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Patagonia Animals: A Wildlife Guide to Southern Chile & Argentina

 
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In March I got to go back to a place I love. South America. Previously, I had only been to Perú, but this time I got to visit Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Once again, I felt right at home in Latin America (mainly because I speak Spanish among other reasons). This trip was all about Patagonia and want to know the biggest reason I was so excited? Wildlife, of course! One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to see animals in their natural habitats. So, in order to help you have my same joyful experience, I wanted to share my wildlife guide of Patagonia animals with you!

About Patagonia

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Patagonia is a geographical location spanning the southernmost region of South America. Shared by both Argentina and Chile, it has two coasts on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and is divided by the Andes Mountain Range.

Patagonia got its name in 1520 from Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer. There, he described the native tribes as “patagóns” or giants thought to be double the normal human height with some as tall as 12-15 feet. Now, those people are believed to have been Tehuelches, the indigenous people who were above average European height and whose descendants live in Argentina today.

A serene and extremely safe area to visit, Patagonia is most famous for its gorgeous landscapes, hiking, and…wildlife!

WARNING: Please remain at least  30 yards away from wildlife at all times. Do not approach them or chase them. Respect them in their home. All of my photos were taken with a zoom lens except in one instance where indicated.

Wildlife Guide to Animals in Patagonia

1 | Chilean Flamingo

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Found in South America from Ecuador, Perú, and Brazil to Chile and Argentina, the Chilean Flamingo is closely related to the American Flamingo and is considered large at 43-51 inches tall. They are usually found in salt lagoons and soda lakes. Because these areas have become compromised and flamingos prefer ideal breeding conditions, they have a conservation status of near-threatened.

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Chilean Flamingos can be recognized by their slightly pinker (than other types) feathers, gray legs with pink joints and black covering most of their bills.

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Spanish: Flamenco Chileno
Patagonia Location: Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego
Frequency Seen: Somewhat Common
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Fun Fact: They get their pink color from their diets and can live up to 50 years in the wild.

2 | Patagonian Sierra-Finch

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On the way out to view Petrohué Falls in Chile, I found this little cutie, a Patagonian Sierra-Finch. While I did zoom in on him, I still happened to be close enough that I was scared he was going to fly away. Then I thought about how many people he probably sees every day!

The Patagonian Sierra-Finch can be identified by its gray hooded-head and bright yellow body (male). The females are not quite as distinctive.

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Spanish: Pinzón Sierra Patagónico
Patagonia Location: Humid forests and wooded areas down to Tierra del Fuego
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They have what’s called “whisker marks” that basically look like whiskers on their beaks.

3 | Patagonian Culpeo Fox

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The Patagonian Culpeo Fox looks a lot like the red fox and is a cross between the red fox and a coyote in size. With males averaging 25 lbs and females around 19 lbs, it is a good-sized animal. They have gray and reddish fur, white chins and reddish legs.

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So, imagine my surprise as we were standing on the deck outside our amazing hotel lobby to look over and see this Patagonian Culpeo Fox saunter out about 20-30 feet away. He lazily glanced our way (in my mind’s wild imagination, he gave a little chin-raise as if to say “what’s up”) before returning his gaze far out into the distance over the lake. It was earlier morning so I wonder if he had just woken up and was contemplating his agenda for the day.

Regardless, he allowed us to get some fantastic photos of him and I was an extremely happy camper!

More on Patagonian Culpeo Foxes

Spanish: Zorro Culpeo Patagónico
Patagonia Location: Southern regions down to Tierra del Fuego
Frequency Seen: Fairly Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They were domesticated to create the Fuegian dog but the breed became extinct over 100 years ago.

4 | Guanaco

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Smile and say cheese!

Oh, the Guanaco. Closely related to the llama and the alpaca, the Guanaco is a member of the camel family. They are pale brown on top, white on bottom and have grayish heads. An adult stands about 43 inches tall at the shoulder.

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They are everywhere in Patagonia. I mean everywhere. If you’ve been to Yellowstone, then they are the equivalent of bison in Yellowstone. For those of you who know what I’m talking about, you know just what “everywhere” means!

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Spanish: Guanaco
Patagonia Location: Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego
Frequency Seen: Very Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They spit when they’re annoyed (camel family, remember?).

5 | Southern Crested Caracara

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I took a photo of this little guy without knowing what he was. A lot of times (dare I say most) with wildlife photography, you have to shoot first (camera shot only!) and ask questions later. This was one of those times.

