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Puma Tracking from a Luxury Lodge

Professional trackers will search for the elusive puma so that you can, fingers crossed, get that perfect shot! Whilst they do, you'll be led by photographer Pia Vergara to the best photo-spots in Torres del Paine so you can capture the magical scenery forever. All this whilst staying in the most luxurious hotel in the park.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Property Based

Trip length

6 Days

From

$5,200

Location

Torres del Paine

Puma Tracking from a Luxury Lodge - 6 - $5,200

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from Punta Arenas; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

Day 2: Photography at Amarga and Azul Lagoons; Tierra Patagonia Hotel 

Day 3: Laguna Verde and Estancia Lazo; Tierra Patagonia Hotel  

Day 4: Trek to lakes and Cuernos viewpoint; Tierra Patagonia Hotel 

Day 5: Boat trip on Lake Grey; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

Day 6: Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Puma Tracking from a Luxury Lodge

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

Transfer from Punta Arenas Airport to Tierra Patagonia Hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and an introduction to the Puma Team who will be running your safari.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia Hotel


Day 2: Photography at Amarga and Azul Lagoons; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

Each time the sun rises and sets, Patagonia shows its colours. The first dawn of our trip will be at Lago Sarmiento, boasting unique formations known as thrombolites – natural sculptures on the lakeshore. Following breakfast, the group heads out towards Amarga Lagoon, passing through Cañadon Macho, an area with many guanacos. Next, the safari continues across the Patagonian pampa to reach Azul Lagoon, with its woody shores and clear blue waters. From here there is an incredible view as the lake reflects the towers and the Paine massif.

After a picnic lunch, we'll use our cameras to capture the great variety of birds and foxes as we hike around the lake. We'll return to the Tierra Patagonia Hotel in time to photograph the sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia Hotel


Day 3: Laguna Verde and Estancia Lazo; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

We'll watch dawn break over the mountains from Cerro Guido, one of the largest ranches in the area with major historical and cultural significance, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Next, we'll trek to Condoreras, a cliff with an unbeatable view of Lago Sarmiento and also an amazing lookout point for condors and eagles flying above.

Following lunch back at the hotel, we'll head out to Laguna Verde and Estancia Lazo for wonderful views of the Cuernos (Horns) of Paine. We'll walk through the Magellanic forest and enjoy this magical spot at the end of the world and take the opportunity to capture some great sunset shots.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia Hotel


Day 4: Trek to lakes and Cuernos viewpoint; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

We'll leave the hotel  very early to watch the sunrise on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold, a lake with unique colours and superb views of the Valle del Frances and the Paine massif. We'll have our breakfast in these other worldly surroundings before heading out on a trek to Lago Sarmiento. After a picnic lunch, we'll visit Lago Pehoe which offers the perfect location to see the reflection of the Cuernos Del Paine in its crystal clear waters. You'll find few other places in the world where the colour of the bodies of water contrast so much with an incredible mountain backdrop; this really is a photographer's heaven.

There will also be time to see one of the most impressive waterfalls in Torres Del Paine at Salto Grande and from here we'll hike for 2hrs towards Glacier Paine Grande and a wonderful view of the legendary horns, or Cuernos del Paine, from a fantastic viewpoint. We'll enjoy the sunset before returning to the Tierra Patagonia Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia Hotel


Day 5: Boat trip on Lake Grey; Tierra Patagonia Hotel

This morning we'll look out over Glacier Grey and Lake Grey with its blue icebergs and extraordinary landscape before walking in the forest in search of huemules (native deer) woodpeckers and foxes, before enjoying a picnic lunch on the bank of Río Pingo.

After lunch we'll sail among the ancient icebergs and across the immense Lake Grey to see its huge glacier up close.

Back at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel, we'll celebrate our last night here with cocktails and an exhibition of the best photographic material obtained from the expedition, as well as a slideshow of the trip for each participant.

Note: Sailing on Lake Grey will depend on weather conditions

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tierra Patagonia Hotel


Day 6: Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred from the Tierra Patagonia Hotel to Punta Arenas Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Luxury in Torres del Paine

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices based on two people sharing a standard double room for five nights in high season:

2022/23 season: USD $5,200 per person
2023/24 season: USD $6,625 per person

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The trip price varies depending on the season, room type. Mid-season rates (Oct & Apr) are available.

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A departure can be set up on a date of your choice (subject to availability). Please get in touch for more details.

Additional Notes

Itinerary flexibility – The proposed itinerary may be interrupted at any time to meet up with the puma team, depending on the success of their search. Weather conditions may also cause changes to the itinerary.

Minimum stay – The minimum stay is three nights, except in peak season when it's six nights. 2022/23 peak season: 20th Dec 2022 to 2nd Jan 2023; 2023/24 peak season: 20th Dec 2023 to 6th Jan 2024.

Excursions – Small-group excursions take place daily with a maximum of 12 people and always led by a Tierra bilingual guide. Please see the full list of excursions.

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 5 dinners
  • Open Bar (includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wines & liquors). Premium wines and liquors available for an additional cost
  • Accommodation: nights at Tierra Patagonia Hotel
  • Two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion daily with other guests
  • Use of Uma Spa, including pool, saunas and hydro massage (massages, spa treatments and therapies are available at an additional cost)
  • Small group transfers included for all inclusive programs of three night minimum to and from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Cerro Castillo. International regular transfer to and from El Calafate, Argentina is available, subject to confirmation, for all inclusive programs

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Photographic equipment
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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