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The first puma of the year

The best travel experiences are those that take you by surprise, says Maki Torres Fernandez, explora guide in Patagonia

Maki Torres Fernandez Guide in explora Patagonia

It was January 1, 2017. After a busy night celebrating, we decided that we would leave a little later than usual for the exploration to Lake Sarmiento, so I met our travelers at 10.30am. Despite having stayed up until dawn partying with the staff, they were ready for adventure, water bottles in hand.

 

Expect the unexpected

We started the walk reliving the fun moments from the party. In the middle of an anecdote, a guanaco (a relative of the llama) at the top of a hill began to neigh. I explained to the travelers that he was one of the lookouts in charge of protecting the rest of the group and alert them to danger. It was almost as if the guanaco was warning us too…

 

…he was one of the lookouts in charge of protecting the rest of the group and alert them to danger. It was almost as if the guanaco was warning us too…

 

A walk on the wild side

And sure enough, seconds later, a puma crossed the path and slowly made its way to a nearby rock. Only a few feet separated us from him. He sat down to lick his paws, stretching out like a domestic cat. The travelers were so amazed that they didn’t even bother to take photos! Almost five minutes passed before the puma continued on his way. We talked about nothing else for the rest of the exploration. This was our first puma of 2017 and the best possible start to the year.

 

 

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