Chile occupies a 4 250km (2 650 miles) long narrow ribbon of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes and stretches from north of the Atacama Desert to Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. We will also be venturing into neighbouring Argentina for a few nights where the focus point is the province of Mendoza – famous for its wines. Both Chile and Argentina are two of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations and our special birds and wine tour will take us through some fabulous locations in both of these beautiful countries.

The birding opportunities are fantastic, and we will visit some of the country’s most famous sites for a range of specialities and endemics. Ample time will also be spent enjoying the fabulous wine country where the Malbecs shine and the Cabernet’s show class and style. Highlights from a birding point of view range from the giant Andean Condor to the highly prized Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Other sought-after specials include the unique Chilean tapaculos called huet-huets and turcas, Rufous-legged Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Treerunner, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Sandy Gallito and the appropriately named Giant Hummingbird. We will also undertake an exciting pelagic excursion in search of the region’s seabirds, including the rare Peruvian Diving Petrel and Chilean Skua. Accommodations, meals, and wines are excellent throughout the tour and the Chilean and Argentinian people offer warm hospitality, which combined with outstanding scenery, makes our birds and wine tour of Chile & Argentina an extremely memorable experience!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Diademed Sandpiper-Plover; Andean Condor; Grey-breasted Seedsnipe; White-throated Treerunner; Peruvian Diving Petrel; Sandy Gallito; Magellanic Woodpecker; Rufous-legged Owl; Chestnut-throated Huet-huet; Chucao, Dusky & Magellanic Tapaculos; Ticking Doradito; Moustached Turca; Austral Pygmy Owl; Giant Hummingbird; Chilean Tinamou; Red-tailed Comet; Steinbach’s Canastero; Straneck’s Tyrannulet; White-throated Cacholote.
Top Mammals
Killer Whale (Orca); Sperm Whale; Dusky & Southern Right Whale Dolphins; South American Sea Lion; Southern Sea Otter.
Habitats Covered
mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes
Expected Climate
warm to cool, but colder in the highlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader & 1 Local Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with only a few trickier species
Other Attractions
Wine tasting and visiting various wineries, spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, excellent food
Photographic Opportunities
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Rich Lindie is an excellent guide with loads of patience and knowledge. He worked very hard to show us the birds and wildlife of Chile and would try and make sure everyone in the group saw all of the birds, when possible.

Rich Lindie is an amazing guide. He seems to see and hear everything. The birds were even better than I imagined. I enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Chile. The group on this tour were great, all being experienced birders.

I could not have been happier with our guides Adam is a terrific birder, good at getting the participants views of the birds, and a lot of fun to travel with.

Chile with Dušan and Rockjumper exceeded our expectations. What a wonderful experience Chile was for birding. Dušan really worked hard at finding the birds for the group. A very satisfying tour! Looking forward to our next trip with RBT.

We had a rewarding Chilean birding and landscape adventure in December 2018 on a Rockjumper trip led by Rich Lindie, an excellent experienced guide.

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