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 such as Puna Ibis, Chilean Tinamou, Tamarugo Conebill, Andean Avocet, Rufous-legged Owl, appropriately named Giant Hummingbird, Puna Tinamou and tons 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!
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; Diademed Sandpiper-Plover; Magellanic Woodpecker; Moustached Turca; White-throated, Dusky, Chucao & Ochre-flanked Tapaculos; Chestnut-throated & Black-throated Huet-huets; Crag Chilia; Andean Condor; Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant; Giant Hummingbird; Burrowing Parrot; White-chinned & Westland Petrels; Pink-footed & Sooty Shearwaters; Peruvian & Magellanic Diving Petrels; Black-fronted, White-browed & Rufous-naped Ground Tyrants;
Southern Mountain Viscacha; Guanaco; Vicuna; Culpeo; Argentine Grey Fox; Marine Otter
mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes
warm to cool, but colder in the highland
8 with 1 local leader
mostly easy with some trickier species
spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, great food & wine
good to excellent
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.
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.
We had a rewarding Chilean birding and landscape adventure in December 2018 on a Rockjumper trip led by Rich Lindie, an excellent experienced guide.
25 Feb 2025 - 08 Mar 2025 (12 days)
USD7,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Local Leader
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