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The Chilean territory has a privileged location in South America, with a length of some 4.300 km, in other words it covers 38 degrees of latitude, equivalent to approximately the distance between Sweden and Africa. On the other hand, our country is very narrow, with an average width of only 100 km, and its natural boundaries are: to the north ,the driest desert in the world with less than 10 mm of precipitation per year and virtually no vegetation; to the west, the vast and deep Pacific Ocean; to the east, the Andes Mountains with peaks reaching over 6.000m (in the Andes in Tierra del Fuego however, the highest peaks are just 3.000 m). To the extreme south, the territory falls apart and forms countless small islands in the Southern Ocean. Only Terra Australis Incognita, Antarctica, the enormous, white Continent, lies further south. Chile is one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959.

Chile also has two very attractive ocean territories, world famous Easter Island, and the Juan Fernandez Archipelago. Both these island territories offer attractive and diverse wildlife, culture and the historical context in which they have developed.

Programmes by region

  • the altiplano and life between the desert and the sea 

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    The Atacama Desert, located in the extreme north of Chile, is the driest desert in the world, since there are places where no precipitation has ever fallen. In spite of this, its coastline and transversal valleys have considerable biodiversity as the species that live there have made the necessary adaptations in order to survive in this environment. Moreover, migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere spend the northern winter here. The city of Arica is an excellent starting point for the exploration of the birds of the extreme North of Chile.

    We will travel inland, climbing higher, and cross the desert in order to reach the Andean foothills. This environment receives its humidity from the Amazon region and is covered by bushes and offers shelter to diverse species of animals. The village of Putre will serve as our base for a few days, while we visit environmental sites located on higher altitudes.

    We will reach the Altiplano (high plateau), which lies above 4,000m (13,100 ft). The ethnic group of the Aymara lives here in little villages. We will find diverse environments, like grasslands, brush and wetlands, each with their very specific birds which have adapted to the rigors of the climate. The harsh environmental conditions with very low temperatures (below zero even in summer) at night and high temperatures and high solar radiation during the day have contributed to the creation of a particularly attractive fauna.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

    Start / End: Arica / Arica

    Restrictions: We will stay above 3,600m (11,800ft) for 5 days, and occasionally climb to 4,600m (15,000ft). Some people might feel affected by the altitude.

    Climate: Hot climate in Arica. The climate turns cold at higher altitudes, especially at night, with sporadic rain.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides. The dry season is between June and August, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: Two

    Potential # of species: 210

    Top Ten Birds: Three Flamingos (Chilean, Andean, James’s), Puna Ibis, Giant Coot, Andean Coot, Puna Plover, Inca Tern, Golden Spotted Ground-dove, Andean Swift, Andean Flicker, Mountain Parakeet, White-throated Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Canyon Canastero, White-fronted Ground Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike Tyrant, D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, White-throated Sierra-finch.

     

    Outstanding

    1. A trip through parallel 18,5ºS, from sea level to an altitude of 4,600m (15,000ft), through various environments where life unfolds.
    2. On the coast and in the lowlands: the endemic Seaside Cinclodes, the Grey Gull, the Inca Tern, one of the most beautiful terns in the world, and the Peruvian Thick-knee.
    3. Possibility of seeing five species of hummingbirds (Sparkling Violet-ear, Andean Hillstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Giant Hummingbird and, if we are lucky, the rare Chilean Woodstar).
    4. The three species of Flamingo (Chilean, Andean, James’s) living in the south of South America.
    5. Birds from the Andean environment, like the Puna Ibis, Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover, the Giant Coot, Andean Coot and the Andean Gull.
    6. Highly specialised mammals, such as Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuña, as well as the Vizcacha, a rabbit -like  rodent of the Andes. With great luck, the Taruca, a wild deer living in the mountains.
  • THE BIRDS OF THE SILENT LAND: ATACAMA SALT FLAT 

    Brochure

    The city of San Pedro de Atacama is located in the north of Chile, between the  desert and the foothills of the Andes. It is populated by the Atacameno (or Lican Antay) ethnic group. This race of shepherds and peasants achieved considerable cultural development before the arrival of the Incas in the 14th century. We will set up our  base in the city, an oasis, which is the meeting point of various environments, which will enable us to get to know birds from the desert and the Andes mountain range.

    The privileged location of the town will allow us to visit various environments that are very different from each other, and we will even get close to the border with Bolivia and Argentina in our search for local birds. Our trip will take us to locations over 4.000m above sea level, with majestic landscapes and where magnificent birds have adapted surprisingly well to such adverse living conditions.

    Our trip will lead us to a diversity of  environments like the biggest salt flat in Chile, rivers and lakes located at altitudes of over  4.000m and wetlands close to them, where we will find a wide range of wildlife.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: San Pedro de Atacama / San Pedro de Atacama or Calama / Calama (with little changes)

    Restrictions: The trip takes place at over 2,500m (8,200ft) above sea level, with trips to 4,500m (14,500 ft) above sea level.

    Climate: Hot in San Pedro de Atacama, cold in higher locations, especially at nightfall.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides, snow and electric storms. The dry season is between March to December, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 97

     

    Outstanding

    Visit to the Atacama salt flat, the biggest in Chile, and the surrounding desert, considered to be the driest in the world.

