Torres Del Paine (Chile) – November 2017

At the bottom tip of South America in windswept and wild Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is home to soaring jagged mountains, turquoise and navy-blue lakes studded with icebergs, dramatic glaciers, emerald forests and rolling grasslands.

This is one of the continent’s finest national parks, not just for its astonishing landscapes, but also for its wildlife and birds. The grasslands and mountains shelter guanacos (wild cousins of the llama), shy huemul deer, foxes, flocks of ostrich-like rhea, flamingo and Andean condor, and the highly sought after puma. Torres del Paine is a fantastic conservation success story: once part of a large sheep ranch, the land since 1959 has been recovering from overexploitation and the herds of guanaco, as well as the puma population, are on the rise.

For many travellers, the lure of puma tracking brings them to this spectacular corner of South America, but there’s so much more to enjoy in Torres del Paine, from world-class hiking in the valleys and mountains on day-long routes and multi-day treks to kayaking among icebergs, fly-fishing, horse riding and ice hiking on glaciers.

Surrounded by the Patagonian steppe and mountains in the background, lodges feel remote and isolated, so when you’re not out on private excursions you still feel the magic of the vast, rugged landscape.

 

WHY WE LOVE TORRES DEL PAINE

The best location to spot the iconic puma

Fantastic birdwatching with more than 100 species of birds including specials such as the Andean Condor, Megellanic Woodpecker and Torrent Duck

Landscapes that are among the most dramatic in South America

Patagonia’s best trekking opportunities

Getting up close to breathtaking glaciers and icebergs

Please feel free to contact us should you wish to learn more about Torres Del Paine.


Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

TOP MAMMALS

 

  • Puma
  • Guanaco
  • South Andean deer (huemul)
  • Andean fox
  • South American grey fox
  • Patagonian skunk
  • Dwarf armadillo
Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

TOP BIRDS

 

  • Darwin’s rhea
  • Black-necked swan
  • Andean condor
  • Rufous-tailed hawk
  • Austral parakeet
  • Magellanic horned owl
  • Austral pygmy owl
  • Chilean flamingo
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Magellanic woodpecker

Featured Lodges


Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

TIERRA PATAGONIA

Perched on a bluff in front of Lake Sarmiento, the lodge is built mostly from sustainably harvested local wood and the award-winning architectural design blends perfectly with the surrounds. The lodge is well positioned bordering the national park with a natural boundary formed by the lake. This is good puma territory.

Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

AWASI PATAGONIA

Located on a private reserve at the base of Torres del Paine National Park, Awasi Patagonia offers a luxurious getaway for those who love to mix exploring, good food and relaxation. This lodge is perfect for those wanting a high degree of privacy: each villa is allocated its own guide and vehicle, allowing guests to explore the park at their own pace.

Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

LAS TORRES

Las Torres is on a private piece of land located within Torres Del Paine National Park. It is perfectly positioned near some excellent hiking trails in prime puma habitat. The lodge is relatively simple but provides a good clean comfortable base from which to explore the beautiful surrounds.

Makgadikgadi National Park (Botswana)

ECOCAMP PATAGONIA

This camp is in prime puma territory. Being a fellow member of the Long Run organization, this lodge gets our nod for being eco-friendly and low impact. This is an excellent option if you are keen on glamping and seeing puma.

Photo credits: Top photo by Awasi; middle photo by Tierra; puma photo by James Kydd; Andean condor photo by Luis Segura.

Bellingham Safaris

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