Joe and Mary Ann McDonald's

Torres del Paine!

The Landscapes and Wildlife
of the southern Andes

We may be offering this tour in the fall of 2010

Limited to 7 participants

Price: $TBA all inclusive from Miami, Dallas, or Los Angeles

Anyone familiar with spectacular landscapes knows the name - Torres del Paine, the Towers of Paine. The ruggedness of the mountain landscape and the unsettled, stormy weather conjures up a variety of mental images, no doubt fostering the mistaken belief that the English translation of Torres del Paine is the Towers of Pain! Of course, for anyone who has ever tried climbing the towers, pain might be the best translation.
In December of 2002 I did an exhaustive and intensive scouting trip of the southern Andes, including locations in southern Argentina and Chile. The climax of the trip was undoubtedly Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Although I was familiar with innumerable images of this spectacular mountain, and to a lesser extent with images of the guanacos - the llama-like herbivore that is one of four Western Hemisphere species most closely related to the Old World camels - I was surprised at how accessible several species of mammals and birds were for photography, and even more so, how diverse the landscape potential proved to be.
In December of 2003 Mary and I traveled to Torres del Paine on our own. We not only went so that I could show her the park and the incredible scenery but we also went to try and work on pumas, the elusive cat that haunts wilderness areas from Chile to Canada. In addition I wanted the two of us to check out all of the logistics for bringing a group to this area. We weren't successful with the pumas but on that trip we met an enthusiastic young photographer, Diego Araya, who lives and breathes the park and who turns out will be our private guide for this trip.
In short we was very impressed with the park, and the relative ease one enjoys in shooting the diverse landscapes and wildlife. In many ways Torres del Paine National Park reminded me of Denali National Park in Alaska. Both are dominated by a prominent mountain feature, which is sometimes obscured by clouds. The surrounding landscape is similar as well, for both look tundra-like, but unlike Denali's often wet tundra and thick clusters of willows and blueberry bushes, Torres landscape is dry, almost brush free, and quite easy to hike through.
More importantly, there are no road restrictions in Torres, and private vehicles are free to come and go at their own schedule to stop and photograph at will. This, I found, was the biggest difference between these two parks, for access was not a problem in Torres. If you have photographed in Denali, you know that situation - and the compromises involved in using the buses.
Again contrasting with Denali, several roads traverse Torres, providing multiple views of the chocolate-colored 'horns' or the glowing granite spires of the towers that dominate the mountain landscape. Two quite different views characterize the mountain landscapes of Torres del Paine. Perhaps the most common view depicts what are referred to as the 'horns, steep sided cliff faces reminiscent of the granite cliffs of Yosemite that are topped with a dark brown layer of sedimentary rock. Hanging glacial valleys, the horns, and a panorama of snow-capped mountains on either side characterize this view, which is visible from most of the roads and overlooks inside the park. The actual 'towers,' the Torres del Paine for which the park is named, are less accessible. Three granite towers, or spikes, line the eastern edge of the Paine Massif, and these are most easily seen from eastern vantages. Although great dawn color is possible from both the 'horns' and the 'towers,' the 'famous shots' of Torres del Paine are of the towers. We'll be within view of the towers on several of shooting days, so we should have ample opportunity to document all aspects of the park (weather permitting). Roads and ferries offer vantages for glaciers and mountain views. This access provides tremendous latitude in our shooting, allowing us to capitalize on the best shooting opportunities as light and weather permit. This access also makes a one-week trip the perfect time frame for filming the park!
Like many mountain environments (including Denali), Torres del Paine can have unsettled weather, and it is possible that an entire week, or an entire month, elapses without presenting an opportunity to see or to photograph the mountaintops. Unlike Denali, however, where weather systems may advance from the warm Pacific current and remain for days, most weather systems in the far windier Torres last for hours. From spring through fall it is possible, and not at all unlikely, to experience virtually every type of weather, and season, Torres experiences - in a single day! While snow is unlikely at the elevations we'll be visiting, snow or freezing rain could occur. Just as likely, however, are warm days where a windbreaker or long-sleeved shirt is all that is required.
Last year within an hour's time we went from a beautiful, rosy-colored sunrise with puffy clouds to a totally cloud-obscured mountain with winds that were howling so strongly that Mary and I could literally 'sit' into the wind and be held up by the gale-force blow. As the front came in and snow and rain showers hit the area, single, double and triple rainbows danced across the valleys in front of the mountain. It was a spectacular changing landscape that took every ounce of our strength and concentration to shoot. As the clouds cleared later that day the mountains were covered with fresh snow giving us once again a different look at these impressive rock shrines.
Our trip is planned for the peak of the Austral summer, when wild flowers, verdant vegetation, and wildlife babies will be at peak abundance. Despite the infamy of Torres winds, I did some outstanding wildflower and close up photography on my first visit - it isn't always windy, and there are many sheltered pockets where there is no wind at all. Last year we also had some relatively calm days where macro photography and wide-angle scenics were possible.
December is the birthing and mating season of the camel-like guanacos. Tenacious shooters willing to 'hang in there' with a herd may be treated in witnessing, and filming, a guanaco birth. We missed several by less than 10 minutes on our scouting trip! Baby guanacos are incredibly cute - fuzzy big-eyed critters vaguely resembling a pony - and the animals are curious and tame, making portraits a fairly easy endeavor. Females mate again within a few days of giving birth, so December is prime not only for romantic images of mating guanacos, but also affords the possibility of filming heated fights between males defending territories or squabbling over mates. Young males, anxious to test their strength, fight frequently, and it's fairly common to see these play-fights up close.
Last year we also found a rather tame group of Patagonian gray fox near the one ranger's station. The fox den at this time of year and if we're lucky we could find pups waiting at the den site for their parents to bring back scraps of food. Mary and I found two different dens one of which, with a little patience, produced some great images.
December is the prime month for birds as well, and most species have young or our sitting on nests at this time. Swans (2 species), ducks (several species), grebes (3), coots (2), shorebirds, songbirds, and birds of prey are seen almost daily, although exactly what we'll see or film depends upon the year and our group's luck. But just to get you a little excited on the possibilities, Mary and I spent almost two hours last year photographing black-necked swans with cygnets as close as twenty feet at times. We got shots of the adults feeding their chicks vegetation plucked from beneath the water's surface, of different pairs of adults chasing each other and of cygnets riding the back's of their parents. And all of this while just sitting along the shoreline without a blind!