    On the Andean lakes you can see the Horned Coot, which is only found in the Altiplano, as well as the Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover.

    The Red-backed Sierra-Finch, is found exclusively in this sector of the Andes of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

    The three flamingo species of the south of South-America: Chilean, Andean and James’s.

    The rare and surprising Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Puna Snipe. With luck, the Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

  • BIRDS OF THE HEART OF CHILE: FROM ANDES RANGE TO THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT 

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    The central region of Chile is very narrow, between 90 and 170 km wide. In this region, the high, snow-capped Andes mountain range coexists with  the rivers and estuaries that form the valleys used for agriculture, and with the coast. The cold Humboldt Current flows through the Pacific Ocean. In this diversity of environments we find a great variety of birds ranging from species specially adapted to mountainous regions to those who fly tirelessly over the waves of the Pacific Ocean.  In the valleys and hillsides of the Andean foothills we find Mediterranean birds, including some very interesting endemic species. The coastline also has migratory species from North America, which, come to the South American coast during the northern winter to gather the energy they require for next season’s reproduction cycle.

    This trip will give you a fairly complete overview of the birds of Chile, since most of the species present in Chile can be found in this region, with the obvious exception of the species found exclusively in the north or in the south of the country.

    We invite you to know our circuits in Central Chile, wich could be booked from one to all four days, following your own interest.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Possibility of seasickness on the day of the boat trip. Altitude close to 3,000m (9,700ft) in the mountains.

    Climate: Mediterranean climate, it might be cold, but not extremely in the Andes.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 228

     

    Outstanding

    A trip that combines sailing on the Pacific Ocean with an excursion in the Andes of central Chile.

    The possibility of seeing seven endemic species: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Crag Chilia, Chilean Mockingbird, Dusty-tailed Canastero, Chilean Tinamou and Seaside Cinclodes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes of central Chile, the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    In the mountains, the Andean Condor, the national bird of Chile.

    In the wetlands we can find the Black-necked Swan, Stripe-backed Bittern, South American Painted-Snipe, Warbling Doradito and Many-colored Rush-Tyrant.

    During our sailing trip on the Humboldt Current we might see, the Northern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel and Humboldt Penguin.

  • PELAGIC BIRDS: TRIP TO THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT AND ITS BIRDS 

    Brochure

    The up welling system of the Humboldt Current is one of the most productive in the world. It originates near Antarctica and runs north to the Equator. It is cold and rich in nutrients and contains a high diversity of invertebrates and fishes, all of which support several sea birds as well as marine mammals. In these rich waters it is possible to find a variety of pelagic birds flying in large numbers and many coastal birds nearer to the coast. The list frequently includes Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Buller’s Albatross and sometimes even Northern Buller’s Albatross (so called Pacific Albatross) and Chatham’s Albatross.

    The Pink-footed Shearwater, the White-chinned Petrel, and the Westland Petrel are very common as are also the Northern Giant Petrel and the Southern Giant Petrel, Chilean Skua, the very interesting Peruvian Diving-Petrel and the Storm Petrels - Wilson’s and Elliot’s - are frequently seen. Sometimes the Juan Fernandez Petrel and Masatierra Petrel come to our boat. These are some examples from a total of  50 or more potential species. In the afternoon, once we have returned to the coast and had lunch, we could head to the north along the coast to observe a Humboldt Penguin colony and look for other birds like the endemic Seaside Cinclodes.. We will return to Valparaiso (or Santiago) at the end of the day.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 1 day with 6 – 7 hours sailing

    Start / End: Valparaiso / Valparaiso , Quintero / Quintero or   Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Seasickness. Adverse climate conditions may lead to port authority not allowing  the boat to set sail.

    Climate: Even in summer it could be cool, rainy and windy in the morning. A rain jacket is a must.

    Dates: On request, all year round.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 139 (Including not only pelagic birds).

     

    Outstanding

    Navigation on the Humboldt Current, one of the most important in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Many Albatross, like Northern Royal, Black-browed, Buller’s, Northern Buller’s, Salvin’s and Chatham’s.

    Pelagic birds, like Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Masatierra Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Chilean Skua and Humboldt Penguin.

    Visit to a Humboldt Penguin colony.

    During the sailing trip it is possible to see sea mammals, such as sea lions and dolphins.

    We can pick up you in Santiago if you prefer, but will be early morning.

  • THE ANDEAN BIRDS OF CENTRAL CHILE 

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    The Andes Mountains are very young, as you can deduce from their steep slopes and sharp snow covered peaks. In Chile’s central region the mountains are particularly craggy and the valleys are narrow and normally defined by narrow rivers. In winter, the Andes of central Chile are completely covered by snow and only a few species, like the Andean Condor and the Mountain Caracara, remain there. The majority of the birds migrate to the north. Some of them even reach the Peruvian Andes. Other species merely descend to a lower altitude so as to avoid the snow.

    But in spring, life starts afresh and many birds return to take advantage of the various environments offered by the Andes. This is the best season to watch them from fields, ravines, fertile lowlands, lakes and grasslands, where recently returned species start their reproductive period and raise their young.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 2 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Altitude little above 2,500m (8,200ft)

    Climate: Mediterranean climate. In the Andes it may get cold, but not in reach extreme temperatures.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 103

     

    Outstanding:

    Travel to the Andes of central Chile and its impressive landscape.

