Unlock the Mysteries of the Ghost Cat:

An Exclusive Puma Encounter for the Worldly Traveler and Avid Photographer

Journey Beyond the Known – Where the Untouched Beauty of Torres del Paine Meets the Enigmatic Prowess of the Puma

An Enigma Awaits in the Heart of Torres del Paine

Every seasoned traveler and photographer like you has felt the thrill of the chase: the palpable tension in the air, the heartbeat in sync with nature’s rhythm, and the hush of anticipation. Now, envision this chase leading to the Ghost Cat – the Puma, an enigma so profound, its very name whispers tales of mysteries.

In the heart of Torres del Paine, the story of the Puma unfolds—a tale of solitude and survival. By the tender age of two, these majestic creatures step into the vast world, alone. Their solitary existence is not one of mere happenstance but a testament to their resilience and adaptability. The females, with their nurturing instincts, often remain close to their birthplaces, finding solace in familiar territories. Meanwhile, the males, driven by wanderlust and necessity, embark on journeys into the unknown, facing the challenges of the wild with unwavering determination.

As you delve deeper into the terrains of Torres del Paine, the majesty of the landscapes serves as a canvas for the drama of nature. Somewhere, amidst the play of shadows and light, the Puma—nature’s elusive marvel—awaits. Picture a mother Puma, her grace evident as she imparts lessons of the hunt to her young cubs. Witness the raw power of the Puma in full stride, reaching speeds of 80 km/h, and the sheer marvel of its 5-meter leap. Yet, intertwined with these moments of awe is the silent narrative of the Puma’s contemplative solitude, as it navigates its vast territory, each step echoing its relentless spirit.

The Puma Experience:

An Odyssey Beyond the Ordinary

The Puma isn’t merely a wildlife sighting; it’s a deep immersion into an intricate dance of nature. With each step in Torres del Paine, the line between observer and observed blurs, allowing you to forge a profound connection with the Ghost Cat.

At SouthWild, we offer more than just encounters; we promise transformative experiences. Journey with us to not only spot the Puma but to truly comprehend its essence, its spirit, and its place in the vast, stunning tableaux of Torres del Paine.

SouthWild's Legacy in Torres del Paine:

The Puma Experience

In the undulating landscapes of eco-tourism, where many tread familiar paths, SouthWild dares to venture into the untouched, the unprecedented. Now, we’re charting new territories with a pioneering Puma experience in the breathtaking realms of Torres del Paine.

But what
makes this

SouthWild’s Puma experience is more than a trip; it’s an invitation to witness nature in its purest form, to connect with the enigmatic Ghost Cat, and to be part of a legacy that cherishes and protects the marvels of the wild.

Beyond the Puma:

Diverse Wonders Await in Torres del Paine

Beyond the allure of the Ghost Cat, Torres del Paine unveils a world where every horizon promises a new discovery. This national park is a living tapestry of colors, sounds, and life that beckons the soul and enchants the senses

A Tapestry of Landscapes:

The dramatic contours of the Paine Massif stand sentinel against the sky, their granite peaks challenging the heavens. Lakes of azure and turquoise shimmer in the sunlight, their waters churned up by high winds into legions of waves. Cascading waterfalls, fed by glacial melt, create mesmerizing spectacles as they plunge into deep canyons.

Flora in Full Bloom:

From windswept plains adorned with hardy grasses to ancient forests where lenga trees rise majestically, Torres del Paine boasts a diverse and captivating range of plant life. In spring, the landscape is painted with a riot of colors as wildflowers bloom in profusion.

Fauna – A Theater of Life:

While the Puma is undoubtedly the star attraction, Torres del Paine is teeming with wildlife. Herds of hundreds of graceful Guanacos, the preferred prey of Pumas, roam the rolling, golden hills. Skittish European Hares dart in and out of the underbrush, always alert to danger. Majestic Andean Condors glide overhead, their impressive wingspans casting vast shadows. Wetlands, lakes and forests are alive with birds, from the striking Black-necked Swan to the elusive Magellanic Woodpecker. And, if luck favors, one might even spot the tiny, endangered South Andean Deer, or “Huemul.”

