PUMAS OF PATAGONIA – SPECIAL 4X4 TRIP
Oct. 04 to 10, 2020
Wild Pumas with 4×4 vehicles assist
Pumas in South Patagonia is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular wildlife experiences you can have anywhere. However, it does require some level of fitness to hike up hills to get the shots. So on this very special trip for just four lucky photographers we will have the assistance of two comfortable 4×4 vehicles, so that we can more easily access higher areas and beautiful valleys on difficult to reach parts of the estancia, areas that are extremelly productive for Pumas. This has three important advantages:
1 – We reach these higher areas without the need to hike so much all the way from the main roads. We might still need to hike a little, but mostly to get a better position to photograph. The “big hike” is done with the car.
2 – We reach these areas much quicker, thus earlier in the morning, when Pumas are more active and light is at its very best (although light is good in Patagonia all day long).
3 – Because we are only 4 photographers this usually means that we are able to get a little closer to the cats than on a bigger group, thus making more intimate photographs.
Please note that even on this tour occasionally we may still need to hike to areas that the car can’t reach, however, by experience, I can tell you that most Pumas are seen in and around this big area we can reach with the 4×4’s.
During our last tours we saw an average of 12 or more different cats per trip! Part of our success is due to the fact that we have a very experienced puma tracker working on a separate vehicle and communicates with us whenever he founds a cat – a great advantage from our tour. Another important difference from our tour is that it is focused for the wildlife photographer, it’s not simply a natural history tour, so that means we try to get close to these cats – of course, always as close as possible for the situation without stressing the animals or creating a somewhat risky situation. Everything is done alongside a very experienced Puma tracker.
Unlike other tours, which prefer cheap lodges outside of the park, we stay at the great Hotel Las Torres, inside the park, and the Puma searches are done in the park as well as on neighbour private properties designated as Puma conservation areas where we have granted special access and where we have been having a lot of success as well.
Other wildlife found on this tour includes the abundant Guanaco, Gray and Culpeo Foxes, South Andean Deer, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk and many birds like White-tufted and Great Grebes, varied duck species, Black-necked Swan, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Magellanic Woodpecker, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, etc.
- Date: Oct. 04 to 10, 2020
- USD 8.890 per person
- Single room supplement: USD 732
- Payment through wire-transfer or credit card
- Max of 5 guests, Min of 4