Day 1: You will arrive to the north east area of Peninsula Valdés, where you will meet our local guide.
Day 2 to 7: Due to the unpredictable behavior of the orcas we will focus only in this amazing predator in order to have as many chances as possible.
After a breakfast and with a packed lunch for the day we leave the lodge before sunrise to look for orcas and depending on the tide we will chose different spots where to start our search.
We will spend most of the day in one spot until the orcas show up. Action can take a few seconds or a couple of hours depending on the success of their hunting attempts. As soon as the orcas leave we'll decide where to go and try to anticipate them by reaching the next spot before the orcas do.
As these will be our main target throughout our stay here and we will follow this pattern over each of these full days to really maximize our chances of not just encounters, but special ones too. We will be doing this in vehicles and sometimes on foot, in different parts of the ranch. We will need to be quiet and sensible in our approach to the sea lion colony due to the shy behavior of these marine mammals. Each day will almost certainly throw up other photographic opportunities in terms of dramatic landscapes that will be around us at all times and also the chance of encounters with Guanaco, Patagonia Grey Fox, large hairy armadillos and different kind of birds.
What to Bring
Our accommodation is a fantastic lodge in a private ranch with international cuisine and an excellent service. We will be coming out of Sumer and into Autumn here so the weather has the potential to be quite variable so good waterproof and warm clothing will be required and some good walking boots and possibly gaiters too. Lighter showerproof outer clothing will be sensible as well.
In terms of camera gear then the longest lens you have will be needed (300mm with converter as a minimum really and 500mm + ideal) along with tripod. You will definitely want some shorter lenses for the array of landscape opportunities (70-200mm and 24-70mm say) and a set of polarising and grad filters will be good too if you have them and are used to working with them. You will need storage devices for the array of images you’ll build up and a laptop for viewing these on the evenings can be both sociable and also good for critiquing purposes.