    Possibility of seeing five endemic species: Chilean Tinamou, Moustached Turca, Crag Chilia, Dusky-tailed Canastero and Chilean Mockingbird.

    The Andean Condor, soaring over the Andes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes: the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    Three to six different Ground-Tyrants: White-browed, Black-fronted, Ochre-naped, Rufous-naped, Cinereous and Spot-billed.

  • BIRDING AT THE VALDIVIAN TEMPERATE RAINFOREST

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    The Valdivian temperate forests is an ecoregion on the west coast of southern South America, in Chile and extending into Argentina. It is part of the Neotropic. The Valdivian temperate rainforests are characterized by their dense  understories  of  bamboos,  ferns, and for being mostly dominated by evergreen angiosperm trees (mostly Nothofagus sp. or Southern Beech) with some deciduous specimens, though conifer trees are also common.

     

    The main characteristics of the south of Chile are its evergreen, cold and rainy forests. The effects of volcanic eruptions, which have formed its geography, are still evident. This region is also defined by the eternal presence of the Pacific Ocean, supplier of vast amounts of rain during almost the whole year. Rain is the main climatic feature of this region, but fortunately it falls only sporadically in spring and summer.

     

    The influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current are evident on Chiloé Island, both in terms of landscape and human activities. The rain and the impact of the sea and its tides are  always present there, since they create specific environments populated by wildlife associated from the moderate rain forest to the coastline. In this mixed region, where  forest and sea merge and in some places almost melt into each other, we will look for a variety of birds that include Andean, coastal and sea varieties.

     

    Summary

    Duration:  3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Puerto Montt / Puerto Montt

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Rainy climate. Chilly at night, possibly rain.

    Dates: From September to March

    Potential # of species: 167

     

    The program could be modified to include one or more days in Santiago and around.

     

    Outstanding:

    1.  A journey to the birds that belong to Temperate rainforest and south Chile shorebirds and waterfowls.
    2. Two endemic birds are possible: Chilean Mockingbird and Slender-billed Parakeet.
    3. In spite of above, more than 40 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina, including surprising birds like four species of Tapaculo (Rhynocriptidae), the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest in America-, and the Green-backed Firecrown and Austral Parakeet, the southernmost hummingbird and parakeet of the world.
  • CHILEAN PATAGONIA AND TIERRA DEL FUEGO

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    When you think in Patagonia, the first images in your mind are amazing landscapes, full of lakes, mountains with harsh climatic conditions, cold and windy.  And you’re right, but’s much more than this. Is a place with a hard winter, but in spring and summer, is a place plenty of life, wildlife actually, just in front of you.

     

    One of the most isolated places on earth, Patagonia offers unique landscapes and a diverse geography that allows the possibility of knowing a great variety of birds and local fauna. This program traverses world famous National Parks and Natural Reserves to visit the natural habitat of a rich biodiversity.

     

    In only six days and more than a 1.500 kilometers traveled we will get a complete panorama of this wonderful southern destination and the birds who live in, in a journey difficult to forget. You’ll be in a birdwatching program, but in incredible landscapes and a magnificent scenery.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

    Start / End:  Punta Arenas / Santiago (or Santiago / Santiago)

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Any kind of climate is possible during the trip. Very probably rain in some days. Exceptionally, you might even have a little snowfall. Mostly cold weather.

    Dates:  From October to January.

    Potential # of species: 160

     

    Outstanding:

    1. A journey to south and austral Chile, with visits to the cold rain forest and the typical Patagonian environments.
    2. More than 60 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina.
    3. Amazing birds like the Andean Condor, national bird of Chile and the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest woodpecker in America-. Two species of dotterel, the Rufous-chested Dotterel and Tawny-throated Dotterel. The Green-backed Firecrown - southernmost hummingbird in the world - and Austral Parakeet, the most austral parakeet of the world. Also the one and only continental colony of King Penguin and one of the most unusual plovers, the Magellanic Plover.

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  • the altiplano and life between the desert and the sea 

    Brochure

    The Atacama Desert, located in the extreme north of Chile, is the driest desert in the world, since there are places where no precipitation has ever fallen. In spite of this, its coastline and transversal valleys have considerable biodiversity as the species that live there have made the necessary adaptations in order to survive in this environment. Moreover, migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere spend the northern winter here. The city of Arica is an excellent starting point for the exploration of the birds of the extreme North of Chile.

    We will travel inland, climbing higher, and cross the desert in order to reach the Andean foothills. This environment receives its humidity from the Amazon region and is covered by bushes and offers shelter to diverse species of animals. The village of Putre will serve as our base for a few days, while we visit environmental sites located on higher altitudes.

    We will reach the Altiplano (high plateau), which lies above 4,000m (13,100 ft). The ethnic group of the Aymara lives here in little villages. We will find diverse environments, like grasslands, brush and wetlands, each with their very specific birds which have adapted to the rigors of the climate. The harsh environmental conditions with very low temperatures (below zero even in summer) at night and high temperatures and high solar radiation during the day have contributed to the creation of a particularly attractive fauna.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

    Start / End: Arica / Arica

    Restrictions: We will stay above 3,600m (11,800ft) for 5 days, and occasionally climb to 4,600m (15,000ft). Some people might feel affected by the altitude.

