Though the warmer months of October to February are the most popular time to visit Patagonia, the best time to search for pumas in the park is May to August – the ‘secret season’ – making Patagonia a year-round destination.
Puma playing in the grass
Apart from fewer tourists, it is during this time that their main prey, the guanaco (pictured below), concentrate in specific areas of the park attracting the local puma population. Tracking requires patience, dedication and silence to hear or see signs of pumas. But it is often the guanaco, a relative of the Andean llama that alerts trackers to a puma sighting with their alarm call.
Guanaco with the Torres Del Paine in the background
The park is home to a myriad of other animal species, including owls, eagles and black swans. Puma trekking, hiking, kayaking and fly fishing are just a handful of the options available in this magnificent part of the world.
Trekking through Patagonia