Puma Encounter

EcoCamp Patagonia Stay
Trip Length: 2 Days
Group Size: 1-6
Difficulty
From: 558 USD
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Play hide and seek with the king of Patagonia... and catch him with your camera lens on this EcoCamp extension.

Especially designed for nature lovers, this extension program explores Torres del Paine’s unparalleled terrain with an experienced team of outdoor trackers. Discover and photograph the stunning landscapes, sublime sunrises and the native flora and fauna. Allow yourself to be humbled by the moments of stillness this region is so known for as you observe the park's puma, Patagonia's elusive big cat.

Highlights

Highlights

  • Team up with a professional photo wildlife guide and expert fauna trackers to catch remarkable moments in nature.
  • Spend a cozy night in one of EcoCamp's Suite Domes.
  • Snap unique photos of fauna, potentially spotting huemul, puma, fox, ñandú and guanaco.

Itinerary

Day 1: Exploration day

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Who's ready to spot some wildlife? When the exploration begins, you will be picked up from EcoCamp early in the morning to make your way to the observation area. Here you will search for the pumas in their resting and transit areas as your guide explains puma behavior, as well as other intriguing facts about the local fauna you’ll encounter. The day ends with a tasty dinner back at the EcoCamp and an overnight stay in a Suite Dome.

Overnight at EcoCamp Suite Dome

Day 2: Transfer out

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

After breakfast, you will be picked up from EcoCamp for your transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas.

Included

Included

  • English speaking specialist wildlife guide
  • Maximum group size: 6 people
  • 1 Night accommodation EcoCamp’s Suite Dome
  • Meals as indicated: 1 Breakfast, 1 Box Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary

Not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Please bring cash to purchase extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs
  • Photo equipment, binoculars - please bring your own!
  • Additional personal items

Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with views of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome - INSIDE - WebpSuite 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.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Dome Loft.webpSuite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorSpacious, 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

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

Standard Dome TwinEcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not offer the Standard Dome sharing option this season. All Standard Domes must be reserved for individual travelers or travelers from the same reservation group.

Facts

Departures

Regular departures are available on request.

What is an EcoCamp extension?

EcoCamp Extras are excursions you can book in addition to our regular EcoCamp programs, to enhance your experience in Patagonia. These tours can take place before or after your main program, but we recommend doing them afterward to maximize your arrival experience at EcoCamp with your fellow trekking or Safari group members. Transport in and out of the park is not included as these services are covered by your regular program with EcoCamp. If you wish to book an EcoCamp Extra without any other EcoCamp program please contact us so we can give you a quote.

Physical demands

This is an easy trip, which doesn’t demand extensive physical activity, other than walking a maximum of 2 consecutive hours over fairly flat terrain. We stop as many times as necessary depending on the rhythm of the group.

Transport

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

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

What you need to bring

Guests need to be prepared for all seasons in one day. We recommend a day backpack (10 liters - to carry your camera, glasses, raincoat, etc), trekking or hiking boots, extra shoes for evenings or in case other pairs get wet, waterproof jacket, 2 pairs of socks, fleece jacket or sweater, shorts or comfortable loose pants, sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm and screen) and optional underwear for the upper and lower body. Also bring cash to buy extra drinks,snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park.

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

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