Puma Photo Safari

A unique opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, shoot magnificent vistas, watch ice calving from Grey Glacier, capture explosions of colour against snow-capped peaks of the Paine Massif, and marvel at the magnificent shadows looming over the pampas and rolling hills.

6 Days

Itinerary Map

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Puma Photo Safari

Operator's Itinerary

Trip Details

Day 1: Transfer Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine

We recommend you take the early flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (4 hours); ask for a window seat on the left aisle and make sure to bring your camera with plenty of film or memory storage space. If the skies are clear, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes Mountain range, the Patagonian fjords and forests, the Southern Ice Fields and the Pacific Ocean. 

Upon your arrival at Punta Arenas, the most southern city of the continent, a private transfer will take you to Torres del Paine National park. Our 5-hour drive will take us through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias) and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (similar to ostrich). We then arrive at Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains. From here we will follow an unpaved road to Torres Del Paine National Park.

(6 hours by transfer) (D) (Night at Hosteria Pehoe)

Day 2: Lake Grey – navigation to Glacier Grey – Looking for Andean Deer (Huemul)

We will start the day with a sunrise shoot of Torres Del Paine from the hotel location. After breakfast in the hotel we will head to Grey Lake so we can sail up to the Grey Glacier. In order to reach the boat we must walk through a mature beech forest where we might see magellanic woodpeckers or austral parakeets. We will sail for about an hour amongst the icebergs and up to Grey Glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve (break off).

Our return journey offers great views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushroom (icy peaks/plateaus). We will have a picnic lunch before continuing with a walk along the beach to observe the stranded icebergs.

(B-BL-D) (Night at Hosteria Pehoe)

Day 3  Lake Sarmiento – Salto Grande Waterfall – Lake Nordenskjold

The day begins with a sunrise shoot of the western face of the Torres Del Paine from our hotel. After breakfast in the hotel we will head towards Sarmiento Lake, with its incredible dark blue waters and strange, calcareous (lime) formations. This area provides excellent opportunities to photograph guanacos, grey foxes and the Andean Condor.

On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the Salto Grande waterfall, one of the best areas for photographing flowers, where depending on the season, we may see orchids, calceolarias, and neneos. After a picnic lunch we will return to the Hostería for a siesta. In the late afternoon (5-6PM) we will head east to shoot more guanacos.

(B-BL-D) (Night at Hosteria Pehoe)

Day 4: Blue Lagoon – Towers lookout point – Laguna Amarga

Early in the morning we will drive to the eastern side of the park to photograph the sunrise with the famous Torres (Towers) in the background. Since we need to leave before sunrise, there is the possibility of glimpsing a Mountain lion.

After we photograph the sunrise we will drive to Laguna Azul, a lovely lake bordering the park. This area is ideal for observing different kinds of ducks, swans, coots and even woodpeckers, as well as having an incredible view of the Torres. We will picnic in front of the lake and then spend the rest of the afternoon taking photographs of flowers, wildlife and the wonderful views.

(B-BL-D) (Night spent at Hosteria Pehoe)

Day 5: Wildlife viewing – Guanacos – Grey Foxes – Condors

Today will provide the second chance for a sunrise shoot with the Towers in the background. Once again this time of day offers the best chance of seeing a mountain lion. Since this is our last day we will try to locate and photograph all the animals found in this area; guanacos, rheas, foxes and condors. This area, in particular, is a good place to photograph the guanacos silhouetted against the mountains. 

We will have an early brunch before returning to the hotel where you will have some afternoon free time. This evening will provide the last opportunity to take the ultimate sunset shoot before we enjoy our farewell dinner together in front of the Paine massif.

(B-BL-D) (Night at Hosteria Pehoe)

Day 6: Transfer back to Punta Arena’s airport

After breakfast we will take a private transfer to Punta Arena’s airport.

(5 hours by private transfer) (B) 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $2,995 per person, based on a group of 2-8 people.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Departures can be set up for a minimum of 2 people. Please get in touch for more details.

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