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Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina - 13 Days

Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina

Birds of Chile & Argentina Tour from Santiago de Chile

A 13-day Birds of Chile & Argentina Tour which is a unique and special journey across the Andes, specially designed to discover the wealth of birds and landscapes of the central regions of Chile and Argentina; this trip also focuses on the wines that have given these New World countries their well-deserved fame into the international scene.

From skulking tapaculos to imposing albatrosses, from extraordinary hummingbirds to majestic Andean Condors, from Chilean Carmeneres to Argentine Malbecs, we will find out that on this land wine literally flows freely. Come and indulge yourself with a taste of Chile and Argentina; its birds and wines are the perfect excuses.

On this fascinating trip, we will discover the birdlife (and the wines) occurring on both slopes of the majestic Andes, by exploring the central regions of Chile and Argentina. We will commence our adventure birding along the Pacific coast of Chile and discover the wealth of shorebirds and seabirds of the rich waters of the Humboldt Current; we will have the unique opportunity to find its more emblematic pelagic seabirds, including many species of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters occurring here. The central region of Chile is characterized by dense matorral (equivalent to California’s ‘chaparral’) vegetation where we expect to see the majority of the terrestrial endemic birds of Chile.

A short exploration south to the northern limit of Patagonia’s temperate forests will allow us to find some striking tapaculos and hopefully Magellanic Woodpecker. An impressive crossing over the Andes will be the grand finale’ – this will allow us to reach Argentina and its rich and diverse avifauna. We will have the time to explore from the Andean piedmont down to the xeric ‘Monte’ Desert and its many specialities.

We can’t forget the wine! We have prepared an in-depth wine tasting program, visiting the most remarkable and traditional wineries of Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua valleys in Chile as well as around Mendoza, in Argentina. This trip has been designed for the birder and for the nature enthusiast alike, wishing to combine some time in the field with wine tasting activities. The landscapes and the culture of both countries are equally fascinating and you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about Argentina and Chile from your local leader. Salud! Cheers!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 • Birding around Santiago (Lampa and Batuco marshes) – Visit Viña Concha & Toro vineyards – Overnight (O/N) Cajon del Maipo, near Santiago (2 nights)
Day 2 • El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales
Day 3 • Drive to Talca – Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve – O/N Vilches (1 night)
Day 4 • Lake Colbun – Visit Santa Cruz vineyards – O/N Santa Cruz (2 nights)
Day 5 • Colchagua Valley visiting Viu Manent, Montes and Casa Silva vineyards
Day 6 • El Peral Nature Reserve – Visit Matetic vineyards – Museum of Isla Negra (Neruda’s house) – O/N Viña del Mar (3 nights)
Day 7 • Pelagic trip off Valparaiso – Cachagua for Humboldt penguins
Day 8 • La Campana National Park – Visit to Loma Larga & William Cole vineyards, Casablanca Valley
Day 9 • Crossing the Andes into Argentina – Birding Uspallata area – O/N Uspallata (1 night)
Day 10 • Drive to Mendoza – Visit Cobos and Zuccardi vineyards – O/N Mendoza (2 nights)
Day 11 • Birding towards San Juan – Visit Krontiras vineyards
Day 12 • Drive to Santiago – Birding en route – O/N Santiago (1 night)
Day 13 • End of tour. Birds & Wine tour

Birds of Chile & Argentina Tour Highlights include:

  • Birding and natural history trip designed for the birder and the wine enthusiast alike, with many cultural and natural highlights for guests with more relaxed interests in the natural world. An ideal journey for non-birder spouses.
  • In-depth exploration of the best-known wine-producing regions of Chile and Argentina, including visits to several wineries and tasting led by oenology experts and connoisseurs.
  •  A rich and diverse avian ensemble comprising the birds of very contrasting regions of central Chile and Argentina: from the Humboldt Current and the Pacific coast over impressive mountains to Andean valleys and xeric ‘monte desert’ habitats.

If you would like to focus your tour purely on birding then the Birding Chile Tour should be to your liking.

