Atacama Birdwatching Safari, Chile
The full-day Atacama Birdwatching Safari consists in visiting 4 different environments at a slow and deliberate pace. Specially designed for those who have a very short time in the area but would love see all the different landscapes the Atacama desert has to offer and observe the largest amount of birds in one same day. We start our adventure in the fourth largest salt fat in the world, the “Atacama Salt Flat”, followed by a stop at Jere ravine and Toconao town to have a real oasis experience. Afterwards, we would visit the desert scrub zone stopping at the Cactus Valley area to finally arrive at the high planes or “Altiplano”, in search of the 160 bird species that have been observed and registered in San Pedro de Atacama and surroundings.
Out trip would cover approximately 150 miles, starting at an altitude of 8200 ft above sea level to finally reach the high planes located over 13000 ft. Some of the bird species we can find along our full day birdwatching safari are:
- Salty lagoons and salt flats: Andean Avocets; Andean Gull; Puna Plover; Chilean, Andean and Puna Flamingos.
- Oasis and farming fields: Black Siskin; Black-hooded Sierra-finch; West Peruvian Dove; Chiguanco Thrush.
- Desert scrub zone & Andean foothills: Greenish-yellow Finch; Black-winged Ground-dove; House Wren; Mourning Sierra-finch; Black-billed Shrike-tyrant; Variable Hawk.
- High planes & high-altitude wetlands: Andean Goose; Rufous-napped Ground-tyrant; Andean and Giant Coots; Crested Duck; Yellow-billed Teal; Cream-winged Cinclodes.