Amidst towering mountains on the most southern tip of the Americas waits an adventure that’ll leave you spell bound. The Andes is a scenic wonder and home to no only the puma, one of our planet’s largest cats, but also incredible scenery, from massive glaciers to the iconic Torres del Paine.
You’ll find yourself walking this terrain alongside these big cats in one of the most celebrated landscapes, not only a wildlife photographer’s delight but an experience that’ll leave a profound impact on every visitor. For many years the region lured adventure travelers from all around the world, attracted by the natural beauty on offer & the exceptional hiking opportunities.
The discovery of habituated pumas changed this and Torres Del Paine has now become the home of the puma and a wildlife photographers delight. Not only do you get to visit one of the most scenic regions on our planet but you’ll be exposed to some of the most exciting photography too. Pumas in the region have grown accustomed to humans on foot & therefor allow you remarkably close. Incredible photographic opportunities and intimate on-foot encounters await. This exciting adventure will also take you to some of the most photographed landscapes and glaciers in the world. This is no ordinary travel experience.
At a glance
9 Nights / 10 Days
From $15,450.00 per single guest
Minimum 35% deposit to secure
Pumas, On-foot encounters, Torres del Paine, Glaciers & Landscapes
- All accommodation specified in itinerary
across 9 nights
- Services of local photo guide & trekking team
- Road transfers between Argentina & Chile
- Soft drinks & water
- Park fee’s
- Entrance fee’s for parks and glaciers
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Passport and visa costs
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
- Drinks and meals not specified
- Transfers not specified
- International flights arriving into and departing El Calafate
- Any accommodation or transport not specified in the itinerary
- All alcoholic drinks
- Laundry Services
4 Spaces available
12 Apr - 22 Apr 2022
Marlon Du Toit
The pumas and glaciers of Patagonia is no ordinary travel experience!
Day 1 Arrive in El Calafaté, dinner & overnight| Day 2 Glacier/Landscape photography, cultural dinner | Day 3 Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park | Day 4 – 8 Full days in Torres del Paine National Park | Day 9 Transfer back to El Calafaté, traditional dinner | Day 10 Transfer to Airport, tour end
Arrive off international flights into El Calafate. A transfer will take you from the airport to the hotel in town for your overnight. Here you'll meet the rest of the team for dinner to discuss the exciting times lying ahead.
Visiting the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast and coffee we will visit the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier in the morning when we usually find good conditions for photography. It's a great opportunity for photographers to explore and experience one of Argentina’s top attractions and a natural marvel. This location into the Los Glaciares National Park offers exceptional views of Patagonia’s most famous glacier, giving you the chance to really appreciate the glacier’s sheer magnitude as you walk across the wooden walkways along the shores of Lake Argentino. After this morning activity we will drive back to El Calafate. We will head straight to a traditional restaurant where a special lunch will be waiting for us, something to look forward to. We'll return to the hotel to enjoy dinner, a good conversation and an overnight.
Transfer to Torres del Paine
This is the special day you've been waiting for. After breakfast and coffee transfer from El Calafate to Torres del Paine (around 5 hours driving) for a 6 night adventure of epic proportions. We will stay in the small town of Cerro Castillo, located in the Chilean side of the border and close to the National Park and estancia. In the afternoon we'll head out on our very first puma trek within one of our planet's most stunningly visual regions.
Day 4 - 8
Torres del Paine
Every day will start early with a warm cup of coffee and a good breakfast. A total of five full days will be dedicated to photograph Pumas, Guanacos, birds of prey, amazing scenery and much more. Pumas tend to concentrate their hunting operations in the time period from before dawn until about two hours after sunrise and again from about two hours before sunset until after dusk.
We will be most active during these periods and inspect the puma hunting grounds located in a private Estancia. The area comprised by the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul is well known for holding one of the largest concentrations of pumas in the wild. In company of our local guide and puma trackers we will find & follow puma at a prudent distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. Our puma tracking team, already hard at work before sunrise, will be in radio contact to let us know how they’re doing.
Throughout the trip, they will be letting us know the location of the estancia's most elusive animals so that we can head to the sites where they are as soon as they're spotted. While we travel around looking for Pumas there will be plenty of opportunities to photograph Guanacos, other mammals, birds and of course the astounding scenery of Torres del Paine. There'll be time for some stunning landscape photography too. The evenings will be spent at the hotel talking about the days events.
Drive back to El Calafate
After breakfast & a good coffee, we will drive back to El Calafate (5 hours drive through stunning landscapes). In the evening our local guide will prepare a traditional Argentinean barbecue for the group. It'll be an evening of celebration and tradition as we talk about the past 9 days of adventure and exciting photography.
This will be the day of departure. You'll be transferred to the airport at the appropriate flight times. This will signal the end of the tour
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