Birds and Wines of Chile & Argentina Itinerary
Chile is a land of huge contrasts, truly a geographic extravaganza. On this birding adventure we will explore Chile's incredibly diverse habitats, and we shall marvel at some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. From arid coastal hills and lush rainforests, the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, to the impressive lakes and volcanoes of south-central Chile, our search for the avian specialties of this long and narrow country will take us from the high Andes to the cold and productive waters of the Humboldt Current. We will find many interesting species, some of them with very restricted distributional ranges and some that are little known outside of Chile. This country is politically and economically the most stable country in South America and the local people are very friendly toward birders.
Day 1: Birding around Santiago (Lampa and Batuco marshes) and Visit to Viña Concha & Toro vineyards
Day 2: Birding El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales
Day 3: Transfer to Talca and Birding Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve the Rest of the Day
Day 4: AM Birding Lake Colbun and Visit to Santa Cruz vineyards
Day 5: Birding Colchagua Valley and visiting Viu Manent, Montes and Casa Silva Vineyards
Day 6: AM Birding El Peral Nature Reserve and Visit to Matetic Vineyards and Museum of Isla Negra (Neruda’s House)
Day 7: Pelagic trip off Valparaiso; Cachagua for Humboldt Penguins
Day 8: Birding La Campana National Park; Visit to Loma Larga & William Cole Vineyards and Casablanca Valley
Day 9: Crossing the Andes into Argentina; Birding Uspallata area
Day 10: AM Drive to Mendoza and Visit to Cobos and Zuccardi Vineyards
Day 11: Birding towards San Juan and Visit Krontiras Vineyards
Day 12: Drive to Santiago and Birding on route
Day 13: End of tour.
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