This trip is a 'tour,' where our daylight hours will be involved in finding, and filming, subjects. Unlike our workshops where we conduct compositional exercises and offer review quizzes and instruction, we'll be using our daylight hours solely for photography.
That does not imply that we're not available to help you in whatever ways we can. Mary and I will be offering our on-the-spot suggestions on the best way to compose the images before us, as well as suggestions on making the correct exposures, choosing the correct lenses, and obtaining the best perspectives. We're always there for you -- if you have questions, if you'd like an opinion on a composition, if you'd like to see what we're doing, whatever, WE ARE THERE FOR YOU. On a tour, we too will be shooting but we'll be with you, orchestrating the shoot to provide the best opportunities for our group. We won't disappear and let you to your own luck, although we also won't 'hang around the car' with those less motivated. We'll be there to film, hopefully side by side with all of our participants, and we hope that everyone will share that same enthusiasm to photograph.
The landscapes of Torres del Paine, however, offer a special opportunity for photo instruction, and we'll be taking advantage of this. We would suggest anyone who has access to Tilt/Shift lenses bring one or more along. Graduated Neutral Density Filters will be especially useful here, as well as a new technique I've been employing - Digital Compositing, where two images are made from a single tripod position and exposures are set for both high lights and shadows. In a computer (either via direct import from a digital camera or at a subsequent date via a set of scanned slides) the two images can be merged into one to provide a rendering that most closely approximates what our eyes and human perception truly sees. We will be demonstrating this technique on our laptop and explaining the methods of doing so in the field - a technique I find invaluable for shooting landscapes with contrasting elements.
Finally, we're available to answer all of your questions prior to the trip, and we'll be anxious to assist you in your efforts when we're afield in Torres del Paine.


