2021 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.
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. We will also be venturing into neighbouring Argentina for a few nights where the focus point is the province of Mendoza – famous for its wines. Both Chile and Argentina are two of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations and our special birds and wine tour will take us through some fabulous locations in both of these beautiful countries.
The birding opportunities are fantastic and we will visit some of the country’s most famous sites for a range of specialities and endemics. Ample time will also be spent enjoying the fabulous wine country where the Malbecs shine and the Cabernet’s show class and style. Highlights from a birding point of view range from the giant Andean Condor to the highly prized Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Other sought-after specials include the unique Chilean tapaculos called huet-huets and turcas, Rufous-legged Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Treerunner, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Sandy Gallito 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. Accommodations, meals and wines are excellent throughout the tour and the Chilean and Argentinian people offer warm hospitality, which combined with outstanding scenery, makes our birds and wine tour of Chile & Argentina an extremely memorable experience!
Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Andean Condor, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-throated Treerunner, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Sandy Gallito, Magellanic Woodpecker, Rufous-legged Owl, Chestnut-throated Huet-huet, Chucao, Dusky & Magellanic Tapaculo, Ticking Doradito, Moustached Turca, Austral Pygmy Owl, Giant Hummingbird, Chilean Tinamou, Red-tailed Comet, Steinbach’s Canastero, Straneck’s Tyrannulet and White-throated Cacholote
Killer Whale (Orca), Sperm Whale, Dusky & Southern Right Whale Dolphins, South American Sea Lion, Southern Sea Otter.
mountains, forests, lakes, ocean, sea shore, coastal desert, marshes
warm to cool, but colder in the highlands
Wine tasting and visiting various wineries, spectacular scenery, friendly people, pristine landscapes, excellent food