Conservation & Community, Plan South America | Argentina Chile | 22.03.24

Puma Tracking in Patagonia

Beyond the towering mountains & turquoise lakes, catching a glimpse of a puma is undoubtedly one of Patagonia’s most awe-inspiring sights.

Famously difficult to spot, your chances of witnessing these stealthy felines in the wild are greatly increased on a puma tracking adventure. You’ll be led by an expert guide with a deep knowledge & understanding of this untamed terrain.

Tracking these elusive big cats need not mean disturbing them. In fact, the whereabouts of a puma is often given away by the movements of other creatures in this region.

Guanacos (tawny-coloured relatives of the llama) make a satisfying meal for puma. They also noisily sound the alarm if they sense a predator nearby. Pinpoint where herds of guanacos graze on lichen and shrubs and listen carefully for a warning call. With any luck, you’ll encounter a puma on the hunt.

Similarly, a swirl of condors will often gather and swoop over a fresh kill. Spot them circling in the skies and you may well be close to a puma feasting on its prey.

Nestled across these wild terrains are also some truly beautiful properties.

We’ve hand-picked some of our favourites, which offer luxury & comfort as well as exceptional puma tracking expeditions with world-class guides.

EXPLORA PATAGIONA NATIONAL PARK

Explora sits amidst the open grasslands of Patagonia National Park.

 

This stunning conservation area encompasses rivers, wetlands, glaciers & native lenga forests. The sleek, understated architecture is designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding natural landscapes.

TIERRA PATAGONIA

On the shores of Lake Sarmiento, bordering Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia offers a friendly and laid-back atmosphere.

You’ll enjoy exceptional lakeside views, locally-made textiles & furnishings and roaring open fires. It’s one of our favourite places to stay in southern Patagonia.

AWASI

Awasi occupies a 15,000-acre private nature reserve.

 

This luxury lodge’s commitment to conservation is impressive. The Awasi Puma Foundation works alongside scientists to gather ground breaking information on the behavioural patterns of native species & to plot wildlife movements by using hidden camera traps.

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