Photograph Pumas, Peaks, and Penguins of Patagonia on this ten-day photo tour in “The Most Beautiful National Park in the World,” Torres del Paine.
The Puma and Wildlife of Patagonia Photography Tour is a one of a kind opportunity that you must see to believe. Join this tour and experience the unique wildlife and nature of Patagonia in unbelievable up close fashion.
“Pumaland” at Torres del Paine is a 200-square-kilometer tract of rolling, grassy hills that is the only place in the world where it is possible to see Pumas on a guaranteed, virtually daily basis. The pumas are visible thanks to decades of protection from hunting combined with a uniquely-high density of their favorite prey, guanacos, and hares. Our guides and trackers will work to ensure that we have multiple opportunities to safely photograph the powerful and graceful apex predator of Patagonia, the Puma!
Pumas and Wildlife of Patagonia Highlights
- 10 Days and 9 Nights
- Patagonia, Chile
- Small Group – 6 Clients
- All Inclusive Tour
- $XXXX single occupancy, $XXXX double occupancy
Pumas and Wildlife of Patagonia Tour Details
Puma Tour Dates
Arrive in Punta Arenas April XX, 2019
Depart from Punta Arenas April XX, 2019
Puma Tour Schedule
Day 1: Arrival Punta Arenas
Welcome to the Chilean Patagonia. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel where you will enjoy a meal (included) and meet your fellow puma trekkers and me!
Day 2: Torres del Paine
After a hearty breakfast (included) we will drive to our lodge at Torres del Paine National Park. Once you get settled in your room, we will meet for lunch and go over the activities we have planned for the next few days.
After lunch at the lodge, we’ll go on our first puma trek!
Day 3-8: Torres del Paine
Twice a day every day for the next six days we will go for puma after breakfast and return to the lodge for lunch and a bit of rest. Once our human and camera batteries are topped off, we once again search for our quarry, the puma.
Day 9: Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas
This morning we will break our fast, check out of the lodge and make our way towards Punta Arenas. What better way to ease the four-hour drive than to stop and photograph an Andean Condor roost cliff. On most days, 30-108 condors fly back and forth beneath you, providing the world’s most spectacular Andean Condor photography opportunity. We will enjoy a packed lunch before we make the 90-minute drive to the hotel in Punta Arenas.
After check-in, we will gather for a farewell dinner in Punta Arenas.
Day 10: Punta Arenas
One more meal and then we will be driven to the Punta Arenas airport for home or wherever your camera may take you!
Puma Trek Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
- All meals and lodging for the tour dates
- Ground transportation in Chile
- Dedicated trackers
- English-speaking naturalist guide
- Entrance fees for all parks and photography locations
Items Not Included
- International flights
- Soft drinks, small bottles of water, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
Puma Tour Equipment and Gear
Beyond your camera gear, your shoes are the most critical thing to get right. We are going to spend a lot of time walking with the pumas over various terrains. You will not be happy with ill-fitting shoes or shoes that don’t give you great support. I highly advise you that your tennis shoes will not be adequate. I am a fan of hiking shoes and boots from Merrel and Keen. And don’t forget the socks, you need support from your socks too!
As noted above we will be walking and so keeping your camera gear light is very important. An excellent choice would be a mid-level zoom like the Canon 100-400mm or the Nikon 80-400mm. I am also a big fan of the Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm.
We are going to see and photograph some incredible landscapes too, so your favorite landscape lens will be welcome. A wide angle like a 16-35mm and or a short zoom like a 24-120mm.
We will not always be close to the vehicles, and so you will need to be able to carry your camera and lenses. A backpack is an obvious choice. If I am only using one lens, I like to use a strap instead of a backpack. I never use a neck strap, I use a Black Rapid Strap, and they work well for me.
Please feel free to get in touch with me, and we can talk about your gear plans for the trip.
Typically Aprils temperature in the region will bring us highs near 50F and lows around 32F. On average there is a 27% chance that we will see some precipitation. You should dress in layers and pack a lightweight rain jacket.
The weather in Torres del Paine can change quickly and often involves high winds. To ensure guest safety, our Puma guide reserves the right to change the activities on certain days if the wind, rain, or cold becomes dangerous.
Ready to go Puma Trekking?
There is only one place in the world to photograph the iconic Cordillera Paine mountains as a backdrop and wild pumas as the subject, and it is this tour! You will photograph wild pumas, and I know that you will be amazed at the images you will add to your portfolio.
So don’t delay register today, click the workshops registration link and you’re on your way!