It seems that photography tours are becoming more popular in South America. Only a short while ago Rainforest Expeditions launched it's photography tour in the Peruvian rainforest to give travelers a glimpse into what it would be like to be a National Geographic nature and wild life photographer. Now explora in Chile has announced a new photography tour for its guests.
It is not surprising to see explora enter into this experience enhancing tour. The resort is well-known in South America as it offers three luxury lodges in key destinations in Chile: the desert of Atacama, the southernmost tip of the continent at Patagonia, and Rapa Nui - also known as Easter Island. Adventurous travelers often choose to take the multi-day trip options, called Travesias, which involve hiking, riding horses and other athletic endeavours in order to reach remote areas of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. While the sense of adventure is grand, the group sizes are small as the tour involves only an expert guide, personal chef and small tour group.
In this newest announcement, beginning January 2013, explora will be partnering with the iconic photography brand Nikon to raise the level of adventure with photography expeditions. Leading the group tours through the beauty of South America will be Katsuyoshi Tanaka, a renowned Japanese photographer with much experience in the region and who specializes in landscape photography.
While many photographers walk away from South America with beautiful photos from colourful markets and unusual food, it can be quite challenging to take beautiful landscape photos that do not appear to be generic compositions of green and blue. For this reason the tour should be quite popular as Chile has a stunning diversity in its landscape with shades of blue and white in the Patagonian mountains, lake and glaciers whereas the Atacama's salt flats and tan desert that reaches on for miles can be a challenge for novice photographers to compose.
In order to create a photographer's trek new tours were designed in the Atacama and Patagonia to address photographic needs. Beginning at an explora lodge, Tanaka and an explora guide take travelers out during the day. In addition to the photography counsel from Tanaka, the explora guide is equipped to share the knowledge of the region along with the flora and fauna. Each right after returning back to the lodge tour participants may meet with Tanaka to review the shots they took during the day, what they found challenging and could change and what they learned from the experience.
While it is not mandatory to be a professional or semi-professional photographer. It is recommended that tour participants bring with them a DSLR camera, tripod and laptop for reviewing and editing shots. As the tour is sponsored by Nikon, participants who bring Nikon DSLRs will be fortunate enough to have access to a number of NIKKOR lenses (AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II). However, for those participants that do not have a Nikon camera, there will be a number of Nikon D7000 digital SLR cameras available to borrow as well as Nikon compact cameras.
The five-day, four-night photographic expeditions are designed for eight people, and depart monthly at each destination. Offered at the Atacama and Patagonia lodges, rates at explora Atacama start at $3,640 while rates at Patagonia begin at $3,780. All rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
Designed with flexibility explora is offering a passport for guests looking to visit both lodges. And while photography expeditions may be one traveller's dream vacation, explora does recognize their companions may not feel the same way and so they will continue to offer a number of non-photography activities such as hiking and horseback riding.