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Pumas, King Penguins & Humpback Whales Wildlife Icons of Patagonia

This trip has been designed to watch three iconic species of Patagonian wildlife. We will explore the magnificent landscapes of southern Chile’ Torres del Paine National Park to look for Puma, the 'Lion of the Andes'. Afterwards, we will continue our quest by exploring the mythic island of Tierra del Fuego to reach the recently established and world’s most accessible colony of the stunning King Penguin. As a grand finale of this unique wildlife expedition, we will explore the Straits of Magellan to visit Carlos III Island and its summer visitors, the gentle and sociable Humpback Whales. This small-group journey has a maximum of 8 participants accompanied by one of our naturalist guides. 

11-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. 

Next departures: 2017: December 5-15 • 2018: January 4-14, April 4-14.

Puma, the 'Lion of the Andes', Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile Photo taken by guest © Alex Macipe

Puma, the 'Lion of the Andes', Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © Alex Macipe, Far South Exp


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Frequently praised by visitors from all over the world as one of the most beautiful and majestic wild places in the Planet, Torres del Paine National Park is a remote refuge of life where wildlife is normally quite tame and it's not rare to see relaxed and inquisitive guanacos, foxes and other animals at close quarters; seeing the lone hunter that dwells in the vast and barren hills, the mighty Puma, is something else. This first section of our three-prong quest has been geared to seek out and contemplate this big and elegant cat in one the wildest places throughout its entire range in the Continent. The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor and certainly one of the most colourful and attractive members of the group. The second part of our journey takes us to see these magnificent seabirds in their natural habitat. Few places in the world offer good access and chances to see them in the wild like Useless Bay in Tierra del Fuego, making this, the only continental American breeding colony, a very special one indeed. The third and final part of our trip takes us to Carlos III Island, located at the heart of the recently established Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the mythic Straits of Magellan, to find some of its most charismatic and usually elusive inhabitants, Humpback Whales. We will see these imposing creatures and other marine mammals of the sub-Antarctic region at close quarters, as well as a good diversity of seabirds. Also, we will visit remote penguin colonies as well as other seabirds’ rookeries. We will be based one night at San Isidro Lodge, located besides the homonymous historic lighthouse, and two nights at the domes of the research facilities at Carlos III Island, the perfect location to see the Humpbacks and marvel at their social behaviour and feeding techniques.





Itinerary in Brief (11 days, 10 nights)

Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park

Days 2-4 • Exploring Torres del Paine NP – Puma searches

Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Transfer to Punta Arenas

Day 6 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins

Day 7 • Tierra del Fuego – Straits of Magellan – Punta Arenas

Day 8 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon looking for Humpback Whales

Day 9 • Carlos III Island - Whale Sound

Day 10 • Carlos III Island – Punta Arenas

Day 11 • End of the trip


Trip Highlights

• 4-day exploration in Torres del Paine National Park searching for Puma and other wildlife such as Guanaco, Southern Huemul Deer, Andean Condors and many other birds.

• Visit the world’s most accessible and only continental King Penguin Colony in Tierra del Fuego.

• Explore Francisco Coloane Marine Park and enjoy watching its gentle visitors, the Humpback whales.

• Great opportunities to spot other cetaceans and marine mammals such as Peale’s, Commerson’s and Chilean dolphins, plus sea lions, fur seals, Magellanic penguins and other seabirds.

• Great photographic opportunities on the rich natural history of the southernmost portion of the American continent.



Detailed Itinerary and Activities


(*) We recommend arriving in Punta Arenas one day before the trip, in order to have an early start towards Torres del Paine National Park on Day 1.

Day 1 • Punta Arenas, Chile – Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine National Park. During our journey to the park, we will try to find guanacos, southern grey foxes, and Patagonian skunks while enjoying our first contact with southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia.

Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


Puma, Puma concolor patagonica, Torres del Paine, Chile © Octavio Campos Salles


Days 2-4 • Exploring Torres del Paine National Park – Puma searches

We have organized a busy schedule of day and night searches for pumas in the area. We will inspect the immediate surroundings of our hotel at night as well as the puma hunting grounds located in the eastern flank of the park. The area comprised by the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul is well known by holding one of the largest concentrations of pumas in the wild. February through April is a particularly good period as the females are actively hunting to provide food to their growing cubs; at this time they are not active just by night but also during the twilight hours. To see a female puma and its large-sized cubs against this magnificent mountain backdrop and glorious skies is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles. In company of our guide and puma tracker we will attempt seeing puma family groups at a prudent distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. If we have time, we will also take the opportunity to look for other mammal species including the ubiquitous guanaco, the local Andean Deer or Huemul, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and the two canine species present in the park, Chilla and Culpeo foxes.

Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Transfer to Punta Arenas

During the morning we will continue our exploration in different areas of the park. A sensational vista from Laguna Azul, on the eastern side of the park, will be a superb grand finale to this part of our exciting journey of discovery. Later, we will be transferred to Punta Arenas.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Day 6 • Ferry to Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins

We will start our journey with a private transfer from your hotel to the ferry docks located at the northern end of Punta Arenas. At approximately 9 am, we will begin our 2.5-hour crossing through the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan; these world-famous seaways are very rich in terms of history of exploration. Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Bougainville, Fitz Roy and Darwin, among several other sailors and explorers, surveyed this region, most of the times, in really harsh and dangerous conditions. You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Imperial Cormorant, Dolphin Gull and South American Tern. It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale's Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lion. As soon as we land you will realize that the vegetation of this part of Tierra del Fuego is dominated by flat windswept steppes and rolling hills, with tussock grass and low shrubs. After meeting your local guide and driver, we will stop at the town of Porvenir, visiting a pioneer home, our lovely and cozy hotel, Hosteria Yendegaia; here we will have coffee or tea, snacks, and will have the opportunity to relax for a short while. Immediately we will be driving for approximately two hours along the shores of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), where we expect to see a great array of wildlife including Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, the ubiquitous Upland Goose, Chilean Flamingo and a diversity of waterfowl. At sea we may see albatrosses, petrels, gulls and skuas patrolling the turbulent waters of the bay. Parque Pingüino Rey is a private nature reserve that aims to preserve the only known continental King Penguin colony. We will have ample opportunities to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance (maximum approach distance will be given by the guide and must be respected at all times during your visit).

Overnight at Hosteria Yendegaia House or similar, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


Peale's Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus australis © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 7 • Ferry to Punta Arenas 

We will enjoy a leisure morning while exploring the surroundings of Porvenir to photograph and learn about the particular wildlife and history of this remote corner of Patagonia. We will visit its alkaline pools where there are large aggregations of migratory birds such as sandpipers and plovers, but the goal will be to photograph Chilean Flamingos. Later we will explore the coast to see some of the many shipwrecks that have occurred in these seas over the years. After lunch we will be heading back to Punta Arenas by ferry. By taking the short ferry at Punta Delgada we will have great chances of seeing the striking Commerson's Dolphin plus other interesting wildlife.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


M/Y Tanu, our vessel to explore the surrounding waters of Carlos III Island © Whale Sound

Day 8 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon looking for Humpback Whale

Early in the morning we will board the motor yacht "Esturion" and start our navigation towards “Francisco Coloane Marine Park”, which protects the marine biodiversity of the western branch of the Straits of Magellan. This magnificent area encloses Carlos III Island, which possesses a vast and unique biological diversity due, in part, to the mixing of the two oceans (Pacific and Atlantic), productive upwelling, the strong winds, the presence of glaciers and the dismembered coastline. This park hold a summer population of humpback whales (and occasionally Sei Whale and Orca), which use these waters as feeding grounds. We will spend this night in the biological station, at very comfortable twin-bedded domes. We will have shared bathroom facilities at this location.

Overnight at Eco-camp Carlos III, Carlos III Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaengliae, Francisco Coloane Marine Park, Patagonia, Chile © Tamara Albarran, Far South Expeditions

Day 9 • Carlos III Island

This morning we will have another whale-watching session aboard the zodiac boats and if we are lucky, we may see the endemic and scarce Chilean Dolphin while sailing these waters. We will also visit large breeding colonies of sea lions, fur seals and Magellanic Penguin. We will have a lecture by the scientist working on long-term population studies on these whales, and we will learn about several tagging and identification techniques. We will have the whole afternoon to see these whales at close quarters and with no other visitors. This intimate experience will be enhanced by the sight of the beautiful mountains, glaciers and pristine forests all around.

Overnight at Eco-camp Carlos III, Carlos III Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).


Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus © Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 10 • Faro San Isidro Lodge – Punta Arenas

After enjoying the diversity of marine mammals and seabirds of this park, we will make our journey back to San Isidro Lodge. Along the route we will discover the rich seabird diversity of these seaways; we will see Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Chilean Skua and cormorants as well as pods of Peale’s Dolphin and the ubiquitous South American Sea Lion. If time permits, we will have a field trip, equipped with hand glasses, to discover the lichen- and moss-rich biodiversity of the sub-Antarctic forests. During the afternoon we will be transferred back to Punta Arenas for overnight.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

Day 11 • End of the trip

Transfer to the airport after breakfast. (Breakfast)



Trip Map

Pumas, King Penguins & Humpback Whales Tour Map © Far South Expeditions



Dates & Rates


Scheduled Departures:


Pumas, Penguins & Whales
Trip Code PAT10 • PAT007
Trip Length 11 days, 10 nights
Dates 2017 December 5-15
2018 January 4-14, April 4-14
Price per person (USD) $5,498
Single Suppl. Ask*
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum group size 8 participants.



