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 some of 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 Puna Ibis, Chilean Tinamou, Peruvian Martin, Tamarugo Conebill, Chilean Woodstar, Rufousbellied Seedsnipe, Andean Avocet, Rufous-legged Owl, appropriately named Giant Hummingbird, Puna Tinamou and thousands of flamingos of three species.
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 good throughout the tour and the Chilean people offer warm hospitality. Combined with the outstanding scenery of high altitude Puna lakes and snow-capped volcanoes and excellent coastal desert, this is without doubt one of South America’s most memorable birding destinations!
2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.
Chilean Tinamou, Lesser Rhea, Coscoroba Swan, Flying Steamer Duck, Lake & Torrent Ducks, Chiloe Wigeon, Magellanic & Humboldt Penguins, Northern Royal, Black-browed & Salvin's Albatrosses, Southern Fulmar, Juan Fernandez, De Filippi's, Stejneger's & Westland Petrels, Buller's Shearwater, Peruvian, Magellanic & Common Diving Petrels, Chilean, Andean & James's Flamingoes, Red-legged & Guanay Cormorants, Chilean Hawk, Red-gartered, Red-fronted & Giant Coots, Snowy & Two-banded Plovers, Rufous-bellied & Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Dolphin Gull, Peruvian & Inca Terns, Chilean Pigeon, Bare-faced Ground Dove, Lesser Horned & Rufous-legged Owls, Band-winged & Tschudi's Nightjar, Andean Swift, Andean Hillstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Chilean Woodstar, Magellanic Woodpecker, Mountain & Chimango Caracara, Burrowing Parrot, Puna, Short-billed, Greyish & Creamy-rumped Miners, Crag Chilia, White-throated & Scaly-throated Earthcreepers, Grey-flanked, Dark-bellied & Chilean Seaside Cinclodes, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Streak-backed Tit-Spinetail, Sharp-billed, Canyon & Dusky-tailed Canastero, White-throated Treerunner, Chestnut-throated Huet-huet, Moustached Turca, White-throated, Chucao, Magellanic & Dusky Tapaculo, Pied-crested & Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrants, Chilean Elaenia, Ticking Doradito, Andean Negrito, Spectacled Tyrant, White-fronted Ground Tyrant, Great Shrike-Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Chilean Swallow, Peruvian Martin, Chilean Mockingbird, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Tamarugo Conebill, Grey-hooded Sierra Finch, Slender-billed Finch, Puna, Greater Yellow Finches.
Southern Mountain Viscacha, Guanaco, Vicuna, Culpeo, South American Grey Fox, Marine Otter, Coypu
mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes
warm to cool, but colder in the highland
Max Group Size
8 with 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some trickier species
Number of Species Expected
spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, great food & wine
good to excellent