Far South Expeditions. Inspiring Wildlife Adventures since 1997.
We are local specialists for your birding and wildlife holidays in Chile, Patagonia and beyond! Our company has an extensive field experience of over 20 years and the logistics to organise your wildlife and nature trips in southern South America.
Far South Expeditions is a small and local tour business, based in Patagonia, with offices located at Punta Arenas, Chile’s most southerly city. Our company was founded by Enrique Couve and Claudio F. Vidal, two of Chile’s foremost naturalists. Since 1997, we specialise in offering birding, wildlife and nature expeditions for small groups and individuals. Far South Expeditions has an extensive nature trip portfolio with an assortment of trips focusing on birding, wildlife and nature photography. The destinations we offer include a range of options in Patagonia, Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica. In addition, new destinations for 2018 include Peru, Guatemala and the remote islands of the South Atlantic.
With over 15 years of experience, Far South Expeditions are pioneers in carrying out puma-tracking trips in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine. We also organise nature photo tours and photography workshops in Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, Perito Moreno Glacier, and Tierra del Fuego.
Far South Expeditions offer small group travel and are privileged to work with the guidance of skilled resident naturalists and our local tour guides.
The Far South Expeditions trips visit contrasting and beautiful locations from the Atacama Desert and the Altiplano in the Northern Andes, to the enigmatic Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific, as well as the impressive fjörds, mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego, and the stunning beauty of Antarctica.
With a diverse calendar for 2018 and 2019, Far South Expeditions combine the best the region has to offer for travellers who are interested in both the natural and cultural world. We offer flexible itineraries, superb lodging as well as the leadership of the most experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
Far South Expeditions actively supports BirdLife bird conservation efforts as a member of their “Species Champions / Preventing Species Extinctions” programmes since 2015.
In addition to that, we are an active member of the “Adventure Travel Conservation Fund” (ATCF) run by the Adventure Travel Trade Association.
Far South Expeditions also support AvesChile / UNORCH, the Chilean Ornithologist Union, by sponsoring the publication of their scientific journal “Revista Chilena de Ornitología”. This is the most significant publication accruing professional ornithologists and amateur birders, promoting their research work and conservation efforts.
Far South Expeditions is involved in sponsoring the field work and conservation efforts of the critically endangered mainland population of Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps). Few hundred individuals of these migratory geese breed, in the Magellan Straits and Tierra del Fuego. Far South Expeditions is financially and logistically supporting researchers to conduct their assessment on the genetic status and population figures of this goose.
Our company is deeply committed to environmental education and has produced, since our initial years, several publications and field guides, to educate and encourage the locals and visitors about the natural world. In 2016 we have published the long-awaited “Aves de Chile”, a field guide to the birds of Chile, in Spanish, which has been tremendously received by the eager local audience. We think that these kinds of efforts directly benefit the conservation of our biodiversity and habitats as well as to increase the awareness of the locals in relation to their environment and its protection.
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