Patagonia 2019 – the world’s most photogenic mountainous region?



Iconic Images/Canon Collective Photo Tour in April 2019 – Patagonia

Patagonia, South America includes parts of Argentina and Chile. The name Patagonia comes from the word ‘patagon’ used by the explorer Magellan, in 1520, to describe the native people encountered on his expedition to this region. The people he called Patagons were the Tehuelches.

It is one of the world’s most photogenic mountainous regions. Two of the major attractions, El Chalten, (Argentina) and Torres del Paine (Chile), are different mountain ranges. The former is part of the Andes range and the latter is the result of localised volcanic activity. The third attraction for photographers is the Perito Moreno Glacier (in Argentina). This photo tour focuses on all three.

Perito Glacier & Autumn Foliage

Patagonia’s peaks don’t carry grand labels such as Denali, Everest or Aconcagua. Yet, they hold a special geographic advantage, which gives them their immense grandeur – they rise from a plateau barely above sea level. If standing on the shores of Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine NP, the landscape is dominated by jagged snow-capped peaks rising almost three kilometres in near-vertical height. The mountains of El Chalten rise from a slightly higher plateau, and here the peaks rise to an even greater height. There are very few places on earth where photographers can find this and certainly none that are complemented by wondrously photogenic foregrounds.

Grandeur of El Chalten

It is not easy to describe the effect of such mountains on the human mind, heart and soul. It takes days in their presence before you can look at the mountains without them demanding your full attention. They constantly reward the patient landscape photographer.

Yet, mountains alone, no matter how majestic, do not make for a great landscape photography destination. Dramatic peaks are but a background. The foreground is just as essential. Patagonia is blessed with countless glaciers, glacial lakes, waterfalls and rivers, all flowing fully with icy turquoise waters. It also has what is arguably the most impressive display of autumn colours found anywhere on the planet. During the first weeks of April, you can expect to see more colours in a single Magellan Beech tree than in some countries’ entire flora!

The final ingredient for great photography is the destination’s latitude, around 42º South, which ensures long hours of excellent light, making it easier to capture numinous iconic images.

This tour has been carefully planned to ensure you will spend enough time at each location to photograph it sufficiently.

If this overview has sparked your interest and you would like more information, read through the other Tabs. Alternatively, click the yellow ADDITIONAL INFORMATION button in the sidebar on the right.

Patagonia will fuel your photographic creativity, constantly. It dynamic, ever changing weather and rapidly moving storms that crash against its mountains create clouds that landscape photographers dream of.

You will enjoy access to Canon’s high performance camera equipment which you will be able to try out in Patagonia. No other photographic tour that I am aware of, offers this.

El Chalten Peaks in Magic Light

You will have shared access to Canon’s top full frame cameras including the EOS 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II, and a selection of wide and long lenses including the 16-35mm f2.8L II, 16-35mm f4L IS, 24-70mm f2.8 L, 24-105mm f4L IS II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II and 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II. Other speciality prime lenses may be available on loan for the duration of the tour, upon request. You will have access to some of the Canon equipment you chose, prior to departing, on the  condition you travel with this equipment to and from South America.

The equipment will be rotated between participants during and after each shoot to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to try out different cameras and lenses.

You will have two professional photographers, Hougaard Malan (South Africa) and Jay Collier, (Canon Australia), to help you. Irrespective of your photography expertise or experience they will teach you how to capture the best of Patagonia. For details of Hougaard and Jay click HERE and scroll to Page 26 in the PDF.

This tour has been unashamedly designed for photographers.

A minimum of seven (7) participants is required for the tour to proceed.

A maximum of fourteen (14) participants will be registered so that a high level of personalized instruction is available for photographers of all skill levels.


Dates & Summary Itinerary

The tour commences at Punta Arenas Airport on 1 April 2019 and finishes at El Calafate Airport on 15 April 2019.

