Though the warmer months of October to February are the most popular time to visit Patagonia, the best time to search for pumas in the park is May to August – the ‘secret season’ – making Patagonia a year-round destination. Apart from fewer tourists, it is during this time that their main prey, the guanaco (pictured above right), concentrate in specific areas of the park attracting the local puma population.
Below is a sample itinerary of how your days may be structured.
Torres del Paine
Transfer to Puerto Natales where you will meet your guide before continuing on to your lodge.
Over the next 4 days enjoy early morning and late afternoon puma tracking excursions. Scour this breathtaking landscape in search of these elusive cats either by 4WD or on foot with a professional tracking team. Guides will take you to areas where pumas have been regularly seen. Return to your lodge in the late mornings and evening where you can relax and reflect on the morning’s activities.
Other activities are available (extra cost) including kayaking, hiking and horseback riding. Your daily itinerary is flexible, and you can choose how often you wish to go in search of pumas. If you are lucky, and see these majestic cats on your first morning, sleep in a little later the next day and explore the park by mountain bike or on foot.
Punta Arenas Enjoy an optional early morning game drive before departing for Punta Arenas. Tour ends
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