Alternative Tour Name: Birds of Chile Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Birding around Santiago (Lampa and Batuco) – Visit to Viña Concha & Toro

Our Birds & Wine tour begins! This morning will drive a short distance north of Santiago airport to visit some lowland marshes. The conditions over the last decade have been very dry and consequently, this has affected the extent of the marshland. Anyway, our targets here will be the rare South American Painted Snipe, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail and Cocoi Heron. During the afternoon, we will visit Viña Concha y Toro, located at the well-known Maipo Valley. This centenary winery is one of the oldest and largest operations in Chile; we will be delighted to learn about the variety of famed Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere they produce. One of their most famous wines, Casillero del Diablo – Devil’s Cellar–, honors the place we will visit, an old and impressive underground cellar where the landlord used to hide his best wines, telling his employees that the Devil himself dwelled in this dark and mysterious place. Overnight at Hotel Peumayen or similar, Santiago (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 2
Day 2 - El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales

We will have a full day exploring the surroundings of El Yeso reservoir in the Andean foothills, where will hopefully be rewarded with sightings of the endemic Crag Chilia plus our first Andean Condors, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, and several other Andean specialties such as Black-winged Ground Dove, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and Yellow-rumped Siskin. Careful scanning of grasslands and streams may produce the stunning Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, our main target species for the day. This is a lovely mountain spot where we will also have chances for Mountain Parakeet flocks. Overnight at Hotel Peumayen or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 3
Day 3 - Drive to Talca – Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve

Today we will continue our explorations south of Santiago, driving for at least 2 1/2 hours along the Panamerican Highway. Once we reach Talca, we will head eastwards to the majestic Andes once again. Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve – located in an area better known as Vilches – holds the northernmost southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. Nowadays, these woodlands, deriving from ancient tree lineage, are just found as relict communities in temperate regions of the Southern Hemisphere, in distant places like New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. These temperate woodlands are home for a number of unique forest-dwelling birds. Among others, today we shall be looking for Rufous-legged Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Hawk (and Rufous-tailed Hawk, if we are lucky), White-throated Treerunner and the quasi-endemic Chestnut-throated Huet-huet. Other tapaculos we will be trying to find are the striking Chucao Tapaculo and the skulking Magellanic Tapaculo. Overnight at Cabañas El Roble, Vilches (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 4
Day 4 - Morning visit to Lake Colbun – Afternoon visit to Viña Santa Cruz

During the morning we will explore the nearby man-made Lake Colbun; here we’ll scan the rocky slopes looking for noisy flocks of the threatened endemic race of Burrowing Parrot. Later, we will descend to the central valley, to immerse ourselves in one of the most famous wine-making regions of Chile – the Colchagua Valley. Santa Cruz is literally the center of the wine industry of this famed region and is a picturesque little town, where we will learn a lot of the culture of this part of the country. The lovely Hotel Santa Cruz will be our base for the following nights, providing us with the chance to explore the museum and its fascinating collections of the pre-history and history of Chile. This afternoon we will explore the homonymous Santa Cruz vineyards to enjoy a sampling of reds and whites and the lovely vistas; we will be visiting the vineyards by the end of the growing season. Along the dirt roads we will try to find the largest of the New World tyrant-flycatchers, the voracious Great Shrike-Tyrant. Overnight at Hotel Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 5
Day 5 - Santa Cruz Valley visiting Viñas Viu Manent, Montes and Casa Silva

Birds & Wine tour. Colchagua Valley and its ‘terroir’ are synonymous to full-bodied and richly flavored red wines, including Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, although praised Merlot and Syrah have been produced in recent years. Today, we have planned to visit at least three top-quality wine properties of the valley including Montes, Viu Manent and Casa Silva for tastings. Overnight at Hotel Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 6
Day 6 - Birding at Rio Maipo estuary and Laguna El Peral Nature Reserve – Visit to Matetic vineyards – Visit to Neruda’s House – Viña del Mar coastal areas

We will head north and to the coast in order to explore the Maipo river estuary and the productive coastal ponds and marshes nearby. At the tiny El Peral Nature Reserve we will concentrate in finding the cryptic-colored Stripe-backed Bittern, the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck, and the striking Many-colored Rush Tyrant. We will also have a chance to find the scarce and restricted Ticking Doradito. After a rewarding morning, we will visit the splendid facility of Matetic vineyards, where a top-quality tasting of whites and interesting blends waits for us. Just before reaching our seaside hotel, we will inspect the rocky coast for the endemic Chilean Seaside Cinclodes and a variety of Humboldt Current seabird specialties. Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 7
Day 7 - Pelagic off Valparaiso (c. 6 hours) – Afternoon visit to Cachagua (Humboldt penguin colony)