 1 April  Road transfer from airport to hotel  Hotel Cabo de Hornos – 1 night
 2 April  Road transfer to Torres del Paine NP  Hotel Rio Serrano – 6 nights
 8 April  Road transfer to El Chalten  Hotel Destino Sur – 5 nights
 13 April  Road transfer to El Calafate  Hotel Mirador del Lago – 2 nights
 15 April  Road transfer to El Calafate Airport  N/A

Pre Tour Accommodation

If you wish to arrive in South America a day or so earlier, we can arrange accommodation at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas. The cost of this accommodation will be approximately US$200/person/night. If you require this pre-tour accommodation, OWT can arrange it for you. Please contact Nick Missikos on +61 8 9221 9977 or send an email to nick@owtravel.com.au

Costs, Terms of Payment and How to Register


  1. The cost is: US$9,950.00 per person, twin share, (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment). Please note this cost excludes international flights to/from South America.
  2. A single supplement of US$1,950.00 (or the equivalent in AU$ when registering) applies, if specifically requested. The single supplement is payable, in full, at the time of registration.  If you are a single traveller and you would prefer to share a room, we will do our best to find a suitable person with whom you can share. If we are unable to find a suitable person, unfortunately we will have no choice but place you in a single room and charge the single supplement fee. We will endeavour to place a participant seeking shared accommodation with another compatible, participant requiring the same. Prior to allocating shared accommodation to participants not known to each other, subject to their approval, we will introduce the participants to each other, to check if both are happy to share the room/tent. In the event they do not wish to share the room/tent and a compatible, participant is unavailable to share a room/tent, all participants occupying unshared rooms/tents on the tour will be required to pay the single supplement cost. Whilst we will, of course, make every effort to assist, we will not be responsible for securing compatible travelling companions for those seeking shared accommodation.

    Autumnal Colours

Terms of Payment

Terms of Payment are as follows:

1. A non-refundable 25% deposit at the time of submitting the completed Iconic Images Registration Form and the Canon Deed Poll Form.

2. A second non-refundable deposit of 25% on or before Fri 27th July 2018.

3. A final payment of the remaining 50%, on or before Fri 30th November 2018.

4. Should you wish to pay by credit card, which is acceptable, a fee of 2% will be charged by the sole booking agent, Our World Travel.

5. Please note, deposits are non-refundable unless we cancel the tour.

How to Register

To register, you are required to complete two forms:

  1. The Iconic Images International (III) Registration Form.
  2. The Canon Deed Poll Form.

    Nature’s Beauty

To download the two forms click the “REGISTRATION FORMS” button in the sidebar, download and print a copy of each form, complete all three pages of the III Registration Form and the one page Canon Deed Poll Form. When you are satisfied you have provided all the information requested, return both forms, together with payment of the first 25% deposit, to: Our World Travel, Shop 1/113 Royal Street, East Perth, Perth WA 6004, Australia, attention Mr Nick Missikos.

You can of course scan the completed forms and email to nick@owtravel.com.au

Notes on Currency & Personal Expenses

Please note, the cost of the tour is shown in US dollars as Iconic Images International must pay the on-ground suppliers in US dollars.

To minimize currency exchange risks for you, it is preferable if you make payments in US dollars to the US dollar bank account at Our World Travel.

Should you wish to use your credit card for payment in US dollars please check with your bank or financial institution to determine the most cost-effective way to do this.

Costs of accommodation before or after the tour (if requested) and costs of travel insurance, passport, visas, inoculations and the like, are personal expenses. These expenses, if incurred, are additional to the cost of the photo tour.

Iguazu Falls and Humming Birds Extensions.

Two, small group optional extensions are offered:

  • Pre-tour Extension to Iguazu Falls: 25 – 29 March 2019
  • Pre-tour Extension to photograph Humming Birds: 28-31 March 2019

You can choose either or both.

