Torres del Paine Photo Raptour

Torres del Paine Photo Raptour


Schon am frühen Morgen hatten wir großartige Erlebnisse mit Pumas, die wir auf ihren Streifzügen unter bester fachkundiger Führung begleiten konnten.

Dr. Dieter G. Haas, Germany. 2015 Edition

 

The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Destination

In the vast open spaces of remote southern Patagonia prey and predator unfold the everyday drama of life. Stunning, vivid colors and superb light quality make Torres del Paine National Park, in southern Chile one of the finest destinations anywhere in the world for nature photographers. This tour offers front-row quality photo opportunities at the charismatic fauna and flora—and awe-inspiring landscapes—of Torres del Paine and surrounding areas. Voted the Eighth Wonder of the World in 2013 (5 million votes on VirtualTourist.com), with the iconic backdrop of towering granite formations, shocking azure-colored lakes, mighty glaciers and hypnotic waterfalls, the park boasts robust populations of Guanacos—once South America’s most widely distributed and abundant camelids. Guanacos, in turn provide a solid prey base for Pumas—the top predator of the region. This is in short, the best place in the world to photograph Pumas in the wild.

 

Expert Guidance and Photography Coaching

Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) finalist in 2015 and again 2016 Dario Podesta leads this photographic expedition to Torres del Paine. A biologist by training Dario feels at home in Patagonia because, well... Patagonia is home for him! Originally from Zapala, Neuquen Province in Argentina, Dario currently lives in Puerto Madryn, on the Atlantic coast, and has spent over two decades leading outdoor activities in Patagonia. He has photographed the park extensively and understands light and animal behavior and how to capture it in compelling images. But we will also benefit from Roberto Donoso's Puma tracking expertise. Roberto is arguably the best puma tracker available today. He is also an accomplished photographer, and works with most of the reputable wildlife watching and touring companies. He lives in Punta Arenas and has been guiding nature tours in the region for the last 20 years.

 

Travel In Style

While Patagonia is rugged and Torres del Paine can be windy and cold, we will travel in a comfortable Mercedes Benz van, with heating and ample windows. At our cozy and strategically located hotel you will enjoy heated rooms, hot breakfast, and in-house à la carte lunches and dinners. Moreover, Chile being wine country, first glass of wine of every meal is on us! Group size limited to 4 participants ensures that both Dario and Roberto will be able to give instructions in real time to everyone in the party while in the field. This translates into no missed opportunities. You will be able to shoot what we find! 

 

Dario Podesta

Dario Podesta, by Kevin Zaouali
Photo by Kevin Zaouali

Bio

Dario Podesta is a biologist who has dedicated to wildlife photography for 20 years now. He has photographed many areas of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Antarctica.

His photos have been published in more than 80 books, magazines and calendars. He has participated in numerous photography exhibitions and has been a jury in several photography wildlife contests. He has been awarded more than 10 prizes and international distinctions.

Both in 2015 and 2016 Dario was a finalist in the acknowledged Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography contest sponsored by the British Museum of Natural History, in the categories People's Choice and Mammals.

Dario is the current Photography Editor of Vida Silvestre Magazine, of Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina, the local partner of the World Wildlife Fund.

With his work Dario intends to offer an artistic view of nature. Dario’s ultimate goal is to raise people’s awareness of the importance of preserving our natural patrimony for future generations.

 

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

9.00 am, meet at hotel in Punta Arenas. Introductions and welcome briefing by Dario Podesta. Drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Lunch en route. First search for pumas as we enter the park. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. Dinner and overnight at Hosteria Pehoe.

Days 2-4

6.00 am, breakfast. Head out to the field to look for Pumas and other wildlife. We expect to see abundant guanacos every day. We will also target raptors such Andean Condors, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Crested Caracara, Chimango Caracaras attending Puma kills. Also likely to be encountered are Cinereous Harrier and Aplomado Falcon. Back at the hotel around noon for lunch. Short break and siesta time. 3.30 pm, head out for a second photographic session. We may adapt the timing of individual activities on a daily basis according to results and opportunities presented. 8.00 pm, dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Hosteria Pehoe.

Day 5

6.00 am, breakfast. Today we will visit Grey Lake and nearby forests to target a different set of animals including Magellanic Woodpecker and, if we are lucky, South Andean deer. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 6

6.00 am, breakfast. 7.15 am, checkout. One last morning looking for pumas on our way out of the park. Lunch in Puerto Natales. Drive back to Punta Arenas in the afternoon. 5.00 pm, arrival in Punta Arenas where the tour ends.

 

Need to know

Tour dates & availability

2018 Dates TBA | 4 places

Booking closes on

1 August

Group size limits

2-4

Tour price

$4.900

Single supplement

$490

Trip cancelations

Partial refund before 31 July | $500 Cancellation Fee applies

No refund available after 1 August

Country entry requirements

Valid passport with 1 blank page. No visa required for US citizens. Learn more…

Difficulty

Medium

Comfort

Very Good

Weather & Clothing

Dress warm | Freezing to chilly temps expected

Local currency and money

Chilean peso

Terms


Raptours, L.L.C. reserves the right to alter this itinerary as necessary, or to cancel the tour prior to departure, with full refund to participants.

Raptours, L.L.C. or its agents may decline to accept or retain any person as a member of this tour at any time.

No smoking will be permitted while with the group, either when indoors or in the field.

Travel medical insurance is strongly recommended.

All passengers will be required to sign a hard copy of the Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk form upon meeting with the tour leader in Punta Arenas.

No participants will be allowed in the group without a signed copy of the Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk form.

Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk
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