December in southern Chile involves long days. Our trip will end just days before the longest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, and at our southern latitudes true darkness extends from approximately Midnight until 4AM. Our shooting schedule will vary each day, but our sunrise shoots (when sunlight actually reaches the mountain tops and provides light for our subjects) typically begin at around 5:45AM, and late evening shooting in the field extends to 9PM. Our hotel base is located in one of the most scenic locations in the park, and photographers who wish to shoot even later from the hotel's grounds may do so - at least until10PM or so!
You might wonder, based upon the above facts, when someone sleeps or eats while filming in Torres del Paine! On at least two of our days afield we'll be shooting sunrises from our hotel's location, so we'll be able to have a great cooked breakfast at the hotel. On some mornings we'll be shooting sunrises from more remote locations and on those days we'll either have our breakfast with us or we'll have a late brunch that may cover breakfast and lunch (although lunch will still be available at the hotel should we return during meal times). Normally our lunches will be a very pleasant 'picnic style' field lunch featuring a variety of meats, cheeses, salmon, fruits, etc. - quite tasty, I can tell you. Dinners will be eaten at our hotel - which will require our returning by 9PM or so, although shooters can still squeak out some telephoto extractions of the 'horns' before, during, or after dinner.
OK, that implies that our days begin somewhere before a 5:45AM sunrise shoot and end post-9PM dinner (10 PM or later being realistic). So, when does one sleep?
Siestas! On several of our days during the scouting trip we returned to our hotel between 1PM and 3PM and rested, usually getting in at least an hour nap, and sometimes more, before leaving again at 6PM for our evening shooting. From our centrally located hotel we're less than 45 minutes from all the great afternoon shooting spots, and literally minutes from some, and I found a 6PM departure (most days) for the evening shoot worked out perfectly. Of course, for some shoots we may need to leave earlier….
Our daily activity is generally not very strenuous. Unlike Denali where photographers are often dropped off at a location and picked up hours later (requiring you to carry all the gear you think you'll need), we'll have our vehicle accessible at all times. Much of our shooting will take place within a few hundred yards of any road, and only one shoot will require an easy walk of over one hour (and that's worthwhile only on a clear sky day). There are other short hikes that will take us to different vantage points of the mountains and depending on weather and timing, we may do some of these as well.
Of course, if we're following guanacos (usually close to the road), or foxes, or pumas (yes, that is possible!) we might be walking for miles, but that's the exception not the rule. Hiking through the landscape was easy - the regular trails were very good and when we went 'back country' the hard, desert-like terrain made for very easy walking.


