Boasting a rich array of landscapes from the haunting Atacama Desert to the granite peaks and flower-dotted tundra of Torres del Paine, IE’s Chile Photo Journey is a singular opportunity to photograph this striking country while getting personal guidance from a true expert. This nature and wildlife-oriented photo tour was crafted to take full advantage of Chile's varied landscapes! The deserts and glaciers of Chile are dynamic environments, where an incredible, rare sighting can happen at any moment. That is why your photo instructor Claudio is also a skilled naturalist with years of experience in the field! Claudio Vidal is a naturalist who has been leading nature tours and photo expeditions through Chile for decades. Among his credits, Claudio co-authored the photo guide Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Antarctic Peninsula. Claudio’s decades of expertise mean he has scouted the perfect location for sunrise and sunset photo shoots.
During your photo tour, our small-group will explore the barren ranges, sand dunes, vast dry lake beds and geyser fields of the mythical Atacama Desert, the driest in the world. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy walking among two colonies of penguins; the Magellanic penguins of Otway Sound and the world’s most accessible colony of king penguins in the wild at Bahia Inutil. You also observe three flamingo species — Chilean, Andean and James — along with other rare birdlife. In Patagonia, hike through pristine Torres del Paine National Park, home to a host of wildlife, including pumas and guanacos. Plus, you photograph the celebrated spires of Torres del Paine and icy faces of the Balmaceda and Rio Serrano Glaciers in the ethereal light of a southern summer.