I have one week completely free in the area of Punta Arenas (southern Chile) in January
. Suggestions for photographic opportunities, or even ways to think about what to do?
I am very excited. I have not been there before (I have been to Chile). My budget is not large. The first thing that I turned up is to walk the "W" circuit, or all or part of the "O" circuit in Torres del Paine. This sounds fantastic (and may be unrealistic), but I am not wedded to the park or the routes. I do not want to join a group trek (it is important to me that I'm able to follow my own schedule, and IME aesthetic experience is wary of groups). I am not equiped for camping (and don't particularly want to be), so I am dependant on refugios. I expect to travel with a Sony a900 and a Sony RX1R. I am an enthusiastic walker and sometimes hiker.
From what I've read, everything in the area is scenic and LARGE. Walking the "O", and being in the park, are undoubtedly their own reward. I want to return with more than documentation of where I was. My artistic goals for the trip are still being formed -- I'd love input from experienced photographers here.
Some sense of my sensibilities (and abilities) can be seen in my on-line portfolio
, in particular for this project some rural pictures
. My neck of the woods (Pennsylvania and Maryland) is, notably, not large, grand, majestic, or awesome.
Thanks in advance.