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
What our clients say about tours to Chile
We had a rewarding Chilean birding and landscape adventure in December 2018 on a Rockjumper trip led by Rich Lindie, an excellent experienced guide.
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.
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.
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 found Rich Lindie to be knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to our needs and wishes. The tour was excellent and we achieved all that we hoped.
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.