We have been organizing Puma photo tours since 2013, so over the years we have, through experience, developed the best itinerary for photographers, always having fantastic results. On this tour to southern Chile we are going to use comfortable 4×4 vehicles to quickly and effectively access the higher parts of an extensive private land adjacent to Torres del Paine National Park and use the services of expert Puma trackers to photograph these “ghost cats” at close range. Our rate of success is very high and rarely there is a day we don’t photograph at least one Puma, in fact the normal is to have a few encounters a day. Other wildlife found on this tour includes the abundant Guanaco, Gray and Culpeo Foxes, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk and many birds like White-tufted and Great Grebes, varied duck species, Black-necked Swan, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Magellanic Woodpecker, etc.
For these tours, in late July and early August, there is a high chance for snow, which makes the experience different and special. Winter is our favorite time of the year in Patagonia, everything is more calm, we have more freedom to explore as there are less groups and it’s excellent for Pumas. Temperatures average from -5º C (23º F) to 6º C (43º F), with colder mornings sometimes, but there is usually much less wind even windless days, so, as long as you are properly dressed, it doesn’t feel very cold really. Light is incredible throughout the day.