Dance of the Elements:

Experience the raw power of Patagonian winds, the gentle warmth of sunlight, the icy touch of glacial waters, and the rugged embrace of the earth. In Torres del Paine, nature’s elements converge in a harmonious ballet that has been choreographed over eons.

In this enchanting realm, you’ll discover that every journey, every gaze, every breath is an invitation to be a part of nature’s timeless narrative.

Embark on a Five-Day Odyssey:

From Dawn's First Light to Dusk's Last Glimmer, Journey Deep into the Realm of the Ghost Cat

Day 1: The Journey Begins

Morning light breaks as you’re greeted at your hotel in Punta Arenas at 7:30 a.m. by a friendly face, your naturalist guide. Together, you embark on a journey northward, with the landscape shifting as you approach the revered Torres del Paine National Park after a comfortable 4.5-hour drive.

The next leg is a scenic wonder—a 75-minute drive, showcasing the iconic Paine Massif in all its grandeur. At times, the “horns” of the park loom ahead to the north of you, and later, as you drive east of the massif, the towering granite peaks, the park’s namesake, stretch toward the sky. Even if clouds play hide and seek today, rest assured, nature has a way of revealing its beauty in due time.

Your destination? A sprawling 17,000-acre Puma Reserve, a haven of wilderness. After checking into your hotel and a hearty lunch, a brief respite prepares you for the afternoon’s adventure. As the sun descends, you’re off to a promising spot, where, with hushed excitement, you might witness the majestic Puma setting up its evening hunt. As night falls, the tales of the day transition into dreams of Guanacos.

Days 2, 3, & 4: In the Footsteps of the Ghost Cat

The pre-dawn stillness is punctuated by the anticipation of the day’s quest. After a quick breakfast, you’re off to the heart of the Puma Reserve. Every rustle, every silhouette holds promise. More often than not, a skilled tracker, having ventured out earlier, locates a Puma for you. The thrill of observing this magnificent creature, often from a mere stone’s throw away, is indescribable.

By 2-4 hours after sunrise, the cats seek shade and rest, and so do you. Back at the lodge, moments of relaxation, meals, and photo editing ensue. Yet, as afternoon fades, the allure of the Puma beckons again. The dance of observation resumes, with Pumas gracefully navigating the undulating terrain. Each day concludes with hearty meals, shared tales, and the comforting embrace of sleep.

Day 5: Parting Glances

Today offers a gentler start. After breakfast and checkout, you traverse Torres del Paine National Park once more from east to southwest. This journey is a leisurely affair, allowing you ample opportunities to soak in the vistas and capture the two most breathtaking, classic landscapes–”the towers” and “the horns”..

The day’s journey, filled with moments of reflection and awe, eventually leads southward. As you approach Puerto Natales and continue to Punta Arenas, the memories of the past days, the close encounters, and the sheer magnificence of nature accompany you.

And as services conclude, the adventure’s end marks the beginning of countless stories, memories, and dreams of returning.

The Visionary Behind SouthWild:

Dr. Charles Munn

In the world of eco-tourism and wildlife conservation, certain individuals stand out, not just for their academic prowess, but for their tangible contributions to the world. Dr. Charles Munn is one such luminary.

Holding a prestigious PhD in evolution and ecology from Princeton, Charles’s journey isn’t confined to the walls of academia. He’s an explorer at heart, deeply in sync with nature’s intricate symphony. His dedication and passion have carved pathways into uncharted territories, unveiling the raw beauty and secrets of nature.

As a field conservationist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Charles’s work transcended traditional boundaries. His pioneering efforts in macaw biology, innovative models of rainforest ecotourism, and park creation are heralded globally, setting benchmarks in applied conservation biology.

But numbers can only tell so much. Charles’s vision has led to the creation of an astounding 15 million acres of protected areas in Amazonian Peru and Bolivia. His innovative predator-viewing systems haven’t just redefined wildlife experiences; they’ve been a catalyst for conservation-related job creation.

The world has taken notice. With features in two National Geographic cover stories, acknowledgment by TIME magazine as one of the 100 future leaders (sharing space with icons like Bill Gates), and recognition by Condé Nast Traveller as a leading expert in wildlife tourism, Charles’s impact is undeniable.

