Patagonia Winter Puma Tracking

Winter Adventure
Trip Length: 6 Days
Group Size: 1-6
Difficulty
From: 7880
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Embark on the most thrilling winter adventure! Get ready to track and capture impressive photos of the ruler of Torres del Paine: the magnificent puma.

Join us on an extraordinary journey alongside our skilled wildlife trackers as we venture into the untouched wilderness of Torres del Paine to track and witness the majestic Patagonian puma in its natural habitat. Immerse yourself in the magic of this experience, complemented by the warmth and comfort of Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagónico & Hotel Lago Grey. This expedition is an absolute must for those who are passionate about wildlife and the wonders of nature.

 

Highlights

Highlights

  • Embark on daily excursions around Torres del Paine, led by professional wildlife experts.
  • Look for native fauna, such as pumas, foxes, ñandú and guanacos.
  • Accommodation in Hotel Estancia El Ovejero Patagónico & Hotel Lago Grey
  • Explore the park in a small group, allowing for a personal and intimate experience in nature.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - The Winter Adventure Starts

Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales

Welcome to the end of the world! We'll start our adventure from the Punta Arenas* airport, taking a transfer to Puerto Natales, where we will meet the tracking team and a hearty lunch awaits us**. The road to Hotel Ovejero, located in Cerro Castillo, will give you plenty of opportunities to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked horizon. Once you arrive to Hotel Ovejero, a small talk and briefing along with the tracking team and guides will take place. Afterwards and if time is enough, there will be more opportunities to take pictures and observe wildlife near the hotel area.

*Flying into Puerto Natales is also an available option.
** Lunch can be either at Puerto Natales or Hotel Ovejero. This option may be replaced with a box lunch depending on the schedule.

Overnight at Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagón

Days 2, 3, 4 & 5: Wildlife exploration and observation

Torres del Paine National Park

We’ll start each day early (depending on the sunrise time at winter in Torres del Paine, which can be between 8:50 - 9:50 AM), observing the sunrise from new locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go (or at the accommodations, depending on the schedule).

Our operating area is known as The land of the Puma because it boasts the highest concentration of these majestic creatures in the world. However, it is important to remember that pumas are wild animals and cannot be controlled or fed. As a result, we cannot guarantee a 100% sighting. To maximize your chances of encountering these elusive creatures we will visit the area for 3 days accompanied by a skilled puma tracker.

Winter days are short, with approximately 8 hours of sunlight, so our day is spent 100% in the field, searching for pumas. Together with our tracker, we will divide the search into different areas of the ranch to cover more ground and thus be able to find a puma roaming its territory. Through radio, we will be communicating with our puma tracker if anybody locates a puma and where. When we find a puma, our tracker will continue searching, trying to find other pumas, giving us more scenarios, and observing different individuals. Around noon, we take a break to eat, and drink something hot, before we continue the search. Around 5 pm when the light begins to dim, we will head back to our lodging to recharge batteries, backup photos, share a delicious dinner, and rest.

On the afternoon/night of Day 4, we will be driven towards the Grey Lake area where Hotel Lago Grey is located to then spend the night there.

On Day 5, our attention will shift towards exploring the diverse array of wildlife that inhabit the Park, allowing us to encounter the puma's fascinating companions in a different area of the National Park.

Please note: In the event of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned according to the situation and area of the Park we are located.

Overnight at Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagón (Nights 1, 2 & 3) & Hotel Lago Grey (Nights 4 & 5).

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Day 6: Departure

Torres del Paine National Park

We will start our day off right with a scrumptious breakfast at Hotel Lago Grey. Fuel up for an adventure as we grab our box lunch and set out from the hotel to explore the breathtaking Lago Grey & Serrano sectors, where incredible photo opportunities await. As our journey comes to an end, join the group for one final ride and make your way to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas Airport. Bid farewell to Patagonia with memories that will last a lifetime.

Depending on your travelling conditions and times, we recommend spending the night in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.

Accommodation

Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagónico

Immerse yourself in the vast and breathtaking Patagonian steppe at Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagónico. Here, amidst the rugged beauty, you will find this extraordinary hotel, you are invited to uncover the wonders of countryside activities in the heart of Cerro Castillo, where the owning family has dedicated themselves for generations, just a stone's throw away from Torres del Paine National Park.

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Hotel Lago Grey

Nestled on the shores of Grey Lake, encompassed by a glistening glacier, majestic granite peaks, lush forests, and meandering rivers, this hotel offers the perfect haven for a remarkable Torres del Paine National Park escape. Delight in an array of exceptional services and amenities available year-round. Prepare for an unparalleled adventure in this enchanting corner of Chilean Patagonia that will leave an indelible mark on your heart.

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Included

Included

  • English speaking specialist guide with a maximum group size of only 6 travelers.
  • Accommodation at Hotel Estancia Ovejero Patagónico (nights 1,2 and 3).
  • Accommodation at Hotel Lago Grey (nights 4 and 5).
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Park entrance fees for Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Estancia entrance fees for puma tracking days.
  • Meals:
    Day 1: Lunch or box lunch and dinner
    Day 2: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.
    Day 3: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.
    Day 4: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.
    Day 5: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.
    Day 6: Breakfast and box lunch.

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip).
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the accommodations. 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!.

Facts

Departures

Regular departures on fixed dates as specified below.

Fixed Dates Winter 2024

  • May 10th to 15th, 2024.
  • June 18th to 23rd, 2024.
  • July 26th to 31st, 2024.
  • August 11th to 16th, 2024.
  • August 22nd to 27th, 2024.
  • September 1st to 6th, 2024.

For other dates during winter or spring season, just contact us!.

Minimum age

The minimum age to participate in this program is 18 years.

Starting / finishing point 

The trip starts and ends in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. All flights should ideally arrive before 9:30 AM on the first day. All onward flights should ideally leave after 8 PM on the last day.

Physical demands

This trip does not demand a high level of physical fitness to perform well, but you need to consider that tracking wild animals can involve spending several hours outdoors either taking short walks or waiting in specific spots until the sightings occur. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000m / 3,000ft high so travelers don’t need to worry about altitude.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick-up/drop-off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed by our local operations team. An exclusive emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.

For the puma tracking days, transportation will be in comfortable 4x4 vehicles that can fit up to 3 passengers.

Weather

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!

What you need to bring

 

If possible, please bring clothes of neutral colors like brown, black, gray, camouflage, etc. to blend in with the environment. Sometimes we will have to walk, and sometimes we will stand still for hours, observing/photographing a puma: considerate walking shoes and warm clothes for all kinds of weather.

  • A backpack to use during the day. (30 Lt. is recommended).
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof).
  • Gaiters.
  • Extra shoes for the evenings in case the others get wet.
  • Rain jacket and pants.
  • Warm jacket (windbreaker).
  • First layers above and below.
  • Trekking pants.
  • Solar protection (sunglasses, hat, lipo balm and sunscreen +50).
  • A hat for the cold.
  • Gloves.
  • Water bottle.
  • Cash to buy drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.

Are you wondering about photography equipment? We got you! take a look at our What to bring to Patagonia for Photographers.

Itinerary modifications

The weather in Patagonia can be difficult at times. We reserve 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.

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