2026 - Final Dates TBD

Best place for photographing pumas. – CNN Travel

Though pumas are well distributed from Canada to the southern Andes, they are seldom seen. These elusive cats, also known as mountain lions, cougars, panthers, or catamounts, are experts at avoiding people. Except here.

Join Natural Exposures on a journey to the Torres del Paine region in southern Chile. Our renowned local guide and tracker know the surrounding area and cats and will guide us on a private estancia. Special permits are required.

Autumn is a perfect season to visit Patagonia, not only for the beautiful fall colors and snow-capped mountains but also to photograph pumas. Since the days are shorter, we will track the cats after breakfast throughout the day and return to our lodge at a comfortable hour for dinner. The cooler temps keep the cats more active throughout the day compared to long days of sleeping cats in the hot days of summer. Often the cubs are at a playful age in April, which is always a special sight. And like all our trips, we’ll stay in comfortable lodging and sample some local delicious cuisine. Come enjoy the spectacular cats of Patagonia!

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  • 2026 Patagonia Puma Photography Tour I Travel Plans

    Day 1 (L, D)

    Arrive at Puerto Natales Airport (airport code PNT, flight suggestion TBA via Santiago). Our local guide will meet us at the airport, and we’ll have a group lunch in Puerto Natales. Our luggage will be taken to our lodge, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, where we will stay for six nights. This afternoon we will head straight to the Torres del Paine National Park region to explore before check-in.

    Torres del Paine National Park was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 due to its magnificent natural beauty. The Park boasts breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant turquoise glaciers that blend seamlessly into stunning landscapes. Sunrises and sunsets create a beautiful mix of pink and orange hues, leaving an unforgettable impression and providing perfect opportunities for capturing vivid landscape photographs.

    We’ll gather for dinner and a briefing to be prepared for our upcoming adventure.

    Days 2-6 (B, L, D)

    Over the next five days, we will concentrate on puma photography, but you will also be taken in by the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Torres del Paine region.

    Keep an eye out for South American gray foxes, guanacos, armadillos, and other wildlife. This schedule is more general and less detailed than most of our tours. We need flexibility to adjust our plans based on weather, recommendations from our local guide, and the findings from our puma tracker.

    Each morning, our expert tracker will be on the lookout for pumas to increase our sighting opportunities. We should be prepared for a variety of viewing possibilities. Every day will be different with activity levels. We may see a cat for only minutes before it’s on the move, and we will follow it by road or by foot. Other sightings might be more relaxed if the cats are taking a nap or possibly feeding on a carcass. We will be on the lookout for mom and her playful cubs. Midday, we will have a picnic lunch in a nearby area where we can look for other wildlife and enjoy the scenic landscapes and then return in the afternoon to the pumas. We will be in prime puma territory.

    This Estancia (private ranch) is full of rolling, grassy hills. and sporadic rock outcroppings. The pumas like to rest among the rocks, and the surrounding scenery is beautiful.

    We hope to have beautiful sunsets in the evenings at around 6:30 pm on our way back to the hotel, where we can take some time to relax, talk about our day together, have dinner, and get a good night’s sleep.

    Day 7 (B, L)

    After breakfast, we’ll check out and take a little time to explore areas of the Torres del Paine region that we haven’t seen yet and then drive to Puerto Natales for lunch. Depart Puerto Natales (PNT) in the late afternoon or evening for your flight home.

    • Guest Limits

      5-6 guests maximum

    • Trip Cost

      TBA pp, based on DBL occupancy

      Single Sup: TBA

      Pricing in US dollars

    • Deposit

      $1500 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      July 1, 2025: 5000 pp first installment

      December 1, 2025: Final payment

      Installments are payable by check only. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures
      810 N. Wallace, Suite E
      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group travel with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
      • Local professional guide
      • Local professional tracker with 4×4
      • Accommodations for six nights at Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
      • Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, dinner includes one beverage)
      • Transfers Puerto Natales-hotel-Puerto Natales
      • Off-road private vehicle for touring for 5 days on private land for pumas
      • Entrance fees for private land touring at Estancia
    • Not Included

      • International/domestic airfare
      • Transfers on non-scheduled itinerary days
      • Alcoholic drinks, laundry service, and other extras at the hotels/in restaurants
      • Any attractions or optional activities not listed in the itinerary
      • Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Gratuities
    • Flights to Book

      Suggested arrival via travel through Santiago:

      TBA, 2026
      Arrive in Santiago, Chile at SCL airport any time of day. This is not included in the trip. Our local guide suggests flying through Santiago, which is an easy way to get to our final destination of Puerto Natales. We can book you a hotel near the Santiago airport at the Holiday Inn if needed.

      TBA, 2026
      Fly to Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT). Daytime flights from Santiago are nonstop (3hr, 19m)

      TBA, 2026
      Depart Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT) in the late afternoon or evening and fly home.

