Far, at the outskirts of the South American continent, the Patagonia plateau has some of the most rewarding locations for landscape and nature photographers. Both Argentina and Chile share this unique scenery where blue glaciers, mountain peaks, canyons, valleys, gelid lakes, and rivers terraform the landscape. The abundance of these locations makes Patagonia a popular destination among photographers from all over the world.
Millions of years ago, this rough and semi-deserted terrain, suffered a drastic change with the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs. Paleontological digs are a common sight in Patagonia. These archeological treasures tell the story of earth’s ancient inhabitants, the mighty dinosaurs, who roamed the land from Alaska to Patagonia. Its story can be witnessed at the Paleontology Museum of Carmen Funes, in the province of Neuquén, where the largest specimen of a dinosaur ever recorded (the Argentinosaurus), is on display.
The tourist from all over the world journey to Patagonia because of its beauty and unique topography. Its magnificent peaks create one of the longest continental mountain range in the world, the Andes. These mountains extend for well over 4,300 miles and travel from the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego all the way into western Venezuela.
Patagonia’s weather is defined by the Andes mountain elevation. The mountains function as a barrier to the wet Westerlies winds that blow relentlessly from the South Pacific Ocean. Old folklore tales speak of the might and fury of the Patagonian wind like no other. The same mighty wind feared by adventurous sailors crossing the Strait of Magellan.
The Andes mountains also delimit the border between the countries of Argentina and Chile, where some of the most photogenic Patagonia national parks reside.
The Perito Moreno Glacier
The Perito Moreno glacier is, without a doubt, one of the highlight destinations in Patagonia. If you are thinking about a Patagonia photo tour, this is by far one of Patagonia’s most incredible spots. The ice mass can be located close to the city of El Calafate in the Argentinean province of Santa Cruz. Contrary to many glaciers around the world, the scientific community has recorded the expansion of the Perito Moreno glacier in recent decades, despite global warming.
Ice breakups are common in summer months and spectacle not to be missed.
The Perito Moreno has an observation deck close to the waters of Lago Argentino. The scenic spot faces the water and the ice giant just steps away from land.
Some specialized tours access the glacier by boat and on foot. Traversing the national park by boat is a spectacular adventure. There are many reputable companies that organize these types of expeditions around Lago Argentino. This is a perfect activity for any landscape photographer since the park has many precious spots that can only be seen by water.
Whilst both the deck location and water excursions are well worth activities, the most spectacular excursion, which in my opinion tops everything else, has to be the trek on top of the ice mass. Undoubtedly, not every day you have the opportunity to walk into a glacier!
The icy surface can be reached on ice walking treks which provide an alternative view of the ice mass as well as some fantastic photos. This is an absolutely incredible adventure.
Knowing your way around the area will maximize your photos opportunities. If you’re an avid photographer looking for a photo tour Patagonia, consider joining a pre-arranged photo excursion while enhancing your photo skill along the journey.