Go Puma Tracking in Torres Del Paine, Chile
The puma (also known as a cougar or mountain lion) is widely distributed across the Americas, but its population density is greatest in the windswept wilds of Patagonia. This feline predator was once a rare treat at the bottom of the world thought too elusive for commercial tours, but it's recently become an attraction all to its own thanks to a nascent "puma tourism" industry in the Austral winter when the cats come down from the mountains and leave tracks in the snow. Local wildlife professionals lead visitors beyond Torres Del Paine's photogenic mastiff and into some of the more remote corners of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve to give them the same opportunity to see pumas as they'd have with jaguars in Brazil, lions in Africa or tigers in India.
How to get here: Book a tour with Quasar Expeditions and fly to President Carlos Ibanez International Airport in Punta Arenas (with a connection in Santiago).