    Climate: Hot climate in Arica. The climate turns cold at higher altitudes, especially at night, with sporadic rain.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides. The dry season is between June and August, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: Two

    Potential # of species: 210

    Top Ten Birds: Three Flamingos (Chilean, Andean, James’s), Puna Ibis, Giant Coot, Andean Coot, Puna Plover, Inca Tern, Golden Spotted Ground-dove, Andean Swift, Andean Flicker, Mountain Parakeet, White-throated Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Canyon Canastero, White-fronted Ground Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike Tyrant, D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, White-throated Sierra-finch.

     

    Outstanding

    1. A trip through parallel 18,5ºS, from sea level to an altitude of 4,600m (15,000ft), through various environments where life unfolds.
    2. On the coast and in the lowlands: the endemic Seaside Cinclodes, the Grey Gull, the Inca Tern, one of the most beautiful terns in the world, and the Peruvian Thick-knee.
    3. Possibility of seeing five species of hummingbirds (Sparkling Violet-ear, Andean Hillstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Giant Hummingbird and, if we are lucky, the rare Chilean Woodstar).
    4. The three species of Flamingo (Chilean, Andean, James’s) living in the south of South America.
    5. Birds from the Andean environment, like the Puna Ibis, Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover, the Giant Coot, Andean Coot and the Andean Gull.
    6. Highly specialised mammals, such as Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuña, as well as the Vizcacha, a rabbit -like  rodent of the Andes. With great luck, the Taruca, a wild deer living in the mountains.
  • THE BIRDS OF THE SILENT LAND: ATACAMA SALT FLAT 

    Brochure

    The city of San Pedro de Atacama is located in the north of Chile, between the  desert and the foothills of the Andes. It is populated by the Atacameno (or Lican Antay) ethnic group. This race of shepherds and peasants achieved considerable cultural development before the arrival of the Incas in the 14th century. We will set up our  base in the city, an oasis, which is the meeting point of various environments, which will enable us to get to know birds from the desert and the Andes mountain range.

    The privileged location of the town will allow us to visit various environments that are very different from each other, and we will even get close to the border with Bolivia and Argentina in our search for local birds. Our trip will take us to locations over 4.000m above sea level, with majestic landscapes and where magnificent birds have adapted surprisingly well to such adverse living conditions.

    Our trip will lead us to a diversity of  environments like the biggest salt flat in Chile, rivers and lakes located at altitudes of over  4.000m and wetlands close to them, where we will find a wide range of wildlife.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: San Pedro de Atacama / San Pedro de Atacama or Calama / Calama (with little changes)

    Restrictions: The trip takes place at over 2,500m (8,200ft) above sea level, with trips to 4,500m (14,500 ft) above sea level.

    Climate: Hot in San Pedro de Atacama, cold in higher locations, especially at nightfall.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides, snow and electric storms. The dry season is between March to December, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 97

     

    Outstanding

    Visit to the Atacama salt flat, the biggest in Chile, and the surrounding desert, considered to be the driest in the world.

    On the Andean lakes you can see the Horned Coot, which is only found in the Altiplano, as well as the Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover.

    The Red-backed Sierra-Finch, is found exclusively in this sector of the Andes of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

    The three flamingo species of the south of South-America: Chilean, Andean and James’s.

    The rare and surprising Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Puna Snipe. With luck, the Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

  • BIRDS OF THE HEART OF CHILE: FROM ANDES RANGE TO THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT 

    Brochure

    The central region of Chile is very narrow, between 90 and 170 km wide. In this region, the high, snow-capped Andes mountain range coexists with  the rivers and estuaries that form the valleys used for agriculture, and with the coast. The cold Humboldt Current flows through the Pacific Ocean. In this diversity of environments we find a great variety of birds ranging from species specially adapted to mountainous regions to those who fly tirelessly over the waves of the Pacific Ocean.  In the valleys and hillsides of the Andean foothills we find Mediterranean birds, including some very interesting endemic species. The coastline also has migratory species from North America, which, come to the South American coast during the northern winter to gather the energy they require for next season’s reproduction cycle.

    This trip will give you a fairly complete overview of the birds of Chile, since most of the species present in Chile can be found in this region, with the obvious exception of the species found exclusively in the north or in the south of the country.

    We invite you to know our circuits in Central Chile, wich could be booked from one to all four days, following your own interest.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Possibility of seasickness on the day of the boat trip. Altitude close to 3,000m (9,700ft) in the mountains.

    Climate: Mediterranean climate, it might be cold, but not extremely in the Andes.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 228

     

    Outstanding

    A trip that combines sailing on the Pacific Ocean with an excursion in the Andes of central Chile.

    The possibility of seeing seven endemic species: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Crag Chilia, Chilean Mockingbird, Dusty-tailed Canastero, Chilean Tinamou and Seaside Cinclodes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes of central Chile, the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    In the mountains, the Andean Condor, the national bird of Chile.

    In the wetlands we can find the Black-necked Swan, Stripe-backed Bittern, South American Painted-Snipe, Warbling Doradito and Many-colored Rush-Tyrant.

    During our sailing trip on the Humboldt Current we might see, the Northern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel and Humboldt Penguin.

