Patagonian photography tour
Description of Patagonian photography tour
This Patagonian photography is also a spectacular wildlife holiday in Torres del Paine National Park. Because not only will you be travelling with a professional nature and wildlife photographer, but also with expert wildlife trackers to help you find the wildest of ways through the park. A fixed date holiday, your guide and teacher is Diego Araya who, as well as publishing Patagonia 237, a big format coffee table book financed by Nikon Chile, is an experienced adventure guide.
Eco Camp Patagonia is an award winning accommodation where you stay in luxury geodesic domes. They have a minimal environmental footprint in this precious landscape, while also providing comforts such as hot showers, electricity and fine food. And during the day, you will get out into the park to explore its extraordinary geology, catch the light from magnificent sunrises or sunsets, and enjoy its diverse landscapes, home to a wonderful array of wildlife.
There are 26 species of mammal in Torres del Paine National Park, including the South Andean deer, the elusive puma and the guanaco. Keep a look out for superb birdlife, including the celebrated condor.
PlanetWe are committed to working in conjunction with local communities in all the countries in which we operate. We use locally owned services such as hotels and restaurants, paying a fair price for those services. We buy fresh local produce for all of our treks from markets and small shops in each departure town. In preference we choose local over imported goods and use public transport whenever possible and feasible.
On all our tours we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean. In the UK office we use recyclable and recycled materials when possible. We recycle what we can and attempt to keep waste to an absolute minimum. We promote paper saving by using email as much as possible and by keeping unwanted mail to a minimum. We use low-energy light bulbs, fair-trade and biodegradable products where possible. We are involved in on-going training of the staff we work with in the UK and in the Andes to ensure as high as possible standards of environmental care and responsible behaviour.
PeopleWe actively support several community projects in Peru.
Currently we donate in the region of USD$1000 at the start of each school year to a school near Cusco. We ask the community what is most needed and usually we are asked to provide materials (books, pencils, paper etc.) for the children and the local school.
Also, since 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.
The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in holiday projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, holiday programmes.
We are now also financially supporting the UK registered charity Amantani which is running boarding houses for children in the remote Andean region around Cusco. It is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainable
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