Unlike many exotic destinations, it is quite easy to 'do' Torres del Paine in a five-day shooting schedule. Even with bad weather (where the mountain tops are obscured), in a five day time frame the likelihood is high that the skies will open up, or the clouds will lift, and the classic Torres del Paine shots will be available (I wouldn't place an equal bet on those types of odds for Denali). On my scouting trip I had great weather, and clear skies, almost continually, so much so that I had relatively few chances at the dramatic lighting and cloudscape/mountain views Torres del Paine is noted for. Last year we did have more dramatic skies and we took advantage of these situations at every turn.
At some time during the week we'll take the group on an all-day trek to the Lago Grey area. We'll board a boat for the four-hour roundtrip cruise that will take us to Grey's Glacier. We'll cruise along both fronts of the calving glacier and enjoy incredible scenery along the way. Last year the boat pulled right up to a floating iceberg that was the most spectacular color of blue I have ever seen. One of Joe's shots of the detail and patterns in the ice was entered into this year's BBC photo contest. While in this area we'll look for the endangered huemel deer and the very colorful Austral Parakeet and the ruckus Magellanic woodpecker. At different times of the day light dances off of the icebergs that eventually ground themselves along the shoreline of the lake. The road leading to the lake offers the best grand view of the entire Paine Massif that we will encounter in the park.
Further, aside from grand mountain landscapes, Torres del Paine has a relatively limited number of subjects (at least as compared to some of our other destinations). I felt that my five days in Torres was quite adequate, unless I was going to devote concerted time on filming guanaco behavior or attempting to find, and photograph, a puma. According, we've made this a 5-day in the field shoot. Here's the details:
Day 1, Friday: December 10. Leave the US in late evening. Flights via American Airlines and Lan Chile depart from Dallas, Miami, and Los Angles.
Day 2, Saturday: December 11. Arrive in the early AM in Santiago, Chile, and after a short lay-over you'll be taking a Lan Chile domestic flight to Punta Arenas. Normally we would suggest staying in Santiago overnight but domestic airlines typically impose luggage weight restrictions that are more limited than allowed for US passengers. By flying non-stop, you'll be under US luggage weight allowances, which are the most generous. Overnight, Hotel Isla del Jorge, Punta Arenas.
Day 3, Sunday: December 12. Depart for Torres del Paine via our land vehicle. We'll stop for gas and lunch in Puerto Natales along the way. The driving time, non-stop, to Torres del Paine is approximately 5 hours, and we'll be arriving at our hotel, the Hosteria del Pehoe, in the center of the park by early evening, in time for a sunset shoot if we desire. As we near the park we'll get our camera gear ready for shooting ops along the way. Overnight: Hostería Pehoe.
Day 4, Monday: December 13 - Day 8, Friday: December 17. We're not going to set a definite itinerary for these five days. It was our experience that even the best laid plans never materialized due to the changing weather conditions. But here is a list of things that we plan to accomplish during our five days in the park. Overnights: Hostería Pehoe.
Sunrise shoots will be either from our hotel location or from some other vantage point in the park. Many of our sunrise locales are in the eastern part of the park looking back toward the Towers with Lago Nordenskjöld in the foreground. Depending on weather conditions there are several other sites to the south and west where we can photograph the changing light of sunrise, or sunset, on the mountain. At least one of the mornings, we'll head out early in hopes of seeing a puma, or mountain lion, walking across the Patagonian landscape. Puma country encompasses some of the best sunrise locales in the park so we won't be going out of our way in trying to catch a glimpse of this park predator. We'll have a mix of field breakfasts and cooked breakfasts depending on the days planned activities.
On one of the days after breakfast we'll head to the Grey's Lake area while on another day we'll head toward Lago Azul for a great viewpoint of the 'towers' of Torres del Paine, where we'll have a wonderful cooked picnic brunch. The area around Lago Azul (that's Lake Azul) is excellent for birds, and we may have an opportunity to see or photograph Magellanic woodpeckers (the world's largest species), Austral parakeets, Austral pigmy owls, and a variety of water birds. The southern beech forest here is one of the best in the park and there's a good assortment of wild flowers in the area. Along the way we could encounter large herds of male guanacos and will hopefully film these males chasing and fighting each other. We'll also stop along the way to photograph the Cascades of Paine with the Towers of Paine in the background.
On other days we'll head into the eastern area of the park to look for Patagonian gray fox, marsh and water birds, guanacos, and more scenics. There are several early morning scenic views of the towers of Torres del Paine in this area including a river view which would provide shooting opportunities for early morning light on the actual Torres, or towers, as well as shots incorporating reflections and flowers as the morning light floods the valley before us. If there's an interest we'll attempt another pre-dawn puma hunt before continuing to our planned destination. En route to our Torres viewpoint we'll be passing through an excellent area that can provide shooting opportunities to film guanacos against the mountains and the towers, We'll also be passing through great rhea (flightless birds similar to ostriches) areas.
We'll visit one of the prettiest landscapes we found within the park, an area we dubbed the 'Japanese Garden' for the rich color and beauty it offers. The moorlands around this area provided some of the best flower photography in the park, with one, the unique Porcelain Orchid, being especially abundant in the area. We'll have a mix of picnic lunches in the field or lunches at the hostería, On some days we'll head back to the hotel for a siesta while other days will be spent entirely out in the field. Afternoon shoots will be similar to morning shoots with a little more concentration on specific species. As the week progresses the day's shoots will be planned.
Gauchos! Patagonia's legendary cowboys will be the focus of our attention on one of the mornings. Depending upon the weather and the gauchos' schedules we'll probably do a sunrise shoot en route to our shooting location where we'll photograph the gauchos leading a herd of horses across the high pampas, with the Torres del Paine mountain range as our backdrop. The gauchos will be authentically dressed and we'll have multiple opportunities to photograph the men, the horses, and the herding as they drive the herds passed our position for our shooting. Afterwards we'll join the gauchos at the corral where we can do candid portraits and shots as the gauchos prepare the horses for the day's events. After the Gauchos we'll continue on our quest for wildlife and scenics, perhaps stopping for breakfast at the Hotel (depending upon time) or simply continuing with our picnic breakfast to explore other parts.
We'll head back out (if we are at the hotel for a siesta) in the late afternoon (5-6PM) to commence our evening shoots. We'll have to play it by ear in regards to shooting sunset itself. An earlier dinner (around 8PM) might be in order one of the nights to ensure our getting in place for alpine glow. At other times, we'll return to the hotel for a late dinner around 9PM. Sunset shoots are less predictable due to the weather so our evening shoots will truly be a work in progress each day. On Friday evening, since we are leaving Torres del Paine National Park for our return to Punta Arenas early the following morning, we'll have an abbreviated evening shoot so that we can pack in preparation for our flight home.
Day 9, Saturday: December 18. We'll be leaving our hosteria at approximately 6:30AM, eating breakfast before we depart and arriving at Punta Arenas by noon. We'll be taking an early afternoon flight back to Santiago and connecting (with a few hour lay-over) with our evening flight back to the US.
Day 10, Sunday: December 19. Arrive at your US airport of arrival in the early morning, connect with your domestic flight for your return home. Depending upon your connections you should be at your final destination (airport, at least) by mid-afternoon.