Today we will make an unforgettable visit to the cold and rich waters of the Humboldt Current, considered to be one of the world’s finest pelagic birding locations. We can expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Black-browed and Salvin’s Albatrosses. On recent trips we have often recorded Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering (Antipodean) and both Northern and Southern Royal albatrosses. We should also find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Pintado, Masatierra, Juan Fernandez, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Pink-footed, Buller’s and Sooty Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter include Red (Grey) Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Chilean Skua. Regarding marine mammals, although difficult to predict, Orca, Sperm Whale and large pods of Dusky and Southern Righ-Whale Dolphins are often spotted. We will have repeated sightings of the abundant South American Sea Lion. During the afternoon we will continue exploring the coastal areas, visiting a protected breeding colony of Humboldt Penguin; we hope to be able to see the scarce and range-restricted Southern Sea Otter here, too. Before ending the day we’ll stop at a coastal marsh to see a variety of waterfowl including Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal and Chiloe Wigeon, all three lowland coot species, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Plumbeous Rail, which surprisingly for a rallid is quite easy to spot as it often walks in the open. Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 8
Day 8 - La Campana National Park – Visit to Loma Larga and William Cole vineyards at Casablanca valley

La Campana National Park and its scrub community, Chilean Palm-tree groves and dry forests will be the scenarios for today’s birding adventures. Mount La Campana (The Bell), after which the park is named, is one of the most prominent peaks of the whole Coastal Range, and was also one of the many interesting places that young Charles Darwin explored during his long stay in Chile in the 1830s. Here we will look for an interesting array of passerines, all endemic to Chile, including Chilean Mockingbird, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca, Dusky Tapaculo and White-throated Tapaculo. Chilean Pigeon, Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy Owl, Giant Hummingbird and Green-backed Firecrown are also regulars here. We will also look for the endemic Chilean Tinamou. Birds & Wine tour Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 9
Day 9 - Crossing the Andes via Portillo – Uspallata and birding in the Valley

The Great Day, time to make our Andes crossing! Today we will drive along the International road towards Argentina. At this latitude the majestic Andes Range reaches its maximum altitude and forms a really impressive geological boundary between the two countries. The mountains divide not just their cultures but also their biodiversity, and we will witness this as the day progresses. The ‘Snail’ or Caracol, is a portion of the road consisting of multiple ascending bends that will give us access to Cristo Redentor tunnel and eventually into Argentina. After the border formalities, we will have the chance to bird the eastern foothills of the Andes. The bird assemblage is similar to Chile’s, although it drastically changes as we descend in altitude. We hope to enjoy impressive views of the highest peak in the Americas and both Southern and Western Hemispheres, Mount Aconcagua (22,837 ft – 6,961 m). The birding will be quite productive here; Mountain Caracara, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded and Creamy-rumped Miners, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Cinereous, Black-fronted, White-browed and Rufous-naped Ground Tyrants plus Greater Yellow Finch, Band-tailed Sierra Finch and Yellow-rumped Siskin can all be found in this setting. Andean Condor, a true icon of the Andes, is also quite abundant here. The Valley of Uspallata will offer a proper birding welcome to this ‘Gaucho’ nation. The orchards and poplar groves hold a number of species that are absent in the Chilean side. Among the species that we hope to see this afternoon, will be White-collared Swift, the striking Red-tailed Comet, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Chaco Earthcreeper, Patagonian Mockingbird, White-tipped Plantcutter, and the delightful Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch. Overnight at Pueblo del Rio, near Uspallata (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 10
Day 10 - Drive to Mendoza – Visits to Cobos and Zuccardi vineyards

