PUMAS and PEAKS of PATAGONIA Photo Tour ~ 2017

April 15 ~ 24, 2017
Torres del Paine, Chile

Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

“Pumas and Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour ~ 2017”

YES! ~ There’s STILL TIME time to sign up.

This is one trip you’ll ALWAYS be glad you made!

Join me in Chile in April 2017 as we photograph wild pumas (called mountain lions or cougars in the US) in their natural habitat against the breathtaking backdrop of Torres del Paine National Park.

I once would have told you getting such images was impossible, but after my experience in 2015 I know that photographing these incredible cats is not only possible, but it’s an experience like no other — in part due to the dramatic location & also because so few other people are here this time of year.

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

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

You can go your whole life in puma country and never even see one. In this location I was able to not only see, but have long photo opportunities with eight different cats in four days.

Pumas and Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour Jeff Parker

Our hotel during the “Pumas & Peaks in Patagonia Photo Tour” is located right on the shore of Lake Pehoe with a dramatic view.

We will stay in 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 a 17,000 acre private ranch adjacent to the park. The pumas are the main focus, but there are also photogenic guanacos, rheas, flamingos, and the near-threatened Andean condor — along with dramatic mountain scenery (we should see some South American fall color this time of year, too).

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 hotel 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.

Itinerary:

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.

Saturday, April 15: Arrive Punta Arenas. Welcome dinner and overnight in a hotel in town.
Sunday, April 16: Depart after breakfast for Torres del Paine. Lunch at the hotel and begin prowling for pumas.
April 17 ~ 22: Daily photo excursions for pumas, guanacos, rheas, and other photo ops. (Later in this tour, we also photograph Andean Condors from their flight level on a private ranch.)
Sunday, April 23: Depart Torres del Paine. Stop for an afternoon of Andean Condor photography at private ranch. Farewell dinner at award-winning local restaurant. Overnight in Punta Arenas.
Monday, April 24: Breakfast. Head home.

Pumas and Peaks of Patagonia photo tour ~ 2017; Mountain lions, Cougars, Torres del Paine National Park

What’s Included:

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. My guidance, instruction, image review.

What is NOT included:

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

Physical Requirements:

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.

Pumas & Peaks in Patagonia Photo Tour

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

DATES: Saturday, April 15 — Monday, April 24, 2017
PRICE: $6,795
SPACE FOR: SIX (6) Puma Prowlers (a.k.a. “Adventurous Photographers”) ~ FOUR (4) spots left ~
PAYMENT DUE DATES: With this tour this close at hand the entire $6,795 would now be due in order to reserve your spot.

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