Torres del Paine
We at Neblina Forest LLC are wildlife fanatics, but we are well concious that perhaps big majority of travelers are not as focused on wildlife as we are. Regardless of your degree of enthusiasm for wildlife, however, both nature lovers and more “ general interest “ travelers; all find the dramatic mountain scenery of the Paine Massif to be captivating and dazzeling.
Therefore, even our Puma Extreme itineraries feature a number of outings that allow for landscape photography of the Torres del Paine National Park from the classic locations from the south (Lago Pehoé) and from the east (Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul). We believe that most well-balanced wildlife trips to the Paine area should include several opportunities to take superb landscape shots, especially in the first hour of the day for shots from the east, and at different times of day for shots from the south. Bottom line this dramatic and at the same time fatastic place will give us life experience.!
On the Search for Pumas.
The Puma (or Mountain Lion or Cougar) is distributed in nine million square kilometers of terrain of all kinds from Punta Arenas, Chile, north continuously to the southern border of Alaska, the greatest latitudinal range of any terrestrial mammal on Earth.
We work with local pumas trackers , who are experts and know the area very well, as we use tos say; We are not god , just gudies, but certainly during our days looking for these creature we can guarantee our chances are 90 % to witness at least one encounter with Pumas !!
There are several hotels of different levels within operational distance of Pumaland, and Neblina Forest Works with all of them , all of them have private facilites and cozy accommodations and very good gastronomy .
For each day of our trip, we have organized a busy schedule of daily search outings for pumas in the area. We will inspect the guanaco-rich puma hunting grounds located to the east, and beyond the Park limits in the same direction, into the private ranch “Laguna Amarga” where Pumas occupy the same habitat as in the Park. The area comprised by the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul is well known for holding one of the largest concentrations of pumas in the wild.
Our puma trackers patrol puma corridors by car and on foot, and using this information we plan our 2-3 km (3-4-hour) hikes along authorized trails both inside the Park and the Laguna Amarga Ranch. These are moderate walks, so a minimum fitness to be able to keep up with the group is advised. Topography is usually not too demanding but there might be differences in altitude of around 50-250m sometimes, although we walk at a slow and gentle pace.
To see a female puma and its large-sized cubs against this magnificent mountain backdrop and big sky is a magnificent wildlife spectacles. In company of our guide and puma tracker we will follow puma at a prudent distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes.
We will also take the opportunity to look for other mammal species including the ubiquitous guanaco, the local Andean Deer or Huemul, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and the two canid species present in the park, Chilla and Culpeo foxes.
After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine National Park. During our journey to the park, we will look for guanaco, southern grey fox, and Patagonian skunk while enjoying our first views of Southern beech (Nothofagus) forest. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. Drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (3h) and then drive to the National Park (1.5h).
Overnight at Hotel Ovejero or similar, Torres del Paine (Lunch, Dinner)
We have organized a busy schedule of outings for pumas in the area. We will inspect the puma hunting grounds located in the eastern flank of the park and throughout the property of Estancia Laguna Amarga, where we have special granted access and an excellent relationship with the owners. The area comprised by the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul is well known for holding one of the largest concentrations of pumas in the wild. In company of our guide and puma tracker we will follow puma at a prudent distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide & Puma tracker).
An additional day to explore the park searching for Puma plus other interesting mammals such as the Andean Deer (or Huemul), Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and Patagonian Hairy Armadillo.
Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine.
During the morning we will continue our exploration in different areas of the park. A sensational vista from Laguna Azul on the eastern side of the park will be a superb grand finale to this exciting journey of discovery among the natural wonders of the ‘end of the world’. Later, we will be transferred to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales where our trip ends. We can arrange your transfer to El Calafate, southern Argentina, if needed. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide). Puma tracking tours.