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Atacama Birding Safari, Chile

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.
Day 1
Full Day Trip

We would pick you up from your hotel before sunrise and head south towards Toconao village where we would go on a short hike along the Jere ravine, a natural preserve where the typical oasis vegetation and ancient farming terraces can be observed. Our next stop would be the Atacama Salt flat, part of the Flamingos Natural Preserve to hike around the Chaxa lagoon. Afterwards, we head back north towards San Pedro town for lunch. During the afternoon, we would first visit a small wetland close to town in search for freshwater birds followed by a stop in the Cactus canyon area, where we would hike by the Vilama river bed towards it’s stunning waterfall. We would finally arrive at the high planes, where the Machuca wetland awaits. By the end of the day, we go back to San Pedro town.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Pacific Dove, Rufous Collared Sparrow, Tamarugo Conebill, Burrowing Owl, Aplomado Falcon, Little Blue Heron, Correndera Pipit, Blue and Black Swallow, Yellow Billed Teal, Puna Plover, Greater Yellow-finch, Andean Parakeet, Puna Miner, Black hooded Sierra Finch, Variable Hawk, Yello Billed Pintail, Puna Tit-spinetail, Crested Duck, Cordilleran Canastero, Ash Breasted Sierra Finch, Mourning Sierra Finch, Ochre- napped Ground-tyrant, Andean gull, Andean Negrito, Cream-winged Cinclodes, Puna teal, Plumbeous Sierra-finch, Andean Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo Greenish Yellow Finch, Mountain Caracara.

What is included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Highly qualified, bilingual guide
  • Spotting scope with phone adaptor for digiscoping
  • Binoculars and wildlife field guides
  • Park tickets
  • Lunch

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should you choose us?

We are a registered tour operator at the Chilean Sub Secretary of Tourism since 2010. We only operate with certified guides. We are wildlife lovers just like you!

What clothes to wear?

Comfortable clothes, long trousers and shorts, T-shirt and long sleeve t-shirt. Layers on top, hiking shoes, sun hut and wool hut. Sun block, water bottle.

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1 Day

Price & Availability

USD345 / per person
This tour is operated by: On Safari Atacama

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Tour Facts

  • Atacama, Chile
  • Available Daily
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1 Day
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
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