If you like peaceful and stunning landscapes, native wildlife, and colorful cultures, here are the top ten reasons why Argentina should be at the top of your photo-tour bucket list. The second-largest country in South America and the eighth largest in the world, Argentina is the home of the Tango, the Pampas, the Andes Mountains, a fascinating Pre-Inca history, the world’s highest vineyards, Magellan penguins, and a welcoming culture. As the specialists in Argentina travel, our award-winning Travel Vision Journeys offer the best of this magical and photogenic country.
#1. Unsurpassed Scenic Variety
From the lively streets of Buenos Aires to the jungles near Iguaza Falls and the vast wilderness of Patagonia, Argentina offers a stunning study in variety and extremes—a perfect balance between wilderness, pristine landscapes, cultural intrigue, and cosmopolitan sophistication. Traveling to Argentina you can photograph Buenos Aires, “The Paris of South America,” as well as the exquisite beauty of the snow-capped Andes Mountains, the glaciers of Patagonia, and the picturesque vineyards of Northwest Argentina. When it comes to pristine photographic diversity opportunities, Argentina has it all.
#2. The Perito Moreno Glacier and The Best of Patagonia
Because of its awe-inspiring views, the Perito Moreno glacier is considered the eighth wonder of the world. The Perito Moreno is one of the many glaciers that form the Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage Site. In addition to the whiteness of its surface and the blue tones of its walls, this is one of the few glaciers in the world and the only one in Patagonia that continues to advance at a rate of 100 meters per year. This movement generates one of the most anticipated events for photographers: The breaking of huge blocks of the ice dam formed by the glacier. A climactic photographic event is always waiting to happen.
Argentina has an incredibly diverse range of fauna, much of which is rare and unusual. If you enjoy sea animals, you can visit the Valdes Peninsula where the southern right whales breed along with many other sea mammals and birds, including penguins. For those interested in land animals, the Valdes Peninsula is also home to rhea (a large flightless bird), guanaco (related to llamas), and the mare, which looks like a very large hare. On our Best of Patagonia tour, we extend our Argentina adventure to Chile where we enjoy daily excursions in the magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park to photograph the elusive Puma.
One of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights, the Iguazú Falls are simply astounding. Capturing this natural wonder on our Wetlands, Wildlife and Waterfalls Photo tour is a jaw-dropping, visceral experience, and the power and noise of the cascades—a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3km in extension–live forever in our memory. An added benefit is the setting—the falls lie split between Brazil and Argentina in a large expanse of national park much of it rainforest teeming with unique flora and fauna.
Considered one of the best-kept wildlife secrets in the world, Ibera is also one of the planet's largest freshwater wetlands, covering more than 3.2 million acres of grasslands and marsh in the Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. The landscape supports fabulous wildlife including species of caiman, capybara, giant anteaters, marsh deer, wildcat, wolf, otters, and many others. Enjoy capturing birds? Ibera is a feathered paradise with over 360 species of birds including rhea, eagle, stork, heron, hummingbird, tanager, and duck. The Tompkins Conservation has donated land for the creation of Ibera National Park that will be the largest protected natural area in Argentina. Come enjoy Ossian’s Wildlife Master Class here and experience this magical place before the rest of the world does.
On our Andean Vision & Vine tour, we begin our Inca experience in Cachi, where we photograph cactus flourishing in pre-Inca ruins at the base of Cachi Mountain. We drive the Recta de Tin Tin, an 11 KM road designed by the Incas and spend two days in the Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy with over 1,500 archaeological sites. The UNESCO declared the "Quebrada de Humahuaca" World Cultural and Natural Site. The Incas built more roads and other structures than any other culture in this region. We stroll through the Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-Inca fortification which is located just outside the small Quechuan village of Tilcara. Here we learn about this pre-Inca fortification from our expert guide-naturalist-professional photographer, Ossian Lindholm.
Known for its high-altitude wine, fantastic mountain towns, and breathtaking scenery, our Andean Vision & Vine tour begins and ends in Salta, located in the Northwest corner of Argentina. Salta is the cradle of Argentine folklore and many famous Argentinian folklore singers come from this part of the world. Within a three-hour drive of the region’s colonial capital are five distinct biomes: the sub-Andean humid sierras, fertile valleys, canyons, the high mountains of the Andes, and the high plateau of Altiplano, or Puna. Condors soar here and the highest vineyards in the world thrive in the idyllic climate that yields grapes that become elegant, fruity white Torrontes and full-bodied red Malbec wines. Quiet colonial villages like Cachi, Cafayate, Purmamara, and Molinos will charm, inspire, and capture your focus.
The multi-colored valley of the Quebrada de Humahuaca offers an endless palette of photographic options. The sedimentary strata of the region has eroded into spectacular scalloped formations revealing a spectrum of colors in undulating waves. The saturated colors of valley change constantly, from shades of creamy white to rich, deep reds. The route also offers a unique lesson in light as it passes near the Tropic of Capricorn, bathed in vertical sunlight at midday. Photo opportunities abound here. We'll take a sunrise walk around Paseo de Los Colorados (the Seven Colors Mountain)—famed as one of the most beautiful and famous walks in Northwest Argentina—that ends in the bustling market village of Purmamarca.
The grand finale is a dramatic drive to Salina Grandes, a salt flat at 12,000 feet and surrounded by stunning mountains. Our sunset experience here—capturing the clouds, colors, the geometric patterns, and the endless horizon—is surreal and unforgettable.
After a full day of photography, what a joy to share the day’s adventures while enjoying delicious local specialties paired with fine wines. Salta is home to some of the world's finest high-altitude wines. Many vineyards here are at lower latitudes and higher altitudes than anywhere else on earth and this unique combination creates an unexpectedly excellent climate for super high quality viticulture. Argentina's signature grape varieties of Torrontes and Malbec are Salta's top performers, producing bright, intensely flavored wines. On our National Geographic award-winning Vision and Vine photo tour, we travel the Ruta del Vino and are hosted by family-run vineyards: Esteco, Piatelli, and Bodega Isasmendi.
#10. Expert Native Photographic Instruction and more! Each day, you’ll enjoy workshops and hands-on instruction with documentary filmmaker, nature photographer, and native Argentinian Ossian Lindholm. In his work as a photographer, teacher, and documentary filmmaker, he is dedicated to capturing, preserving, conserving, and sustaining the landscape, nature, and culture of his native Argentina in its most pristine state. In addition to his masterful photography instruction, Ossian will share his vast knowledge and passion for his native Argentina and his deep reverence of the natural world.
Rather than offer travel photo workshops all over the globe, we specialize in South America and Argentina, a place we love and know so well. Join us in 2018 on either of our departure dates: February 6-14 or October 4-12. If you have any questions, you can visit Travel Vision Journeys for more information or contact me via email at [email protected]. Nos vemos en Argentina!