Chiloé Island Birdwatching Tour in Chile
A 2-day Chiloé Island Birding Tour is a leisurely-paced trip available on request where you can expect to see around 75 to 80 species of bird depending on the time of the year. During this Chiloé Island adventure, we will be seeking the specialities of the Temperate Rainforest including two endemics and two near-endemic species, including the only breeding colony of Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins.
On the first day of this Chiloé Island birdwatching tour, we set up to depart early in the morning. Heading towards Caulín bay, a bird's sanctuary with a lot of waterfowl and a hotspot of long-distant migrants.
"We did a one day bird tour with BirdsChile mid-April 2018. It was one of the best days of our three week trip in Argentina and Chile. The guide was very knowledgeable about the birds we saw and also about the habitats we visited and Chile in general. A very engaging and hospitable guide. We were staying at Puerto Varas and visited Vincente Perez Rosales NP and other areas, including the ocean nearby. We saw some 1000 year old alerce trees which were great to see. I would definitely do another tour with BirdsChile and recommend them. A great day out!." -Jane.
Later in the day, we will navigate to see the Penguin Colony in Puñihuil. Looking for two species of penguins that have their breeding spring-summer colony on the Chiloé Island: the Magellanic and the Humboldt penguins.
On the second day of this birdwatching tour to Chiloé Island, our first step will be the navigation of a wide, quiet, and unspoiled river. This river has wetland characteristics and we will be searching for its wildlife. With a special focus on the Patagonian endemic River Otter and the only breeding colony in the area of the Snowy-crowned Tern.
Once there, we will have time enough to observe and take photographs in complete silence. Birds can be found along the river, on the shore, inside the native forest, in little beaches and between the dead trees of the sunken forest. Lunch will be served at a local family home near the river.
After lunch, we will keep exploring the area to complete our bird list. There are specialities included such as as the Slender-billed Parakeet and the Plumbeous Rail, among many others.
Chiloé Island Birding Tour Highlights:
- Ferry crossing to Chiloé island Caulín Bird´s Sanctuary and Chacao
- Visit the Penguin Colony of Puñihuil
- Special focus on the Patagonian endemic River Otter
- Lunch will be served at a local family home near the river
If you don't want to confine yourself to just one wildlife trip this holiday, have a look here at the Birdwatching North Chile Tour for another fantastic birdwatching experience.
Alternative Tour Name: Birding Chiloé Tour