Wildlife Adventures from Paine to Tierra del Fuego

Patagonia: Tracking Pumas and Cruising the Fjords

Argentina, Chile

12 Days

From $13,295

Overview

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    Overview

    On our wildlife odyssey with Argentine naturalist and long-time WT Trip Leader Karen Lund Petersen, we'll make a four-day expedition cruise through Tierra del Fuego, entering a realm of soaring fjords, ice floes, glaciers, and marvelous Fuegian wildlife. We then explore a completely different environment in Chile's renowned Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a surreal landscape of iconic granite towers carved by ice. Here we'll track pumas, the “ghost of the Andes,” with expert local trackers (Paine holds a higher concentration of pumas than anywhere else on Earth) and keep an eye out for guanacos, armadillos, flamingos, soaring condors, and more. Join us for the natural history trip of a lifetime!

    Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina

    Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile

    Highlights

    • Track pumas with expert tracker-guides in Chile's spectacular Paine National Park
    • Cruise the icy fjords of Tierra del Fuego aboard a comfortable expedition ship, explore coves by Zodiac, hike along glacial lagoons
    • See Magellanic penguins, guanacos, condors, foxes, and rheas
    • Stay on a heritage estancia (ranch) in the iconic landscape of Paine National Park

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      Itinerary

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      After exploring Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, we board the Ventus Australis on Day 3 and set out for an exciting 4-day expedition cruise with explorations by Zodiac. We'll voyage south along the Beagle Channel to Cape Horn National Park, the legendary setting where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet, then visit Wulaia Bay, with its Yagan archaeological site. Entering Pia Fjord, where the spectacular Pia Glacier cascades to water's edge, we'll navigate by Zodiac in “Glacier Alley.”
      We disembark in Punta Arenas, Chile, and head across the pampas to Paine National Park, whose famed peaks are known as “The Towers” for their vertical spires. We'll explore the park, then join our puma trackers, who have a deep knowledge of the park's puma population. Throughout our tracking, there will be dramatic views of Paine's landscapes and plenty of other wildlife, from foxes and guanacos to armadillos, condors, and rheas. Our accommodation is the historic Estancia Cerro Guido, a working sheep ranch on the eastern edge of the park. Depart on Day 12 via Punta Arenas, Chile.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee (non-refundable boat deposit): $300 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels, estancias, and expedition cruise ship
      • All meals
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All land and boat transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Los Yamanas

      Ushuaia, Argentina

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Right on the shores of the Beagle Channel just outside Ushuaia, Los Yamanas has incredible panoramas of this legendary waterway and the rugged mountains that flank it. It's a perfectly positioned base for our explorations around Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel.

      Stella Australis

      Tierra del Fuego, Chile

      Days 3-6 (4 nights)

      Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, the state-of-the-art 210-passenger Stella Australis has the extreme maneuverability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels where few cruise ships can venture. Specially designed for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego cruising, the ship offers cabins in six categories,...

      Estancia Cerro Guido

      Paine National Park, Chile

      Days 7-10 (4 nights)

      Estancia Cerro Guido is a charming working estancia with more than 100 years of history behind its name. What started as part of the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, the largest cattle network in the history of Chilean Patagonia, is now also a comfortable lodge located at the edge...

      Hotel Yegua Loca

      Punta Arenas, Chile

      Day 11 (1 night)

      A hundred-year-old building converted into a boutique lodge, this charming 8-room hotel has a hilltop location with panoramic views over the Strait of Magellan. The décor reflects the gaucho and ranching history of Punta Arenas and each guest room is decorated in a different theme. The hotel is about...

      What the Trip is Like

      The trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system, with vehicle-based exploration and day hikes, hotel and lodge accommodations plus four nights aboard an expedition cruise ship. While this is not a hiking trip, it is an active adventure, and the shape you're in is an important factor in your enjoyment of your trip Please note that your Trip Leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.

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      The walking and hiking will be over relatively easy terrain, and during the 2.5 days of puma tracking when we find a puma we will remain in one area for some time to observe it. However, given that we will be outdoors in Patagonia and walking for many hours at a time, it can feel physically demanding, so you should be in good shape and have some endurance.

      We time our trips for Patagonia's ideal weather, which is from late November through March, when we can enjoy the mildest temperatures and 16 hours of daylight. November (spring) is blessed with wildflowers and March (fall) offers the start of spectacular fall foliage. With its deep southern latitude, you might expect Patagonia's weather to be more "polar" than it really is. In fact, the austral summer temperatures are relatively moderate. During Patagonia's summer months (November through March in the Southern Hemisphere), the thermometer rarely drops below 40°F and will usually reach into the high 60s°F and even low 70s°F during the day. Nevertheless, the weather is radically changeable. Rain, sleet, and snow can occur at any time—perhaps just a few hours before or after sunny skies and 70°F temperatures.

      The enormous, unbroken stretches of ocean to the west and south of the tip of South America leave the Patagonian Andes exposed to strong and persistent winds. Winds circling the globe between latitudes of 40s°F and 60s°F have little obstruction when they reach the tip of South America. Experiencing these winds is almost inevitable on any Patagonian journey. For most part, you can expect winds of 9 to 13 miles per hour, but they can occasionally gust much higher, quickly "cooling down" an otherwise pleasant day.

      There's a saying that in Patagonia that you can experience all four seasons in one day, so be prepared for quickly changing weather. The best defense is proper clothing and layering, and our Pre-Departure Booklet has a detailed list of recommendations for layering.

      Four nights are on a 210-guest expedition ship, either the Ventus Australis or her identical sister ship, the Stella Australis. These vessels, specifically designed for Tierra del Fuego, let us explore in comfort amid the rugged fjords of the extremely remote Cordillera Darwin range. Meals on board are varied, with meat, pasta, soups, and vegetarian options, plus locally sourced items such as king crab or fresh-caught fish when available. Shore landings are made by Zodiac, with life jackets provided.
      There will be one 5-hour driving day (Day 7) as we disembark and drive to our estancia in the outskirts of Paine National Park. Everyone should be prepared for bumpy, dusty road conditions, and all will have a window seat on our vehicle.

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      Client Testimonials

      "The puma sightings were the supreme highlight for me and the two puma trackers we had were absolute pros at getting us to see them. And seeing so many penguins and glaciers and walking on Cape Horn was another highlight of the trip for me. The design of the trip, having some days on the ship and others near the park, was a very good combination."

      Rita V.

      Houston, TX

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee (non-refundable boat deposit): $300 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}