PUMAS OF PATAGONIA
Oct. 04 to 10, 2020
Wild Pumas of Torres del Paine
This is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular wildlife experiences you can have anywhere. Pumas, or Mountain Lions, long regarded as “ghost cats” due to the difficulty in seeying them, can now be found with astounding regularity in this part of Chilean Patagonia, right in and around the breathtaking scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, for sure one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.
During our last tours we saw an average of 12 or more different cats per trip! Part of our success is due to the fact that we have a very experienced puma tracker working on a separate vehicle and communicates with us whenever he founds a cat – a great advantage from our tour. Another important difference from our tour is that it is focused for the wildlife photographer, it’s not simply a natural history tour, so that means we try to get close to these cats – of course, always as close as possible for the situation without stressing the animals or creating a somewhat risky situation. Everything is done alongside a very experienced Puma tracker.
Unlike other tours, which prefer cheap lodges outside of the park, we stay at the great Hotel Las Torres, inside the park, and the Puma searches are done in the park as well as on neighbour private properties designated as Puma conservation areas where we have granted special access and where we have been having a lot of success as well.
Tour participants need to have a fairly good fitness to stand the hiking towards a sighted Puma. Sometimes these are short hikes just near the road while at other times we may hike for 3 or more km and then back, and it can be up on a slope or rolling terrain, with ups and downs. The terrain itself is usually quite easy to walk, it’s not a techically difficult walk, but you just need to be phisically able to walk these distances carrying your photo equipment. We try to cover these distances at a normal pace, not too slow but not fast either, normal walk stopping often for resting. If you don’t want to walk too much please check our other tour, with a 4×4 car which may a lot of times cut the walking distances considerably.
Other wildlife found on this tour includes the abundant Guanaco, Gray and Culpeo Foxes, South Andean Deer, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk and many birds like White-tufted and Great Grebes, varied duck species, Black-necked Swan, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Magellanic Woodpecker, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, etc.
- Date: Oct. 05 to 11, 2018
- USD 7.300 per person
- Single room supplement: USD 732
- Payment through wire-transfer or credit card
- Max of 6 guests