What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars. 

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested. 

Single accommodation not available at Carlos III EcoCamp(*).

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Francisco Coloane Marine Park, two ferry rides, and park entrance fees. A daily bottle of mineral water is also included. 

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping for restaurants and guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature. 



The Lodges


Hotel Las Torres, Torres del Paine, Chile 

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Las Torres, Torres del Paine, Chile. Click here


Trip Advisor Review here


Hotel Diego de Almagro, Punta Arenas, Chile 

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Diego de Almagro, Punta Arenas, Chile. Click here


Trip Advisor Review here


Yendegaia House, Tierra del Fuego, Chile 

Check out our photo gallery of Yendegaia House, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Click here


Trip Advisor Review here

Photo Gallery: Yendegaia House, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

EcoCamp Carlos III Island, Magellan Straits, Chile 

Check out our photo gallery of Hotel Las Torres, Torres del Paine, Chile. Click here


Trip Advisor Review here

Photo Gallery: EcoCamp, Carlos III Island, Straits of Magellan, Chile

The Vessel 


Motor Yacht 'Tanu' 


M/Y Tanu © Whale Sound



Photo Gallery


Check our our photo gallery with images from recent photo safaris to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.




Field Checklist


Birds and Mammals possible to be seen during our Pumas, Penguins & Whales Expedition






Family Dasypodidae [Armadillos]

Patagonian Hairy Armadillo Chaetophractus villosus

Piche Zaedyus pichyi





Family Leporidae [Rabbits & Hares]

Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus capensis





Family Myocastoridae [Nutrias]

Nutria Myocastor coypus





Family Camelidae [Camels]

Guanaco Lama guanicoe


Family Cervidae [Deer]

Southern Huemul or Andean Deer Hippocamelus bisulcus





Family Balaenopteridae [Whales]

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaengliae


Family Delphinidae [Dolphins]

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Orca Orcinus orca




Family Felidae [Cats]

Geoffroy's Cat Leopardus geoffroyi

Puma Puma concolor


Family Canidae [Dogs]

Culpeo Fox Lycalopex culpaeus

South American Gray Fox Lycalopex griseus


Family Otariidae [Eared Seals]

South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens

Southern Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis


Family Phocidae [True Seals]

Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina


Family Mustelidae [Weasels and Relatives]

Marine Otter Lontra felina

Patagonian Hog-nosed Armadillo Conepatus humboldti





Family Rheidae [Rheas]

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata





Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala

Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Flying Steamer Duck Tachyeres patachonicus

Flightless Steamer Duck Tachyeres pteneres

Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides

Spectacled Duck Speculanas specularis

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

Silver Teal Anas versicolor

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata





Family Podicipedidae [Grebes]

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis





Family Phoenicopteridae [Flamingos]

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis





Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus

Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus





Family Diomedeidae [Albatrosses]

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Gray-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma 


Family Procellariidae [Petrels and Shearwaters]

Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus

Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus


Family Hydrobatidae [Storm-Petrels]

Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus




Family Phalacrocoracidae [Cormorants]

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Magellanic Cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Imperial Cormorant Phalacrocorax atriceps





Family Ardeidae [Herons]

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis


Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis





Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus





Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor

Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis





Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]

Austral Rail Rallus antarcticus

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera




Family Charadriidae [Lapwings and Plovers]

Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus


Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus


Family Chionidae [Sheathbills]

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis albus


Family Pluvianellidae [Magellanic Plover]

Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis


Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Red Knot Calidris canutus

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii


Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]

White-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis malouinus

Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus


Family Stercorariidae [Skuas]

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis


Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]

Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis

Dolphin Gull Leucophaeus scoresbii

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea


Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger




Family Columbidae [Pigeons]

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata





Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]

Barn Owl Tyto alba


Family Strigidae [Owls]

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus





Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes





Family Alcedinidae [Kingfishers]

Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata




Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]

Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus





Family Falconidae [Falcons]

Southern Caracara Caracara plancus

White-throated Caracara Phalcoboenus albogularis

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus





Family Psittacidae [Parrots]

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus








Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus


Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica

Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper Upucerthia saturatior

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides

Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca


Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus

Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistratus

Black-billed Shrike Tyrant Agriornis montanus

Grey-bellied Shrike Tyrant Agriornis micropterus

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris





Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica


Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis


Family Turdidae [Thrushes]

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii


Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus


Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera


Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]

Grey-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca

White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera

Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma

Patagonian Yellow Finch Sicalis lebruni


Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis


Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca


Family Fringillidae [Finches]

Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata


Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]

House Sparrow Passer domesticus




Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person.

Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure .

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.


Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.


Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

• If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

• If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

• If cancellation is made past 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post-trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.