Incredible Argentina - Photography Retreat

Duration

10 days (March 14-26 2024)

Airlines

Lufthansa & Aerolineas Argentinas

Transportation

Car, airplane

Embark on the “Incredible Argentina Photography Retreat“, a visually stunning and culturally enriching journey led by professional photographer, Maro Kouri.

This unique experience is tailored for photography enthusiasts eager to capture the essence of Argentina’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s beating heart, where the streets pulsate with the rhythms of tango and the air is thick with artistic inspiration. Here, Maro will guide you through iconic neighborhoods, capturing the architectural elegance and urban energy of the city.

As the journey unfolds, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, a natural wonder of the world. Under Maro’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to capture the powerful cascades and vibrant wildlife, turning fleeting moments into eternal memories.

The expedition then leads you to the majestic landscapes of Patagonia. The highlight is the Perito Moreno Glacier, a photographer’s paradise, where you’ll immortalize the ethereal beauty of ice formations against a backdrop of pristine wilderness.

In addition to breathtaking natural scenery, you’ll delve into the heart of Patagonian culture. Experience the rustic charm of traditional estancias and the raw beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park, capturing the essence of Argentina’s southernmost frontiers.

This retreat is designed not just as a travel experience but as a deep dive into the art of photography. Maro Kouri, with her extensive expertise and passion for storytelling through the lens, ensures that each participant hones their skills, regardless of their experience level. The trip is a chance to learn, explore, and be inspired by one of the world’s most picturesque countries.

The adventure culminates with an enchanting Tango Dinner Show in Buenos Aires, a fitting finale that blends Argentina’s cultural vibrancy with its artistic allure. This experience is more than a tour; it’s a journey of discovery, learning, and artistic growth, with every frame capturing a unique story.

Join us on this captivating photographic retreat to Argentina, where every snapshot is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Under Maro’s guidance, this trip promises not only to enhance your photography skills but also to leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for Argentina’s natural and cultural wonders.

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    Your stops

    DAY

    1

    Athens - Buenos Aires

    DAY

    2

    Buenos Aires

    DAY

    3

    Buenos Aires - Iguazú

    DAY

    4

    Iguazú

    DAY

    5

    Iguazú​

    DAY

    6

    Iguazú​ - Buenos Aires

    DAY

    7

    El Calafate

    DAY

    8

    El Calafate

    DAY

    9

    El Calafae - Ushuaia

    DAY

    10

    Ushuaia

    DAY

    11

    Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

    DAY

    12

    Buenos Aires

    DAY

    13

    Buenos Aires - Atenas

    DAY 1

    Athens - Buenos Aires

    Our exciting journey across the Atlantic begins now! We meet at Athens International Airport for our flight to Argentina. This marks the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. Be sure to bring along a comfortable pillow and a captivating book – it’s going to be a lengthy but rewarding trip.

    As we soar towards our destination, the anticipation builds for the incredible experiences that await in the vibrant and culturally rich landscapes of Argentina. Every moment of our travel is a step closer to an adventure well worth every minute. Let’s start this extraordinary journey together!

    DAY 1

    Buenos Aires

    Upon arriving at Ezeiza International Airport, our staff will greet you and arrange a private transfer to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, embark on a private half-day tour of Buenos Aires, exploring historical and architectural landmarks like Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, Caminito, and San Telmo. The tour progresses through Puerto Madero, renowned for international dining, then to the prestigious Recoleta neighborhood, and concludes in Palermo, famous for its lush green spaces. The journey ends near your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Buenos Aires

    DAY 2

    Buenos Aires - Iguazú

    Breakfast at the hotel and at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport to board a domestic flight to Iguazú. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Iguazú
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 3

    Iguazú

    After a hearty breakfast we depart our hotel for a private tour to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls and the Iguazú National Park.

    From there, we will board the “Jungle Train,” an eco-friendly train that takes you deep into the Misiones jungle to the “Garganta del Diablo” station. Here begins the walkway leading to one of Argentina’s most breathtaking sights: the Garganta del Diablo (translated as “Devils Throat”), a spectacular waterfall known for its beauty and powerful energy. This unforgettable experience is followed by visits to the “Cataratas” (ie the Waterfalls) station, where you can choose between the Upper Walk, spanning 500 meters, and the Lower Walk, a series of walkways offering a different perspective of this natural wonder. Return to the Hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Iguazu
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 4

    Iguazú

    After breakfast we depart for our private tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Fall and ending at Foz do Iguazu National Park. A 950-meter boardwalk provides a panoramic view of the falls, culminating at the Garganta del Diablo viewpoint.