Let me introduce you to the Southern Crested Caracara, a member of the Falcon family and a bird of prey. Weighing in at 2-3 lbs and with a wingspan of 47-52 inches, it is the second-largest type of falcon in the world according to body mass.

They’re a decorative bird with dark brown heads, stomachs and wings, whitish throats, yellow legs and yellow to reddish-orange faces. This is a juvenile which has gray legs and more of a pinkish-purple face.

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Although you can’t really tell in the two photos above (as hard as I tried!), this guy was trying hard to attract the female. And I can confidently tell you, she was having none of it!

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Spanish: Carancho Meridional
Patagonia Location: Tierra del Fuego
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: It is dominant over both black and turkey vultures at carcasses.

6 | Andean Condor

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I’m not positive I saw an Andean Condor when I was in Perú, but there was no mistaking seeing one in Torres del Paine. As a member of the vulture family, I wouldn’t call it a majestic bird, but watching it fly is an experience.

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It’s also worth mentioning that it is the largest flying bird in the world by measurement of both weight and wingspan combined. Males typically weigh between 24 and 33 lbs with females averaging 18 to 24 lbs. An average wingspan for the Andean Condor is between 8 ft 10 inches to 10 ft 6 inches.

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The Andean Condor is black with a white ring of feathers around its neck. Males also have white patches on their wings (that make the wings look torn) and the male is larger than the female which is not typical with birds of prey.

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Spanish: Cóndor Andino
Patagonia Location: Torres del Paine and along the Andes Mountain Range
Frequency Seen: Uncommon
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (Globally), Threatened (Argentina)
Fun Fact: One of the world’s longest-living birds with a lifespan of 70+ years for some.

7 | South American Sea Lion

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Also known as the Patagonian Sea Lion, the South American Sea Lion can be found on much of the coast of its namesake. Adult males and females are dark orange or brown in color with snouts that turn up. They literally have their noses in the air, but it thankfully doesn’t have the same connotation as it does for humans. 😜

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Males can weigh up to 770 lbs, grow up to 9 feet long and are twice the size of females which weigh up to 330 lbs and are 6-7 ft long on average.

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We saw hundreds of these sea lions while cruising the Beagle Channel, a strait which runs between Argentina and Chile. Since it was March and the pups are born between December and February, we got to see so many new families!

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Spanish: Lobo Marino Sudamericano
Patagonia Location: Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Frequency Seen: Very Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: Males live in harems with an average of 3 females but have been seen with up to 18!

8 | Turkey Vulture

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This is the same Turkey Vulture we see in North America as it is common from Canada to the southern tip of South America. Ironically, this was the first time I had seen one I could easily capture on camera and I had never seen one just hanging out with sea lions!

The Turkey Vulture feeds entirely on carrion which is the decaying flesh of a carcass. Appetizing thought, right? 😝 In the United States, it is a legally protected species.

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Spanish: Jote Cabeza Colorada
Patagonia Location: All over
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: Turkey vultures lack a syrinx so they can only grunt or hiss.

9 | Black-browed Albatross

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I was excited to catch this Black-browed Albatross in flight. The Black-browed Albatross is exceptionally cool because like its name states, it has a black brow that gives it a unique look. With an average weight of 6-10 lbs and an average wingspan of 6-7 feet, it is actually a medium-sized albatross and has a natural lifespan of around 70 years.

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Spanish: Albatros Ceja Negra
Patagonia Location: Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Frequency Seen: Somewhat Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They were on the endangered list as recently as 2013 but have made a comeback.

10 | Imperial Cormorant

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The Imperial Cormorant is just an all-around interesting bird. This was another situation of getting the photo now and asking questions later. Initially, from a distance, I thought these were penguins. Then I saw their necks and realized they didn’t look like the necks of penguins.

There’s a reason for that. They aren’t! They are Imperial Cormorants also known as Blue-Eyed Shags. Funky name! They have a really pretty blue element to their eyes although it’s hard to tell in these photos. Had I known this as I was taking the photos I would have tried to emphasize them, but I was possibly too far away for my lens.

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They have black glossy feathers, white necks and bellies, yellow legs, pinkish legs, an orange-yellow beak and a blue ring around their eyes!

More on Imperial Cormorants

Spanish: Cormorán Imperial
Patagonia Location: Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They are monogamous and colonial.

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11 | Humpback Whale

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There are four types of whales that can be seen in Patagonia-the Southern Right, Blue, Humpback, and Orca (which is technically the largest member of the dolphin family, not a whale). The most common, the Humpback Whale, is what we saw while cruising the Beagle Channel out of Ushuaia, Argentina.

