Northern Chile Pre-Extension: Birding the High Andes, Lowland Valleys and Coastal Pelagic

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

Our Northern Chile Pre-Extension takes us to one of the most unique regions of the world. This region has the driest desert in the world, the inhospitable Atacama. This unique area is home to such diverse species as the huge, flightless Giant Coot, and the tiny and range restricted Chilean Woodstar, and although it might seem like a lifeless land, there is plenty of wildlife to find around.

 

Its avian diversity in particular is spread between three main general environments: the Pacific coast and coastal valleys from sea level to a few hundred meters of altitude, then the foothills of the Andes at around 3,000m above sea level, with high valleys and ravines with scrub vegetation, what is known as the “pre-puna” zone, and finally the high Andean Plateau or Altiplano, with its lakes and bogs, around the 4,500m mark, a landscape of rarified air, huge snow-capped volcanoes, mirror-like lakes, bright light and freezing cold temperatures at night.

Day 1: Arrival into Santiago

Day 2: Flight to Arica and Birding Lowland Valleys and Coastal Areas; Afternoon Birding in Andean Highlands near Putre

Day 3: Full Day Birding the High Andes in Lauca National Park

Day 4: Morning Birding the Azapa and Chaca Valleys, Later Afternoon Birding the Estuary of the Lluta River

Day 5: Pelagic Birding Trip: Chaca and Camarones Gorge

Day 6: Transition Day to Main Tour, Starting in Central Chile (in Santiago)

More details about this Trip:

Detailed Itinerary

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 

888-203-7464

Telephone: 720-320-1974

Email: charles@pibird.com

Address:

2443 South University

Suit 199

Denver, CO 80210

 

Partnership For International Birding

Address:

PO Box 219

Olyphant, PA 18447

Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976

Address:

The Roost, Leiston Road

Middleton

Saxmundham

Suffolk

IP17 3NS

UK