PUMAS and PEAKS of PATAGONIA Photo Tour ~ 2018

April 17 ~ 26, 2018
Torres del Paine, Chile

Photograph wild mountain lions during this all-inclusive

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

Limited to six (6) photographers ~ TWO (2) spots left

Join me in Chile in April 2018 as we photograph wild pumas (called mountain lions or cougars in the US) in their natural habitat on a private ranch situated against the breathtaking backdrop of Torres del Paine National Park..

I once would have told you getting such images was impossible, but after my experiences traveling there & leading tours there 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. You can go your whole life in puma country and never even see one. In this location we are able to not only see, but have long photo opportunities with several different cats.

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!

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 there are also photogenic guanacos, rheas, flamingos, and the near-threatened Andean condor — along with dramatic mountain scenery.

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.

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.

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

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 & puma trackers. My guidance, instruction, image review.

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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

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

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.

LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:

AIPPORT:
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.

ARRIVAL:
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.

EQUIPMENT:
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 hesititate to ask.

NO VISA REQUIRED:
Chile has no visa requirements for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Pumas & Peaks in Patagonia Photo Tour

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

GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:

DATES: Tuesday, April 17 — Thursday, April 26, 2018
PRICE: $6,795
SPACE FOR: SIX (6) Puma Prowlers (a.k.a. “Adventurous Photographers”)  ~ TWO (2) spots left
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.

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Join award-winning wildlife photographer, Jeff Parker for his Pumas & Peaks of Patagonia Photo Tour in April 2018



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