Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made

Ultimate Patagonia Puma Tracking Safari

An exclusive tailor-made puma tracking safari in Torres del Paine National Park. Track the big cats in Chile in winter; the best time to see them in the wilderness of Chilean Patagonia, stay in luxurious accommodation too.

Duration 6 days
Price From $5,284
When Jul - Aug
Destination Chile

Safari Overview

Each day you head out with your expert tracker and experienced guide for the unique opportunity to track the elusive South American pumas in Torres del Paine National Park. The air is cold as you traverse the wild south in search of these fascinating big cats in their natural environment. During your journey you can explore caves and witness ancient paintings, witness impressive rock formations and watch out for other wildlife of the region, including the mighty Andean condor, guanacos, grey and culpeo foxes, the southern caracara, and other birds including upland geese, black-faced ibis, Chilean flamingos and more.

Based in the exclusive Explora Patagonia lodge, and with breath-taking scenery on your doorstep, even if the puma eludes us, there is still plenty to see in this impressive part of Patagonia.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Track the elusive South American puma with expert guides.
  • Travel mid-winter for the best chances of spotting pumas in the wild.
  • Explore the fascinating Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Experience the amazing wildlife of the area.
  • Stay in luxury at Explora Patagonia.

Track wild pumas in the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

On arrival into Punta Arenas airport you will be met by your guide and driver who will transfer you to Explora Lodge. Explora is located about four hours north of Punta Arenas, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in Chile. Enjoy a relaxing evening at Explora’s spa or by simply taking in its spectacular views of the Paine Massif and the Paine Horns.

Overnight: Explora Patagonia

Days 2-3

Puma tracking at Entre Porterias

Entre Porterias, located between the two eastern entrances of the park, is a favourite foraging ground for guanaco during the winter. These mammals, relatives of the Andean llama, congregate here in the winter for protection from the wind and snow. Consequently, pumas gather here too. Hopefully you’ll also see grey and culpeo foxes, Andean condor, southern caracara, and a series of other birds including upland geese, black-faced ibis and Chilean flamingos. In our search for the puma, we’ll explore a series of caves and shelters, on the walls of which we also find ancient paintings of native Tehuelche tribes that lived in the area in centuries past.

Overnight: Explora Patagonia B, L, D

Days 4-5

Puma tracking at Sarmiento Lake

Sarmiento Lake, named after Spanish explorer Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, is one of few lakes here that is not of glacial origin. Edges are marked by extensive calcium deposits, possibly from hydrothermal activity, as well as large formations of sedimentary rock which often contain a series of caves; favourite puma hangouts.

Overnight: Explora Patagonia B, L, D

Day 6

Depart Torres del Paine

Today you say goodbye to Torres del Paine and head back to Punta Arenas for your the next part of your journey, either home or onwards to your next destination.

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 the winter months, the best time for sightings which is not well known among wildlife enthusiasts yet, so the park is quiet.

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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