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Chile: Birding for Endemics and Specialties 21 Day Itinerary

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 Chile and Flight to Arica; PM Birding in Arica Coastal Areas

Day 2: Birding in Azapa, Chaca, Camarones Valleys and Lluta River Mouth

Day 3: AM Pelagic Trip Off Arica; Drive to Putre and PM Birding in Putre Surroundings

Day 4: Birding in Putre: Polylepis Forests and Specialties

Day 5: Birding in Parinacota and Lauca National Park

Day 6: AM Birding in Surire and PM Drive to Arica

Day 7: AM Flight to Santiago and PM Birding in Lampa and Batuco

Day 8: Birding in La Campana National Park, Cachagua and Mantagua

Day 9: Pelagic Trip Off Quintero and PM Drive to Cajon del Maipo

Day 10: Birding in El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales

Day 11: Birding in Maipo River Estuary, El Peral Reserve and Colbún; PM Drive to Vilches

Day 12: Birding in Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve and PM Drive to Temuco

Day 13: Birding in Conguillio National Park and Llaima Volcano

Day 14: Drive to Puerto Montt and Afternoon Birding in Alerce Andino National Park

Day 15: Ferry ride to Chiloe Island and Pelagic Trip Off Chiloe 

Day 16: Pelagic Trip Off Reloncavi Sound; Flight to Punta Arenas and PM Birding in San Juan Bay

Day 17: Ferry ride to Tierra del Fuego and Useless Bay for King Penguins

Day 18: AM Birding Laguna Verde and Ferry to mainland; PM Birding Pali Aike Road

Day 19: Full Day Birding in Torres del Paine National Park

Day 20: Birding in Sierra Baguales; Drive to Punta Arenas

Day 21: Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport for Flight to Santiago

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