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Wild Patagonia: in search of Pumas

Updated: May 20

In the remote landscapes of South American Patagonia, a wild world is waiting to be discovered.
Within the majestic mountains and vast virgin territories, is hidden one of the most mysterious and fascinating predators: the puma.
We invite you to read this article to delve into the secrets of Patagonia and get some tips on how to get to know these magnificent felines in their natural habitat.

1. Patagonia National Park, Chile

Located further north, in the Aysén region, Patagonia National Park offers a spectacular environment for spotting pumas and other native species. With fewer visitors each year and a focus on conservation, this park provides a more intimate experience with wildlife.
Due to its commitment to conservation, Patagonia National Park has been chosen as the site for one of the most extensive studies on this species.
Here, explora Patagonia National Park is a true hidden treasure that radiates an intimate, peaceful and remote atmosphere. As the only lodge located within the park, it enchants visitors with pristine landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.

Puma sighting from explora Lodge

2. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

This park is one of the most famous destinations for puma sightings in Chilean Patagonia. But, nature follows its course in Patagonia, and the seasons play a crucial role in puma sightings; the high season receives a large number of visitors, which can drive the wildlife away. However, in the low season, especially in late June and July, the pumas return to the area, offering a unique opportunity for those seeking more intimate encounters with wildlife.
Winter's chill may be real and cold in Patagonia, but it unveils a secret season of hidden treasures, making you feel blessed among many. And although most of the park's lodges and campgrounds close for the winter, the five-star explora Patagonia has always been the exception.
Do not miss the article by The Sydney Morning Herald's "Winter puma spotting in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile"

3. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

On the Argentinian side of Patagonia, Los Glaciares National Park is another outstanding puma-spotting destination. Its vast lands and diverse landscapes are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the majestic pumas. Hiking and guided excursions in this park can give you the opportunity to see these felines in their natural environment.
Where to stay? explora El Chalten, with a privileged location, unique views and comfort to another level, the explora Lodge is the perfect base to experience the breathtaking geography and wildlife of Argentinian Patagonia.

Tips to keep in mind:

- To maximize your chances of spotting pumas and other wildlife in Patagonia, it is highly recommended to have specialized wildlife guides. These experts know the habits and routines of the animals, which significantly increases the chances of having close and safe encounters with pumas.

- Patagonia is a destination that captivates travelers with its wild beauty and rich fauna. The thrill of spotting pumas in their natural habitat is incomparable and leaves a lasting imprint on the memory. However, it is important to remember that we are visiting the home of these magnificent animals and we must behave responsibly and respectfully to ensure their conservation and well-being.

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