Wildlife Group Tour

Puma Tracking in Chilean Patagonia

Search, study and photograph Puma in and around the Torres del Paine National Park

11 days

from £4,985pp
  • Search for puma with Diego Araya - professional photographer & expert wildlife guide
  • Photograph and learn about the geology and native flora & fauna of Torres del Paine N.P.
  • Andean condor, grey fox, guanaco and Huemul (endangered south Andean deer) can be seen
  • A team of wildlife trackers maximise the chance of sightings
  • Stay at EcoCamp Patagonia within the Torres del Paine National Park

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.

Puma Tracking Days

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. 

Other wildlife in Torres del Paine National Park

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 - photographer and expert guide

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. 



Departing on:
  • 19th October 2017
  • 16th November 2017
  • 16th December 2017
  • 1st January 2018
  • 21st February 2018
  • 8th March 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
19th Oct 2017 28th Oct 2017 £ 4,985 £ 1,050 £ 795 Diego Araya Available
16th Nov 2017 25th Nov 2017 £ 4,985 £ 1,050 £ 795 Diego Araya Available
16th Dec 2017 25th Dec 2017 £ 4,985 £ 1,050 £ 795 Diego Araya Available
1st Jan 2018 10th Jan 2018 call call call Diego Araya Available
21st Feb 2018 2nd Mar 2018 call call call Diego Araya Available
8th Mar 2018 17th Mar 2018 call call call Diego Araya Available
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what is included

  • Accommodation and meals as stated
  • All transfers
  • Domestic flight Santiago to Punta Arenas return
  • Guided excursions as detailed

what is excluded

  • Additional meals (lunch/dinner in Santiago and Punta Arenas)
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • International rtn flights to Santiago unless supplement paid
  • Tips
  • Visa

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Santiago

Day 2

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, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Santiago to Punta Arenas


You will be staying at Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Road Journey from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park


A scenic journey of approximately 5 to 6 hours.


Afternoon Visit around Torres del Paine National Park
After 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, Full board

Day 5

Puma Tracking and Photography at Laguna Amarga
Over 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.


You will be staying at Eco Camp Patagonia, Full board

Day 6

Andean Condor and Huemul Photography
Activities in and around the national park.


You will be staying at Eco Camp Patagonia, Full board

Day 7

Fox, Guanaco & Wildlife Photography, Laguna Azul
Exploring in and around the national park.


You will be staying at Eco Camp Patagonia, Full board

Day 8

Flora Observation & Photography at Los Cuernos
Out and about in the national park.


You will be staying at Eco Camp Patagonia, Full board

Day 9

Morning Puma Tracking & Photography - Return to Punta Arenas
Begin 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.


You will be staying at Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Punta Arenas to Santiago

Fly Santiago to Madrid

Day 11

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Eco Camp Patagonia

Eco Camp Patagonia

Located within Torres Del Paine National Park, with fantastic views of the majestic towers of the Paine Massif....

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Cumbres Lastarria

Cumbres Lastarria

Cumbres Lastarria is located in the historic, bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria in Santiago, Chile's capital city....

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For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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Group Size:

Min 1 / Max 4

Departure Date (S):

  • 19th October 2017
  • 16th November 2017
  • 16th December 2017
  • 1st January 2018
  • 21st February 2018
  • 8th March 2018

The tour may occasionally involve slightly longer walks, but nothing over 4 hours. The tour will involve visits to a variety of sites throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.

"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."

PUMA TRACKING TOUR WITH DIEGO, 2016

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