Credit: Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions

The region’s hotels traditionally close during the cooler months from May to September. But this year, Quasar Expeditions (five-day trips from $7,150 per person), a tour operator with nearly 30 years of experience in South America, is offering wildlife-centric winter trips to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Travelers can track pumas, foxes, and the rare Geoffroy’s cat (a speckled, indigenous cousin of the ocelot), and stay at the luxe Explora Lodge. Other perks of a slow-season visit: tourmaline blue skies, wind-free hikes, and having the park’s spectacular landscapes all to yourself.