Pumas are the largest land predators in Argentina and Chile, exceeded in size in Latin America only by the Jaguar, which exists in more tropical climates further north. The mountains around Torres del Paine are home to some of the highest concentrations of these mammals, which prey primarily on Guanacos, the wild cousin of the domestic llama.
Amongst some of the world's most spectacular mountains, you will join expert local trackers and an English speaking wildlife and photography professional with many years of experience in the area, in search of pumas and herds of guanacos. This area is one of the best places to find guanacos, which in turn explains why pumas are more abundant here.
Photographic opportunities are often very good with the pumas, as it is with the guanacos they prey on. You can hope to see South America's version of an ostrich called a Rhea, the Hairy Armadillo, South Andean Deer, South American Grey Fox, Southern Red Fox and birds like Condors, the huge Magellanic Woodpecker and Crested Caracara.
The scenery should also come into focus on your camera, so in addition to zoom lenses, a wide angle lens is essential to draw in some extraordinary panoramic vistas of Patagonia.
Accommodation whilst you are in the mountains will be innovative eco domes. These are designed to give you a glamping style experience which captures a sense of place and the elements far more intimately than a hotel can.
Puma Trekking Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival - The Patagonian Adventure Starts
Welcome to the end of the world! You'll start our adventure from the Punta Arenas airport, taking a transfer to your luxury camp in Patagonia, where a hearty lunch awaits you. The first activity of the trip will then begin at midday with a leisurely tour of the Torres del Paine, giving you plenty of opportunities to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked horizon.
Days 2, 3, 4 & 5: Wildlife exploration and observation
You’ll start each day early, observing the sunrise from new locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go. Your puma tracking team, who will let you know the location of the park's most elusive animals, are already hard at work. You will usually begin your wildlife exploration in the park’s eastern sector to make the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity. In the afternoon you'll head to the western sector to visit incredible natural wonders like Grey Glacier. Your guide takes you through the different habitats and ecosystems in the area, introducing you to the unique and colourful wildlife of Torres del Paine and teaching you the methodology for responsible wildlife observation. After enjoying the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif, you’ll return to your luxury camp for dinner and well-earned rest.
Please note: In the event of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned. Example: scenic waterfall Paine Grande or Laguna Azul.
Day 6: Departure
You'll start with an early, hearty breakfast served amongst your fellow wildlife lovers in the Community Dome before taking off on one last adventure in the park. From there, you'll embark on a short day of activities before regrouping at your camp for a well-deserved lunch. Then you'll head to Punta Arenas Airport. Adios Patagonia!
Expert English speaking wildlife guide and photographer.
All meals: 6 lunches, 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners
All transfers starting and ending Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in Chile
Park fees for the Torres del Paine National Park
Travel to / from your start and end points of Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales
Additional travel needed from El Calafate