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Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. Birding at the End
of the World.
journey we will discover the southernmost birdlife of the American
continent amidst one of the wildest landscapes on Earth, Patagonia.
in Punta Arenas, we will cross the Strait of Magellan, enjoying the
company of Peale’s Dolphin and the graceful flight of Black-browed
Albatrosses and Antarctic Giant Petrels. In the windswept steppes
of Tierra del Fuego, there is a great diversity of ducks and geese,
including both Flying and Flightless Steamer Ducks, the beautiful
Black-necked Swan, and Chilean Flamingos.
del Paine, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, is considered one of
the most beautiful national parks in the world. A great diversity
of habitats, comprising steppes, shrublands and Nothofagus woods,
are encompassed by the extraordinary and dramatic beauty of a mountain
backdrop and surrounding glaciers. Our group will be continually observed
by the magnificent Andean Condors soaring overhead.
Andean Condor soaring in the Southern Andes
including Magellanic Plover, Two-banded Plover, Rufous-chested
Dotterel and Tawny-throated Dotterel
birds such the Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and Chilean
and Peale’s Dolphins in the Strait of Magellan
including three species of Nothofagus beech, in the southernmost
forests of the world
Day 1: Santiago / Punta Arenas
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, and transfer to your hotel. Depending
on your flight there may be time to look around this small city. The
cemetery holds considerable interest, and all travelers should visit
the Plaza de Armas, where legend has it if you kiss (or rub) the foot
of the Indian on the statue of Magellan, you will return to Patagonia.
2 & 3: Punta Arenas & Tierra del Fuego
Starting from Punta Arenas, we will cross the Strait of Magellan to
the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego. Here we explore the saline
ponds of the area searching for the rare and odd-looking Magellanic
Plover and other endemic species of Patagonia. Then we will explore
the shrubby slopes of the Baquedano Hills, searching for specialities
such as Rufous-chested Dotterel, Austral Canastero and the stunning
4-7: Torres del Paine National Park
We will spend four days searching for birds and other wildlife within
this extraordinary national park. Our visits to subantarctic woods
will provide plenty of opportunities to see Thorn-tailed Rayadito,
White-throated Treerunner and Austral Parakeet. We will explore mountain
slopes looking for specialties such as White-throated Caracara, Grey-breasted
Seedsnipe and Yellow-bridled Finch. We will scan the fast-flowing
rivers hoping to find the remarkable Torrent Duck. In the eastern
side of the park, we will delight in seeing groups of Lesser Rheas
and the most southern representative of the camelid family, the Guanaco.
8: Punta Arenas
Today we return to Punta Arenas, where depending on flights either
overnight in Punta Arenas or fly to Santiago to overnight.
9: Punta Arenas or Santiago
Transfer today to your next flight, or continue your stay in Chile.
is included: all guiding, flights Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santaigo,
airport transfers in Santiago and Punta Arenas, ground transportation,
flight Porvenir - Punta Arenas, 8 nights accommodation, all meals
with the exception of dinner Day 8, from dinner Day 1 to breakfast
Day 9, service charges, boat and ferry trips, entrance fees, and local
guide services. Tipping at restaurants and for porters is also included.
This is a very inclusive tour.
is not included: flights to/from Chile, entrance tax to Chile,
tipping for drivers and local guides, travel insurance, private excursions,
à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls
and anything else of a purely personal nature.
tours depart with a minimum of two guests, and operate on demand September
call for current international airfares to Chile - there can be distinct
price advantages when we combine US domestic, international and internal
Chilean air using LAN, the national carrier of Chile and one of the
world's premier airlines - a Oneworld Member.
more information call toll free on 1 877 9CHILE9,
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