Puma Tracking and Patagonia
In mid-March I had the opportunity to spend two and a half days tracking pumas in a private estancia (ranch) in Chilean Patagonia, adjacent to the Torres del Paine National Park. Renowned wildlife photographer, Rodrigo Moraga, was my personal guide. Rodrigo has been instrumental in getting this experience up and running.
Tracking involves driving into the mountains and patiently scanning the landscape for signs of movement. Sometimes the Guanaco assist by offering a screaming alarm call and looking toward the predator. Alternatively the Andean Condor or carrion eating Cara Cara give away the presence of a fresh carcass. Pumas will often stay with the carcass for several days, patiently disguising it by covering it with vegetation to prevent birds or foxes finding it. There is no greater thrill than patiently waiting close by a fresh carcass for a puma begin feeding from as little as 30 metres away.
This experience combines brilliantly with a visit to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park just adjacent. The variety of activities in the scenically spectacular park with its glacial lakes, dramatics mountains , glaciers and rivers, is broad and revolves around treks (to all parts of the park) of various lengths and grades. Guests can also horse ride and mountain bike.
Accommodations are extremely comfortable with a selection of luxury lodges to choose from. I stayed at the Explora Lodge, located inside the park. It is incredibly comfortable with the levels of service that were exemplary and an activity offering that was second to none.
Patagonia ideally compliments an Antarctic Cruise and we have had many clients over the years who have combined both. It makes for an amazing active wilderness adventure.