    On the afternoon, we will embark on a shared group tour exploring M’borore Guarani hamlet. Learn about the Guarani culture here through ceremonies, crafts, and hikes, and shop for handmade goods. This two-hour excursion provides an in-depth look at the Guarani village, one of 74 in the Misiones province.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Iguazú
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 5

    Iguazú - Buenos Aires - El Calafate

    Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. At the appointed time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your Aerolíneas Argentinas flight. Once you arrive at El Calafate, a private transfer to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 6

    El Calafate

    Enjoy breakfast, then set off for a full-day private tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier, including the “Safari Náutico” boat ride. Travel from your hotel to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO site, to see the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. Experience its beauty up close during a boat trip along the Rico Arm of Argentino Lake. The tour also includes a walk along the panoramic walkways facing the glacier. Optionally, for an additional fee, join the Mini-trekking tour to walk on the glacier itself, guided and equipped for safety. After these unforgettable experiences, return to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 7

    El Calafate

    Enjoy breakfast before departing from El Calafate for a shared excursion to Los Glaciares National Park via the “Camino de las Estancias.” The journey showcases wildlife and a dramatic landscape shift. At the estancia, receive a warm welcome with hot drinks and homemade pastries, and enjoy stunning Andes views. Explore the estancia’s history, from sheep farming to prestigious Hereford cattle breeding.

    Optionally, join a horseback ride (for an extra fee) or take a guided walk to discover the area’s unique geological formations and diverse flora and fauna. Visit the historical shearing shed to learn about wool processing.

    The day ends with a traditional Patagonian lamb barbecue at the Quincho, filled with stories and local culture. Witness the daily life of the estancia, including gauchos herding livestock. This experience provides a deep insight into the vast and remote Patagonian landscapes, culminating with a return to El Calafate.

    Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 8

    El Calafate - Ushuaia

    After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your Aerolíneas Argentinas flight, followed by a shared transfer to your Hotel in Ushuaia.

    In the afternoon, embark on a Beagle Channel cruise to the Island of Sea Lions and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse (known as the Lighthouse at the End of the World). Starting from the local tourist pier, sail through the wide Ushuaia Bay into the Beagle Channel. View the diverse birdlife on Bird Island and the sea lions on Sea Lions Island. At Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, observe colonies of Imperial and Rock Cormorants. The guide will share insights about the wildlife, geography, and historical significance of the channel. The return journey offers stunning views of the mountains surrounding Ushuaia and its splendid natural setting. The cruise is a journey of great historical and scenic value, concluding with a return to the hotel (hotel transfer not included).

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ushuaia
    Meals included:
     Breakfast

    DAY 9

    Ushuaia

    Start your day with breakfast before setting off on a tour of Cape San Pablo and Estancia Rolito from Ushuaia. Travel along National Route 3, crossing the scenic Garibaldi Pass, and witness the stunning Lago Escondido. As you head north, the landscape changes from forest to steppe, renowned for sheep farming.

    Visit Estancia Rolito, a family-run sheep farm that welcomes visitors into rural tourism. Enjoy a break there with tea and homemade treats, while learning about the farm’s history from the hosting family.

    Continue to Cape San Pablo, where you’ll explore an abandoned lighthouse and the Desdémona shipwreck, a relic of the past. Conclude the excursion with a visit to local fishermen Silvia and Miguel, who offer a homemade lunch with fresh fish, providing an authentic local experience.

    Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 10

    Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

    Enjoy breakfast, then head out for a morning tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Immerse yourself in the park’s lush nature, exploring the dense forest along the Beagle Channel. Stop at strategic points for walks, discovering natural treasures. At Bahía Ensenada, get your passport stamped at the world’s southernmost post office. Admire the mountain ranges and subantarctic forest, home to species like lenga, ñire, and wild orchids. Keep an eye out for Andean condors and black woodpeckers, and possibly spot red and gray foxes. Visit iconic spots like Lago Acigami and take a break from conventional tourism. Learn about the area’s history, geology, and ecology with an expert guide as you walk through Laguna Verde, Río Ovando, and Bahía Lapataia. The tour concludes with a return to your hotel or the port for a Beagle Channel cruise.

    In the afternoon, a private transfer takes you to the airport for your Aerolíneas Argentinas flight to Buenos Aires, followed by a private transfer to your Hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Buenos Aires
    Meals included:
     Breakfast

    DAY 11

    Ushuaia

    Free day and consider the recommended half-day excursion to the Tigre Delta at an extra fee. The Delta Premium tour starts with a departure from Puerto Madero, offering a coastal cruise along the Río de la Plata to the Paraná Delta. Explore small internal rivers, gaining insight into the lifestyle and traditions of the island inhabitants. After the boat ride, visit key attractions in the city of Tigre, including Paseo Victorica, the Naval Museum, and the Tigre Art Museum, housed in a grand late-19th-century building. At the Puerto de Frutos, enjoy some free time for exploration and shopping. Experience the unique perspective of sailing from Puerto Madero to Tigre, viewing the city from the vast Río de la Plata. The tour concludes with a return to your hotel.

    As a grand finale to your trip, enjoy a Tango Dinner Show in the evening, offering the perfect opportunity to experience the essence of Tango in its full glory. The show features a renowned orchestra, a cast of professional dancers, and exceptional singers, truly embodying the spirit of Buenos Aires, the tango capital. The dinner includes an appetizer, starter, main course, dessert, and drinks. After the show, you will be returned to your hotel, completing this memorable experience.

    Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate
    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 12

    Buenos Aires - Atenas

    Breakfast, and then, at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to Athens. Though the journey concludes, the memories you’ve created will linger, inspiring you to start planning your next adventure.

    We don’t say goodbye, but rather “hasta siempre!” – until we meet again! Safe travels and may your future adventures be just as enriching.

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