Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

SUNRISE, MOUNT FITZROY AND POINCENOT, ARGENTINE PATAGONIA.
The rising sun strikes Mount Fitzroy, Poincenot and neighbouring peaks long before the low lying landscape, Argentine Patagonia.

Patagonia is a region at the southern end of South America, including parts of Chile and Argentina. This region includes the southern portion of the Andes Mountains and is an iconic destination for landscape photographers. There are several national parks in Patagonia, including Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina, and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Photographer John Collins, from Cork, Ireland, made a trip to Patagonia and has kindly given us permission to showcase some of his photos from the trip. If you’re looking for a location for your next photography trip, or simply interested in some inspiring images, you will enjoy this showcase of John’s work.

If you’re considering a trip to Patagonia, here are some tips straight from John, based on his own experience:

  • Patagonia is a broad area encompassing southern Argentina and Chile. It’s great to do a trip that takes in both, given the long haul travel.
  • El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier is the gateway to Argentine Patagonia with good flight connections and plenty of accommodation options.
  • El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park is where most photographers will want to spend time to experience the drama of Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. Trekking is well established here and easy to navigate. Some of the treks are long but very worthwhile.
  • I chose early autumn/fall, to get some fall colours and hopefully early snow. The downside to choosing this time is unpredictable weather – expect to loose some days when conditions will just ’sock you in’.
  • It’s a long but doable drive across the border to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. These dramatic mountain and lake landscapes are justifiably considered world class. No amount of time will be enough!
  • A final thing that I would add is that this is really a trip for fit photographers who like to trek and hike…

Thanks to John for sharing his photos with us. Enjoy the showcase below.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

SUNRISE, CUERNOS DEL PAINE, LAGO NORDENSKJOLD, PATAGONIA, CHILE.
Morning sun paints the drifting clouds beneath Cuernos del Paine, Lago Nordenskjold, Patagonia, Chile.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

FIRST LIGHT ON MOUNT FITZROY AND POINCENOT, ARGENTINE PATAGONIA.
First light on a clear morning after three days of early autumn snow. Mount Fitzroy, also known as Chaltén, towers above its Andean neighbours at 3405 Metres.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

DUSK AT CHALTÉN, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA.
High clouds hold the last of the evening light after sunset, Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

FIERY SUNRISE ON TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILEAN PATAGONIA.
The three granite towers that give the national park its name, Torres del Paine, engulfed in morning cloud as the sun rises.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins


RIVER DAWN, CHALTÉN, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA.
A break in the cloud breathes light on the landscape, Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

TWISTED TREE, CHALTÉN, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA.
A twisted tree gives a clue as to the relentless Patagonian wind as high clouds paint the evening sky, Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

SUNSET, MOUNT FITZROY AND POINCENOT, ARGENTINE PATAGONIA.
Storm clouds briefly give way to glimpse the evening sun setting at Mount Fitzroy and Poincenot, Argentine Patagonia.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

CHORRILLO DEL SALTO FALLS, CHALTÉN, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA.
Autumn colours at Chorrillo del Salto falls, Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins


DAWN MIST, CUERNOS DEL PAINE, CHILEAN PATAGONIA.
The dawn sun strikes the peaks of Cuernos del Paine, reflected in the still waters of Lago Nordenskjold, Patagonia, Chile.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

LAGO PEHOE AND THE DISTANT PEAKS OF TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, PATAGONIA, CHILE.
A time exposure of moving clouds over the peaks of Torres del Paine National Park at Lago Pehoe, Patagonia, Chile.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

LENTICULAR CLOUDS OVER PATAGONIAN ANDES.
High lenticular clouds are lit by a morning sun, Patagonia, Argentina.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins


BOARDING LADDER, LAGO PEHOE, PATAGONIA, CHILE.
A wooden ladder to aid boat boarding, lies on the still waters of Lago Pehoe, Patagonia, Chile.

Beautiful Photos of Patagonia by John Collins

SUNSET OVER PAINE GRANDE, TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILEAN PATAGONIA.
The sun sets behind the peaks of Paine Grande as water rushes through Salto Grande falls joining Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe, Torres del Paine national park, Patagonia, Chile.

Connect with John Collins

If you want to get in touch with John or view more of his work, please visit his website: johncollins.ie.

All photos in this post are © John Collins, used with permission.

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