Welcome to the land of Malbec! Two thirds of the whole Argentine wine is produced in the Mendoza province, and the Malbec is certainly its best ambassador in the international scene. We will spend the morning exploring a couple of vineyards in the area surrounding Mendoza city, San Lujan de Cuyo. This wine region of Argentina has no influence from the ocean and has more continental weather patterns, the summers being hotter and having much cooler winters than in Chile. There is plenty of water coming from the mountains and these offer ideal conditions for the production of interesting wines with unique features. Together with the Malbecs, other fine wines are produced here including Cabs and Tempranillo. Birds & Wine tour O/N Hotel Huentala, Mendoza (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 11
Day 11 - Birding lowlands towards San Juan – Visit to Krontiras vineyards

The Monte Desert is a vast scrub community extending broadly throughout the length and breadth of Argentina and of course, holds a lot of goodies for the bird enthusiast. We will explore the plains located east of Mendoza, into the adjacent province of San Luis, to discover the well-supplied array of specialties of this scrub desert; this includes unique tapaculos such as Crested and Sandy Gallitos plus other interesting passerines including the endemic Steinbach’s Canastero, White-throated Cacholote, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, the recently-described Straneck’s Tyrannulet and the lovely Cinnamon Warbling-Finch, among several others. Birds & Wine tour Overnight at Hotel Huentala, Mendoza (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 12
Day 12 - Drive to Santiago over the Andes (Paso Libertadores) – Birding on route

Today we will be driving back to Santiago and we will cross the Andes once again. This will be a great opportunity to re-visit the area of Uspallata, having plenty of time to stop, to bird and to fill our list gaps. Birds & Wine tour Overnight at Hotel Galerias or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

Day 13
Day 13 - Morning at leisure – Afternoon transfer to the airport for connecting flights home

(Breakfast) Our Birds & Wine tour concludes.

Birds possible to be seen during this trip


Family Tinamidae [Tinamous]
Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria
Elegant-crested Tinamou Eudromia elegans


Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]
Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus
Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba
Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
Silver Teal Anas versicolor
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Red Shoveler Anas platalea
Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca
Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Lake Duck Oxyura vittata


Family Odontophoridae [New World Quails]
California Quail Callipepla californica


Family Podicipedidae [Grebes];
White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Great Grebe Podiceps major
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis


Family Phoenicopteridae [Flamingos]
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis


Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]
Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus


Family Diomedeidae [Albatrosses]
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea [e.] epomophora
Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea [e.] sanfordi
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea [e.] antipodensis
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri
Salvin’s Albatross Thalassarche salvini
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita

Family Procellariidae [Petrels and Shearwaters]
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Cape Petrel Daption capense
Masatierra Petrel Pterodroma defilippiana
Stejneger’s Petrel Pterodroma longirostris
Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica
Buller’s Shearwater Puffinus bulleri
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus

Family Hydrobatidae [Storm-Petrels]
Wilson’s Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

Family Pelecanoididae [Diving-Petrels]
Peruvian Diving Petrel Pelecanoides garnotii


Family Sulidae [Boobies]
Peruvian Booby Sula variegata

Family Phalacrocoracidae [Cormorants]
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi
Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii


Family Pelecanidae [Pelicans]
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus

Family Ardeidae [Herons]
Stripe-backed Bittern Ixobrychus involucris
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis


Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus


Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
Harris’s Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula
Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis


Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops
Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons
White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera


Family Charadriidae [Lapwings and Plovers]
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis
Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus
Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus
Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Phegornis mitchellii

Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

Family Recurvirostridae [Avocets and Stilts]
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]
South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Surfbird Aphriza virgata
Sanderling Calidris alba
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius

Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]
Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi
Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus
Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus

Family Rostratulidae [Painted Snipe]
South American Painted Snipe Nycticryphes semicollaris

Family Stercorariidae [Skuas]
Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]
Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis
Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Inca Tern Larosterna inca
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea
Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui
Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger


Family Columbidae [Pigeons]
Picui Ground Dove Columbina picui
Black-winged Ground Dove Metriopelia melanoptera
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata


Family Cuculidae [Cuckoos]
Guira Cuckoo Guira guira


Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]
Barn Owl Tyto alba

Family Strigidae [Owls]
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus


Family Caprimulgidae [Nightjars]
Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris


Family Apodidae [Swifts]
Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris

Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]
Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans
Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
White-sided Hillstar Oreotrochilus leucopleurus
Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas
Red-tailed Comet Sappho sparganura
Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris


Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]
Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius
Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius
Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros


Family Falconidae [Falcons]
Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus
Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


Family Psittacidae [Parrots]
Burrowing Parakeet Cyanoliseus patagonus
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons
Grey-hooded Parakeet Psilopsiagon aymara



Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]
Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius
White-throated Tapaculo Scelorchilus albicollis
Dusky Tapaculo Scytalopus fuscus
Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus
Crested Gallito Rhinocrypta lanceolata
Sandy Gallito Teledromas fuscus

Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]
Common Miner Geositta cunicularia
Creamy-rumped Miner Geositta isabellina
Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis
White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis
Crag Chilia Ochetorhynchus melanurus
Straight-billed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus ruficaudus
Band-tailed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
Chaco Earthcreeper Tarphonomus certhioides
Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper Upucerthia saturatior
Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria
Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti
Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus
Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes nigrofumosus
Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda
Des Murs’s Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii
Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura fuliginiceps
Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi
Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta
Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca
Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola
Steinbach’s Canastero Pseudasthenes steinbachi
Sooty-fronted Spinetail Synallaxis frontalis
Lark-like Brushrunner Coryphistera alaudina
White-throated Cacholote Pseudoseisura gutturalis

Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
Subtropical Doradito Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis
Ticking Doradito Pseudocolopteryx citreola
White-bellied Tyrannulet Serpophaga munda
Straneck’s Tyrannulet Serpophaga griseicapilla
Many-coloured Rush Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides
Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa
White-winged Black Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus
Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus
Spot-billed Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris
Cinereous Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus
Ochre-naped Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha
Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex
Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus
White-browed Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora
Black-fronted Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola frontalis
Black-billed Shrike Tyrant Agriornis montanus
Great Shrike Tyrant Agriornis lividus
Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris

Family Cotingidae [Cotingas]
Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara
White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila


Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Southern Martin Progne elegans

Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Family Turdidae [Thrushes]
Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco

Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]
Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca
Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus
Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
White-banded Mockingbird Mimus triurus

Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]
Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera
Hellmayr’s Pipit Anthus hellmayri

Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]
Blue-and-yellow Tanager Pipraeidea bonariensis
Gray-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi
Patagonian Sierra Finch Phrygilus patagonicus
Mourning Sierra Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor
Band-tailed Sierra Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
Carbonated Sierra Finch Phrygilus carbonarius
Rufous-sided Warbling Finch Poospiza hypochondria
Cinnamon Warbling Finch Poospiza ornata
Ringed Warbling Finch Poospiza torquata
Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
Plain-coloured Catamenia inornata
Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca
Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma
Greater Yellow Finch Sicalis auriventris
Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola
Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris

Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis

Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]
Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelasticus thilius
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
Bay-winged Cowbird Agelaioides badius
Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

Family Fringillidae [Finches]
Thick-billed Siskin Sporagra crassirostris
Hooded Siskin Sporagra magellanica
Yellow-rumped Siskin Sporagra uropygialis
Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata

Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

What is included?

  • The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals, wine tastings and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, pelagic trip off Valparaiso (c. 6 hours), and park entrance fees. A daily bottle of mineral water is also included.

What is not included?

  • The trip price excludes: International flights, tipping for drivers and guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Birds & Wines Experience in Chile & Argentina
    Robin Perry14 Jul 2018







    This was for me the realisation of a ldream to enjoy the wildlife, culture, history and landscape of this part of South America. Can only recommend very highly.

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Why book with Far South Expeditions?

Far South Expeditions is one of the most important nature tour operations in Chile. Our company, based in Punta Arenas, the capital city of Chilean Patagonia, was founded by Claudio F. Vidal and Enrique Couve in 1997, and since then we have specialized in offering high-quality birding, wildlife and nature expeditions for small groups and individuals.

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13 Days

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USD5,698 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Suppliment USD 800
This tour is operated by: Far South Expeditions
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Tour Facts

  • Central regions of Chile and Argentina
  • Set Departure
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 guests
  • 13 Days
  • 15+
  • Leisurely
  • English & Spanish
  • Santiago International Airport (SCL)
  • Santiago International Airport (SCL)