Iguazu Falls Extension – Summary Itinerary & Cost

25 March Arrange own airport/hotel transfer Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries- 1 night
26 March Road transfer & flight to Iguazu Falls Hotel Melia Iguazu – inside Iguazu NP
27 March N/A Hotel Melia Iguazu
28 March Road transfers & flight to Buenos Aries Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries – 1 night

One of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights, the Iguazú Falls are simply astounding. A visit is a jaw-dropping, visceral experience, and the power and noise of the cascades – a chain of around 250 waterfalls nearly 3kms in length – will live forever in your memory. The Falls lie between Brazil and Argentina in a large national park, much of it rainforest teeming with unique flora and fauna.

Cost:US$2,325.00/person/shared room and US$3,295.00/person/unshared room, payable in full at time of registration.

Included in the cost:

  • Overnight accommodation on 25 March and breakfast on 26 March, in Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries.
  • Road transfer from hotel to Jorge Newberry Airport (AWEP) and scheduled flight to Iguazu Falls on 26 March.
  • Road transfer from airport to Hotel Melia Iguazu on 26 March.
  • Accommodation in Hotel Melia Iguazu on 26 & 27 March, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.
  • Road transfer to airport, return scheduled flight to Jorge Newberry Airport (AWEP), Buenos Aries and transfer to Hotel Pestana on 28 March.
  • Overnight accommodation in Hotel Pestana, on 28 March, inclusive of breakfast on 29 March.
  • Local experienced, English-speaking guide at Iguazu Falls.

Humming Birds Extension: Summary Itinerary & Cost – A Maximum of 6 Participants.

28 March Arrange own airport/hotel transfer Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries- 1 night
29 March Road & boat transfer to Los Pecanes Los Pecanes – 1 night
30 March Boat & road transfer to hotel Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries – 1 night

Birds have captivated wildlife photographers from the beginning of photography, but no group of birds are more intriguing than hummingbirds. Their wings beat about 200 times per second. The photography challenge is two fold: you want the tiny birds to fill a significant part of the frame, and you want the birds to be sharp. Blurred wings are fine for some, but for serious photographers nothing less than tack-sharp wings will do. We will show how.

Cost: US$765.00/person/shared room and US$1,070/person/unshared room, payable in full at time of registration.

Humming Bird of South America

Included in the cost:

  • Overnight accommodation on 29 March in Hotel Pestana, Buenos Aries, including breakfast on 30 March.
  • Early morning road and boat transfer to Los Pecanes on 30 March.
  • Accommodation in Los Pecanes Guest House on 30 March, inclusive of lunch and dinner.
  • Afternoon boat and road transfer to Hotel Pestana on 31 March, inclusive of breakfast on 1 April.
  • Local experienced, English-speaking guide for transfers and whilst photographing humming birds.
  • Tuition and assistance with photography by Jay Collier, Canon Australia.

To see a small collection of the images you can expect to capture, click: Humming Birds of Los Pecanes.

International Flights & Travel Insurance

If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights or the obligatory travel insurance, please contact Mr Nick Missikos, OWT.

Amazing Autumnal Colours

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photo tour, including queries on camera equipment you already own, before making a decision to join us, contact either:

Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or email to denis@denisglennon.com or Jay Collier on 0410 608 790 or email to Jay.COLLIER@canon.com.au

Visas, Reciprocity Fee & Yellow Fever Inoculation


Australian passport holders do not require an entry visa or a yellow fever certificate for Argentina. If you’re planning on working or studying for more than 90 days in the country you’ll need to apply for a visa in advance from an Embassy or Consulate of Argentina.

Reciprocity Fee

Up until 1 July 2017 a $US100 reciprocity fee was required to enter Argentina, despite the visa waiver for tourists.  Australian nationals no longer need to pay this fee.

On arrival, you will be photographed and have your thumbprint scanned by an inkless device.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your planned date of return to Australia.

We suggest you carry a few copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
You’ll need to have a return ticket to enter Argentina, and you may be asked to provide evidence that you have enough money for the duration or your stay, as well as the address where you’ll be staying.

