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. Yet in all this massive distribution, SouthWild’s researchers have found that there is only one place in the entire world where travelers can see Pumas in the wild on 92% of days, and normally for hours each day: the 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of open, rolling hills on the eastern edge of the Torres del Paine National Park and on the adjacent, private Laguna Amarga Ranch (LAR). The LAR (no pun intended) boasts the lion’s share (again, no pun intended), namely 6,000 hectares of what we like to call “Pumaland”.
SouthWild has the only full-time research and tracker base in Pumaland, our new PumaLab, which therefore makes SouthWild by far the best choice for our exciting walking tours to see Pumas in action, resting, stalking, attacking, killing, eating (mostly Guanacos, the larger and meatier of the two honey-colored, native South American camels). As our frequent guests in Peru, Brazil, and Chile, … Art Wolfe, Tom Mangelsen, and Frans Lanting (in chronological order by their visit to Pumaland) said of the SouthWild experience of “Walking with Pumas”, the Pumas of Pumaland are the only large cats in the world one can walk with, often for hours on end. It is extremely exciting.
Fortunately, there are several hotels of different levels within operational distance of Pumaland, and SouthWild designs and executes the finest Puma expeditions. Talk with our team about the options, but our favorite itinerary involves 6.5 days of time searching for and watching Pumas. We call this itinerary “Puma Extreme”.