Puma Photo Tours Patagonia
In search of the Pumas, we head to Torres Del Paine national park in Southern Chile. Pumas are also know as ‘Ghosts of the Andes’ which makes our Puma photo tours very attractive to wildlife photographers. Our tours are 100% lodge based, which means you will be staying in a comfortable, clean and heated accommodation in the reserve.
We use the same leopard trackers used by BBC and Nat Geo, so your chances of spotting and photographing Pumas are much higher.
The months of February and March has been chosen carefully as this is the time when Pumas are active in hunting and mating etc.
This 10-day all inclusive tour ensures you comfortable stay and high chances of photographing Pumas, Guanacos and other wildlife. Most of the tour of the national park will be done on foot inside the reserve to conserve the pristine ecology.
Suggested itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 : Arrive in Punta Arenas (Chile) and relax in the Cabo de Hornos Hotel in the city centre.
Day 2- Day 6 While staying inside the national park in HOSTERIA LAS TORRES Lodge, we will head out to Torres Del Paine national park daily for spotting and photographing Pumas.
Day 7: We return to the Punta Arenas.
Day 8 We will head out on a ferry to see and Photograph Porvenir & King Penguins of Useless Bay.
Day 9 We return to the Punta Arenas.
Day 10 We take a flight from Punta Arenas, where we conclude our tour.
What’s included in the tour?
• All Accommodation on a same gender Twin shared basis (single rooms may be available – please inquire).
• All meals (Breakfasts, Lunches Dinners , snacks, Tea/ Coffee)
• Full Photography and Post Processing tuition.
• Guided Puma watching for our group at Torres Del Paine National Park.
• Private meet and assist services at the airport and chauffeured transfer to the hotels.
• Private vehicles and drivers for all road transfers throughout the trip.
• Entrance and still camera fees at all parks and sight-seeing destinations where applicable.
• The current National park entry permits and tourism levies and all relevant government taxes.
What’s Not Included?
• International airfare to/from Punta Arenas, Chile.
• Gratuities for hotel staff.
• Gratuities for game drive driver/guides in the National Park.
• Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
Our Photo Tour Leader: Perhaps the most important aspect of a photographic safari is your leader. All our photo safaris are personally hosted and lead by experienced wildlife photographers.
Our professional wildlife photographers have spent years in the wilderness, following specific animals day after day for several months and witnessing extraordinary and rare behaviour. They have extensive first-hand knowledge on the behaviour of many animals including Tigers, Snow Leopards, Pumas, Lions, Cheetahs and Elephants.
Apart from organising your photo-safaris, they will accompany you to your destination, share their knowledge of wildlife as well as help you with expert tips on wildlife photography and post processing. They will be there to coordinate with the driver, instructing on positioning, approach, timings, lighting conditions etc.
Photo Tour Cost:
This fee includes all in-country transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals. You can reserve you place by paying 25% deposit and rest 75% is due 90 days before the tour date.
You have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected.
Gear Recommendations :
For Puma photo tours, lenses of 400/500 mm or more (on full frame) are required for this tour . A 600mm (or more) will be necessary for birds. Teleconverters are highly recommended and so is a pair of binoculars!
A good tripod, ideally with Gimbal head is also essential for supporting long lenses.
Physical Fitness : This tour requires moderate level of physical fitness as you will be hiking at high altitude to spot the Pumas.
What Do I Do Next?
Our groups are small, so space is limited on Puma photo tours. If you are exited to be on this trip, then now is the time to book. Remember, there will be limited space available for this expedition.