Patagonia Puma Tracking Wildlife Photo Adventure

10 Days from £5575 per adult.
10 Days
Group Tour
Big Cat Safari
Photographic

Join local photo and wildlife professional Diego Araya as he explores the unique wildlife of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Accompanied by Diego and a team of fauna trackers each day discover and photograph the park’s geology, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and native flora and fauna, enjoying moments of intimacy with unique wildlife including the endangered huemul and the elusive puma, one of the world’s most enigmatic felines. Evenings are spent at the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia in its sustainable geodesic Suite Domes. PLEASE NOTE: This tour can also be taken on a Tailor-Made basis.

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Itinerary

Price from £5575 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Depart London, fly to Madrid and overnight to Chile.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Santiago

Connect with flight to Santiago. Morning arrival in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the city, including the 16th Century San Francisco church, “La Moneda” Government Palace, and the Plaza de Armas. The tour continues towards Santa Lucia Hill, where Pedro Valdivia founded the city in 1541, and San Cristobal Hill, and ends with a visit to the various residential neighbourhoods.

Staying at Hotel Orly. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Torres del Paine

After an early breakfast transfer to Santiago Airport and fly to Punta Arenas in the far south of mainland Chile. Met on arrival and transfer (shared) about five hours to your accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park. En route stop for lunch in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of Last Hope Sound, and then explore Cueva de Milodon, a large prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. After dinner your guide will give a briefing on the upcoming days and the wildlife that will be seen.

Staying at EcoCamp Patagonia. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Torres del Paine

Start off each day early, photographing the sunrise from distinct locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go. The puma tracking team, already hard at work, will be in radio contact to advise of any sightings. The wildlife exploration begins close to EcoCamp, in the park’s eastern sector, making the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity. Each day there will usually be around six hours of wildlife observation in the morning, studying and photographing the park’s native flora and fauna, before heading back to EcoCamp for lunch and a siesta.

In the afternoons after the quieter peak sun hours head out again, this time to the park’s western sector to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and flora and fauna to be found here. Visit landmark locations such as Grey Glacier and other striking natural monuments and listen for reports from the tracking team who will alert the group to any interesting fauna sightings in the area. After photographing the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif return to EcoCamp for dinner and a well-earned rest. O/n ECOCAMP PATAGONIA, FB.

Note: The exact itinerary is flexible and will depend on the weather, the reports from the puma tracking team, and the needs of the group.

Staying at EcoCamp Patagonia. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Torres del Paine

Morning and afternoon excursions to search for puma and other fauna.

Staying at EcoCamp Patagonia. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Torres del Paine

Morning and afternoon excursions to search for puma and other fauna.

Staying at EcoCamp Patagonia. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Torres del Paine

Morning and afternoon excursions to search for puma and other fauna.

Staying at EcoCamp Patagonia. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Punta Arenas

Enjoy a last morning activity, return to EcoCamp for lunch, then transfer by road to Punta Arenas, arriving in the early evening.

Staying at Hotel Cabo de Hornos. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9 - Fly Home

Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport and fly to Santiago. Connect with overnight flight to London Heathrow via Madrid on LAN or IBERIA AIRLINES.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Arrive London

Arrive Madrid and connect with flight to London.

Includes No Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly to Santiago via Madrid from London on Lan or Iberia airlines.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Pre or post tour tailor-made extensions can be arranged to visit the king penguin colony on Tierra del Fuego, the Lake District, wine country, San Pedro de Atacama or Easter Island. A visit to Chile can also be combined with Argentina, crossing to Bariloche through the Lake District, to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, or cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Hotel Cabo de Hornos: -53.162880, -70.906823
EcoCamp Patagonia: -50.962975, -72.863772