April 17 ~ 26, 2018
Patagonia, Chile

Join Jeff Parker for his Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour

Photograph wild mountain lions during this all-inclusive “Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour ~ 2018.” Also, plan to create gorgeous landscapes of the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park.

Limited to six (6) photographers ~ 2018 SOLD OUT  ~ Please email me if you want to be on the waiting list ~ or ~ sign up for the 2019 tour.

The 2019 tour is now posted.

Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is home to a healthy — and photogenic — population of wild pumas (called mountain lions or cougars in the US).

We photograph WILD, free-ranging animals — not captive cats, not game farm animals; the real deal thriving in their own world.

We will spend much of our time tracking the cats in their natural habitat on a private ranch situated against the breathtaking backdrop of rugged snow-capped mountains.

Photographing these incredible cats while witnessing their behaviors in the wild is an experience like no other. Few other visitors come this time of year and the fact that we’ll be on private land also makes for no crowds. The setting, the beauty, the openess all combine in a way that guarantees that you’ll not just make great images — you’ll make unique memories.

You can go your whole life in puma country and never even see one of these cats. In this location we are able to not only see, but have long photo opportunities with several different cats. I have never photographed less than 8 different individuals while leading a tour here (last year it was 13!).

We’ll be in the Southern Hemisphere in autumn, which should make for some good landscape shots.  But with the dramatic grasslands, lakes, and towering peaks this place is gorgeous no matter when you visit!

Dramatic scenery abounds in Torres del Paine.

We will stay at a private ranch that shares a fenceline with Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This is a spectacular photographic destination in its own right. Most of our puma tracking will be on the 17,000-acre private ranch.

The pumas are the main focus, but it’s also fun to photograph guanacos, rheas, flamingos, and the near-threatened Andean condor — and whatever other wildlife shows up.

Pumas & Peaks in Patagonia Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

Guanaco ~ ©Jeff Parker

Our days will consist of heading out before dawn to look for pumas or other photo opportunities, back to our lodging area for lunch and back in the field from about 3PM until dark. The last day will feature a special visit to an Andean condor roost on our way back to Punta Arenas.


PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences and plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.

Tuesday, April 17:
Arrive Punta Arenas. Welcome dinner and overnight in a hotel in town.
Wednesday, April 18:
Depart after breakfast for Torres del Paine. Lunch at the hotel and begin prowling for pumas.
April 19 ~ 24:
Daily photo excursions for pumas, guanacos, rheas, and other photo ops.
Wednesday, April 25:
Depart Torres del Paine. Stop for an afternoon of Andean Condor photography at another private ranch. The goal is to photograph the birds from their flight level. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Punta Arenas.
Thursday, April 26:
Breakfast. Head home.

Pumas and Peaks of Patagonia photo tour ~ 2018; Mountain lions, Cougars, Torres del Paine National Park


Double-occupancy accommodations and meals from arrival in Punta Arenas on the first day of the tour to drop off at the Punta Arenas airport on the last day of the tour. Ground transportation. Park entrance fees. Local guides & puma trackers. My guidance, instruction, image review.

Young male puma photographed during my last tour. He was absolutely amazing to behold!


Lodging that’s not included in the itinerary. Airfare, travel insurance, tips, alcoholic beverages (other than at dinner), medical expenses, laundry service, phone calls, and any other personal items


This tour is more physical than my other offerings. We will be primarily following pumas on foot. To get the most from your experience you should be capable of walking two to four miles per day carrying your equipment. One to two in the morning and again in the evening. Not every outing will be that long and we may even be able to photograph from the vehicle at times. You can walk slowly, 2-3 MPH.


You’ll fly into the airport in Punta Arenas (Presidente Carlos Ibáñez International Airport / Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Presidente Carlos Ibáñez). The airport code is PUQ. Typically, this necessitates a change of flights in Santiago, Chile. Your total flight time, obviously, depends upon where you begin your journey, but from Houston it takes me around 9 1/2 hours to get to Santiago and then typically another 3 1/2 hour flight to Punta Arenas from there.

I strongly suggest arriving a day before the tour begins as you will be tired from your long journey. We will stay the first and last nights of the tour at Diego de Almagro hotel if you would like to book a night there before the tour actually begins.

Jeff Parker's Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour

As our departure date grows closer, you’ll receive a detailed dossier with info about our destination, the wildlife there, the currency, a packing list, an equipment checklist, and more. In the meantime, if you’re wondering what type of photography equipment you’d need/want to bring along on a photo adventure such as this here’s that EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) for your convenience.

You’ll want to bring your longest lens (a 400mm at the least; LensRentals.com is a great place to rent one if you don’t yet own one). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Chile has no visa requirements for U.S. or Canadian citizens.


DATES: Tuesday, April 17 — Thursday, April 26, 2018
PRICE: $6,795
SPACE FOR: SIX (6) Puma Prowlers (a.k.a. “Adventurous Photographers”)  ~ SOLD OUT!
PAYMENT DUE DATES:  A total of half the cost of the tour due 6-months before departure. Remaining balance due 60-days prior to start date of tour.

Pumas & Peaks in Patagonia Photo Tour

Jeff & Mary O. Parker in Patagonia ~ just sighted pumas!

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Young wild pumas photographed during Jeff Parker's "Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour'