Photo Tour Summary:
"Patagonia – the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origin.”
At the southern tip of South American continent across both Chile and Argentina, lies the mighty wilderness of Patagonia. To this day, it is still sparsely populated, shrouded with mystery and awe-inspiring in the mind of world travlers. It's home to spectacular mountain peaks, vast continental steppes, pristine glaciers and lakes as well as several world-renowned national parks. This is the land of natural beauty at its purist form. Our 12-day photo tour will be led by seasoned local photography guides, exploring the very heart of Patagonia, including the majestic Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torres Del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park, photographing mountains, clouds, waterfalls, wildflowers and the beautiful colors of the austral spring, as well as the opportunistic encounters of wildlife like Andean condor, nosy guanacos, pink Chilean flamingos, etc. Join William to embark this fantastic journey photographing Patagonia at its best season.
When: Nov 27 – Dec 8, 2017.
Where: Patagonia, spanning both Argentina and Chile.
Cost: US$5,579 based on double occupancy ($680 extra for single occupancy)
Group size: Small group tour with 11 clients maximum
Category: Photography Tour
Tour Leader & Photography Instructor: William Yu
Workshop URL: www.williamyuphotoworkshops.com/patagonia2017.html
Language spoken: English
The cost of this tour is USD5,579, it includes:
- 11 nights of hotels based on double occupancy (Nov 27 – Dec 7, 2017). Single occupancy for extra USD680.
- 12 days of private transportation, minibus 24 seats (this give us enough space for all the photo gear, and almost guarantee a window seat for each client). Vehicle remains with the group and is available at all time.
- Local guide during all itinerary.
- Meals: 11 Breakfasts and Dinners, 10 Box Lunches
- National Parks Fees (Argentina and Chile)
The cost does NOT include:
- Roundtrip Airfare from your home to El Calafate(FTE), Argentina.
- Porters(optional) to carry photo equipment on the day hiking to Laguna Capri.
- Gratuities for local guides and the driver.
Physical requirements and activity level of this tour:
- The activity level is easy to moderate overall for this tour. Most viewpoints/photo locations are easily accessible by minibus or short easy walk. However, one day between day 2 and day 4, we will take a 4.5 mile roundtrip hike to Laguna Capri, about 800 ft in elevation difference, it requies physical fitness. Porters(optional) are available to book for that day, to carry photo gears at a cost. If you have questions about this, please email email@example.com for detail. The Lauga Capri trailhead is at north end of El Chaltén, close to our hotel. For any reason, if you don't like to join this hike, feel free to rest at the hotel, or roam around the town of El Chaltén.
- This is a landscape-centric photo tour, if weather allows, we will get up very early(4am) for sunrise shots during the trip.
Day 1: Nov 27, El Calafate airport to El Chaltén, Argentina
Welcome at El Calafate Airport(FTE). Private transfer to El Chaltén, located at the foot of the Fitzroy Massif, where we are based for four nights. Along the way we photograph spectacular steppe landscapes.
Dinner. Overnight at El Chaltén
Day 2 – Day 4: Nov 28 – 30, Mt. Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and Laguna Capri
The jagged spine of the Andes is the backdrop for this—one of the world's most magnificent wilderness areas. We are provided with awesome views of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Amidst these granite spires we should see Andean condors gliding effortlessly. Each morning we look for sunrise light on these spectacular massifs from different locations along Las Vueltas Canyon, shooting mountains, clouds, waterfalls, wildflowers and the beautiful colors of the austral spring.
One day, we will take a 4.5 mile roundtrip hike to the beautiful Laguna Capri and a cascading waterfalls. This has been named one of 10 World's Best Hikes: Monte Fitz Roy rises above the serene waters of Laguna Capri for a classic Patagonia view. There are a number of hillocks along the lake creating unique vantage points for photography of the lake and surrounding scenery. Trekking around this area will provide views of sprawling glaciers, jagged peaks, and turquoise lakes that look unlike anything you’ve ever had the pleasure to see. This is the only long hike during the entire trip, but absolutely worth the effort. Porters who helps carrying photo gears, are availble to book in advance at a cost. They walk with the photographers at all time. It is common that two photographers share the cost of one porter.
