If you can't go on any of the fixed departure dates or you also want to do other things in the park, Pumas can also be seen in the area around the Awasi Lodge. Visitors can either look for them with their regular private guide or a specialized guide can be brought in at extra cost to increase your chances of seeing one. Since Awasi is so remote, every so often a puma will wander onto the lodge grounds, like the one on top of the hot tub of one of the villas that the occupants photographed from their room!
Just as looking for jaguars in the Pantanal has gained in popularity during the past few years, looking for Pumas in Chile in the Torres del Paine area has also increased in popularity because it is the best place in all of South America to track, spot and photograph these beautiful big cats in the wild.
Puma expert Roberto Donoso is scheduled to lead four “Puma Encounter” adventures for the Las Torres lodge during the upcoming summer season. He has been leading natural excursions in Chile for nearly two decades and dedicated the past 14 years to the search and study of the Patagonian puma (Felis concolor patagonica) in Torres del Paine National Park and surrounding areas. Even though the big cats move around freely within the park, Donoso’s record of getting up close and personal with the “Lion of the Andes” hovers at around 80% (last season he had a 100% success rate). During these outings, the animal’s personal space is respected at all times and participants never interfere with its natural behavior.
The Ecocamp also has more fixed departure Puma Tracking and Wildlife Photo Adventure dates this year, after successful past seasons. These appeal to both photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time