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Fire & Ice - Friday 25th September 9pm

Discover the secret lives of pumas and hummingbirds. Soar with condors over glacial peaks and explore monkey puzzle forests from the time of dinosaurs. Ride with extreme kayakers over raging waterfalls and with Patagonia's cowboys, gauchos, as they round up wild horses.

Heat & Dust - Friday 2nd October 9.30pm

From the Andes, we follow the path of the relentless wind, sweeping east through Patagonia's dry desert. We discover a weird world of maras - giant guinea pigs - and desert-dwelling penguins, and witness the first faltering steps of baby guanacos - Patagonia's very own camels. People live here too - brave souls who have taken on this arid world and carved out a home.

Life on the Edge - Friday 9th October 9.30pm

This is the story of an awe-inspiring coastline, 4000 miles long. From the cold, fearsome waters of Cape Horn, where brave rockhopper penguins overcome huge challenges to raise their young, to the far north, with huge elephant seals battling for position in the heat of the desert. Orcas ram-raid the beaches, grabbing seal pups to feed their young. People gather the sea's bounty too, but these shores are not for the faint-hearted.

Pumas

The Patagonian Puma, also known as the Cougar or Mountain Lion, is one of the largest of all the puma species. They were once hunted to endangered levels by ranchers protecting their sheep flocks but in 1980 the hunting of pumas was made illegal and their numbers have consequently risen.

The puma is Patagonia's largest predator and may be found in Torres del Paine National Park.

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Wildlife

As well as the Puma, Patagonia is home to a wide range of unusual, unique and wondrous wildlife, much of which is endangered. From Guanacos (Llama descendants) and the Andean Condor to Penguins, Whales and Elephant Seals, the wildlife is certainly extraordinary.

Read more about the different species and where you can see them.

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Penguins

Patagonia is an incredible place to see Penguins, it is home to the largest penguin colony in South America. You'll find Magellanic, Gentoo, Humbolt & King penguins in penguin reserves throughout Chilean Patagonia. You can see penguins on Magdalana Island, Peninsula Valdes, and Chiloe Island.

Watch two magellanic penguins fighting for burrowing rights & rock hopper penguins avoiding a sea lion near the Cape Horn.

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Guanacos

There are thought to be over 1,500 of this descendent of the llama species in Torres del Paine National Park alone. They live in herds for protection and to rear their young. They're very energetic animals who run around chasing one another, and mothers are fiercely protective of their young so it's best not to get too close!

Watch the Guanaco protecting his herd.

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Gauchos

Gauchos and Estancias are at the heart of Patagonian culture and lifestyle.

Traditionally Gauchos ("Cowboys") are the main workers on a Patagonian Estancia (or Ranch). They are excellent horsemen whose job is to herd the cattle.  In Argentina the Gaucho is a national symbol with distinctive dress including a poncho and loose-fitting trousers.

Experience a true taste of Gaucho life and the Andean foothills on one of our horse-riding trips.

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