Track the king of Torres del Paine -the elusive puma.
Embark on a purr-fectly epic adventure with Ecocamp Patagonia’s wildlife tracking professionals to track and observe Torres del Paine’s top predator, the Patagonian puma in its natural habitat. Paired with cozy nights at Ecocamp Patagonia and getting up close and personal with spectacular flora and fauna, this trip is a must for wildlife and nature enthusiasts alike!
- Go on excursions led by professional wildlife experts
- Watch for possible puma, fox, ñandú, and guanaco sightings
- Enjoy stunning natural surroundings
- Spend 5 wonderful nights in EcoCamp Suite Domes
- Explore with small groups of up to 5 people for optimum personalization
Departures on request.
Regular departures on fixed dates are as specified below.
Fixed Dates 2021-2022
- October 3rd – 8th, 2021 (Patagonia Spring)
- November 18th – 23rd, 2021 (Patagonia Spring)
- January 4th – 9th, 2022 (Patagonia Summer)
- February 23rd – 28th, 2022 (Patagonia Summer)
- March 24th – 29th, 2022 (Patagonia Summer)
- April 13th – 18th, 2022 (Patagonia Autumn)
Day 1: Arrival – The Patagonian adventure starts
Your day will begin at Punta Arenas Airport. From the airport, you will be taken to Ecocamp Patagonia, where lunch will be provided in Ecocamp Patagonia 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 opportunities to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
Days 2, 3, 4 & 5: Wildlife exploration and observation.
The group starts off each day early, observing the sunrise from distinct locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go. Ecocamp Patagonia’s puma/cougar tracking team, already hard at work, will be in radio contact. Throughout the trip, the tracking team will be letting the adventurers know the location of the park’s most elusive animals including the Andean puma (mountain lion) so that the site animals are spotted will be headed. For photography buffs, the wildlife and landscapes the group will see over the next few days offer prime targets for taking pictures.
The adventurers will usually begin their wildlife exploration close to Ecocamp, in the park’s eastern sector, making the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity. Around six hours of wildlife observation, studying, and taking pictures of the park’s native flora & fauna will be enjoyed, before heading back to Ecocamp for lunch and relaxation time.
In the afternoons, after the peak sun hours with little animal movement, the group will head out again, this time to the park’s western sector all the beautiful landscapes and flora and fauna can be enjoyed. The adventurers will visit landmark places such as Grey Glacier and other striking natural monuments. The tour guide takes the group through the different habitats and ecosystems in the area, introducing the unique and colorful wildlife of Torres del Paine and teaching the methodology for responsible wildlife observation. After enjoying the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif the adventurers will return to Ecocamp for dinner and well-earned rest.
Day 6: Departure
Your last day will begin just as all your other activity-packed days will begin: with an early breakfast served amongst your fellow wildlife lovers in Ecocamp Patagonia 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, making sleeping arrangements for your final day in Punta Arenas is advised)
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult at times. Ecocamp Patagonia reserves the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate any part of the itinerary according to these considerations.
- English speaking specialist guide with a maximum group size of 5 travelers
- Accommodation at Ecocamp’s Suite Domes
- All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
- Park entrance fees for Torres del Paine National Park
- 6 Lunches
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners
- Flight tickets
- Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip)
- Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
- Soft drinks or snacks are not served with the meals included at the Ecocamp. Bringing cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park is recommended.
- Personal items
- Photography equipment and binoculars – please bring your own!
What you need to bring
Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once.
- A day backpack. (30 liters – to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
- Water-resistant trekking or hiking boots.
- Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
- Waterproof jacket
- 2 pairs of wool socks
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Shorts or comfortable loose pants.
- Sun protection. (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen)
- Cash for buying extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
- Optional: Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
Starting / Finishing Point
The trip starts and ends in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. All flights should arrive before 9:30 AM on the first day. All onward flights should leave after 8 PM on the last day. If you’d like to start or end your trip in El Calafate (Argentina), please ask your travel expert.
The easy trip options do not demand extensive physical activity, other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over fairly flat terrain. The group stops as many times as necessary depending on the rhythm. Travelers doing the active excursions will find themselves more energetic and to enjoy these more active treks it is essential to be in shape before arriving. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000m / 3,000ft high so passengers don’t need to worry about altitude.
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that seat from 8 to 14 people. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.
The Patagonian Andes are exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. In addition, the strong marine influence and the Southern Patagonia Icefield make the weather hard to predict. The temperature in winter ranges between -2ºC (28ºF) and 6ºC (43ºF). June, July, and August are the wettest months in Torres del Paine and sub-zero temperatures are common. Nevertheless, the wind is relatively mild in winter. Just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny so come prepared for all types of weather!