April 3 – April 6, 2023

Villa Epecuén, Argentina add-on experience

Developed in the early 1920’s, Villa Epecuén was a tourist village in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina. Villa Epecuén sits on the eastern shore of Laguna Epecuén. In its heyday, Villa Epecuén could accommodate more than 5,000 visitors. At the time, there were up to 280 businesses in Epecuén, including lodges, guesthouses, hotels, and businesses and during its period of use, the village hosted 25,000 tourists during high season (between November and March), from the 1950s to the 1970s. Today Villa Epecuén is shadow of its former self. On November 6, 1985, a rare weather pattern broke a nearby damn and the dike protecting the village, resulting in a is a seiches (i.e., a standing wave). Standing waves are waves that move back and forth across enclosed or partially enclosed bodies of water, such as  lakes, reservoirs, swimming pools, bays, harbors and seas. As a result of the damn and dike failure, that waters around Villa Epecuén rose, at their peak, 33ft, submerging the village under water for more than 25 years. Over the past decade, the waters have receded exposing the ruins of Villa Epecuén. Only one former reside returned to his home. Preserved by the salt water, what is left of the buildings, structures and vehicles is covered in a layer of grey and white salt. Villa Epecuén was used as a location in the 2020 film And Soon the Darkness.  

This tour has been structured to help ensure proper distancing, to include fewer participants and larger vehicles, as well as comply with all of the COVID-19 requirements of the destination countries. 

You will enjoy: 

  • Bilingual Argentinian and Chilean photographers to guide us in country, with experience with capturing images is this unique location.
  • Accommodations near our shooting locations, double occupancy lodging with breakfast.
  • Private transportation, with local experienced driver.
  • Full days in the field shooting, with expert instruction, geared to your level of expertise for an enhanced learning experience.
  • Tour designed to create a fun and interactive environment that enhances your individual experience.
  • Instruction on image processing as requested and feedback and image critiques and helpful suggestions throughout the trip on how to capture your ideal images.
  • Entrance fees.

 

Cost $1,250/participant, Single Supplement – $350

Minimum # of Participants: 4

Maximum # of Participants: 8

To reserve your spot, a $750 deposit is required. Click here: Register Now

Guides: Alejandro Capelli, Denise Silva, and Geff Bourke

Itinerary – Subject to Change

Day 1 – April 3: Welcome to Argentina.

Arrival to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We will have a briefing on the abandoned city of Epecuén and the itinerary at the hotel.

Day 2 and 3 – April 4-5: Travel and explore to Epecuén 

We will drive to Villa Epecuén and explore the village for a couple of days. This will give us time to experience different light (sunrise and sunset) in this unique location. 

Day 4 – April 6: Return to Buenos Aires

After a morning exploration, we will return to Buenos Aires and get ready for the flight to El Calafate (see Patagonia tour). 

Additional Information: 

Making images at Epecuén will require participants to walk and stand on uneven, but fairly level surfaces. 

Argentinian weather could be unpredictable, strong winds, rain, snow, low temperatures (few degrees below freezing point + wind), so warm cloths, long underwear, waterproof jacket, pants and shoes are very important to keep you dry warm under those conditions.

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from Buenos Aires (EZE).  
  • Although not included, we will facilitate planning for:

–  Lodging in Buenos Aires for before or after the trip if you would like to spend some additional time. 

  • Visas, if applicable. U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Argentina. Private U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. Diplomatic or official passport holders must get visas prior to arrival. 
  • Cost for any Covid testing that may be required to travel between Argentina and Chile. 
  • Local airport taxes
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended). (Travelinsurance.com)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
  • Lunches, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Optional pre- or post-tours. 

Trip Insurance:

Participants are strongly advised to purchase travel protection insurance. Travelinsurance.com offers different options from various vendors and allows for product comparison.

Participant Information, Waiver, and Release – click here.

Healthy Packing Listclick here.

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