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Southern Humpback Whales reach an average of 60 feet long and weigh 35 to 50 tons! There are three distinct populations of humpbacks (North Pacific, North Atlantic, and Southern Hemisphere) and they don’t interact with each other.

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Tails up!

They are known for their acrobatic breaches and frequently treat viewers with what I call a “tails up”!

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Spanish: Ballena Jorobada
Patagonia Location: Beagle Channel, Valdes Peninsula, AR; Francisco Coloane, CH
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They have a lifespan of 80-90 years. Males sing the longest and most intricate songs in the animal kingdom!

12 | Kelp Gull

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Lower, Right Corner: Kelp Gull

Also called the Dominican Gull, the Kelp Gull is a breed found on coasts and islands throughout the southern hemisphere. They have an average weight of 2.5 lbs and an average wingspan of 4-4.5 feet. Adult Kelps can be recognized by their black backs and wings, white underbellies, heads, tails and “mirrors” (white dots/circles) on their tails along with yellow bills that have a red spot.

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Spanish: Gaviota Kelp
Patagonia Location: Coastal Patagonia
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: Males will dive-bomb intruders to protect the nest.

13 | Dusky Dolphin

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I’m two for two in the dolphin category for South America. My first visit to South America, I saw these pink Amazon River dolphins. My second visit to South America, I got to see these Dusky Dolphins!

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Most dolphins (minus the elusive pink Amazon River dolphins) are highly engaging, acrobatic animals, right? Well, just double triple that with the Dusky Dolphin. They are extremely fast and love to put on a show!

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Weighing up to 210 lbs, they have highly unique markings. They are black or dark gray on their dorsal side and gray to white color on their ventral side. It’s almost in an ombre pattern. The Dusky has two-toned dorsal fins that are black and grayish-white. They also have what almost looks like a triple-toned head with the top being black, the middle (eyes to the upper jaw) a grayish color and the bottom is white.

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Spanish: Delfín Oscuro
Patagonia Location: Coastal Patagonia
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They are extremely social and playful often leaping in the air together.

14 | South American Gray Fox

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There is some discrepancy on what type of fox this little guy is. So if you know, please speak up! 🗣️ I can make a serious argument both for and against the Patagonian Culpeo Fox and the South American Gray Fox.

Deep down, I have a sneaking suspicion that he’s a Culpeo; however, since he also fits so much of the South American Gray description and they are commonly mistaken for red foxes like the Culpeo, I decided to put him here.

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The South American Gray Fox is smaller than the Culpeo but has a reddish-brown head interspersed with white like the Culpeo. It has a black-tipped tail and a black spot on its chin. This fox doesn’t seem to have the black spot on his chin and that’s one reason why I believe it might be a Culpeo. But he looks like so many Gray Fox photos.

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Spanish: Zorro Gris Sudamericano
Patagonia Location: Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego and all along the Andes Mountains
Frequency Seen: Somewhat Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They are the only species of fox that can climb trees!

15 | Dolphin Gull

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The Dolphin Gull has gray feathers with darker gray wings. They also have red on their bills which match their bright red-orange legs. They are scavengers, opportunistic birds of prey.

More on Dolphin Gulls

Spanish: Gaviota Delfín
Patagonia Location: Coastal Patagonia
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They live in colonies of 200 pairs.

16 | Magellan Goose

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The Magellan Goose, also known as the Upland Goose, is usually found in the grasslands and agricultural lands in Patagonia. We saw these in the Beagle Channel. The females (left) are brown with black markings and yellow legs and the males (right) are white with black markings and gray legs.

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Spanish: Ganso de Magallanes
Patagonia Location: Grasslands, agricultural lands
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They are monogamous and the males will defend their territory.

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17 | Magellanic Penguins

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I have always wanted to see penguins in the wild and thought I would have to go to Antarctica to achieve this (which I still want to do). Good news! You can see them right here in Patagonia. We took a day trip from Ushuaia, Argentina out into the Beagle Channel and made a stop at Isla Martillo to see these beautiful animals.

The first type of penguin I saw was the Magellanic Penguin. They are around 2-2.5 feet tall and can weigh between 5 and 14 lbs. They are a nervous type of penguin so please don’t get too close or chase them. I know it looks like I’m close and at times, I am because they came close to the boardwalk NOT because I approached them.

This is where my camera with its fantastic zoom was golden!

