On the trail of the puma – Autumn in Patagonia - 15 Days

Discover Patagonia wildlife: Torres del Paine at dawn, on the trail of the world's biggest pumas. On a snow-covered path we climb to the base of the towers and its emerald lagoon. This is an intense journey, designed to show and learn about Patagonia in the fall. At Cerro Sofia for condor sighting, riding in the vastness of the steppe and for hilly paths. Bucolic landscapes: the calves that play and roll on the lawns next to the crystalline streams and imperious mountains with a fairy tale profile, blue icebergs, next to dense green forests.

Day 1
Arrival at Santiago airport and flight to Punta Arenas

Coincidence and immediate flight to Punta Arenas (PUQ)

Reception at the airport, private transfer to the hotel:

Hotel Albatros, Punta Arenas

Visit the town and lunch in the center.

Lunch included

Dinner not included

Visit to museums (optional): natural history museum Maggiorino Borgatello or naval museum.

(Entry ticket for museums not included)

Day 2
Rio Verde, Estancia Cerro Negro and arrival in Puerto Natales

In the morning we leave towards Puerto Natales. 250 km of beautiful and remote road in the steppe.

To the north: villa Tehuelche, Morro Chico and we reach the Estancia Cerro Negro where we stop to make a rich patagonian lunch based on lamb at the stake and wine.

In this typical ranch, the Baqueanos, show us the shearing facilities and demonstration of their work with sheep, horses and shepherd dogs.

After lunch, we continue towards Puerto Natales. Arrival about 4pm.

3 hours drive on roads in excellent condition.

Hotel check-in:

Hotel Milodon in Puerto Natales

Free evening to walk in the center.

Lunch included

Dinner not included

Day 3
Cave of Milodon, the condors of Cerro Sofia (trekking or ride) and overnight in the ranch of Cerro Castillo

30 minutes by road from Puerto Natales and arrive at the Milodon cave. Walk on the path around the hill and visit the other two smaller caves where there are ancient pictoglyphs and visit to the main cave. Back on the road, we continue to Lake Sofia. Approximately one hour trail, to climb the mountain to the ideal point to observe from very close, the passage of the condors and their nests. Towards evening we continue up to Cerro Castillo, to the shepherds' ranch.

Walk on possibly snow-covered paths. An hour and a half drive.

Hotel check-in (wooden house):

Hotel Estancia El Ovejero Patagonico in Cerro Castillo

Lunch and dinner included

Day 4
On the trails of the puma in Torres del Paine

At dawn, with the guide / tracker we go on the trail of the pumas. Unique and exclusive experience, we go into the nature reserve with an expert and we do a scout circuit to locate the wild pumas in their natural environment.

Around 10-11am we continue with the full visit of the park:

Lake Pehoe and island, Salto Chico and Salto Grande waterfalls, Nordenskold lake, Paine waterfalls and Laguna Azul (Picnic lunch), Laguna Amarga and Sarmiento Lake.

Towards evening, we reach the pueblo Rio Serrano, at the border of the gate South-west of the Torres del Paine park. Enchanting place, with the river and its privileged natural position, in front of the mountain ranges.

Walk on paths possibly with snow. 2 hours drive on dirt roads

Hotel check-in (ranch/estancia):

Hotel Cabañas del Paine in Rio Serrano.

Lunch and dinner included

Day 5
Border crossing, journey to El Calafate (Argentina) and Perito Moreno glacier

We leave early for the Cerro Castillo border crossing and enter Argentina. We stop briefly in La Esperanza, for lunch break.

Another two and a half hours and we arrive at El Calafate. We sail to the Perito Moreno glacier.

It is likely that it is the most impressive glacier, that you never see, they tell us often. Evening free to walk downtown.

Check-in in hotel:

Hosteria Amigo del Mundo in El Calafate

(Entry tickets to the Natural Reserve included).

Included in price:

  • The accompaniment of a guide / driver in (English, French, Spanish and Italian)
  • Domestic flights
  • Transfers and internal transport
  • Accommodation in a double room in the mentioned or standing hotels similar
  • Half Stay or Full Stay, where mentioned
  • The planned excursions
  • Admissions to the sites, entrance fees to the parks (about 100usd cad.)
  • A personalized road book and associated maps
  • 24/24 assistance
  • Online payment fees

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks during the included dinners
  • Options and extensions
  • Tips to guides and to the driver
  • Visa costs
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance

Changes due to force majeure The itinerary could always be subject to change due to force majeure according to weather conditions, sudden volcanic eruptions or strong earthquake shocks or any unexpected event that cause to lower safety conditions for travelers. Moreover, for cross-borders tours it is possible that the tours could undergo itinerary changes based on unexpected stop in border.

Please plan ahead your exit trips or transferts at the end of our services, with ample margin of flexibility, since there are many possible causes of delays and we are not responsible for your planning tight schedules connecting the end of our services. We are not responsible for loss of connecting flights, bus rides or transfers.

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Trip Facts

  • Reduced for couple, families and groups
  • 15 days
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
  • SUV 4x4
  • Included
  • Included
  • Torres del Paine, Cerro Sofia, Patagonia
  • Guanaco (Lama guanicoe), Cougar (Puma concolor), Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)
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