Our Birding Safari Tours will immerse you in Chile’s robust ecosystems. From Pacific Islands to the Atacama desert and up the Andes… choose your adventure.
Chile has been described as a “biogeographic island” due the natural barriers. Its unique geography provides a “land of contrasts” from the Atacama Desert and Altiplano in the north, passing by the evergreen forests in the lake district to reach the unique landscapes of Patagonia and the oceanic islands. each one of them characterized by native wildlife and particularly endemic birds such as the Chilean woodstar, Chilean tinamou, Juan Fernández Firecrown, Slender-billed Parakeet, among others. The Pacific Ocean with the Humboldt Current, one of the most productive ecosystems in the World, comprise magnificent marine birds like the Wandering and Royal Albatross, shearwaters, petrels and the biggest colony of Humboldt Penguin. We invite you to visit Chile and see the country under “the gaze of the birds”
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Robinson Crusoe Island is located ca. 900 km off the coast of Chile. This unique archipelago is world famous to be the place where the scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was put ashore in Robinson Crusoe island after a quarrel with his captain. After 5 years alone, living in caves, he was picked up by British Privateers. Selkirk’s adventures inspired Daniel Defoe’s novel, Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719.
In this Birding and photo safari trip, we will be able to watch the endemic and endangered Juan Fernandez Firecrown and Juan Fernandez Tit-Tyrant. We will use local fishermen’s boats to navigate around the island while we look for the endemic Juan Fernandez Fur Seal and some marine birds such as the Pink-Footed Shearwater, Kermadec Petrel, Masatierra (De Philippi’s) Petrel and Juan Fernandez Petrel, among others. We will complement this trip with trekking to historic places while enjoying the local cuisine based in marine products.
In four days, we pass from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes Mountain Range. Enjoy navigation in the waters of the Humboldt Current to observe seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters and other coastal seabirds. We will continue our journey through coastal wetlands to observe waterfowl like ducks, swans, coots and grebes. We arrive at La Campana National Park, where we will follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to observe diurnal and nocturnal raptors, as well as some endemic birds like White-throated Tapaculo, Moustached Turca, and Chilean Mockingbird. The last day, we will enjoy the scenery offered by the Andes mountain range, road to El Yeso Reservoir to watch birds like the Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Diademed-Sandpiper Plover, Andean goose, seedsnipes and other endemic species such as the Crag Chilia.
Based in the fishermen’s village “Chañaral de Aceituno” we will navigate to Chañaral Island, the biggest Humboldt penguin colony in the world. During the navigation we will observe coastal marine birds such as cormorants, diving-petrels, terns and gulls as well as a resident colony of bottlenose dolphins. Between December and March, we will have close encounters with the largest animals in the world: blue, fin and humpback whales. This place offers a unique combination of these magnificent and massive mammals with the fragility and grace of marine birds, mostly endemic to the Humboldt Current System.
Starting in the northernmost city in Chile, Arica, we will explore the coastal wetlands, seashore and valleys looking for the “northern specialities” like the peruvian tern, kildeer, peruvian thick-knee, vermilion flycatcher and the critically endangered chilean woodstar. From Arica we will begin our journey into the Altiplano to the town of Putre. In this town, we will spend two days exploring the surrounding areas and aclimatazing to altitude. Once adapted to altitude, we will visit wetlands and bofedales looking for unique landscapes, vegetation and birds like flamingoes, Puna Tinamou, Andean Avocet, Andean Swift, Andean Hillstar and Andean Flicker in our way to Chungará Lake and Salar de Surire.
The second part of this tour, starts in the famous town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis located in the most dryest desert in the world. From this town, we will andean lagoons, salt flats and a field of geysers, while we look for birds like the andean plover, red-backed and black-hooded Sierra Finches, Black Siskin, Andean Gull, Andean Goose, miners and Ground-Tyrants.