  • PELAGIC BIRDS: TRIP TO THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT AND ITS BIRDS 

    Brochure

    The up welling system of the Humboldt Current is one of the most productive in the world. It originates near Antarctica and runs north to the Equator. It is cold and rich in nutrients and contains a high diversity of invertebrates and fishes, all of which support several sea birds as well as marine mammals. In these rich waters it is possible to find a variety of pelagic birds flying in large numbers and many coastal birds nearer to the coast. The list frequently includes Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Buller’s Albatross and sometimes even Northern Buller’s Albatross (so called Pacific Albatross) and Chatham’s Albatross.

    The Pink-footed Shearwater, the White-chinned Petrel, and the Westland Petrel are very common as are also the Northern Giant Petrel and the Southern Giant Petrel, Chilean Skua, the very interesting Peruvian Diving-Petrel and the Storm Petrels - Wilson’s and Elliot’s - are frequently seen. Sometimes the Juan Fernandez Petrel and Masatierra Petrel come to our boat. These are some examples from a total of  50 or more potential species. In the afternoon, once we have returned to the coast and had lunch, we could head to the north along the coast to observe a Humboldt Penguin colony and look for other birds like the endemic Seaside Cinclodes.. We will return to Valparaiso (or Santiago) at the end of the day.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 1 day with 6 – 7 hours sailing

    Start / End: Valparaiso / Valparaiso , Quintero / Quintero or   Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Seasickness. Adverse climate conditions may lead to port authority not allowing  the boat to set sail.

    Climate: Even in summer it could be cool, rainy and windy in the morning. A rain jacket is a must.

    Dates: On request, all year round.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 139 (Including not only pelagic birds).

     

    Outstanding

    Navigation on the Humboldt Current, one of the most important in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Many Albatross, like Northern Royal, Black-browed, Buller’s, Northern Buller’s, Salvin’s and Chatham’s.

    Pelagic birds, like Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Masatierra Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Chilean Skua and Humboldt Penguin.

    Visit to a Humboldt Penguin colony.

    During the sailing trip it is possible to see sea mammals, such as sea lions and dolphins.

    We can pick up you in Santiago if you prefer, but will be early morning.

  • THE ANDEAN BIRDS OF CENTRAL CHILE 

    Brochure

    The Andes Mountains are very young, as you can deduce from their steep slopes and sharp snow covered peaks. In Chile’s central region the mountains are particularly craggy and the valleys are narrow and normally defined by narrow rivers. In winter, the Andes of central Chile are completely covered by snow and only a few species, like the Andean Condor and the Mountain Caracara, remain there. The majority of the birds migrate to the north. Some of them even reach the Peruvian Andes. Other species merely descend to a lower altitude so as to avoid the snow.

    But in spring, life starts afresh and many birds return to take advantage of the various environments offered by the Andes. This is the best season to watch them from fields, ravines, fertile lowlands, lakes and grasslands, where recently returned species start their reproductive period and raise their young.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 2 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Altitude little above 2,500m (8,200ft)

    Climate: Mediterranean climate. In the Andes it may get cold, but not in reach extreme temperatures.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 103

     

    Outstanding:

    Travel to the Andes of central Chile and its impressive landscape.

    Possibility of seeing five endemic species: Chilean Tinamou, Moustached Turca, Crag Chilia, Dusky-tailed Canastero and Chilean Mockingbird.

    The Andean Condor, soaring over the Andes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes: the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    Three to six different Ground-Tyrants: White-browed, Black-fronted, Ochre-naped, Rufous-naped, Cinereous and Spot-billed.

  • BIRDING AT THE VALDIVIAN TEMPERATE RAINFOREST

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    The Valdivian temperate forests is an ecoregion on the west coast of southern South America, in Chile and extending into Argentina. It is part of the Neotropic. The Valdivian temperate rainforests are characterized by their dense  understories  of  bamboos,  ferns, and for being mostly dominated by evergreen angiosperm trees (mostly Nothofagus sp. or Southern Beech) with some deciduous specimens, though conifer trees are also common.

     

    The main characteristics of the south of Chile are its evergreen, cold and rainy forests. The effects of volcanic eruptions, which have formed its geography, are still evident. This region is also defined by the eternal presence of the Pacific Ocean, supplier of vast amounts of rain during almost the whole year. Rain is the main climatic feature of this region, but fortunately it falls only sporadically in spring and summer.

     

    The influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current are evident on Chiloé Island, both in terms of landscape and human activities. The rain and the impact of the sea and its tides are  always present there, since they create specific environments populated by wildlife associated from the moderate rain forest to the coastline. In this mixed region, where  forest and sea merge and in some places almost melt into each other, we will look for a variety of birds that include Andean, coastal and sea varieties.

     

    Summary

    Duration:  3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Puerto Montt / Puerto Montt

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Rainy climate. Chilly at night, possibly rain.

    Dates: From September to March

    Potential # of species: 167

     

    The program could be modified to include one or more days in Santiago and around.

     

    Outstanding:

    1.  A journey to the birds that belong to Temperate rainforest and south Chile shorebirds and waterfowls.
    2. Two endemic birds are possible: Chilean Mockingbird and Slender-billed Parakeet.
    3. In spite of above, more than 40 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina, including surprising birds like four species of Tapaculo (Rhynocriptidae), the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest in America-, and the Green-backed Firecrown and Austral Parakeet, the southernmost hummingbird and parakeet of the world.

