Birding and Wildlife Tours in Chile
Chile Wildlife Tours are offered by Albatross Birding and Nature tours in Chile which is registered with the National Tourism Service and is based in Santiago, Chile’s capital. They started in 2009 and have since offered high-quality excursions throughout Chile, visiting all of the country’s natural attractions. They have recently increased the scope of our tours to include travels to our neighbouring nations.
Their top priority is to provide all of our customers with the greatest possible travel experience, whether it’s a private tour or a small group tour. Their tour leaders are experts in birds, wildlife in chile, botany, natural history, and photography, and they give special attention to making your trip one remember. Their office staff is highly qualified and is always available to answer your inquiries quickly and courteously.
Their company’s vision is to provide nature-focused tours while preserving sustainable practices across the service chain, being environmentally conscious and contributing to local development, and being welcoming to all people. Furthermore, their firm aspires to increase the variety of tours and destinations available in Latin America by incorporating more cultural components and new areas of nature tourism, in order to reach a broader audience and extend our services throughout the year.
Our Director & Guides :
Director & Birding Guide
From an early age, Fernando, or “Fea,” had a keen interest in birds. He learned to observe birds in the farms and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometres from Santiago, where he grew up. Fea is a strong “ear birder,” and his first major foray into bird studies was when he was requested to help with waterfowl counts and bird banding as a volunteer. This sparked a mental shift in him, prompting him to quit his work as a landscaper and devote himself to his newfound love of birds and the environment!
In quest of birds, he has travelled widely throughout Chile’s environments and numerous South American countries. He also spent six months in the United States and Canada banding birds.
Birding & Wildlife Guide
Rodrigo was born in Santiago but now lives with his wife and daughters in rural the Maipo Valley. He is a veterinarian by trade, but he prefers to work as a naturalist, combining guiding with environmental impact assessments and ornithological study.
Over the previous ten years, he has travelled throughout most of Chile’s rural districts, gaining experience as a local guide. Rodrigo is an expert in all of Chile’s fauna, but he is particularly fond of birds.
Erik was born in southern Chile, where he spent his childhood exploring bamboo thickets and flooded woodlands in search of tapaculos, wiretails, and rayaditos. These interactions piqued his interest in birds and their habitat, prompting him to seek a career in research. Specifically, he is interested in bird ecology and evolution, which he is usually eager to explain when leading a group.
Birding & Naturalist Guide
Paola was born in the Australian city of Sydney. She has always been fascinated by nature and has devoted most of her professional life to the study of birds and biodiversity conservation. She graduated from the Catholic University of Chile with a degree in biology, specializing in ornithology, especially the ecology and conservation of terrestrial bird species. Her master’s thesis focused on the distribution of bird communities in various settings throughout central Chile.
Birding & Photography Guide
Eduardo, also known as Lalo, was born in Santiago but raised in the Chilean Patagonia town of Punta Arenas. Surrounded by wildness, it was impossible for him not to be enthralled by the prospect of further exploration.
Nelson was born in Santiago, but spent part of his childhood in the Maule region, where, like his grandpa, he developed a close bond with nature. He chose to study Adventure Tourism in order to travel. Birdwatching has inspired him to journey across Chile in search of new birds, exploring nearly every location and environment the nation has to offer.
Heraldo is a passionate birder from Temuco, Chile, who is well-versed in the birds of the Bo-Bo and Araucania regions. He has a PhD in Systematics and Biodiversity and is a biologist in Natural Resources Management.
Fernando is a young ornithologist in the field. He earned a master’s degree in evolutionary ecology from Universidad de Chile, where he focused on avian breeding ecology and natural history. He was also the leader of Chile’s first Breeding Bird Atlas. As you can expect, he knows a lot about Chilean birds!
Daniel has more than ten years of experience in animal research field work. Markham’s, Elliot’s, and Hornby’s Storm-Petrels, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Sea Elephant, Blue Whale, Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Guanaco, and Burrowing Parakeet, among others, have all been part of interdisciplinary teams working on various conservation projects. Working with corporate, public, and non-profit organizations has given him the opportunity to travel across the country and see the country’s diverse landscapes.
Santiago is an ornithologist, birder, photographer, fisherman, climber, and writer who was born in Argentina’s southern Patagonia. His passion for the outdoors led him to study ornithology and then tourism, which allowed him to combine his passion for nature and the outdoors with his job as a birdwatcher, naturalist, fly-fishing guide, and mountain guide over the years. For the past 32 years, he has led tours to Patagonia, the Antarctic, the Arctic, and wherever else on a ship in the world. He has a fondness for pelagic birding, as you would have imagined…
Cristian was born in Santiago and began birdwatching as a child with the help of his father. During his childhood, they used to go to the Batuco Wetlands, the mountains above Santiago, and the southern forest. They joined SOCH (Sociedad Ornitológica Chilena), a now-defunct ornithological society, at the time.
Edwin is an avid birder who is involved in a number of projects relating to his hobby. He volunteers as a member of the Chilean NGO Red de Observadores de Aves de Chile (ROC), where he manages the organization’s membership credentials. Edwin is also a hotspot reviewer for eBird-Chile.
Birding & Naturalist Guide
Ricardo is a naturalist who was born and raised in Punta Arenas, on the coast of the Magellan Straights. He is involved in a number of research and conservation projects in Patagonia’s far south.
Victor’s fascination with birds began when he was a child. It all started with Thomas Daskam and Jürgen Rottmann collecting photos for Chile’s first sticker album. He loved to travel the fields and hills of Temuco and Lican-ray, in Southern Chile, with his pals, taking photos and observing wild birds. Later, while studying at the University of Chile in Santiago, he began to travel the central Andes and coast, taking bird identification classes offered by the Union of Ornithologists.
Pablo was born in the city of Santiago. Since he can remember, the natural environment has been a magnet that has drawn him in. Nature has always piqued his interest: animals, flowers, mountains, and oceans. He’s devoted significant portions of his life to each of them, but especially to birds. He could go on and on about how much he enjoys birds and nature, but the reality is that he is content to spend a quiet moment surrounded by it.
Albatross Birding and Nature Tours is strongly involved in conservation issues in Chile, mainly supporting the research of Storm-petrels and lately the publication of the First Atlas of Nesting Birds of Chile. In addition, he participates actively in activities with the bird-handler community in Chile. Annually, Albatross Birding organizes special trips to raise funds for the projects carried out by the Birdwatching Network of Chile based in species conservation and research.
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