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is affordable and can be purchased for each trip or an entire year and can even be bundled with your regular travel insurance! We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2026 Patagonia Puma Photography Tour I

    Days 1-6, 6 nights
    Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
    Hotel Las Torres is a reserve located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, a perfect base for our adventure. This traditional horse ranch is a magical place where you’ll be surrounded by diverse wildlife, immersed in raw, breathtaking nature, and in touch with true Patagonian culture. They are dedicated to the conservation of Patagonian nature, culture, and sustainable tourism development. Free WiFi and a hair dryer in-room

    Patagonia’s Lifestyle

    Staying at Hotel Las Torres allows a taste of the authentic flavor of Patagonia’s lifestyle and culture. The grounds blend into the mountainscape and have all the features of a traditional working ranch – stables led by baqueanos (Patagonian cowboys), free-roaming horses, open pastures, and abundant wildlife. Rooms feature local decor, and the staff wear traditional outfits. The kitchen plates feature true Patagonian cuisine, and the bar mixes prize-winning exclusive “sustainable cocktails.” Take a few moments to talk to the baqueanos about their lives or the garden keeper about the hotel’s sustainable practices. The friendly, helpful staff will be eager to share with you their passion for Patagonia and Torres del Paine.

  • Helpful Information for 2026 Patagonia Puma Photography Tour I

    Physical Activity / Mobility Needed for This Tour

    We will track the pumas by road in vehicles within the private Estancia. The roads are mainly gravel and guanaco trails. There are a variety of possibilities on how we will view the cats. They could be stationary for a long time next to a kill near a trail or resting. Sometimes we might have to walk for 5-15 minutes – mildly easy through open fields and rolling hills. Some areas have short, brushy terrain. We might have to do more walking if the puma is on the move. Often these could be the best photography opportunities, having the puma walk towards the camera, etc. We would keep following the puma by foot or possibly by vehicle if this is the case.

    If you have limited mobility, our guide suggests you may want to have flexible, lighter camera gear. For instance, carrying a 600mm lens and tripod might be difficult for some people who have mobility challenges. We also need to stay together as much as possible in a group. We will have an extra guide available if some people are behind in walking or need to go back to the vehicle.

    Each encounter will be different and we will adjust the best that we can with everyone’s abilities. We decided to use two 4×4 safari vehicles (instead of a van) along with a tracker vehicle to give us more flexibility with guests’ needs in the field.

    Passport and Visa

    US citizens must carry a valid US passport when traveling to Chile, and it must be valid for the duration of their stay. One blank passport page minimum is required for the immigration entry stamp. A visa is not required for stays of 90 days or less.

    Please visit the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up-to-date entry, exit, and visa requirements.

    Vaccinations

    It’s always best to make sure you’re up to date with routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor or a medical professional ideally 4-6 weeks before travel. Please visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for travel to Chile.

    Weather

    Fall is a fantastic season to explore Patagonia! During this time, the average daytime temperature is around 40-50°F, and overnight lows range from 30°F. Similar to autumn in the United States, you can expect cooler temperatures during the day and night. However, the weather patterns in Patagonia are influenced by the Andes Mountains, winds from Antarctica, ocean currents, and the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields. As a result, it’s best to be prepared for various weather conditions such as sun, rain, snow, and wind (a regular occurrence in Patagonia).

    Language

    Spanish is the official language used in Chile for administration and other purposes. Over time, the traditional Spanish language has evolved and transformed into various unique dialects of Chilean Spanish. Although some Chileans may speak English, especially in larger cities, hotels, restaurants, and major tourist attractions, it is always best to avoid any assumptions, particularly in the case of rural areas.

    Currency

    The legal currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP).

    Electricity

    In Chile, the power plug sockets are Type C (also works with plugs E and F) and Type L (also works with plug C). The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.

    Camera Gear

    Dan will phone each guest closer to trip time to discuss camera gear, and we’ll also send each guest a list of suggested items to bring.

    Typical Food

    Meat is the primary food source in Patagonia, and you can expect a wide variety of options. It’s not uncommon to witness a whole lamb or pig roasting over an open fire. Split roast lamb is an iconic dish in the region. As you travel further south, you’ll notice more seafood and fish dishes, particularly crab dishes. Patagonian mushrooms, avocadoes, and beans are common vegetables consumed in the region. Lamb empanadas, chimichurri (Patagonian pesto), and the Calafete berry, which is used to create cocktails, liquors, sauces, jams, cakes, tarts, and gelato, are among the local delicacies.

    Note: Tanya may not be joining this tour (TBD). Dan, along with a local photographer, guide, and tracker will be with you throughout your stay.

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    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."

      Linda Henry, Oregon

    • "I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."

      Sue Wolfe, Texas

    • "Tanya/Dan are a dynamic duo! There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to cover the entire breath of their combined strengths. Fair, attention to detail, supportive of everyone’s needs, ability to get things done, did I mention down right good people, and on and on. We hope there will be a trip in the future that we could take advantage of."

      Corbett Alley, Arizona

    • "If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

For additional information please contact Tanya at info@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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