Small Group Safari

Puma Photography Safari with Pie Aerts

Join photographer Pie Aerts 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 Pie's expert eye, in one of the most visually stunning wildernesses anywhere in the Americas.

Duration 9 Days
Price From $10,824
When Dec 2020
Destination Chile

Safari Overview

Led by expert wildlife photographer Pie Aerts, this safari offers a unique setting in which to hone your camera skills while exploring Torres del Paine National Park and its soaring mountain peaks. Pie will be present throughout this photographic adventure to lend his expertise as a wildlife photographer, as you venture through the wilderness with the hopes of capturing stunning images of Patagonian pumas. 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!

For those seeking more excitement, you can choose to extend your travels by a further four nights with our Solar Eclipse Photography Safari, also led by Pie.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert photographic tuition from professional photographer and Canon Ambassador Pie Aerts.
  • Explore Patagonia’s wilderness and venture through the iconic landscapes of the Torres del Paine.
  • 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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Day by day

Day 1

Dec 4: 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 Pie Aerts, who will be your expert photographic guide for the next nine days. 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

Dec 5: 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, Pie 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

Dec 6-9: 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. Pie 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 Pie's fascinating career or simply relax with a glass of Chilean wine.

Overnight: Eco Camp Patagonia B, L, D

Day 7

Dec 10: 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 Piethroughout your trip, before relaxing for a final evening with your group.

Overnight: Eco Camp Patagonia B, L, D

Day 8

Dec 11: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas – Santiago

Head out this morning into the national park for a final half-day excursion. Return to camp for lunch before being transferred back to Punta Arenas (a 5-hour journey) for your connecting flight back to Santiago. On arrival to Santiago you will be met and transferred to your hotel, 20 minutes away, for a final evening with your group.

Overnight: Le Reve Boutique Hotel B, L

Day 9

Dec 12: Torres del Paine – Santiago

This morning you will take a private group transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight home. If you are choosing to extend your travels with our Solar Eclipse Photography Safari, you will fly with Pie from Santiago to Temuco, where you will meet your fellow travellers for the next portion of your Chilean adventure.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group photographic expedition with photographer Pie Aerts departing on a single set date in December 2020. Guests can choose to add a 4-day Solar Eclipse Photography Extension, also led by Pie, at a cost of £3,995.

Dates and Prices

2020 Departure

 Date   Price 
 Dec 4 - 12  From £8,750 per person sharing

 

Please note that the above prices exclude the cost of international and domestic flights.

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