Imagine driving across Patagonia in a new Jeep Wrangler vehicle, while staying at some of the most remote and luxurious properties along the way… simply a priceless experience. For our video production team, it was hard to say no to that combination and before we realized it, the Chronos Cinema trio, composed of Sergio, Denis and I (Ignacio), were climbing up the final moraine to the Base of the Towers in Torres del Paine National Park along with our experienced Quasar Expeditions’ guide, Camila. Each of us had 25 kg (55 lbs) of Professional film equipment on our backs: A digital RED Dragon 6K film camera, three Canon 5D cameras, an optical prime tripod, motion time-lapse equipment, and hundreds of other accessories. In those last moments of the trek we really wondered what we had gotten ourselves into, but it was all part of the adventure, in order to capture the priceless shots that are now part of Quasar Expeditions’ Patagonia Overland Safari: “A Timeless Memory at the end of the world” video.
Certainly our experience in Patagonia during those 15 days lived up to Quasar Expeditions’ “Memories for a lifetime” slogan, with more than one blister on each foot to prove it. But when we compiled about 14 hours of video recording into 3 minutes, all the memorable places we had been to during our adventure became alive once again with a pleasant feeling of nostalgia. We were reminded of the horseback riding across the Patagonian steppe, the long and beautiful walks, our travels across endless landscapes and above all, of our faithful Jeep companion. Our walks atop the Grey glacier and the kayaking among icebergs while paddling upwind, were all among the dozens of priceless anecdotes that the three makers of the video took with us.
Fernando, one of the founders of Quasar Expeditions’ Patagonia Safaris, led us all along the second week of the journey, with the warm hospitality of his Ecuadorian company (Quasar Expeditions’ roots take the company back to Ecuador, as the first high-end yachting company in the Galapagos Archipelago). We pushed on into the Argentinean side of Patagonia to continue creating memories that would make this experience unforgettable. Fernando’s passion for genuine and out-of-the-ordinary adventure travel was contagious, forcing us to leave behind the ‘tourist’ experience of just arriving to a destination, taking a picture and the moving on. It was all about the experience.
I could go on forever and I still wouldn’t be able to describe entirely what it meant to be shooting with the highest technical standards in the industry, but with only a small team of 3 people. We used the same camera that was used to film, Lord of The Rings – The Hobbit to make this video. We definitely want to return one day to Patagonia to relive this experience, but this time without a camera. But I can honestly say I have had the privilege of living a unique experience and being able to record this unique odyssey from start to finish.
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Adventure photos and video credit: Chronos Cinema