The Lauga Capri trailhead is at north end of El Chaltén, close to our hotel. For any reason, if you don't like to join this hike, feel free to rest at the hotel, or roam around the town of El Chaltén.
Breakfast–Box Lunch–Dinner. Overnight at El Chaltén
Day 5: Dec 1, El Chaltén to El Calafate
Following sunrise photography, we drive to El Calafate. Along the way we will stop and photograph several viewpoints.
Breakfast–Box Lunch–Dinner. Overnight at El Calafate
Day 6: Dec 2, Los Glaciares National Park
Explore one of South America's most spectacular and active glaciers, the Perito Moreno, as it flows into the southern arm of Lago Argentino. Here we can closely observe great chunks of chill-blue ice calving from the glacier into the lake.
Breakfast–Box Lunch–Dinner. Overnight at El Calafate
Day 7: Dec 3, El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
We depart early for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We drive a new scenic road traversing ranches, grasslands, forests and mountainous terrain. We arrive at Torres del Paine in the afternoon and start our exploration of this amazing national park.
Breakfast–Box Lunch–Dinner. Overnight at Torres del Paine
Day 8 – 11: Dec 4 – 7, Torres del Paine National Park
We have four full days in Torres del Paine where the famous and utterly captivating granite massif consumes our attention with the constant play of light across its sheer vertical walls. The compelling grandeur of these jagged peaks is complemented by the abundant and relatively unwary wildlife within the park.
Breakfast–Box Lunch–Dinner. Overnight at Torres del Paine
Day 12: Dec 8, Torres del Paine to El Calafate Airport
After a early morning shoot in Torres del Paine we drive to El Calafate Airport for an afternoon/evening flight to Buenos Aires. End of the tour.
We try our best to adhere to the original itinerary that described above but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. The detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and weather.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What to bring for this trip and any recommendations?
- Your camera, tripod, wide-angle(from 10mm up to 35mm) and telephoto lenses(from 70mm up to 400mm).
- The temperature flutuates a lot from day to night and from place to place. Please dress in layers that are easily add or shed. The average temperatures at the time we are visiting: 5C( 41F )on low side to 22C ( 72F )on the high side.
- Sun radiation is strong, be sure to bring sun screen lotion, hat and sun glasses.
- Rain, although with less intensity, is common. Please bring waterprooof clothes for both yourself and camera/lenses.
- Personal medication
- Power adapters, For Class 1 appliances, plugs are rated as 220V 50Hz in both Argentina and Chile, however, Argentina uses Type 1 3-pin plug and socket. Chile uses Type C and L plug and socket.
- Be sure to check the tourist visa requirements of Argentina and Chile for your country.
How do I sign up and pay for this tour?
A deposit of $200 is required for this workshop to hold your spot, you can pay by Visa, Mastercard
or PayPal via PayPal.com or send a check (U.S. residents only). The balance is due on Aug 25, 2017. All participants must sign William Yu Photography Workshops/Tours Liability Waiver Form before the tour starts.
How many participants do you allow?
Photo tour size is limited to 11 attendees, which ensures that
every attendee will get full attention. We need minimum of 8 attendees to make the trip.
What photographic skill level is required to benefit from this tour?
Any people who has a basic understanding of exposure all
the way to the advanced amateur and professional who is in search of a fresh perspective!
What is your refund or cancellation policy?
No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due
to inclement weather, (which interestingly, can result in some of the most some
amazing shots!), either before or during the tour. If the tour is cancelled
by the organizer, we will notify you immediately and you will be issued full refund. We are not responsible
for any additional costs you may incur due to any delays or cancellations.
Cancellations made before Aug 25, 2017 will be issued full refund*.
- if you paid by check, you will be refunded full amount.
