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

This tour reaches the highest altitudes in our Chile birding offerings in northern Chile. This trip is an exciting birding journey designed to discover the endemics and specialties of the northern part of Chile. Besides enjoying birds and other wildlife, we will explore and enjoy Chile's marvelous landscapes, excellent infrastructure, and great cuisine.

More Details About this Trip:

These truly diverse ecosystems are home to many interesting bird species such as Chilean Woodstar (very range restricted endemic), Andean Swift, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Slender-billed Finch, James's Flamingo and many more. You will spend several days birding each of these areas to find some of the rarest and/or range-restricted specialties. More details on top bird species are indicated below, and more details in our detailed itinerary.

Pricing: $2,090 US Dollars  or £1,670 GBP for 6 Days and 5 Nights. 

Group Size: Most tours viable at 6 to 8 participants.


Upcoming Dates: 

October 21 to 26, 2021

December 30 (in 2021) to January 4, 2022



Our knowledgeable local guides will lead you on the optimal route to see the largest number of species possible. You will visit a number of different parks and reserves to view a nice variety of habitat, wildlife, and amazing scenery.


Chilean Woodstar, Peruvian Thick-knee, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Flamingo, James’s Flamingo, Andean Swift, Lesser Rhea, Puna Tinamou, Puna Plover, Andean Lapwing, Andean Avocet, Puna Teal, Andean Hillstar, Creamy-breasted Canastero, Canyon Canastero, Hooded Siskin, Band-tailed Seedeater, Black-hooded Sierra-Finch, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-breasted Seedsnipe, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Peruvian Sheartail, Oasis Hummingbird, Tamarugo Conebill, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Elliot’s Storm-Petrel, Markham’s Storm-Petrel


Marine Otter, Vicuña, Southern Mountain Viscacha, Dusky Dolphin, South American Sea Lion

Wetlands, semi-arid bushy slopes, Andean plateau, high-altitude bogs, lakes   


Habitats and

Special Sites

Other Attractions

Pelagic trip, Lauca National Park

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 


Telephone: 720-320-1974



2443 South University

Suit 199

Denver, CO 80210


Partnership For International Birding


PO Box 219

Olyphant, PA 18447

Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976


The Roost, Leiston Road




IP17 3NS