Landscapes Like no Other

A yellow fever certificate is not required for entry to Argentina.

Travelling via the US?

If you’re travelling to or from Argentina via the United States please ensure you check that you meet US entry/transit requirements.


Similar to Argentina, Australian passport holders do not require a visa, but on entering the country, via Santiago International Airport, visitors are required to pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ of US$117.00 (used to be US$100.00). This can be paid upon arrival by credit card, EFTPOS or in US dollars. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Chile, for up-to-date information on fees.

You will be issued with a 90-day Tourist Card when you arrive. When you depart Chile, you will be requested to surrender your Tourist Card.

Exquisite El Chalten Landscapes

A yellow fever certificate is not required for entry to Chile.

Ensure you download the comprehensive itinerary containing most of the information you will initially need, by clicking on “ADDITIONAL INFORMATION’ in the box on the right hand side.

If this photo tour is not for you, perhaps you might consider forwarding the information to a friend, who may like to know about it. Thank you.

Pre-departure Information

To assist you prepare for the photo tour we have compiled a comprehensive, downloadable and printable PDF. It contains helpful information on:

  1. Travelling with and looking after photographic equipment in Patagonia.
  2. Downloading and backing-up footage and images every day.

    Does It Get Any Better?

  3. Power supply in Patagonia – for charging batteries, laptop, tablet, mobile phone, etc.
  4. Photographic etiquette and consideration for fellow photographers.
  5. Keeping healthy in Patagonia.
  6. Money matters in Argentina & Chile.
  7. Immigration, Customs & Reciprocity Fee  on arrival at Ezeiza International Airport, Argentina, Buenos Aries.
  8. Arrangements for Iguazu Falls Extension.
  9. Arrangements for Humming Birds Extension.
  10. Arrangements to meet you on arrival Punta Arenas International Airport.
  11. Travel documents, personal items & clothing checklist.
  12. Cold weather clothing for Patagonia.
  13. Personal medical items checklist.

    Waterfall below Mount Fitz Roy in morning light.

  14. Camera equipment checklist – this is a comprehensive checklist; do not be overwhelmed.
  15. Hougaard Malan – Tour Leader & Photography Tutor.
  16. Guide to paying gratuities/tips.
  17. A Final Note on Pre-departure Research and Reading.
  18. Disclaimer.

The information in this PDF will hopefully enrich your tour and help you to return home with iconic images, and many magnificent memories as well as helping you with selecting and packing your camera equipment and other essential items.

A copy of this PDF will be forwarded to all registered participants, approximately six weeks before the commencement of the tour.



If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights or travel insurance for the tour, please contact the sole booking agent, Our World Travel, on +61 8 9221 9977 and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos. Alternatively you can email Nick at Nick@owtravel.com.au

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photo safari, before making a decision to join us, please contact either:

Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or denis@denisglennon.com or Jay Collier on 0410 608 790 or Jay.COLLIER@canon.com.au


Download the PDF containing full details on payment terms and registration, the itinerary, what is/is not included, cancellation policy and fees, compulsory travel insurance, health considerations, responsibility, liability, and packing camera gear for travel.



To reserve a place, download, print a copy of each form, complete and return both the III Registration Form and the Canon Deed Poll Form to Our World Travel.




Iconic Images is the exclusive representative/agent for C4 Photo Safaris, South Africa, in Australia & New Zealand.

C4 Photo Safaris provides the on-ground logistics for Iconic Images' photo safaris/tours in Africa and is a SATSA member. The SATSA logo signifies that C4 Photo Safaris offers services that are of the highest quality and the company is deemed to be a credible and reliable provider of services to the tourism industry in South Africa. These services are independently audited on an annual basis. SATSA members are bonded, providing a financial guarantee of deposits held against the involuntary liquidation of a SATSA member.

AIPP Australian Institute of Professional Photographers SATSA Southern Africa Tourism Services Association C4 Images & Safaris


Comments are closed.