Your fee includes the tour, all meals, lodging (based on double occupancy), and transportation based from one of several departure points, including Los Angles, Dallas, or Miami. Your fee also includes all tips for the Chilean guide and driver and for the Hostería Pehoe staff.
Our field meals are served picnic style, and although they are not elaborate they are very complete and nutritious. You won't be hungry, we can assure you! Dinners, breakfasts at our Hostería, and any lunches taken at the Hostería are included. Bottled water in the field and all non-alcoholic beverages are included (water is potable at the hostería). Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price of the trip.
Transportation includes airfare from the US destination (International departure from the cities listed above are subject to Lan Chile's schedule and/or changes), domestic flights in Chile from Santiago to Punta Arenas and return, and land transportation from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park, and back, including all travel within the park. Registrants will receive specific international flight information, including departure and arrival times into and out of the US, within a month of registering.
PLEASE NOTE: Part of your trip deposit includes monies to lock in your international flight itinerary. This air ticket will be non-refundable, non-transferable. If you would cancel from the trip the ticket will be sent to you for future use (in most cases you have up to one year after the original departure date to reschedule a flight with the listed carrier or an affiliate). Please list your name as it appears on your passport on the registration form and indicate your departure city choice. Thank you.
Transportation in country is also included in the tour price. We'll be using at least one large passenger van (at this point we anticipate using a Mercedes Sprinter which can accommodate 9 passengers and a driver, with two people per row of seats (this is a roomy vehicle!). Our Chilean guide will be traveling with us in the Mercedes to function as a scout or trouble-shooter when we're afield. A separate vehicle will be part of our entourage while in the park and this driver and our guide, at times, will proceed to pre-determined spots to set up our field lunches or breakfasts.
We strongly advise that you obtain trip/travel insurance if there exists the remotest possibility that you may have to cancel at the last minute or leave the tour before its conclusion on Saturday morning. For those who register for the trip a travel insurance application form will be sent with your acknowledgment letter.
Lodging is included, and is based upon double occupancy. We'll do our best to make roommate matches. Please be aware that if a roommate is unavailable (due to an odd number of males/females or an odd number of registrants) you will be responsible for the single supplement. Roommates will be assigned based on receipt of the registration form and whether it is a male or female registrant. The additional cost of the single rooming supplement is $590. We are also checking into the possibility of offering a single room to people for the first night in Punta Arenas. This option is subject to availability and the cost is $116. There's a space on the registration form to indicate if you are interested in this option if it becomes available.


