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Chile Birding and Wildlife: Endemics and Specialties in Central Chile and Northern Patagonia

Trip Description

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.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival into Santiago

Day 2: Morning Birding at Lampa Marshes, and Afternoon Birding Farellones 

Day 3: Full Day Birding the Andes: El Yeso Valley and Baños Morales

Day 4: Birding Key Sites to Viña del Mar: Maipo Estuary, El Peral Reserve and More

Day 5: Pelagic Birding and Wildlife Trip from Valparaíso for Most of the Day, and Late Afternoon Coastal Marsh Birding

Day 6: Birding La Campana National Park; Late Afternoon Reach Vilches via Talca; Early Evening Owling

Day 7: Birding at Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve, and Additional Montane Birding to Lake Colbun

Day 8: Morning Birding near Vilches; Drive to Santiago; Flight to Temuco and Northern Patagonia

Day 9: Full Day Birding Conguillio National Park: Llaima Volcano, Chilean Pines, Endemic Birds and More

Day 10: Birding Cerro Ñielol National Reserve and More Patagonian Birding from Alerce Andino National Park and Puerto Montt

Day 11: Birding and Wildlife Watching on Ferry ride to Chiloe Island; Birding Chiloe Island; (optional) Pelagic Birding Trip to Metalqui Island

Day 12: Morning Pelagic Birding to Reloncavi Sound for Key Endemic Pincoya Storm-Petrel and More; Afternoon Flight to Santiago

Day 13: Flights Home from Santiago (or Consider Patagonia Extension)

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Detailed Itinerary

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