Oct. 05: A tour representative or your guide will meet you at the airport or hotel in the morning in Punta Arenas, South Chile. We recommend you arrive the day before and stay at a hotel in the city, we will be happy to arrange this for you upon request. Drive to Hotel Las Torres in Torres del Paine (04:00 hrs). We stop at the scenic town of Puerto Natales for a coffee and some photos. Arrival at the hotel and rest of the afternoon there. The landscape alone will keep you very entertained, but there are some wildlife around the hotel too, like Culpeo Foxes. Dinner at the hotel (fine chilean cuisine) and bed for an early start the next day.

Oct. 06 to 10: Five full days of Puma search. A typical day at this time of the year starts very early, we will be out in the field before sunrise as this is the most active period for Pumas, this means waking up around 05:30. We go out with the van and once a Puma is found we guide the guests to the place. The approach itself usually requires patience, as we have the right techniques to, if all goes as planned, get to within a prudent but close enough distance for great shots. Once the cat gets used to our presence and does not see us a threat, it will remain doing its normal behaviour. These walks can be on smooth rolling terrain, with a few steeper areas, but rarely hard and almost never longer than 2 or 3 km. Most people, even of older age, have no problem with these walks, as we go on a gentle pace. Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable, but expect cold temperatures and quite a lot of wind. A detailed clothing checklist will be sent upon booking.

We may return to the hotel for lunch or not, in either case we always carry a packed lunch for each guest. Lunch at the restaurant in the hotel is not included on the tour price. In the evening, because the sun sets so late at this time of the year in Patagonia, we may return to the hotel only around 20:00, in time for dinner at the restaurant before going to bed.

While our main goal on this trip is always going to be Pumas, there will be a lot of other incredible photo opportunities, like the amazing landscape, the groups of Guanacos, varied birds like grebes and swans, Andean Condors, foxes, etc. Some people may be afraid of approaching these wild cats by foot, but rest assured that we know when it can be dangerous and when it is ok to approach. We would never approach a cat that is showing signs of stress. Our puma tracker is exteremelly experienced with these cats.

Oct. 11: Drive back to Punta Arenas after breakfast. Check our optional Birds of Central Chile and the Pacific Coast extension tour.

What’s included
  • Double occupancy accomodation at Hotel Las Torres (single rooms may be available)
  • All meals while at our hotels (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
  • Drinks on the field
  • Ground transportation within the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Photography tutoring
  • Park entrance fees

NOT included

  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Luggage fees
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Hotel in Punta Arenas (if needed/desired)
  • Ground transfers in Punta Arenas (if needed/desired)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance *

* Please note that for this trip specifically we do offer a deposit refund in case the trip does not reach the minimum number of participants. The refund is only offered in that situation and covers only the deposit paid to us, NOT other related costs like air tickets.


Accomodations included on the tour price are for double occupancy rooms. Single rooms are usually available, but to guarantee them we advise to book early. Rooms throughout the trip are equipped with gas heaters, private bathrooms and wi-fi. During the main tour we stay at the fantastic Hotel Las Torres, inside Torres del Paine National Park.

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Extension Tour

Birds of Central Chile and the Pacific Coast

This optional extension tour will take you to Santiago for a couple day’s shooting endemic birds from the central part of the Andes as well as along the Pacific coast.


Oct. 11: Arrival in Punta Arenas from Torres del Paine and flight to Santiago. Night at Hotel Galerias.

Oct. 12: Full day trip to El Yeso Reservoir in the Andean foothills above Santiago, where one of our main targets will be the unique and endemic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Many other bird species will be found here, including Mountain Parakeets, Variable Hawk, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Austral Pygmy-Owl and many others. Night in Santiago.

Oct. 13:Full day trip to La Campana National Park where we will look for Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Giant Hummingbird and many others. Our explorations along the coast will yield Humboldt Penguin, Guanay Cormorant, Inca Tern, Red Shoveler, Plumbeous Rail, varied duck and coot species, etc. Transfer back to Santiago and end of trip.

  • USD 815 per person
  • USD 140 for single room
  • Included – road transportation, park entrance fees, douple occupancy accomodation in Santiago, lunch and snacks, drinks on the field, local guide, photography tutoring.
  • Not Included – Air tickets to Santiago from Punta Arenas, à la carte dishes, drinks at the hotels, tips, travel insurance.
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After reading our Terms & Conditions, please click on the link below to book your spot. This trip requires a USD 500 deposit.

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