Yet, at the heart of it all, lies a commitment to conservation and community. It’s this ethos that created SouthWild’s unparalleled wildlife experiences, each detail reflecting Charles’s deep reverence for nature.

When you embark on a journey with SouthWild, you’re not merely venturing into the wild; you’re walking alongside a legacy, experiencing the marvels of nature through the lens of a visionary.

Guided by the Best:

The Legacy Continues with SouthWild

SouthWild’s adventures are not just trips; they’re profound experiences, enriched by a legacy of expertise. Every guide, every path, every moment is infused with the wisdom and training imparted by Dr. Charles Munn.

Our specialists, armed with intimate knowledge and insights, don’t just show you the way; they immerse you in stories, legends, and the very heartbeat of the regions they know so well. They’ll lead you to nature’s hidden sanctuaries, ensuring you witness moments many can only dream of.

With SouthWild, your journey is elevated. You’re not just accompanied by a guide; you’re privy to decades of knowledge and passion, a legacy that promises to make your adventure profoundly insightful and endlessly captivating.


Your Sanctuary in the Wilderness

Positioned in the tranquil embrace of Cerro Castillo, the hotel stands as a beacon of comfort and luxury, tantalizingly close to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park. Just 45 minutes from both the majestic national park and vibrant Puerto Natales, and a mere 800 meters from the Argentine border, this hotel is your strategic gateway to the region’s wonders. And for those keen on exploring Pumaland, it’s a comfortable 50-minute drive away.

Room Details:

Panoramic Views: Rooms open to sprawling mountain vistas or the quaint charm of the surrounding town.
Comfort Redefined: The 22 specially-curated rooms come with central heating, ensuring a snug haven against the temperamental weather. Private, ensuite bathrooms, complete with complimentary toiletries and a handy hair dryer, add to the comfort quotient.

Hotel Features:

Gastronomic Delights: Embark on a culinary journey each morning with a hearty buffet breakfast at our in-house restaurant. Relish local flavors, crafted to perfection, setting the tone for your day of exploration.

Connectivity and Convenience: Whether you’re sharing your adventures online or researching your next day’s itinerary, our complimentary high-speed WiFi ensures you’re always connected. Photographers can find solace knowing there are ample charging points to rejuvenate their camera batteries, ensuring they’re ready to capture the next day’s magic.

Relax and Recharge: After a day of trekking and tracking, the hotel serves as an oasis of relaxation. Unwind, reflect on the day’s adventures, and rest up for the morrow’s promises.

Assistance at Hand: Our attentive front desk, available from 7 a.m. to midnight, is poised to assist with your every need. Additional amenities include a simply spectacular library of books about southern Chile, a delightful gift shop to pick up souvenirs, efficient laundry services for fresh attire, and spacious free private parking.

Dive into a blend of local culture, unmatched comfort, and strategic convenience at best Hotel Estancia in the region, ensuring your Puma quest in Torres del Paine is nothing short of extraordinary.

Our Unmatched Puma Sighting Guarantee

At SouthWild, we’re not in the business of mere promises; we’re about delivering extraordinary experiences. Recognizing the profound allure of the Ghost Cat, we’ve honed our tracking techniques and itineraries to an art form, allowing us to make a commitment unlike any other in the industry:

For trips taken during the prime Puma season (October to April), if you don’t witness a single Puma in daylight during your Five-Day Puma Experience, we will not only offer two complimentary extra days on the same trip, but we also commit to reimbursing each guest $4,450 USD.

A few things to note about our unmatched expertise:

Success Rate:

Our teams in Torres del Paine boast of a staggering 99% daily success rate in Puma sightings. On average, our guests encounter 2.5 big cats per day, and with our pioneering Puma detection methods, this rate is surging to an impressive 3-5 Pumas daily.

Past Performance:

In our 12 years of orchestrating Puma tours, not a single guest has left without multiple Puma sightings. By 2023, the standard Puma viewing experience for our fixed departure guests was between 5-9 different cats across 8-14 distinct sightings, totaling an incredible 8-20 hours of Puma observation.

