Small Group Safari

Puma Photography Safari with Keith Ladzinski

Join National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski on a quest for the apex predator of Patagonia, the elusive puma, among the mountains and foothills of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Here you’ll be able to hone your photography skills, under Keith’s expert eye, in one of the most visually stunning wildernesses anywhere in the Americas.

Duration 8 days
Price From $11,475
When Oct 2019
Destination Chile

Safari Overview

Led by the world-renowned and award-winning photographer Keith Ladzinski, this safari allows you to hone your camera skills in a unique setting while exploring Torres del Paine National Park and its soaring mountain peaks. Keith will be present throughout this photographic adventure to lend his expertise as a wildlife photographer, in the hopes of capturing stunning images of Patagonia’s main predator: the elusive puma. A team of expert puma trackers will be on hand to impart their knowledge of this majestic big cat and to determine the best course of action each day. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Raised in Colorado, Keith developed his photography skills from a young age through his love of wildlife and rock climbing, and has successfully gone on to work in the far reaches of all seven continents on numerous expeditions, capturing footage from around the globe. His clients consist of large names such as National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic TV, Discovery, The North Face and Nikon. Having amassed over 1 million followers on his Instagram channel, he is one of the most sought-after photographers in the outdoor world.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert photography coaching from award-winning wildlife photographer Keith Ladzinksi.
  • Explore Patagonia’s wilderness and venture through the iconic landscapes of the Torres del Paine.
  • Follow the expertise of Keith Ladzinski who will not only lead you on the prowl for your perfect puma shot, but also deliver post-safari lectures and feedback on your photos.
  • Learn from a team of professional puma and fauna trackers who will ensure you make the most of possible wildlife sightings, including guanaco, rhea, Andean fox and Andean condor.
  • Stay for six nights at the world's first geodesic dome hotel, the multi-award-winning Eco Camp Patagonia, voted by Travel + Leisure as South America's 2nd best hotel resort in 2017.
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Keith on safari

Keith Ladzinski, along with his fellow National Geographic photographer Andy Mann, led a hugely successful expedition to Svalbard with Natural World Safaris in June 2018. Here's what our guests had to say about the trip:

Keith and Andy, the two photographers, were entertaining when it came to presentations; obviously extremely competent when it came to the technicalities of photography; and exceptionally generous with their time and encouragement to all on board.

The professional photographers were amazing. Really helpful and fun! I learned a lot. Their presentations were first class.

Day by day

Day 1

Oct 23: Arrive Punta Arenas

Today the adventure begins! You will be met upon arrival at Punta Arenas Airport and transferred to your hotel. After your long journey, the rest of the day is yours to relax. In the evening you will meet with Keith Ladzinksi, who will be your expert photographic guide for the next week. Why not go out for a group dinner, but plan for an early night as you depart early tomorrow to start your puma photography journey!

Day 2

Oct 24: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine

This morning after breakfast, be at the ready as your group will be transferred to Torres del Paine National Park, a journey of about five hours. You will be passing by some stunning landscapes, and photo stops will be made. After checking in and going for a brief walk around the property, Keith will lead you into the national park to get your bearings and admire the jaw-dropping beauty of the snow-capped peaks and glacial blue lakes, while also getting a glimpse of the first signs of wildlife – the guanaco, the favourite food of the elusive puma. Our puma tracker will actually have been out since the morning, so there are chances of sightings on this very first day!

Overnight: Eco Camp Patagonia B, L, D

Days 3-6

Oct 25-28: Puma Tracking

The next four days are all about spotting puma, Patagonia’s apex predator. Most days begin close to camp, in the park’s eastern sector, taking advantage of the stunning morning light and any animal activity. You will spend approximately six hours viewing and photographing the native wildlife of the park. You are likely to observe culpeo (Andean fox), the mighty Andean condor, guanaco, rhea, and hopefully the prized puma. In the afternoons, after both sunlight and wildlife activity begin to wane, you may head to the western parts of the park. Here you have the opportunity to shoot some of the more iconic landmarks here, such as Grey’s Glacier and The Horns, while waiting for news from the trackers. Keith Ladzinski will guide you photographically throughout these outings and the professional puma trackers will be working hard to place you in the best conditions possible to see the big cat. Each evening, return to your comfortable camp, compare photos, hear about Keith’s fascinating career or simply relax with a glass of Chilean wine.

Overnight: Eco Camp Patagonia B, L, D

Day 7

Oct 29: Torres del Paine Wildlife Exploration

Depending on the weather conditions and how lucky you were with sightings, we might mix things up today and head to different areas of the park to gain an even better understanding of the immense expanse that is Patagonia. More pumas are possible of course, but other sightings may include grey fox, red fox, hairy armadillo, hog-nosed skunk, Chilean flamingo, Magellanic woodpecker, austral parakeet, austral pygmy owl, ringed kingfisher, black-chested buzzard-eagle, crested caracara and more. This is the last chance to put into practice all that you have learned from Keith throughout your trip, before relaxing for a final evening with your group.

Overnight: Eco Camp Patagonia B, L, D

Day 8

Oct 30: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas

After a final safari drive in the morning, you will return to camp for lunch, before saying farewell to Keith and your team of puma experts and returning to Punta Arenas Airport, where your safari will come to an end.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group photographic expedition with photographer Keith Ladzinski departing on a single set date in October 2019. 

Dates and Prices

2019 Departures

 Date   Price 
 Oct 23 - 30  From £8,965 per person sharing
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