Torres del Paine Photo Safari - 5 days
Come photograph Torres del Paine’s colors and wildlife, textures and contrasts: the blue-hues of Grey Glacier, pinks and whites of the Chilean Flamingo or carpets of wildflowers contrasted against granite peaks, moody skies, scrubby pampas and autumn leaves. Try to photograph a Puma – while admiring and capturing it´s breathtaking surroundings and endless landscapes. The days are long but the sights are endless and there will be plenty of time for restful relaxation at the Riverside Camp by the Serrano River.
Trip highlights• Exclusive Puma Tracking Excursion
• Daily Opportunities for Wildlife & Landscape Photography
• Private Camping in Secluded Riverside Camp & Luxury Hotel Experience
• Splendid Sunrises & Sunsets Each Day
• Photograph Condors, Woodpeckers, Flamingos, & Guanacos
• Shoot Grey Glacier, Icebergs, Lakes, Waterfalls & the 3 Towers
• Visit & Experience Iconic Patagonia Ranches
Day 1 - Transfer to Torres del Paine — Puma Tracking
As you begin your journey from your hotel in Puerto Natales with your private chauffeur and guide, you’ll immediately find wonderful photo-taking opportunities in the lagoons dotted with Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans that we pass. As we enter the park, pay close attention to the condors circling the skies and guanacos (llama family) grazing silhouetted against the mountains and valleys. After we meet up with our professional puma tracker in particular sectors of the park, we begin the quiet and slow hike to encounter the wild predator that reigns these landscapes. Photos will be taken for only a short while to be sure not to alter or disturb the puma and it´s daily life. Once we continue along our way, we’ll stop to capture Torres del Paine’s moody landscapes en route to our campsite on the shores of the Serrano River. After a deliciously prepared welcome dinner, end the day with a magnificent shoot of the sunset splashed across the twilight Patagonia skies.
Night at Riverside Camp (BL-D)
Perfect for families or groups, the Riverside Camp is a fully-equipped site located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the crowded refugios and campsites. Equipped with men´s & women´s restrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying with great company!
Day 2 - Cruise to Grey Glacier’s Ice Wall
A sunrise photoshoot from our campsite begins our day, followed by breakfast and a transfer to Grey Lake. To reach the pier we’ll take a short walk through a beech forest. Keep your camera handy while walking: woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and huemuls, or Andean deer, call this forest home! We’ll cruise Grey Lake for about an hour, weaving through blue-hued icebergs and stopping right in front of Grey Glacier’s massive facade. Here, we’ll stay for a while to take pictures, observe the glacier’s intricate colors and icy textures - and maybe even see ice chunks calving. As you make your way back, take time to capture Paine Grande and its wind-sculpted “ice mushroom” peak. Ashore once again, we’ll have a picnic lunch and walk along the beach to observe once free-floating icebergs that have been marooned at the shores by the Park’s strong winds. We make our way back to our camp for a restful evening with fine food and company.
Night at Riverside Camp (B-BL-D)
Day 3 - Lake Sarmiento – Lake Nordenskjöld – Salto Grande Waterfall
The day begins with a sunrise shoot of the western face of the Torres Del Paine from our camp. Our first destination today is Sarmiento Lake, the largest in the Park. We’ll stop here to enjoy the view, have lunch and snap this glacial lake’s dark blue waters and the distinctive white calcium deposits that hug its shoreline. Later we’ll drive to Lake Nordenskjöld to the Salto Grande waterfall to photograph its waters and the wildflowers blooming nearby (orchids, calceolarias and neneos depending on the season). A picnic lunch and well-deserved siesta at our riverside campsite follow. Once rested, we’ll head east to another prime location for observing guanacos, to photograph their antics among the backdrop of Patagonia's pristine beauty.
Day 4 - Sunrise at Laguna Azul - Visit to Estancia Cerro Guido
Today we’ll set off very early to the eastern side of the park to shoot the sunrise from Laguna Azul, an enchanting lake bordering the park; home to ducks, swans, coots, woodpeckers and blessed with an incredible view of the Three Towers. Our departure before sunrise means there is a chance of glimpsing a puma as they are active during the nocturnal hours! Our next destination will be Estancia Cerro Guido where each guest will have a unique opportunity to select a guided activity based on their preference such as horseback, hiking, or mountain biking. Whatever you choose - you will surely be left with an appreciation for the splendid sights and an unforgettable experience! As we turn in for the night, rest well in the luxury of the estancia´s first class accommodations and exquisite dining experience.
Night at Estancia Cerro Guido (B-BL-D)
Part of the oldest estancia (ranch) of the region, Cerro Guido is located between the Torres Del Paine National Park, the pampas of Argentina, and Sierra Baguales. You will have a unique opportunity to experience the elegance of the English style accommodations of the pioneers who first came to the Patagonia region in the 20th century. Each accommodation has a private bathroom, hair dryer with eco friendly toiletries, central heat, WiFi, and a garden view.
Day 5 - Iconic Ranches – Transfer back to Puerto Natales
Early in the morning after a freshly prepared breakfast we start our last day with several highlight visits to iconic Patagonia ranches . We will have many opportunities to observe the daily life of a working cattle ranch which dates to the last century, capture local gauchos as they care for their estancia and land, and visit natural wonders that are unknown to most travelers. During our visits we’ll be keen to search the woodlands and landscapes for sightings of native birds, including the Upland Goose, Pygmy Owl, Southern Lapwing and Magellanic Oystercatcher. We'll enjoy our final lunch together in the afternoon before we end our journey and return to Puerto Natales.
2021 price per person in dbl occupancy: (valid till April 2021)
with 2 people = USD 2995
with 3-4 people = USD 2595
with 5-6 people = USD 2395
Single Supplement = USD 520
Can add on transfers from and to Punta Arenas, hotel nights in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, extra days for puma tracking or for visiting penguins on Magdalena Island
Reservation Payment – To formally reserve for this trip, each person must provide:
-An initial deposit of 10% of the trip cost
-Completed contact and health form and liability waiver
Final Payment –The balance of the trip cost is due 45 Days before the trip start.
When booking a trip with less than 60 days before the trip start, it is considered a last minute booking and 100% of the trip cost must be paid in full within 48 hours to confirm your reservation. Until the payment is received the trip cannot be guaranteed and any changes to the itinerary may occur or be subject to additional fees.
Cancellations Fees & Refunds
All requests for cancellations and applicable refunds must be made in writing. Depending within the cancelling dates; the following are the amounts that will be refunded to you.
Operator is entitled to cancel services up to 75 days in advance prior to trip start date if:
-The minimum number of full paying members is not met.
-Cancellation or compensation payments do not apply due to “Force Majeure,” that is, unusual events and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of operator or its sub-contractors for events that occur such as war, pandemics, strikes, riots, terrorist activity or threats, natural disasters, climate conditions or fire, environmental emergencies, transport changes in airline companies, boaters and land carriers, changes in providers, etc.
Operator is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trip. For this reason we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance