Patagonia – a Photographer’s Delight!

 

Magellan Penguins - Photo Opportunity in Patagonia

“149 – Cap Virgenes – Manchot de Magellan – Janvier 2010” by Martin St-Amant (S23678) – Own work (Martin St-Amant). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

One may not always think of penguins when someone mentions South America, but there is a special spot in the Chubut Province in Argentina that visitors frequent to see penguins by the thousands. Punta Tombo is a 3 kilometer long peninsula that Magellanic penguins migrate to to incubate their eggs. These penguins arrive between September and April and are protected by an official decree. The penguins guard their eggs protectively from other sea birds and animals, but if one is very careful, visitors can take memorable and stunning photographs of these animals in their natural habitat.

If whales are more your thing, then Puerto Madryn is the place to be. The small town of Puerto Madryn is known all over the world for the whales that come to its shores from June to December. In the earlier months, one can see whales in the southern end of the bay. It moves closer to the north in the later months. Many times, travellers can see young whales as close as twenty feet from the shoreline. If you are quick with your camera, you can catch amazing photos of these magnificent whales.

Upsala Glacier, Patagonia

“Upsala Glacier” by Calyponte – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons

There are a lot more truly exquisite places one can visit in Patagonia like Laguna Torre, the Escorial, San Martin delos Andes, Copahue Provincial Park, and the Andes Mountain Waterfalls just to name a few. There are cruises that you can take that will bring you to other exquisite places like the Upsala Glacier. It can cost a pretty penny but takers of the cruise all say that it is well worth it.

Photographers planning to take a trip to Patagonia should plan well so they can maximize their trip. There are certain months that are better to visit, depending on where you are planning to go. Since many of these areas are cold and wet, be sure to dress properly and have waterproof bags to protect your camera gear. Mingling with the locals there will not only help you find the hidden gems in the city, but enhance your over-all experience of Patagonia as well.

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