Intro by Skip Cohen
Last month Lauren Hefferon shared some of her images from her recent trip to Patagonia. Along with the images was a short travel log describing some of the different highlights of the trip.
What I love most about working with Lauren and Osian Lindholm is their enthusiasm not just for imaging but travel. This isn’t just a career or job for either one of them, but their passion for life.
Lauren described the trip as the most beautiful place she’d ever been in thirty years of travel! These images I’m sharing here are screen shots from her original post. They only scratch the surface of the beauty on this trip. Check out the link to her Flickr gallery at the end of her travel log. Then, put this trip on your bucket list!
All the landscape/scenic shots in Lauren’s gallery were captured with Panasonic’s LUMIX LX100. It’s one of my favorites – great optics, 4K video, easy to use and even easier to travel with.
When you love what you do, you do it well. There’s a reason by these trips win so many awards each year! If you’d like to find out more, just pick up the phone and call (617-640-4837) Lauren directly or, email her, Lauren@ciclismoclassico.com.
These aren’t just trips, but experiences of a lifetime!
Note: On my request, Lauren extended the early sign up bonus she refers to at the end of the post from November 25 to December 14. It’s a great savings on a trip of lifetime.
by Lauren Hefferon
I am still glowing and overwhelmed with wonder and joy from one of the most amazing landscape and nature experiences of my life: my 10 day scouting trek of our Myths, Mammals & Mountains adventure in Torres Del Paine National Park and Chiloe Island in Patagonia, Chile.In my 30 years of adventure travel all over the world, this extraordinary place at the end of the earth ranks NUMBER ONE in my top three of the most wild, magnificent and awe-inspiring places I have ever experienced (Sardinia and Lofoten Islands are number 2 and 3). Every moment I felt I was living in a dream!
Each day took on an incredible life of its own. My heart pounded as I absorbed thousands of moments into my soul and captured hundreds of memories with my camera. The experience was ‘five-star’ in every way from the amazing landscapes, the multi-award winning and luxurious-sustainable EcoCamp Patagonia with its cozy eco dome suites complete with warming wood stoves and star-lit sky, impeccable and super friendly guides, pisco sours and traditional clambakes, glacier boat rides and daily close-up interactions with over 50 wildlife species as we hiked through their world.
We had two days of an exhilarating wildlife trek through the vast Patagonia tundra with a local expert, Diego, to learn about the life and behavior of all the wonderful creatures along the way: the rare Darwin fox, graceful guanacos playing and fighting, eagles, condors and flamingos soaring, and a mother skunk carrying its baby up and over hills to a new den. The grand prize was hours of close up viewing of the puma in a variety of settings: stalking a guanaco, sipping water, climbing on rocks and relaxing in the grass before her afternoon nap.
For the second half of our tour we explored the Island of Chiloe, a completely different but equally wondrous and wild place where we hiked long stretches of absolutely deserted beaches connected by thick jungles and overlooks. We learned about the colorful stilt houses and wooden churches that blend so harmoniously into this wild landscape.
Here are the world’s best oysters and the Curanto, a clambake created with care and passion by the locals and served with white wine and many stories. Bird life and animals thrive here: foxes, miniature deer, penguins, seals, pelicans and many seabirds were our wild and wonderful travel companions.
I invite you to join photographer and naturalist Ossian Lindholm and me on this once-in-a lifetime adventure! We only have limited spaces on our March 12-20 Myths, Mountains & Mammals hiking and photography tour of Patagonia and Chiloe Island. Since it is our first official tour there, we are offering it at a special introductory price through November 25, an incredible value and all-inclusive except for the flights to get there! You do NOT have to be a photographer to enjoy this experience, just be ready to set all your senses and heart on fire!Click here to enjoy the award-winning Eco Lodge in Torres Del Paine where you will lay your head and fill your soul each day with travelers from around the world.