- if you paid via U.S. paypal account, you will be refunded full amount minus 3% paypal fee.
- if you paid via non-U.S. paypal account, you will be refunded full amount minus 4% paypal fee.
No refund will be given after Aug 25, 2017.
How do I fly to El Calafate(FTE), Argentina?
Please transit through Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our group need to coordinate the arrival at El Calafate(FTE), the local guide with minibus will pick us up at El Calafate airport, and drive to El Chaltén. (3 hour drive).
I have some questions, how do I learn more?
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testimonials / Endorsement:
"I have worked with William Yu on many occasions and let me state emphatically that he is one of the best workshop instructors ever and one heck of a talented photographer too! You will enjoy your time with William and learn far more than perhaps you ever imagined in the workshops he offers!"
Bryan F Peterson
The Perfect Picture School of Photography
I have never been on a "photo tour" before. We travel a lot and I have to say it was one of the best experiences ever. Most importantly in my mind is that I thought it was well planned out - getting to the locations at the right times and I also liked that we got to go to some of the iconic locations that we see in photos (late at night when no one was there), as well as a few that we don't normally see. I felt the amount of time that we had in most locations was great. It was nice that we could as a group be somewhat flexible to stay one place a bit longer and/or go to other places when the lighting wasn't as good. I appreciated that you corralled people up when they weren't on the bus on time... but always being super nice about it. I liked that we could get to a hotel location and some people could rest, but I usually had several hours to explore the town/area on my own. The accommodations and food were all good, if not excellent. Another thing that I thought was really great was having a bus twice as big as the number of people so we had room to put all of our stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and others in the group and appreciate all that you did to put this trip together. I hope that I can shoot with you again some day.
Lorna Midice, USA
What an amazing 10 days in Iceland. To summarize the experience in a few words will not do it justice. Both William Yu and Lurie B. gave me an experience that will stay with me forever. Both of them combined talent and knowledge about landscape photography and finding wonderful places to shoot. The local arrangements were good and the organization well done. We had plenty of time to set up, to experience and to share. This hand-on experience was good for al level of photographers. We visited some far remote places and some fun places. Shooting pieces of washed away chuck of ice from the glacier was one of the most fun highlight of the trip. Thank you to both of you for sharing your expertise and for making this a safe and fun photo tour. The group was made up of wonderful people, by the end of the trip, our group was really tight. Thank you Guys for this amazing trip. Looking forward at shooting the Northern lights in winter.
Jean-Claude has made a fantastic video presentation of his images from 2015 June Iceland Photo Tour, view it here.
Jean-Claude Veille, USA
The tour was fantastic - way beyond my wildest expectations. perhaps i had no idea how beautiful and picturesque iceland is; it seems like a different planet of its own!. everything was to my satisfaction - the price; the sights which i am sure we could not have seen without William and lurie; they did a good job in picking the right places; the food was delicious and excellent. The driver was great, transportation comfortable and the fact that we had 2 seats each was a big plus.
I am amazed and impressed at the photos that are all popping up in facebook. from the pictures that are being posted i continue to see different perspectives and angles i never would have seen. we all went to the same places but no two pictures are alike. i am lucky to have been with a superb group of photographers. I certainly will take a winter trip to iceland in the future. and looking forward to another learning trip with you - will try to make it to tibet at least!
Many thanks for organizing everything!
Minnie Domingo, USA
Earlier this year, William led a group of 10 on a marvellous and photographically rich tour of minority tribal villages in SW China. It was my first time in China. William's arrangements showed very careful preparation and a smooth liaison with his local co-guide Anton. Notably, we were impressed with Anton's ability to secure accommodation for all of us at five minutes' notice after one hotel declined to acknowledge the booking. Also, William took care to detail his co-guide to quietly offer assistance to an older member of the group. If I had any suggestions it would be to say: "Let's have a bit more time to interact and compare notes each evening." Even so, I can hardly wait to join William again!
