• Puma in Chilean Patagonia | © Pie Aerts

Everything you need to know about a puma safari in Chile

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.


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 the day!



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expert view: Tom Brown

expert view: Tom Brown

Our favourite place to see pumas is Patagonia, the winter months are usually the best time to see them as the cold weather deters the cats from their typically mountainous abodes. They can still be seen in the summer months though, with luck, and the overall holiday experience is better. 

Puma in Chilean Patagonia | © Pie Aerts

The puma

Pumas are solitary animals and so it is very unlikely to see more than one at a time, unless it’s a mother with cubs or a pair mating. They are found in mountainous regions and range from the Rockies in Canada all the way down to the Andes reaching the southern tip of Chile and Argentina. Due to their being so widespread over many different countries and cultures, they have lots of names including; mountain lion, cougar and even panther.


Pumas are well suited to mountain environments with their warm coats of fur, a thick, long tail for balance and lengthy muscular hind legs perfect for jumping and climbing. Pumas have been recorded leaping 18 feet up into the air and even further horizontally. Being slower than the majority of its prey, a puma needs to stealthily get within striking distance; then use those powerful hind legs, to pounce on their prey and deliver a fatal bite to the neck.

Pumas will live in any habitat that offers cover which assists in their ambush style of hunting.

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