We'll be forwarding a complete list of equipment and film recommendations to our registered participants. However, this tour offers the wonderful chance to use a variety of different lenses, for telephoto shots of wildlife or for landscape extractions, as well as wide-angles, zooms, and tilt-shift lenses. Panoramic cameras are also useful and fun to use on this trip.
Registered participants will be forwarded a complete list of suggested equipment, film choices, and recommendations.



Weather at the beginning of summer in Torres del Paine can be erratic, ranging from a 'typical summer day' to nearly winter conditions. Regardless, you can expect the mornings to be cool, and gloves and a wool cap are suggested. On my scouting trip I typically layered, with my most important clothing items being a windbreaker (wind is a near constant) and a good pair of broken-in hiking boots. We advise people to wear layers that can be shed as the temperature increases or decreases. Although unlikely, we could have heavy snow flurries, freezing rain, or damp fog, so we advise people to pack for the type of field conditions one might experience in Yellowstone in late September, just in case. Mary will provide participants with a complete list of suggested clothing.


Above all else, this is a landscape trip. Mountain scenes will be dominant, although the park affords so many more opportunities than merely mountains. There are great beech forests, fairylands of goatsbeard lichen, wonderfully patterned, lichen covered boulders, water falls, lake scenes, ponds and reflections, and broad landscapes that shows the interplay of light and shadow.
Our trip will coincide with the peak of the wild flowers, and the flowers, and pillow-like clumps of Mata Barrosa make great foreground for mountain landscapes.
Wildlife is limited, compared to our trips to Africa or to western US parks like Denali or Yellowstone. While we're almost certainly going to film guanacos, a possibly a captive Andean condor, our success with other species will depend on both luck and your own efforts.Above all else, this is a landscape trip. Mountain scenes will be dominant, although the park affords so many more opportunities than merely mountains. Gray''s Lake and lagoon has a spectacular assortment of stranded glaciers. Ever changing weather makes each mountain scene unique.
There are great beech forests, fairylands of goatsbeard lichen, wonderfully patterned, lichen covered boulders, water falls, lake scenes, ponds and reflections, and broad landscapes that shows the interplay of light and shadow. One can easily film landscapes continuously here.



1. The scenery is spectacular. In five days we'll have more than enough time to visit every potential overlook for photographing the mountains. If the weather cooperates we should have views that provide clear, unobstructed views, as well as dramatic light shots where clouds, snow, or mist shroud the horns or towers to varying degrees. We are visiting the park at the peak time of year, statistically, for good weather.
1. The climate in this area is extremely variable - all four seasons in a single day. It is possible that an entire week could elapse without the mountains being visible.
2. The wildlife is fairly tame, or absurdly tame in some cases. Guanacos and Patagonian gray fox are especially cooperative, and this park probably affords ones best chance of ever seeing a puma in the wild. Bird life is unique, with approximately 100 species in the park, and you're likely to see at least 40 species, and perhaps as many as 60, including rheas, Andean condors, and black-necked swans.
2. The wildlife diversity is limited. Guanacos are the most easily filmed animals, and great shots will entail spending time with the herds so that behavior has a chance to happen. If you're impatient and only wish to do snapshots, the chances are you'll not capture fighting sequences, nursing, or births. While Patagonian foxes are very tame (at tourist frequented areas), there is no guarantee from year to year that foxes will be at a particular area. Seeing a puma will be a matter of luck, and photographing one will be unlikely, truly a matter of luck. Andean condors are seen almost daily, and should, at some point in the trip, provide fairly good photo opportunities if you are ready when one flies close by.
3. We'll be visiting the park at what should be the best time of year, weather and animal wise. Wild flowers should be in peak abundance, providing close up and macro shots, as well as flower/scenics via either T/S lenses or computer composites.
3. Wind is a constant. Although there are times when there is no wind, or windbreaks where the effect is limited, flower shooting has to be done when the windows of still air appear. It could rain daily, although the chances of this are slim.
4. Our shooting days will be long - we'll be in the southern hemisphere during their longest days of the year, and diners may not conclude until after 10:30PM. Typically we'll take a siesta mid-day to catch up on sleep!
4. Our shooting days are long! If you don't want to miss out on a sunrise shoot, or miss dinner, expect NOT to have a full 8 hours sleep at one time.
5. Torres del Paine National Park can easily be covered in a one-week time, weather permitting.
5. At the southern tip of the Western Hemisphere, Torres del Paine is remote and a long distance to travel for a one-week trip. We can provide alternative suggestions should you wish to spend more time in South America, and can provide some contacts for side-trips to Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier, or El Chitan and Mt. Fitz Roy, or the Falklands, or Iguazo Falls, Argentina.