Anne Forbes, Australia
If you are thinking of going you should. It is an experience of a lifetime. My husband and I joined William on his September 2013 China workshop. You go to places where you would have difficulty going to on your own. We loved it.
Christel Sarsfield, Canada
This was my first trip dedicated to photography so I was a little apprehensive about several things including the varying levels of the other participants' photography skills.
William handled all the different skill levels so well. We all received advice, assistance and a healthy dose of positive reinforcement. He was patient and reassuring while handling all our travel details, hotel accommodations, meals and many MANY questions.
William was very knowledgeable about the area we visited and knew exactly where to go, when to be there and how long we should wait for a shot before calling it a day. The sites we visited weren't just the regular landscape and workshopist sights, we also visited markets and villagers in their homes. This was an extraordinary privilege for us to be able to do. It made the trip personal and the resulting photos are more than an improvement in skills, they are warm memories.
I'm an American expat and have lived in Asia for many years but although I have traveled extensively throughout Asia, I cannot imagine that I would ever have had an opportunity to do a trip like this. It's a hard place to reach and to even know about but William made this happen for me. I cannot wait to see what adventure is in store next because I will absolutely be singing up for it.
Rebecca Lynn Fowler Wong, USA
"I was one of the lucky seven who was fortunate enough to go on the trip to Yunnan China offered by William Yu. It was the highlight of my year, still is. As I write this I still cannot get over how much I was able to do and see during this trip. Time travel is hard to do and that is exactly what we did. We stepped back in time and visited a place to marvel over. Yunnan is a wondrous place and William was an exceptional host, good humored, prepared, (even for the tissues to clean the utensils, thank you William) knowledgeable and generous. Photos have appeared on my computer that I would never have believed possible but for William’s help.I am very very happy that I was able to go on this trip and hope to join William on another adventure."
Joanne Martin, USA
Hello, William. My wife and I are still talking about the China workshop, and how we
can now say that we left the Shanghai "bubble" and roughed it in the
Yunnan province. You hosted a great workshop, and I appreciate how
open you were in not only sharing the information but also taking time
to explain the concepts. Mr. Ma also definitely had a unique
personality brought an interesting mix to our group.
Carl Smiley, USA
January, this year, I attended William's photography Workshop in Yunnan, China. What an amazingly wonderful experience - I have not stopped talking about since my return - to have a chance to photograph those beautiful rice paddies planted on terraces up in the mountains was very special, but even more special was the chance to visit the rural villages to photograph villagers as they went about their daily lives. William organized a superb photography workshop though which photography greatly improved and my world was broadened.
Sheila Wertheimer, USA
This is my first time joining William's China Photo Workshop, It's very impressive. William is very attentative to all aspects of the workshop. It's thoughful of him having Mr. Ma, the most experienced local photograher, as our workshop guide, who enables us to shoot in the right locations at right time.
During the workshop, William is extremely patient to share his photographic knowledge and skills with us, in terms of exposure, composition, post-processing, lighting, lens selection, etc. This trip is well exceeding my expectation, I sincerely hope to join more future China workshops with William. By the way, William is fluent in both English and Mandarin, which is great plus to me.
Louis Huang, Taiwan
Other Photo Tours:
William Yu is San Francisco based travel photographer, photography instructor and the owner of William Yu Photo Workshops. Several times a year, he leads small group of photographers to journey through some of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, capturing culture/people/festivities and landscapes. If you'd like to learn, practice photography and experience the cultures in the most beautiful locations around the world, just follow his lead. William is also travel photography course instructor at Bryan Peterson School of Photography(www.bpsop.com) founded by renowned photographer Bryan Peterson. William's photos have been published in Photography Magazines in USA, China and Europe. His travel photography clients include Amazon.com, Ubisoft, Accenture, Google, Ogilvy One Worldwide, Microsoft, American Airlines, Earnest & Young, MTV Networks, Bloomberg Finance, Westjet, Figaro Magazine, etc. You can view William's work at williamyuphotography.com , follow his instagram @williamyu.photography. Friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/williamyuphotog