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Magellanic Penguins have black backs and flippers and white tummies. They are both black and white on their heads and have a distinctive double black horizontal band on the neck area just above the chest.

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The Magellanic Penguin mates for life and interestingly enough returns to the same burrow every year for mating season.

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The males get the burrow ready each year before the female arrives and the female can recognize her mate by his call alone.

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Spanish: Pingüino Patagónico
Patagonia Location: Coastal Patagonia, Isla Martillo-Ushuaia, AR
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Fun Fact: They are named for Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer.

18 | Gentoo Penguin

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The second type of penguin we saw was the Gentoo Penguin. They can be recognized by a white stripe that extends around the head and their bright orange bills and legs. They are the third-largest penguin behind the Emperor and the King Penguin.

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When you get so excited and just can’t hide it! Happy Feet, anyone? 🐧😍

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They are monogamous and infidelity is usually punished by banishment from the colony!

More on Gentoo Penguins

Spanish: Pingüino de Vinch
Patagonia Location: Coastal Patagonia, Isla Martillo-Ushuaia, AR
Frequency Seen: Common
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They are the fastest underwater swimmers of all penguins.

19 | King Penguin

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The last type of penguin we saw was a complete surprise. The King Penguin isn’t typically seen outside of Antarctica although this lone guy apparently frequents the area. The second-largest penguin behind the Emperor Penguin, the King Penguin can stand up to 3.25 feet and weigh up to 40 lbs.

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They have beautiful markings with their black heads, orange cheeks and bills, gray backs and white stomachs.

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When I think about penguins, this is usually what I picture for some reason. Maybe because I see them in movies or National Geographic specials?

More on King Penguins

Spanish: Pingüino Rey
Patagonia Location: Tierra del Fuego, Isla Martillo-Ushuaia, AR
Frequency Seen: Rare
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: They have an extremely long breeding cycle at 14-16 months and don’t nest at all. Instead, they opt to carry the egg around on top of their feet.

20 | Patagonian Puma

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I bet you thought I wasn’t going to include the Patagonian Puma, did you? I don’t blame you. As they are a rare sighting, I would have bet against it also.

However…

Just when our group thought our puma hopes were shattered, our driver spotted this beautiful female in the distance. And I do mean distance. Admittedly, it isn’t my best shot but it took me forever just to find her with my naked eye. We also weren’t allowed at that time (for safety reasons) to get off the bus so I shot this from a good distance (almost 100mm zoom) and through the window of our minibus.

I’ll take it, thanks!

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Baby Puma

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Mother Puma

Where there is a female, there is usually…yep, a cub. She had one cub that we know of. Cubs stay with their mom until two years of age. This cub was a bit less shy than mom and posed for a bit. He even did a Lion King type pose on a rock. But, he only held that pose for a second and I couldn’t find him quick enough to get the shot.

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And just like that, our group became the “Puma Group” as we were the first of our guide’s group to see a puma in the wild in Patagonia. Unfortunately, it is a rare sighting. If you are in Torres del Paine where we saw these (or anywhere remote), please do be aware at all times of your surroundings, especially when hiking or backpacking in Patagonia. Although rare, you never know when you might happen upon one of these beautiful cats.

IMPORTANT: If you do happen to find yourself opposite a puma DO. NOT. RUN. I know that might be your first instinct, naturally. DON’T DO IT. If you run, you’re prey and it’s over. Instead, raise your arms using any type of clothing and/or bags you have to try to look bigger and more intimidating than the puma. Look the puma in the eye. Pumas are wary of humans and don’t consider them prey. Unless they run.

More on Patagonian Pumas

Spanish: Puma
Patagonia Location: Torres del Paine
Frequency Seen: Rare
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Fun Fact: Female pumas are called “she-pumas”.

PIN IT!

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Pretty exceptional experiences we had here in Patagonia. I absolutely LOVE getting to see wildlife and the Patagonia animals did not disappoint. There are several others we missed that I would love to have seen, but I’m ecstatic about what we did see. Pumas and King Penguins are rare!

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The End…No, literally 😂- for some reason, all animals love to show me their rear ends!

Have you been down to Patagonia and seen any of these Patagonia animals? If not, which one would you hope to see most on your epic adventure? As always, I love hearing from you so drop me a line below!

‘Til next time…

Trimm Travels,

Heather

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22 Comments

  1. I’m impressed with your wild puma sighting. I also love the blue information boxes. They make this article easy and fun to read. I also didn’t know where the name Patagonia came from. Are the Tehuelches still around today?

