Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made

Tracking the Pumas of Torres del Paine

Explore the rugged rock formations and glacier-carved valleys of Torres del Paine National Park while tracking wild pumas with your expert guides. This safari also contributes directly to the areas puma conservation efforts, helping to ensure their continued survival in the region.

Duration 10 days
Price From $5,798
When Year Round
Destination Chile

Safari Overview

Imagine hiking in the iconic landscapes of the majestic Torres del Paine National Park. As the Patagonian winds sweep the plains around you, enormous granite formations tower above, creating a sense of immensity and vast expanse like only Patagonia can. You will be hiking through a succession of valleys created by glacial forces over several thousands of years, as well as vast grasslands spreading as far as the eye can see inhabited by ranch farmers and their cattle. Pumas also roam these lands, and you will be taken out each day with expert puma trackers who will impart their knowledge and passion for this region and its apex predator. Thanks to increased awareness and conservation efforts over the past few years, the puma population in this specific area has increased and we are delighted to report daily sightings on 90% of expeditions.

Embarking on this safari is also a chance to contribute directly to the results of this conservation work, thus ensuring that Torres Del Paine remains a safe environment for pumas to thrive in and providing us with the humbling experience of admiring them in their natural habitat. 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Hike in the shadows of Torres Del Paine’s mythical rock formations, forged by centuries of erosion in one of the harshest climates on Earth.
  • Follow the best expert puma trackers for a chance to see the big cat in the wild.
  • Hike up to eight hours a day in search of the ultimate reward: a puma sighting.
  • Live the authentic life of a Patagonian cattle-ranch farmer at Refugio Laguna Amarga, the first farm in the area to stop hunting pumas, thus playing a major role in their survival and expansion.

Track wild pumas within the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine, and help contribute to their conservation.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Punta Arenas

Upon your arrival in to Punta Arenas, your gateway to Chilean Patagonia, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for the night. The rest of the day is at your leisure for you to relax before your puma tracking begins tomorrow.

Day 2

Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to your lodge in the heart of Torres Del Paine National Park. Check in, tuck in to another delicious lunch and set off on your first puma search. Patience will be required, but you will admire the jaw dropping beauty of the snow-capped peaks, glacial blue lakes and get a glimpse of the first signs of wildlife – the guanaco, the favourite food of the elusive big cat.

Overnight: Refugio Laguna Amarga B, L, D

Days 3-8

Torres del Paine

For the next seven days, you will be in the hands of some of the best puma tracking experts in the business. They will set off before dawn in the footsteps of this majestic big cat before calling you and your expert guide with information about your tracking perimeter for the day. You can expect to walk about four hours every morning, with a home-cooked lunch at the lodge every day, before heading back out amidst these stunning landscapes for another four hours of tracking in the afternoon. In addition to daily puma sightings, you can hope to see other wildife such as Chilean flamingos, Andean condors, foxes, skunks, Darwin's rheas and other impressive birdlife.

Overnight: Refugio Laguna Amarga B, L, D

Day 9

Torres Del Paine - Punta Arenas

After breakfast you'll be driven about four hours south to witness the flight of the heaviest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere: the Andean Condor. Standing at the top of a breathtaking viewpoint, you'll get the chance to see dozens of these mighty birds hovering beneath you. Enjoy a scenic box lunch before continuing onwards to Punta Arenas. In the evening, it's time for a farewell meal with the rest of your group.

Day 10

Depart Punta Arenas

After a final breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport, 20 minutes away, for your return flight home via Santiago.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This itinerary can be tailor-made or you can join our small group departure. This is an incredible opportunity to track these impressive cats in one of Chile's most breathtaking national parks.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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