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The Queen of the Torres del Paine


During a photographic tour focussed on Orca hunting Sea Lion pups at Punta Norte in Argentina during the seasonal month of April in 2016, I met a tour guide who had visited Torres del Paine National Park in Chile on a Puma safari. This was prior to her arrival at Punta Norte and her group had sighted eight Pumas within five days. This news excited me since I had not photographed or sighted a Puma in the wild before. Hence, I planned a visit to Torres del Paine in March 2017 from 12th to 18th. Hector, who was my ranger at Punta Norte joined me in Buenos Aires to travel to Chile with me.

As planned we arrived in Torres del Paine (TDP) on the 12th afternoon in a rented a car from El Calafate airport in Argentina, after crossing the border with Chile at Rio Don Guillermo. We stayed at a lodge called Refugio Laguna Amarga for six nights. This was just outside the park. The lodge had very basic facilities. For our luck a Puma tracker from another group spotted a Puma on the mountain across the road looking through his binoculars from the lawn of the lodge. It was very far to take a clear picture, but I managed to capture an image using an 800mm telephoto lens.




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