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Chile

Fantastic birds, ranging from the incredible Diademed Sandpiper-Plover to the Critically Endangered Chilean Woodstar and the impressive Magellanic Woodpecker, mega tapaculos such as Chucao Tapaculo, Huet-huets and Moustached Turca, Rufous-legged Owl, Red-legged Cormorant, a colony of Humboldt Penguins, and two excellent pelagics. With incredible scenery from the Atacama Desert to the Andes then across the Nothofagus forests, this is a tour never to be forgotten.

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Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego Extension

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Our extension includes flights from Puerto Montt, all tourism permits, a legally accredited driver for operating tours within national parks, and a dedicated local Puma Tracker to accompany us while birding in Torres del Paine. These inclusions may make our price seem expensive compared to similar offerings by other companies. We are also staying in excellent hotels for the duration of the tour.

Accommodation:

Mostly good, occasionally medium standard hotels throughout our stay.

Walking difficulty:

Mostly easy with only a couple of moderate-effort walks, mostly due to the altitude.

Tour cost includes:

All accommodation, main meals, drinking water, internal flights (as stated in itinerary), overland transport, tips to local drivers and guides, travel permits, entrance fees, and guide fees.

Tour cost excludes:

Flights before and after the tour start/end, visa, travel insurance, tips to tour leaders, laundry, drinks, and other items of a personal nature.

Read the 2023 tour report here!


Day 1: Our Chile birding tour begins this morning with arrivals into Iquique International Airport (IQQ). Most participants will need to arrive on the morning flight from Santiago (SCL), which can be booked closer to the date. After arriving, we will head out to check some spots along the coast, where we hope to see Humboldt Penguin, Red-legged Cormorant, and Belcher’s (Band-tailed) Gull, amongst others. Later, we will drive to some Tamarugo woodlands inland from the coast in search of Tamarugo Conebill, which is found only in northernmost Chile and southernmost Peru. Night in Iquique.


Day 2: This morning, we will embark on a pelagic off Iquique. It must be stressed that pelagics off Iquique are generally far better than those off Arica, where most tour operators sail from. Our main targets here are Markham’s and Elliot’s Storm Petrels. There are also fair chances for the much-wanted Hornby’s Storm Petrel, which has been seen on our last two pelagics here. We might also see Black-browed and Buller’s Albatrosses, Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, White-chinned Petrel, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Neotropic, Red-legged and Guanay Cormorants, Chilean Skua, Grey, Swallow-tailed, Belcher’s and Franklin’s Gulls, the stunning Inca Tern, and Elegant and Peruvian Terns. We will be back on land by lunchtime, and afterwards, we will drive north towards Arica. On the journey, we will make several stops to search for the Critically Endangered endemic Chilean Woodstar, as well as for Raimondi’s Yellow Finch, discovered here in Chile just a few years ago. Other species we hope to see include Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, and Slender-billed Finch. In the evening, we will search for Tschudi’s Nightjar. Night in Arica.


Day 3: We will do some morning birding around Arica, visiting the always birdy Lluta river mouth, and also searching for Peruvian Thick-knee and anything we might have missed the previous day. We will then start driving out of the Lluta Valley, climbing through the desert foothills into the high Andes. We will be making some stops en route, searching for Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Greyish Miner and Straight-billed Earthcreeper, before reaching Putre, where we will spend the following two nights. Night in Putre.


Day 4: Dawn will see us in a gully close to the village, where we will search for some key targets such as White-throated Earthcreeper and Dark-winged and Canyon Canasteros. Some widespread species we are likely to see here include Bare-fac