Wild Patagonia in the heart of winter; snow tops the surrounding mountains and the air is cold. Winter is the best time to see these elusive cats, they stay lower which makes them more accessible, and as a bonus the park is quieter. Pumas have a lot of nicknames that they have gained throughout the years, including mountain lion and cougar, and can be found around the Americas.
During a puma safari in Patagonia, you can explore ancient caves and see impressive rock formations. The wildlife here is incredible, with sightings of the mighty Andean condor, upland geese, southern caracara, flamingos and much more. Pumas are crepuscular and, therefore, most active at dawn and dusk when they typically hunt, so be prepared for some early starts to your day.
Puma tracking can be done in Patagonia year-round with the different seasons offering different experiences:
Offering a range of options from beautiful boutique hotels to ranch style wineries and luxury eco-camping, there is something to accommodate all tastes. The below properties are some of our Patagonian favourites:
The snow underfoot sparkled so brightly I felt like I was trampling on a carpet of diamonds. Under crisp blue skies, the beauty of Patagonia’s winter – its lakes, glaciers, mountains and rivers – revealed itself in every direction. But that would have to wait. We knew a puma and her cubs were close: if we were quick, we might just catch our first sighting of South America’s iconic and most elusive big cat.
Most travel companies predominantly sell trekking trips in Torres del Paine, whereas our primary focus in this destination is wildlife. There are guides who operate using less than ethical practices that interrupt the pumas natural behaviour; we strictly only work with genuine experts who use traditional, non-disruptive tracking methods and operate non-obtrusively and with respect to the wildlife and natural environment. We know the region well and our team have spent time tracking pumas in Chile.