Overview

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.

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
Southern Mountain Viscacha, Guanaco, Vicuna, Culpeo, South American Grey Fox, Marine Otter, Coypu
Habitats Covered
mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes
Expected Climate
warm to cool, but colder in the highland
Max Group Size
8 with 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some trickier species
Number of Species Expected
220+
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, great food & wine
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

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

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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