     

  • CHILEAN PATAGONIA AND TIERRA DEL FUEGO

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    When you think in Patagonia, the first images in your mind are amazing landscapes, full of lakes, mountains with harsh climatic conditions, cold and windy.  And you’re right, but’s much more than this. Is a place with a hard winter, but in spring and summer, is a place plenty of life, wildlife actually, just in front of you.

     

    One of the most isolated places on earth, Patagonia offers unique landscapes and a diverse geography that allows the possibility of knowing a great variety of birds and local fauna. This program traverses world famous National Parks and Natural Reserves to visit the natural habitat of a rich biodiversity.

     

    In only six days and more than a 1.500 kilometers traveled we will get a complete panorama of this wonderful southern destination and the birds who live in, in a journey difficult to forget. You’ll be in a birdwatching program, but in incredible landscapes and a magnificent scenery.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

    Start / End:  Punta Arenas / Santiago (or Santiago / Santiago)

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Any kind of climate is possible during the trip. Very probably rain in some days. Exceptionally, you might even have a little snowfall. Mostly cold weather.

    Dates:  From October to January.

    Potential # of species: 160

     

    Outstanding:

    1. A journey to south and austral Chile, with visits to the cold rain forest and the typical Patagonian environments.
    2. More than 60 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina.
    3. Amazing birds like the Andean Condor, national bird of Chile and the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest woodpecker in America-. Two species of dotterel, the Rufous-chested Dotterel and Tawny-throated Dotterel. The Green-backed Firecrown - southernmost hummingbird in the world - and Austral Parakeet, the most austral parakeet of the world. Also the one and only continental colony of King Penguin and one of the most unusual plovers, the Magellanic Plover.
  • the altiplano and life between

    the desert and the sea

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    The Atacama Desert, located in the extreme north of Chile, is the driest desert in the world, since there are places where no precipitation has ever fallen. In spite of this, its coastline and transversal valleys have considerable biodiversity as the species that live there have made the necessary adaptations in order to survive in this environment. Moreover, migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere spend the northern winter here. The city of Arica is an excellent starting point for the exploration of the birds of the extreme North of Chile.

    We will travel inland, climbing higher, and cross the desert in order to reach the Andean foothills. This environment receives its humidity from the Amazon region and is covered by bushes and offers shelter to diverse species of animals. The village of Putre will serve as our base for a few days, while we visit environmental sites located on higher altitudes.

    We will reach the Altiplano (high plateau), which lies above 4,000m (13,100 ft). The ethnic group of the Aymara lives here in little villages. We will find diverse environments, like grasslands, brush and wetlands, each with their very specific birds which have adapted to the rigors of the climate. The harsh environmental conditions with very low temperatures (below zero even in summer) at night and high temperatures and high solar radiation during the day have contributed to the creation of a particularly attractive fauna.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

    Start / End: Arica / Arica

    Restrictions: We will stay above 3,600m (11,800ft) for 5 days, and occasionally climb to 4,600m (15,000ft). Some people might feel affected by the altitude.

    Climate: Hot climate in Arica. The climate turns cold at higher altitudes, especially at night, with sporadic rain.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides. The dry season is between June and August, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: Two

    Potential # of species: 210

    Top Ten Birds: Three Flamingos (Chilean, Andean, James’s), Puna Ibis, Giant Coot, Andean Coot, Puna Plover, Inca Tern, Golden Spotted Ground-dove, Andean Swift, Andean Flicker, Mountain Parakeet, White-throated Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Canyon Canastero, White-fronted Ground Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike Tyrant, D’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant, White-throated Sierra-finch.

     

    Outstanding

    1. A trip through parallel 18,5ºS, from sea level to an altitude of 4,600m (15,000ft), through various environments where life unfolds.
    2. On the coast and in the lowlands: the endemic Seaside Cinclodes, the Grey Gull, the Inca Tern, one of the most beautiful terns in the world, and the Peruvian Thick-knee.
    3. Possibility of seeing five species of hummingbirds (Sparkling Violet-ear, Andean Hillstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Giant Hummingbird and, if we are lucky, the rare Chilean Woodstar).
    4. The three species of Flamingo (Chilean, Andean, James’s) living in the south of South America.
    5. Birds from the Andean environment, like the Puna Ibis, Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover, the Giant Coot, Andean Coot and the Andean Gull.
    6. Highly specialised mammals, such as Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuña, as well as the Vizcacha, a rabbit -like  rodent of the Andes. With great luck, the Taruca, a wild deer living in the mountains.
  • THE BIRDS OF THE SILENT LAND:

    ATACAMA SALT FLAT

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    The city of San Pedro de Atacama is located in the north of Chile, between the  desert and the foothills of the Andes. It is populated by the Atacameno (or Lican Antay) ethnic group. This race of shepherds and peasants achieved considerable cultural development before the arrival of the Incas in the 14th century. We will set up our  base in the city, an oasis, which is the meeting point of various environments, which will enable us to get to know birds from the desert and the Andes mountain range.

    The privileged location of the town will allow us to visit various environments that are very different from each other, and we will even get close to the border with Bolivia and Argentina in our search for local birds. Our trip will take us to locations over 4.000m above sea level, with majestic landscapes and where magnificent birds have adapted surprisingly well to such adverse living conditions.