Our teams in Torres del Paine boast of a staggering 99% daily success rate in Puma sightings. On average, our guests encounter 2.5 big cats per day, and with our pioneering Puma detection methods, this rate is surging to an impressive 3-5 Pumas daily.

Pricing Details:

Your Investment in a Once-in-a-Lifetime Odyssey

Solo Traveler:


Per Person in a Double Room:


Single Supplement


Included in the Price:

  • Expert naturalist guide throughout the journey
  • Accommodations at our
    selected hotel
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All park fees and entranceto the Puma Reserve
  • Transportation from Punta Arenas and throughout the tour
  • Water from the taps in the rooms is 100% potable, so no need to buy mineral water.

Not Included:

  • Airfare to/from Punta Arenas
  • Personal items and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Canned or bottled non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks or mineral water, beer, wine, mixed drinks, or hard liquor.  All these, however, are available for purchase.

Our Mission:

Conservation through Ecotourism

At SouthWild, our odyssey extends beyond the thrill of witnessing the Ghost Cat in its natural habitat. It’s about weaving a tapestry of conservation, where every Puma sighting, every hushed whisper of awe, and every step taken in the vastness of Torres del Paine contributes to conserving its pristine beauty.

By choosing our Puma Experience, you’re not merely signing up for an adventure; you’re aligning with our vision. Each journey directly fuels the local conservation economy, ensuring that the communities that coexist with the Pumas prosper as guardians of this unique wilderness.

Our commitment is unwavering. We champion the belief that true conservation emerges from a harmonious balance between humanity and nature. With each traveler that walks beside us, we inch closer to our dream: at Torres del Paine where nature thrives, communities blossom, and the enchantment of the wild remains undisturbed for future generations. In short, a “Peaceable Kingdom”.

Our dedication extends to the very footprint we leave behind. We’re immensely proud that our flagship lodge operates with a carbon-neutral ethos, ensuring that our passion for exploration treads lightly upon the Earth.

Join our mission. Become an essential part of this conservation saga. Together, let’s etch a legacy of conservation, cherishing nature’s wonders one adventure at a time.

Our Unmatched Puma Sighting Guarantee

With a legacy deeply rooted in wildlife tours, we have mastered the art of tracking and understanding nature’s most elusive wonders, particularly the Puma. Our team is enriched with the insights of Dr. Charles Munn, a PhD who conducted many seasons of field research in Torres del Paine, ensuring an experience that’s both thrilling and enlightening.

Our expeditions are not just any tours; they are a reflection of the vision of Dr. Charles Munn. A recognized authority in ecotourism, his academic rigor and field experiences in Torres del Paine bring unparalleled depth and authenticity to your journey.

Our confidence in ensuring Puma sightings is so firm that we offer an unprecedented guarantee. If you don’t witness a Puma during the prime season, we not only provide additional days but also commit to a significant reimbursement. This assurance is a testament to our expertise, dedication, and confidence in our work.

Our commitment to nature goes beyond admiration. Every step we take is calibrated for sustainability, ensuring that our interactions with the wilderness are respectful and leave minimal footprints. We’re in this for the long haul, ensuring these habitats remain pristine for future generations.

At SouthWild, we recognize that every traveler’s quest is unique. Our expeditions are intricately designed, offering experiences that align perfectly with the aspirations and curiosities of discerning explorers, ensuring every moment is memorable.

With SouthWild, rest assured, you’re in safe hands. From our fleet of well-maintained vehicles to our trained personnel, every facet of your adventure prioritizes your safety, allowing you to delve deep into the wilderness without a worry in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions


The prime Puma season runs from October to April, offering optimal conditions for sightings and a richer overall wildlife experience.

We pride ourselves on a staggering 99% daily success rate for Puma sightings, with guests normally enjoying multiple Pumas during their stay.

While personal preferences may vary, we recommend a very good pair of binoculars, a camera with a zoom lens for photography enthusiasts, sturdy walking shoes, and layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Our tours are designed to cater to a wide age range. Due to the nature of the treks and activities, it may not be suitable for very young children. It’s always best to consult with us directly if you have specific concerns.

The safety of our guests is paramount. We have trained first-aid staff on every tour and have established protocols to address any emergencies swiftly, ensuring your well-being throughout the journey.

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