Our Arica Extension takes us to the country’s far north, where we explore the scenic, varied habitats ranging from the Atacama Desert oasis valleys (thousands of feet deep!) and venture up the desolate west face of the Andes to the high Puna. Coastal birds such as Grey Gull and beautiful Peruvian Tern grace the beaches, while Slender-billed Finch, Tamarugo Conebill, Chilean Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail and Oasis Hummingbird occur within the Oasis Valleys. Other highlights may include Lesser (Puna) Rhea, Puna Tinamou and tons of flamingos of three species.
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Lesser (Puna) Rhea; Puna & Ornate Tinamous; Andean Goose; Puna Teal; Giant & Andean Coots; James’s (Puna), Chilean & Andean Flamingoes; Puna Ibis; Red-legged Cormorant; Andean, Brown-hooded, Grey & Band-tailed Gulls; Inca & Peruvian Terns; Grey-breasted Seedsnipe; Peruvian Thick-knee; Andean Avocet; Andean Lapwing; Puna Plover; Diademed Sandpiper-Plover; Plain-breasted, Straight-billed & White-throated Earthcreepers; Peruvian Sheartail; Chilean Woodstar; Tamarugo & Cinereous Conebills; Streaked Tit-Spinetail; White-browed Chat-Tyrant; Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant; Cream-winged & White-winged Cinclodes; Puna & White-fronted Ground Tyrants; Andean Negrito; Slender-billed Finch; Giant Conebill (rare); Dark-winged & Canyon Canasteros, Glacier Finch; Black, Hooded & Thick-billed Siskins Top Mammals
Southern Mountain Viscacha, Guanaco, Vicuna. Habitats Covered
coastline, arid cactus-studded valleys, puna, scrubby plains, lakes Expected Climate
warm to cool, but colder in the highland Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some trickier species Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, pristine landscapes, great food & wine Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
We had a rewarding Chilean birding and landscape adventure in December 2018 on a Rockjumper trip led by Rich Lindie, an excellent experienced guide.
We found Rich Lindie to be knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to our needs and wishes. The tour was excellent and we achieved all that we hoped.
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.
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.
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.