Chile occupies a 2,650-mile-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. Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations and our tour covers the highlights of this fabulous country as we search for its numerous specialities and endemics. These range from the giant Andean Condor to the tiny Chilean Woodstar and include the unique Chilean tapaculos called huet-huets and turcas.

One of our primary targets will no doubt be the highly prized Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, while other no less desirable species include James’s Flamingo, Puna Ibis, Chilean Tinamou, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Andean Avocet, Rufous-legged Owl, Slender-billed Parakeet, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Treerunner 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, while mammal possibilities include herds of stately Vicunas, the range-restricted Marine Otter and the bizarre Southern Mountain Viscachas.

Accommodations, meals, and wines are excellent throughout the tour and the Chilean people offer warm hospitality. Combined with the outstanding scenery of high-altitude Puna lakes and snow-capped volcanoes, excellent coastal desert and rich Patagonian Forest, this is without doubt one of South America’s most memorable birding destinations!

Top Birds

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover; Magellanic & Rufous-chested Plovers; Magellanic Woodpecker; Moustached Turca; Magellanic, White-throated, Dusky, Chucao & Ochre-flanked Tapaculos; Chestnut-throated & Black-throated Huet-huets; Crag Chilia; Green-backed Firecrown; Slender-billed & Mountain Parakeets; Grey-breasted & Least Seedsnipes; Andean Condor; Pincoya Storm Petrel; Magellanic Penguin; Chocolate-vented Tyrant; Elegant Crested, Chilean & Patagonian Tinamous; Ticking Doradito; Rufous-legged & Austral Pygmy Owl; Chilean Mockingbird; Black-winged Ground Dove; Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant; Giant Hummingbird; Chilean Elaenia; Chilean Pigeon; Thorn-tailed Rayadito; Burrowing Parrot; Des Murs’s Wiretail; Rufous-tailed Hawk; Patagonian Tyrant; Tawny-throated Dotterel; Lesser (Darwin’s) Rhea; Magellanic Oystercatcher; Ruddy-headed, Kelp, Upland & Ashy-headed Geese; Dolphin Gull; Fuegian Steamer Duck; Rock & Imperial Shags; Black-browed & Salvin’s Albatrosses; De Filippi's (Masatierra), White-chinned & Westland Petrels; Pink-footed & Sooty Shearwaters; Peruvian & Magellanic Diving Petrels; Rufous-banded Miner; Sharp-billed, Austral & Dusky-tailed Canasteros; Greater, Grassland & Patagonian Yellow Finches; Black-fronted, White-browed & Rufous-naped Ground Tyrants; Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Yellow-rumped Siskin, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, White-bridled & Yellow-bridled Finches; Black-faced Ibis; Austral Blackbird; Chilean Flicker; Rufous-tailed Plantcutter; South American Tern.

Top Mammals

Southern Mountain Viscacha; Guanaco; Vicuna; Culpeo; Argentine Grey Fox; Marine Otter; Dusky, Peale’s, Chilean & Commerson’s Dolphins; South American Sea Lion

Habitats Covered

mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes

Expected Climate

warm to cool, but colder in the highlands

Max Group Size

6 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader

Tour Pace & Walking




Ease of Birding

mostly easy with some trickier species

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, great food & wine

Photographic Opportunities

good to excellent

What our clients say about us

Dušan Brinkhuizen
BS & VS, Chile 2017

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.

Adam Walleyn
Chile 2015

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 - Birds, Wildlife & Andean landscapes (Small Group) 2024

07 Nov 2024 - 19 Nov 2024 (13 days)

USD9,395 - 4 Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Carlos Sanchez

Tour price (Per person): USD9,395 * GBP7,401 * EUR8,702 * AUD14,211

Single Supplement: USD780 * GBP614 * EUR722 * AUD1,180

Flight costs: USD1,250 * GBP985 * EUR1,158 * AUD1,891

Can be linked with: Chile - Arica Extension 2024

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