    1. Hi Jenn and Ed-Thank you! The wild puma sighting was absolutely incredible I must say! We were SO excited! I’m glad you like the info boxes. I was hoping it would do just as you said-make it easy and fun to read! There are descendants of the Tehuelches still in Argentina from what I understand! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. Hey Heather, this post is very timely, my sister has just booked flights to South America and I was recommending Patagonia to them as something a little different to do.

    I will forward this post to her now, wave a little carrot under her nose! Amazing photos of the wildlife, you’re a great photographer.

    1. Hi Sally-Thank you so much. That’s such a nice compliment! I truly love photography but in particular, wildlife photography (and nighttime photography too). I’m excited your sister is going to South America soon. I hope she does visit Patagonia, it’s amazing! Where else is she going? I would also highly recommend Perú too! Here are my posts for Perú if you’re interested. Thanks for reading and sharing! 🙂

  3. I would love to see the Cormorant and all those penguins. They would be fascinating to watch. Your photos are great. I hope to get there sooner rather than later!

  4. This is incredible, I had no idea that the fauna was so diverse in Patagonia. Haven’t made it yet to either Chile or Argentina, but after Europe, in my mind, South America is the place to go.

    1. Hi Mirela-Yes, I absolutely LOVE South America! Definitely put it high on your list and I hope you get to go soon! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  5. I loved this so much! I’m like you, it’s always such a treat to see native animals in their home habitats! And Patagonia is a dream destination of mine. I had no idea that there were so many different penguins there. Or that those flamingos can live for up to 50 years! That’s amazing!

    1. Hi Maggie-Isn’t it amazing?? You would absolutely adore Patagonia! It’s like Banff and the Canadian Rockies in a lot of ways, just different animals. I would go back in a heartbeat. If you haven’t been, South America in general is fantastic! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  6. I didn’t realize there was so much wildlife in Patagonia. I too love seeing animals in their natural habitat and have thought about visiting the Galapagos Islands but that journey is far longer than flying to SA. I love foxes and cats and am so jealous you got to see a puma. You got some great shots of her too 🙂

    1. Hi Candy-I want to go to the Galápagos Islands too! It’s pretty near the top of my bucket list. It does require a little bit more travel than just to mainland SA but too bad! I’m glad you like all the wildlife photos and thanks for reading! 🙂

  7. Simply fantastic Heather! You can tell you love wildlife photography. Can’t believe you captured the puma photos at 100 mm … is that a mistype? I would have imagined you were at least 300 mm if a zoom. You should turn this into a downloadable PDF for your subscribers. And perhaps sell it as an ebook on Amazon. It is that good.

    1. Hi Michael-Wow, thank you SO much!! That means a lot but especially coming from you!! Thank you, thank you! Actually, the 100 mm wasn’t a typo. It was at *almost* 100 mm. I honestly thought it was more as well, but the photo settings were just under 100 (forget the actual # in the high 90s). The camera I was shooting with (my travel camera, I would have 100% straight up missed those shots with my DSLR because of time) only goes to 172 mm. Interestingly enough, it’s the camera I shoot with the most (unless it’s a night shoot with light trails, etc). But I will also mention that I cropped the photos to zoom in as well. Thanks again and thanks for reading! 🙂

  8. Don’t run! My gosh, how could you ever remember that when faced with a Puma! Great shot being on the bus and that far away! I would love to see the Penguins, that would be a highlight to me. But so many animals and to see them in their natural habitat would be amazing.

    1. Hi Renee-It is my absolute favorite thing to photo (well tied with night city shoots probably). I absolutely love it! And seeing so many in their natural habitats…I could have spent all day just sitting there staring at them. And yes, you aren’t supposed to RUN! I know it’s hard to remember. Our guide literally repeated it like 17 times and made us repeat it and did spot checks of our memory (as we were hiking) to hopefully drive home the point so we’d remember it if we needed to. It worked. At one point, I realized I had lagged behind just a bit from the group (would have been normal if we weren’t hiking in remote Patagonia and I was like he said not to get behind, I’m prey, catch up! LOL!) But yes, you do NOT run! I hope you get to see the penguins soon. They are precious! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  9. Thanks for introducing me to the guanaco, the imperial cormorant, and the different kinds of penguins (I thought there was only one). Patagonia has always been mystical for me.

    1. Hi Carol-There are several types of penguins actually. More than I have listed here. Patagonia is beautiful if you get the chance to go. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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