Puma Tour of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park
This 6-day Torres del Paine Puma Tour committed to watching Puma (Mountain Lion or Cougar) in the remote and stunning Patagonian wilderness of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and the adjacent Ranch Estancia Laguna Amarga.
Far South Expeditions as an entirely local Chile-based tour operator has been conducting puma trips here for more than 16 years; join our expert local naturalist guides and puma trackers, in the best place in the world for watching this magnificent and inspiring predator of the Andes.
Frequently praised by visitors as one of the most beautiful and majestic wild places in the planet, declared as the World’s 8th natural wonder, 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.
Patagonian pumas, especially around Torres del Paine, are the largest race of the species in the Americas. With an uncommon higher density rate, this national Park and surroundings have become the most sought-after places to watch and photograph wild pumas on Earth. This is mainly due to the stable growth of Guanaco populations in the Patagonian steppes, and the protection that Puma has been granted in the past years. puma tracking tours
This expedition 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. We have pioneered Puma tours here in Patagonia, and have always worked by our strict environmental ethos and in permanent contact with the National Park authorities, as the wildlife is our first and foremost concern.
According to the new regulations about Puma watching and photo safaris within the National Park, we search only from the roads and allowed trails within the boundaries of the park. On the other hand, at the ranch “Estancia Amarga”, we are one of the few selected operators to work inside the property and search for puma along the grounds of this magnificent private area, adjacent to the park and now, entirely committed to Puma conservation.
For every day of our puma tour, we have coordinated a busy timetable day by day in search of Pumas in the territory. We will assess the guanaco-rich Puma watching areas situated toward the east, and past the Recreation center cutoff points a similar way, into the private farm "Laguna Amarga" where Puma occupy these natural surroundings as in the Recreation Center. The region included by the northern bank of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul areas known for holding probably the biggest grouping of Pumas in nature.
Our puma tracker guides watch puma corridors via vehicle and by walking, and utilizing this data we plan our 2-3 km (3-4-hour) climbs along an approved path both inside the Recreation center and the Laguna Amarga Farm. These are moderate strolls, so a minimum fitness is required to have the option to stay aware of the gathering is prompted. The area is generally not very demanding however there may be differences in elevation of around 50-250m some of the time, despite the fact that we stroll at a leisurely and delicate speed.
To see a female puma and its large-sized cubs against this magnificent mountain backdrop and the big sky is a magnificent wildlife spectacle. In the company of our guide and puma tracker, we will follow puma 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 canid species present in the park, Chilla and Culpeo foxes.
Join us on this quest, to discover the wildlife of Torres del Paine and one of its most secretive and yet most awe-inspiring inhabitants.
Top Highlights include:
• A trip conceived to maximize the chances of seeing puma (mountain lion) in the wild.
• Puma tracking activities carried out from dawn to dusk.
• This trip will be led by an experienced naturalist guide plus a puma tracker.
• In-depth wildlife and natural history exploration of Torres del Paine National Park, UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
• An interesting array of mammals and birds restricted to the Southern Andes and Patagonia.
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Alternative Tour Name: Pumas of Torres del Paine