Our pre-tour Arica Extension takes us to the country’s far north, where we explore the scenic, varied habitats ranging from the Atacama Desert oasis valleys (thousands of feet deep!), and venture up the desolate west face of the Andes to the high Puna. Coastal birds such as Grey Gull and beautiful Peruvian Tern grace the beaches, while Peruvian Martin, Tamarugo Conebill, Chilean Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail and Oasis Hummingbird occur within the Oasis Valleys. Other highlights might include Lesser (Puna) Rhea, Puna Tinamou and thousands of flamingos of three species.
Lesser (Puna) Rhea, Puna & Ornate Tinamou, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Peruvian Giant & Andean Coot, Pelican, James’ (Puna), Chilean & Andean Flamingo, Puna Ibis, Red-legged Cormorant, Andean, Brown-hooded, Grey & Band-tailed Gull, Inca & Peruvian Tern, Rufous-bellied & Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Peruvian Thick-knee, Andean Avocet, Andean Lapwing, Puna & Diademed Plover, Croaking Ground Dove, Mountain Parakeet, Andean Flicker, Andean Swift, Greyish Miner, Golden-billed Saltator, Plain-breasted, Straight-billed & White-throated Earthcreeper, Peruvian Martin, Peruvian Sheartail, Chilean Woodstar, Oasis Hummingbird, Sparkling Violetear, Tamarugo & Cinereous Conebill, Streaked Tit-Spinetail, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Bar-winged & White-winged Cinclodes, Puna & White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Andean Negrito, Peruvian Meadowlark, Slender-billed Finch, Giant Conebill, Cordilleran, Dark-winged & Canyon Canasteros, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, White-winged Diuca Finch, Black, Hooded & Thick-billed Siskin
Southern Mountain Viscacha, Guanaco, Vicuna.
coastline, arid cactus-studded valleys, puna, scrubby plains, lakes
warm to cool, but colder in the highland
spectacular scenery, pristine landscapes, great food & wine