Patagonia and especially Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a photographer’s dream. I had no idea how beautiful it would be when I was planning our trip. I knew that it was going to be one of the highlights of our 8 weeks trip through southern America, but it turned out to be more than that.

Getting to El Chalten (a small village in the mountains, that was mostly built to accommodate climbers and trekkers) took us longer than we thought. Our bus arrived late at night and we still had to find us a room. We ended up in a small hospedaje (I don’t remember the name) sharing our room with another couple. The next morning we got up early to find us a better place to stay and organize our trip into the park. El Chalten had more to offer, than we initially thought (apart from a tent we also managed find a few places that offered delicious food and even a shop with exquisite wines and homebrewn beer). When we had everything together we decided to scout the village’s surroundings for a sunrise location. The one that was the easiest to reach was Mirador de los Condores.

Fitz Roy range glowing red at sunrise seen from a lookout in El Chaltén

Glowing Fitz Roy

The next morning I got up 2 hours before sunrise and walked to the lookout again. It takes about 1 hour to get there. It was cold and I had to put on all the clothes I had with me. When the sun came up a few clouds were still hovering above the Fitz Roy massive. The first rays reached Cerro Fitz Roy and for a few seconds the peak was glowing red.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @70mm
ISO 100, f/11, 0.6 seconds
Gitzo Tripod

16. February 2011
Sunrise