    Our trip will lead us to a diversity of  environments like the biggest salt flat in Chile, rivers and lakes located at altitudes of over  4.000m and wetlands close to them, where we will find a wide range of wildlife.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: San Pedro de Atacama / San Pedro de Atacama or Calama / Calama (with little changes)

    Restrictions: The trip takes place at over 2,500m (8,200ft) above sea level, with trips to 4,500m (14,500 ft) above sea level.

    Climate: Hot in San Pedro de Atacama, cold in higher locations, especially at nightfall.

    Dates: The rainy season is in January and February, with possible landslides, snow and electric storms. The dry season is between March to December, but it tends to be very cold during those months.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 97

     

    Outstanding

    Visit to the Atacama salt flat, the biggest in Chile, and the surrounding desert, considered to be the driest in the world.

    On the Andean lakes you can see the Horned Coot, which is only found in the Altiplano, as well as the Andean Avocet and the Puna Plover.

    The Red-backed Sierra-Finch, is found exclusively in this sector of the Andes of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

    The three flamingo species of the south of South-America: Chilean, Andean and James’s.

    The rare and surprising Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Puna Snipe. With luck, the Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

  • BIRDS OF THE HEART OF CHILE:

    FROM ANDES RANGE TO

    THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT

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    The central region of Chile is very narrow, between 90 and 170 km wide. In this region, the high, snow-capped Andes mountain range coexists with  the rivers and estuaries that form the valleys used for agriculture, and with the coast. The cold Humboldt Current flows through the Pacific Ocean. In this diversity of environments we find a great variety of birds ranging from species specially adapted to mountainous regions to those who fly tirelessly over the waves of the Pacific Ocean.  In the valleys and hillsides of the Andean foothills we find Mediterranean birds, including some very interesting endemic species. The coastline also has migratory species from North America, which, come to the South American coast during the northern winter to gather the energy they require for next season’s reproduction cycle.

    This trip will give you a fairly complete overview of the birds of Chile, since most of the species present in Chile can be found in this region, with the obvious exception of the species found exclusively in the north or in the south of the country.

    We invite you to know our circuits in Central Chile, wich could be booked from one to all four days, following your own interest.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Possibility of seasickness on the day of the boat trip. Altitude close to 3,000m (9,700ft) in the mountains.

    Climate: Mediterranean climate, it might be cold, but not extremely in the Andes.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 228

     

    Outstanding

    A trip that combines sailing on the Pacific Ocean with an excursion in the Andes of central Chile.

    The possibility of seeing seven endemic species: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Crag Chilia, Chilean Mockingbird, Dusty-tailed Canastero, Chilean Tinamou and Seaside Cinclodes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes of central Chile, the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    In the mountains, the Andean Condor, the national bird of Chile.

    In the wetlands we can find the Black-necked Swan, Stripe-backed Bittern, South American Painted-Snipe, Warbling Doradito and Many-colored Rush-Tyrant.

    During our sailing trip on the Humboldt Current we might see, the Northern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel and Humboldt Penguin.

  • PELAGIC BIRDS: TRIP TO THE

    HUMBOLDT CURRENT AND ITS BIRDS

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    The up welling system of the Humboldt Current is one of the most productive in the world. It originates near Antarctica and runs north to the Equator. It is cold and rich in nutrients and contains a high diversity of invertebrates and fishes, all of which support several sea birds as well as marine mammals. In these rich waters it is possible to find a variety of pelagic birds flying in large numbers and many coastal birds nearer to the coast. The list frequently includes Black-browed Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Buller’s Albatross and sometimes even Northern Buller’s Albatross (so called Pacific Albatross) and Chatham’s Albatross.

    The Pink-footed Shearwater, the White-chinned Petrel, and the Westland Petrel are very common as are also the Northern Giant Petrel and the Southern Giant Petrel, Chilean Skua, the very interesting Peruvian Diving-Petrel and the Storm Petrels - Wilson’s and Elliot’s - are frequently seen. Sometimes the Juan Fernandez Petrel and Masatierra Petrel come to our boat. These are some examples from a total of  50 or more potential species. In the afternoon, once we have returned to the coast and had lunch, we could head to the north along the coast to observe a Humboldt Penguin colony and look for other birds like the endemic Seaside Cinclodes.. We will return to Valparaiso (or Santiago) at the end of the day.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 1 day with 6 – 7 hours sailing

    Start / End: Valparaiso / Valparaiso , Quintero / Quintero or   Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Seasickness. Adverse climate conditions may lead to port authority not allowing  the boat to set sail.

    Climate: Even in summer it could be cool, rainy and windy in the morning. A rain jacket is a must.

    Dates: On request, all year round.

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 139 (Including not only pelagic birds).

     

    Outstanding

    Navigation on the Humboldt Current, one of the most important in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Many Albatross, like Northern Royal, Black-browed, Buller’s, Northern Buller’s, Salvin’s and Chatham’s.

    Pelagic birds, like Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Masatierra Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Westland Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Chilean Skua and Humboldt Penguin.

    Visit to a Humboldt Penguin colony.

    During the sailing trip it is possible to see sea mammals, such as sea lions and dolphins.

    We can pick up you in Santiago if you prefer, but will be early morning.

