Guests flying into Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ), will Taxi to the hotel in downtown Punta Arenas (approximately 20 minutes). Check in and rest up, or explore the city if you're already feeling rested. The group will convene at 8pm for a briefing and introductions.
Join wildlife photographers Adam Martin and Shauna Stannard on a small group expedition to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, in search of the elusive Puma. Imagine being on foot in the grasslands of Patagonia, watching wild Pumas in their natural habitat, with no other tourists in sight. This experience will be possible thanks to a team of expert Puma trackers scanning the land, morning and evening. With their help we will be guided onto private lands in which guests from the National Park are not permitted. Witnessing these private moments in a small group is an amazing experience that is not possible anywhere else.
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
After breakfast we will begin the 225 mile journey to Torres del Paine, which takes about 5 hours. A little over half-way we will stop in Puerto Natales for a quick lunch before proceeding to the National Park. We are required to and pay the National Park entrance fee (included in trip cost) before we are permitted entrance to the park and continuing on the remaining 15 minutes to our hotel and final destination. After checking into the hotel, we will change into our outdoor gear and pack a small camera kit for the first afternoon Puma session. The trackers will have already been out scanning for Pumas in anticipation of our arrival.
Mon, Apr 13 - Thu, Apr 16, 2020
These will be long days, requiring having an early breakfast before departing for sunrise. We will potentially be in the field from sunrise to sunset, so we will pack lunches and bring all of the necessary gear. Since Pumas are nocturnal animals, the best time to spot them is during dawn and dusk. They generally will find somewhere to sleep during the late morning and remain there until they wake up later that evening. These windows will afford us opportunities to explore accessible points of interest within the National Park such as landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, and short hikes. We each finish each day once we have lost our light, and return to the hotel for dinner and offloading of the days content.
Fri, Apr 17, 2020
We will have our final early morning out with the Pumas before we will bid farewell to Torres del Paine and make our way back to Punta Arenas. This will be the final overnight where we can get organized and prepare for the journey home. You will need to take your own taxi to the airport at a time convenient to your flight schedule.
We will be spending long hours in exposed grasslands with temperatures ranging from 40-50° Fahrenheit, often accompanied by wind or rain. Pack dark, inconspicuous colors, thermal layers, fleece, pants, extra socks, beanie, gloves, and a rain jacket just in case.
An ideal camera for Puma tracking can shoot fast action while offering good low-light performance. A high megapixel count can be helpful if you want to crop the image for a tighter frame.
You'll want to download your images for both backup and review purposes each day.
There is a possibility of walking up to 3 miles per day while looking tracking Pumas, so bring footwear that is comfortable to walk off-road in the Pumas terrain.
Bigger is better. A 300-400mm should be the minimum focal length considered to obtain high quality images. A crop sensor camera as well as extenders can also help get a closer shot.
Batteries & Chargers
It is very easy to drain your battery down when shooting high frame rates and in cold weather. Bring your charger and an extra battery in-case you need to swap batteries in the field.
We will be hours away from the closest city, and even further from a major city. Bring any personal or medical supplies necessary because you will not have access to pharmacies once we are in the National Park.
Binoculars are an essential tool for Puma tracking because they are used to scan the terrain. A high quality 10x42 pair will be perfect.
Backup Media & SD Cards
Backup images each day and consider rotating SD cards for another layer of redundancy. You're going a long distance for this trip and need to make sure you safely back-up your media.
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- National Park Fees
- 4x4 Safari Vehicles
- Puma Tracking Fees
- All Meals
- International Airfare
- Taxi from Airport to Hotel
- Alcoholic Beverages