Wildlife Group Tour
This is the ultimate trip for those interested in photography, mountain scenery and wildlife, in particular the Andean puma. Days are spent exploring in and around the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, a visually stunning area with snow-capped granite mountains, lakes and glaciers and home to an estimated 50-100 pumas.
Each day begin with an early start to maximise the beautiful morning light and animal activity. A team of puma and wildlife trackers head off to scour the area for the elusive cats, keeping in radio contact with the group giving a larger search area and thus maximising chances of sightings. Start in the eastern part of the park observing, studying and photographing the native flora and fauna. After a full morning head back to EcoCamp, do as the wildlife during the peak sun hours and rest up. In the afternoon end the day in the western side of the park with your guide, improving your photography skills, catching the best of the light at sunset.
As well as puma, this area is home to the majestic Andean condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world, nesting high in the mountains and seen during the day gliding on the thermals. The endangered south Andean deer and national symbol of Chile - the huemal, is found in the park and with luck the expert trackers may find a small group grazing on scrubs. One mammal, native to South America, that is seen in large numbers is the guanaco, a member of the camelid family and more importantly the main prey of the puma. Return each night to EcoCamp Patagonia, a unique, fully sustainable camp with fantastic views of the incredible granite towers on the Torres del Paine massif.
Diego Araya, a professional photographer and expert wildlife guide, leads this exclusive group (maximum four) to some of the best locations in the park for wildlife and iconic sites.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.
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Day at leisure in Santiago
Santiago de Chile enjoys a striking setting sandwiched between The Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city with much to keep the discerning traveller occupied. Cable car rides offer panoramic views, while art museums both classic and modern vie for your attention. As a modern city, it is easy to explore and any visitor will delight in wandering the bohemian district of Lastarria, home to high quality boutiques and restaurants. Readily accessible from the city are horse riding, white water rafting or skiing excursions and the region's much celebrated vineyards.
You will be staying at Cumbres Lastarria
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You will be staying at Hotel Rey Don Felipe
Road Journey from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park
A scenic journey of approximately 6 hours.
Afternoon Visit around Torres del Paine National ParkAfter lunch at EcoCamp Patagonia take a leisurely tour of the National Park, there will be plenty of opportunity to admire the Patagonian steppe, guanacos and snow-capped mountain scenery.Torres del Paine National Park is an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of stunning beauty, located on the southernmost tip of the Patagonia Ice Cap. Electric blue icebergs float on vividly coloured lakes of turquoise and aquamarine, while golden beech forests cling to the base of colossal granite pinnacles - this is a landscape of rare beauty.The National Park also supports a fragile eco-system of fauna including the guanaco, fox, condor, rhea and elusive puma. Without question, Torres del Paine and its captivating scenery and ultimate remoteness, is one of the highlights of South America.
You will be staying at Eco Camp Patagonia
Puma Tracking and Photography at Laguna AmargaOver the next few days spend time with Diego Ayara, exploring in and around Torres del Paine National Park. Be amazed with the visually stunning scenery, search for puma and other fauna and hone your photography skills. Each day will generally follow the same format, but with the focus differing on areas of the park and wildlife. Puma tracking will always take priority and the actual itinerary will depend on the tracking team, group & weather.Start with sunrise photography in the east with hot coffee and breakfast on the go. The puma tracking team will have gone on ahead searching for the elusive cats, keeping in radio contact to ensure the group don't miss out. Spend about six hours observing, studying and photographing the wildlife and scenery before returning to EcoCamp Patagonia for lunch and a rest.In the afternoon after the peak sun hours head to the western side of park, photographing the beautiful landscape and visiting different habitats and ecosystems. After waiting for the sun to set over the iconic Paine massif, return to camp for dinner.
Andean Condor and Huemul PhotographyActivities in and around the national park.
Fox, Guanaco & Wildlife Photography, Laguna AzulExploring in and around the national park.
Flora Observation & Photography at Los CuernosOut and about in the national park.
Morning Puma Tracking & Photography - Return to Punta ArenasBegin the morning as the others with an early start out looking for wildlife in and around the park. Return to EcoCamp Patagonia for lunch before making the journey by road back to Punta Arenas.
Road journey from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas
A journey of approximately 6 hours.
Situated at the foot of The Andes with striking views across the Straits of Magellan to Tierra Del Fuego, Punta Arenas is Patagonia's liveliest and most interesting city. Made rich by the wool boom following the importation of sheep from The Falklands in the 19th century, vestiges of the town's heyday remain today in the form of fine colonial architecture and interesting history. The town itself is compact with everything within walkable distance. A visit to the extraordinary Palacio Sara Braun and the manicured cemetery are strongly recommended.
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"Diego was fantastic, he was very good at giving us options/briefings before our outings and his team managed to accommodate our groups varied preferences, abilities, and interests very well - being very lucky with sightings certainly helped. The amount of time where we were just sitting and waiting was minimal (in terms of wildlife photography) and he and his team had a lot of options up their sleeves - armadillo, pygmy owl, or just the amazing landscape. I liked that the driver was a photographer as he would often spot/suggest photo opportunities. The group size of 4 guests and 4 staff was excellent and I feel played a big part in how well things went. I would certainly recommend Diego and his team to anyone looking to see pumas and/or the wildlife of Torres del Paine."
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