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Pumas of Torres del Paine

This trip is committed solely to spotting puma in the remote and stunning Patagonian national park of Torres del Paine. The search focuses on Laguna Amarga region, with one of the largest populations of puma in the wild. Expert local guides with intimate knowledge of the area will ensure you have the very best chance of seeing these magnificent animals.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

6 Days

From

$4,498

Location

Torres del Paine

Pumas of Torres del Paine - 6 - $4,498

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; Hotel Ovejero Patagonico

Days 2 to 5: Puma tracking at Estancia Amarga Lagoon; Hotel Ovejero Patagonico

Day 6: Transfer to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Pumas of Torres del Paine

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park; Hotel Overjero Patagonico

After meeting your guide at your hotel or the airport in either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, you'll take a transfer by 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 also enjoying our first views of Southern beech (Nothofagus) forest. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological explanation of the origins of Torres del Paine, one of the finest sights in Patagonia.

We'll drive to the village of Cerro Castillo where Hotel Ovejero Patagonico is located.

Duration of transfer: Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, 3hrs; Puerto Natales to Cerro Castillo, 45mins

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Ovejero Patagonico


Days 2 to 5: Puma tracking at Amarga Lagoon; Hotel Overjero Patagonico

There will be a busy schedule of day and night searches for pumas in this area. We'll inspect the immediate surroundings of our hotel at night, as well as the known puma hunting grounds in the east of the park. The area bounded by the north coast of Lake Sarmiento Lake, Amarga Lagoon and Azul Lagoon is well-known for having one of the largest populations of pumas in the wild. February through to April is a particularly good time to spot them as the females are actively hunting to provide food for their growing cubs. At this time of year they are not active just by night, but also during the twilight hours. To see a female puma and her large cubs against this stunning mountain backdrop is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles. In the company of your guide and puma tracker you will attempt to spot puma family groups at a respectful distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes.

On day 5 we'll explore Torres del Paine National Park to look for other mammals such as the local Andean deer or huemul, Patagonian hog-nosed skunk and the Patagonian Hairy Armadillo.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Ovejero Patagonico


Day 6: Transfer to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales

During the morning we'll continue exploring different areas of the park including Azul Lagoon, on the eastern side of the park, from where we'll have fantastic views. This will be a fitting finale to this part of your adventure.

Later, you'll take a transfer to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales where the trip ends. We can arrange your transfer to El Calafate, southern Argentina, if needed.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of Pumas of Torres del Paine

Pumas of Torres del Paine trips scored 4.5/5 from 2 reviews

I had only minimal information on various puma tracking expeditions, and they were all full until 2023. You found me what must have been the last single spot for what I wanted in 2022; you connected me with the best local expedition provider, and the best puma tracking guides. Therefore, that makes you the BEST!

Travelled: September 2021

Gerry Ewing - USA

Highlights: spending time with a mother puma and her cubs at sunset and sunrise, walking a trail with a puma after the first snowfall of the season.

Travelled: April 2022

Maddie Emberson - Canada

Review:

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price of USD $4,498 per person is based on two people sharing a room.

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Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of three people. Maximum group size is seven people.

2023

2024

Start date Price (pp)
April 2023
18-Apr-2023 $4,498* Limited Availability Enquire
July 2023
15-Jul-2023 $4,498 Guaranteed Date Enquire
October 2023
23-Oct-2023 $4,498* Guaranteed Date Enquire
December 2023
6-Dec-2023 $4,498 Provisional Date Enquire
April 2024
18-Apr-2024 $4,498* Provisional Date Enquire
July 2024
6-Jul-2024 $4,498 Provisional Date Enquire
October 2024
23-Oct-2024 $4,498* Provisional Date Enquire
December 2024
6-Dec-2024 $4,498 Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $4,498

Additional Notes

Single supplement – For solo travellers, there is a single supplement of USD $400.

Group size – 7 maximum, 3 minimum

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation: 5 nights at Hotel Ovejero Patagonico
  • English and Spanish-speaking specialist naturalist guide
  • Private transportation during trip
  • Park entrance fees

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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