it was gifted by the Tompkin’s Conservation to the Chilean government.
Our lead guide, Nico, is a man of many trades. He is not only the lead guide for Outpost, but chef, comedian and fly fisherman. Having spent his entire life passionate about the outdoors, he has explored Chile up and down, guided in several countries and received outdoor education in China. Besides the adventure of being outdoors, Nico finds joy when sharing remote regions with travelers who wouldn't otherwise come across them. Seeing his travelers leave Chile with fresh perspectives is ultimately what he looks forward to most. Nico is Chilean, lives in Chile's lakes region and fluent in both English and Spanish.
San Francisco born and based Dan Tom is a graphic designer and travel photographer. Dan takes every opportunity to shoot for himself and for clients on photography projects that span the globe from Chile to India to Tahiti, Egypt and more. Dan loves to explore without expectations searching for the emotions and culture of a place along with incredible light and vistas. He is well known for his rich colors that highlight sunlit hillsides, glowing sunsets and vivid portraits. Dan loves to shoot sunrise and sunset especially so plan for early morning and golden hour shoots to take advantage of learning and shooting alongside him. Dan’s love of photography grew with Instagram and he is an expert in shooting and editing on mobile as well as on camera. Dan has travelled for Tiny Atlas on projects to New Zealand, Tahiti and India and has spoken about his work with Tiny Atlas on Adobe Live, which you can find here. You can find more of Dan’s work on Instagram @dantom where his audience of close to 300k keeps up to date on his projects.
Italian born Chiara Zonca is a photographer currently based in Western Canada well known for her visually striking landscapes. Chiara documents specific moments in time when changeable light or weather conditions alter her perception. The mood of her escapist imagery often overlaps with the sublime of nature and her own emotional and psychological journey. With a strong emphasis on form and color palette, Zonca’s images transport viewers. Through careful and mindful respect of the environments she is photographing, Zonca embraces the sense of ‘self’ in a wider and more significant landscape. Published in a variety of magazines, Chiara’s first photo book, “Desert Portraits” with Scandinavian book publisher New Heroes and Pioneers is available here. You can find Chiara’s work on Instagram at @shadowontherun and her film imagery at @shadowonfilm and on her website.
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