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Pumaland Tour (Patagonia, Chile)

Dates: December 1-5, 2019
Fee: $3,995 (includes shared lodging and ground transportation)
Deposit: $1,000 (balance due by July 2019)

Limit: 3 clients (spouses or non-photographers are also welcome)
Activity level: Moderate to Strenuous


 

Description:


The Puma (also know as Mountain Lion or Cougar) is distributed in nine million square kilometers of terrain of all kinds from Punta Arenas, Chile, north continuously to the southern border of Alaska, the greatest latitudinal range of any terrestrial mammal on Earth. Yet in all this massive distribution, there is only one place in the entire world where travelers can see Pumas in the wild on 92% of days, and normally for hours each day. The 25,000 acres of open, rolling hills on the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park and on the adjacent land, boasts the lion’s share of what is often called “Pumaland”.

This is trip is more of a personal adventure but it those who are in good shape and could hike for 4-5 miles a day can join us. If reequired, a porter to carry your gear can be arranged. This walking tour will offer great opportunities to ivew and photograph Pumas. We will possibly to see Pumas in action, resting, stalking, attacking, killing, eating (mostly Guanacos, the larger and meatier of the two honey-colored, native South American camels). The Pumas of Pumaland are the only large cats in the world one can walk with, often for hours on end. It is extremely exciting!

We have booked a location that puts us very close to Pumaland and offers beautiful views of the stunning Mt. Fitz Roy and the photogenic moutains of Torres Del Paine. This is asmall lodge that requires 4 people to share 2 rooms but it heps keep the costs down and puts us close to the action.

 

Itinerary

Nov. 30 - Arrival

Arrival and overnight in Punta Arenas.

 

Dec. 1 - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

In the morning we will transfer to Torres del Paine. We will enjoy beautiful landscape and wildlife sightings along the way, arriving at the lodge for lunch. After settling in and a short restwe will start the Puma search! Your guide will drive you to the closest point available to the Pumas,From there we will track the Puma/s on foot. After 3-5 hours, we will
return to the lodge for dinner.

 

Dec. 2-4 - Torres del Paine and Pumaland

After a full breakfast, we will head out into PumaLand with your naturalist guide/puma tracker. The plan is to spend 3-5 hours in the field and then returning to the lodge for lunch and a short break. During the break we can nap or look at the photos from the session. In the afternoon, we will head back into the field to track Pumas for another 3-5 hours. After the evening field session we will return to the lodge for dinner. While there are no guaratees when it comes to nature the chance of us finding a Puma is 90%. That is a very high percentage because of the density of the cats and the local knowledge of the trackers. There is a reason why it's called Pumaland. It's one of the best, if not the best location to view and photograph Pumas in the wild.

 

Dec. 5 - Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas

After breakfast we will likely photograph some stunning landscapes (if we have not already done so).We will be somewhat flexible with our plan for the last morning as we may not be able to venture very far. We have to get back to the lodge, pack eat lunch and checkout by 12pm and then transfer to Punta Arenas.

 

Dec. 6 - Departure

For those that are joining us at the Falkland Island trip we will stay overnight in Punta Arenas before flying out to the Falklands on Dec. 7. Others will depart on Dec. 6.

 

Itinerary Includes:

  • Shared lodging (double occupancy)
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals at the lodge
  • All necessary permits and fees
  • All in field guiding
  • Expert Puma tracker
  • Comprehensive and detailed information packet including logistics details, packing and equipment lists, and more

Itinerary Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to Punta Arenas
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance -  insuremytrip.com
  • Extra activities not specified in the itinerary
  • Meals at Punta Arenas
  • Beverages
  • Porter to carry gear ($175 a day)
  • Tips for guides/drivers and hotel/lodge staff
  • Incidentals

 



2 spaces available. There are only 2 rooms with 4 beds. Currently one male and one female need roommates. Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions.

A deposit of $1,200 is required for registration. The balance amount should be paid by check by July 2019. This is done to keep the fees down and pass on the benefit to you.



Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions.

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