  • THE ANDEAN BIRDS OF

    CENTRAL CHILE

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    The Andes Mountains are very young, as you can deduce from their steep slopes and sharp snow covered peaks. In Chile’s central region the mountains are particularly craggy and the valleys are narrow and normally defined by narrow rivers. In winter, the Andes of central Chile are completely covered by snow and only a few species, like the Andean Condor and the Mountain Caracara, remain there. The majority of the birds migrate to the north. Some of them even reach the Peruvian Andes. Other species merely descend to a lower altitude so as to avoid the snow.

    But in spring, life starts afresh and many birds return to take advantage of the various environments offered by the Andes. This is the best season to watch them from fields, ravines, fertile lowlands, lakes and grasslands, where recently returned species start their reproductive period and raise their young.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 2 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Santiago / Santiago

    Restrictions: Altitude little above 2,500m (8,200ft)

    Climate: Mediterranean climate. In the Andes it may get cold, but not in reach extreme temperatures.

    Dates: From September to March

    Minimum # of participants: No

    Potential # of species: 103

     

    Outstanding:

    Travel to the Andes of central Chile and its impressive landscape.

    Possibility of seeing five endemic species: Chilean Tinamou, Moustached Turca, Crag Chilia, Dusky-tailed Canastero and Chilean Mockingbird.

    The Andean Condor, soaring over the Andes.

    The most beautiful bird in the Andes: the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

    Three to six different Ground-Tyrants: White-browed, Black-fronted, Ochre-naped, Rufous-naped, Cinereous and Spot-billed.

  • BIRDING AT THE VALDIVIAN

    TEMPERATE RAINFOREST

    Brochure

    The Valdivian temperate forests is an ecoregion on the west coast of southern South America, in Chile and extending into Argentina. It is part of the Neotropic. The Valdivian temperate rainforests are characterized by their dense  understories  of  bamboos,  ferns, and for being mostly dominated by evergreen angiosperm trees (mostly Nothofagus sp. or Southern Beech) with some deciduous specimens, though conifer trees are also common.

     

    The main characteristics of the south of Chile are its evergreen, cold and rainy forests. The effects of volcanic eruptions, which have formed its geography, are still evident. This region is also defined by the eternal presence of the Pacific Ocean, supplier of vast amounts of rain during almost the whole year. Rain is the main climatic feature of this region, but fortunately it falls only sporadically in spring and summer.

     

    The influence of the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current are evident on Chiloé Island, both in terms of landscape and human activities. The rain and the impact of the sea and its tides are  always present there, since they create specific environments populated by wildlife associated from the moderate rain forest to the coastline. In this mixed region, where  forest and sea merge and in some places almost melt into each other, we will look for a variety of birds that include Andean, coastal and sea varieties.

     

    Summary

    Duration:  3 days / 2 nights

    Start / End: Puerto Montt / Puerto Montt

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Rainy climate. Chilly at night, possibly rain.

    Dates: From September to March

    Potential # of species: 167

     

    The program could be modified to include one or more days in Santiago and around.

     

    Outstanding:

    1.  A journey to the birds that belong to Temperate rainforest and south Chile shorebirds and waterfowls.
    2. Two endemic birds are possible: Chilean Mockingbird and Slender-billed Parakeet.
    3. In spite of above, more than 40 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina, including surprising birds like four species of Tapaculo (Rhynocriptidae), the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest in America-, and the Green-backed Firecrown and Austral Parakeet, the southernmost hummingbird and parakeet of the world.
  • CHILEAN PATAGONIA

    AND TIERRA DEL FUEGO

    Brochure

    When you think in Patagonia, the first images in your mind are amazing landscapes, full of lakes, mountains with harsh climatic conditions, cold and windy.  And you’re right, but’s much more than this. Is a place with a hard winter, but in spring and summer, is a place plenty of life, wildlife actually, just in front of you.

     

    One of the most isolated places on earth, Patagonia offers unique landscapes and a diverse geography that allows the possibility of knowing a great variety of birds and local fauna. This program traverses world famous National Parks and Natural Reserves to visit the natural habitat of a rich biodiversity.

     

    In only six days and more than a 1.500 kilometers traveled we will get a complete panorama of this wonderful southern destination and the birds who live in, in a journey difficult to forget. You’ll be in a birdwatching program, but in incredible landscapes and a magnificent scenery.

     

    Summary

    Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

    Start / End:  Punta Arenas / Santiago (or Santiago / Santiago)

    Restrictions: No restrictions

    Climate: Any kind of climate is possible during the trip. Very probably rain in some days. Exceptionally, you might even have a little snowfall. Mostly cold weather.

    Dates:  From October to January.

    Potential # of species: 160

     

    Outstanding:

    1. A journey to south and austral Chile, with visits to the cold rain forest and the typical Patagonian environments.
    2. More than 60 Southern Cone endemic birds are possible. Those are birds living only in central and south Chile and Argentina.
    3. Amazing birds like the Andean Condor, national bird of Chile and the Magellanic Woodpecker – biggest woodpecker in America-. Two species of dotterel, the Rufous-chested Dotterel and Tawny-throated Dotterel. The Green-backed Firecrown - southernmost hummingbird in the world - and Austral Parakeet, the most austral parakeet of the world. Also the one and only continental colony of King Penguin and one of the most unusual plovers, the Magellanic Plover.

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