Patagonia Puma Tracking is an exploration into Torres del Paine’s unique wildlife, led by photo & wildlife professional Diego Araya and supported by a special team of fauna trackers. Each day you follow in the footsteps of Patagonia's most elusive animals, enjoying moments of intimacy with the enigmatic Andean puma (mountain lion) and endangered South Andean deer while discovering and photographing the park’s geology, spectacular sunrises & sunsets and native flora & fauna. Evenings are spent at the award winning EcoCamp Patagonia in its sustainable geodesic Suite Domes
Professional photo & wildlife expert guide: Diego Araya
Huemul, puma, fox, ñandu & guanaco sightings
Team of puma & fauna trackers ensuring real wildlife settings
Improve & innovate your photography skills
Get unique photography opportunities
5 nights in EcoCamp Suite Domes
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Travel from Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales/Calafate - Torres del Paine NP
Day 2: Puma tracking and photography Laguna Amarga
Day 3: Andean condor and huemul photography
Day 4: Laguna Azul fox, guanaco & wildlife photography
Day 5: Flora observation & photography Los Cuernos
Day 6: Puma Tracking and photography - Leave Torres del Paine NP
Day 1: Arrival - The Patagonia adventure starts
Your day will begin at Punta Arenas Airport. From the airport, you will be taken to EcoCamp Patagonia, where a hearty lunch will be provided in our Community Domes. The first activity of your Patagonian adventure will then begin at midday with a leisurely tour of the National Park, giving you plenty of opportunity to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
Lunch and dinner included.
Day 2, 3, 4, & 5: Wildlife Exploration - Torres del Paine NP, Chile
We start off each day early, photographing the sunrise from distinct locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go. Our puma/cougar tracking team, already hard at work, will be in radio contact to let us know how they’re doing. Throughout the trip they will be letting us know the location of the park's most elusive animals including the Andean puma (mountain lion) and the endangered huemul (South Andean deer) so that we can head to the sites where they are as soon as they're spotted.
We will usually begin our wildlife exploration close to EcoCamp, in the park’s eastern sector, making the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity. We enjoy around six hours of wildlife observation, studying and photographing the park’s native flora & fauna, guided by Diego's photography tips, before heading back to EcoCamp for lunch and relaxation time.
In the afternoons, after the peak sun hours with little animal movement, we head out again, this time to the park’s western sector where we enjoy the beautiful landscapes and flora & fauna to be found. We visit landmark places such as Grey Glacier and other striking natural monuments. Our guide Diego takes us through the different habitats and ecosystems in the area, introducing us to the unique and colourful wildlife of Torres del Paine and teaching us the methodology for responsible observing wildlife. After photographing the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif we return to EcoCamp for dinner and well-earned rest.
N.B. In the event of bad weather alternative activities will be planned, for example to scenic waterfall Paine Grande or Laguna Azul.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 6: Departure - Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Your last day will begin just as all your other activity-packed days will begin: with an early, hearty breakfast served amongst your fellow wildlife lovers in our Community Domes. From there, you will embark on a short day of activities before regrouping at EcoCamp for a well-deserved lunch. You will then be taken to Punta Arenas airport, where you will arrive late in the evening.
(Depending on travel conditions, we advise you to make sleeping arrangements for your final day in Punta Arenas)
Breakfast and lunch included.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres
del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic
granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south
of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness,
EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the
region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.
Eco Camp Patagonia Standard Dome (Shared bathroom)
Standard domes were the world's first geodesic dome hotel room. They
are resistant to the strongest Patagonian winds, rains, and snow and
come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), very cozy
fleece blankets, feather quilts and organic elements for decoration.
There are round windows in the ceiling to look up at the stars. Standard
domes have shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender
Eco Camp Patagonia Suite Dome
domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a
natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the
hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or
twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art
composting toilet. Stargaze through the ceiling windows while falling
asleep, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from your private terrace.
Eco Camp Patagonia Superior Dome
comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the
optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at
the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable
queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a
private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.
Park entrance fees
English speaking tour guides
Meals as specified
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Any items not mentioned as included
Prices are based on twin share lead in rooms. Other room types and
hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates
may apply during holiday seasons and special events.