Location: Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Accommodations: Lodging is included. In Torres del Paine National Park we'll be based at the most centrally located hotel, the Hostería Pehoe, inside the park. Lodging is based on double occupancy with a possible option for single accommodations in Punta Arenas pending availability.
Photo Tour Duration: Our trip begins with our departure from our US port of embarkation for Chile on Friday, Day One, and continues until your return to our US arrival on Sunday, Day Ten.
Transportation: Included, to/from our US departure cities of Miami, Dallas, or Los Angeles, as well as transportation to/thru/from the park. If you cannot make our group departure to Torres del Paine on Sunday, or if you are required to leave the tour early, you will be responsible for transport to or from the park at your expense.
Costs: $5,395, including all meals in Chile, lodging (based upon double occupancy), transportation, tips and all handouts. For our cancellation and payment schedule, please see our registration sheet detailing it.
Participation: Limited to 6 participants.
Liability Release: Our release form must be signed prior to participation.Location: Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Accommodations: Lodging is included. In Torres del Paine National Park we'll be based at the most centrally located hotel, the Hostería Pehoe, inside the park. Lodging is based on double occupancy with a possible option for single accommodations in Punta Arenas pending availability.
Photo Tour Duration: Our trip begins with our departure from our US port of embarkation for Chile on Friday, Day One, and continues until your return to our US arrival on Sunday, Day Ten.

About Your Leaders

My wife Mary Ann and I strive to provide the most comfortable, enjoyable, and thorough shooting experience we think you'll ever experience. Both Mary and I are photographers, and I'd hope you've seen our credits. Our work regularly appears in National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Natural History, Living Bird, Birder's World, Wildlife Conservation, and most nature/wildlife calendars.

I write a column, Focus on Big Game, for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and Mary and I are joint columnists for Joseph Van Os's web magazine, Additionally, Mary and I are field correspondents for Nature's Best Magazine, and photography columnists for Keystone Outdoors.

I hope you've seen some of our books. To date I've written seven, A Practical Guide to Photographing American Wildlife; The Wildlife Photographer's Field Manual; The Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography; Designing Wildlife Photographs; Photographing on Safari, The New Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography, and African Wildlife. Mary's written twenty-seven children's books, including Woodpeckers; Leopards; Grizzly Bears; Cobras; Boas; Pythons; Rattlesnakes; Garter Snakes; and Flying Squirrels, and an adult book on the Amish. Both Mary and I are at work on several new book projects. Additionally, in 1994 Mary won two first place finishes in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, in Bird Behavior and with Endangered Species, and won first place in the Professional Humor Category in the Nature's Best competition in 1999 and first place in the AGFA competition in 2003 in Mammal Behavior. In 2003 I won second place in the BBC competition with an image of male lions lying amongst multiple tire tracks in The World in Our Hands category..
More importantly, as photography instructors we are dedicated to providing you with the help, instruction, and information you'll need to have a most successful shoot. We're confident you'll enjoy this experience and we hope that this shoot will be just one of the many we will share together. In fact, many of our offerings are filled with repeaters, and many of our extensive trips are not advertised for this reason.

If interested, please inquire at our office regarding space availability.
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