A 4-day birdwatching tour to the north of Chile which is certainly one of the hotspots for birders due to the great opportunities to find specialities of the high Andes and vagrants that reach only these latitudes.
Reception at the airport of santiago de chile or pick up at your hotel in santiago to meet your guide and take a flight to arica, the northernmost city of chile. We will dedicate the afternoon to explore the shores of the pacific coast.
Some of the species of the day: guanay and red-legged cormorant, inca tern, willet, peruvian booby, belcher and grey gull among others. Overnight in arica (hotel diego de almagro or similar)
Early birding at the mouth of the river lluta. This area is well known for the abundance of species of shorebirds and gulls and it is not unusual to spot some rarities. Later we will explore the valley of this river to look for specialties of the area. In the afternoon we will drive in direction to the aymara village of putre (3.400 mts.) taking advantage to do some birding as we approach to the slopes of the andean range.
Some of the species of the day: oasis hummingbird, chilean woodstar, peruvian meadowlark, slender-billed finch, tamarugo conebill, slender-billed finch, peruvian sheartail among others.
Breakfast, box lunch included Overnight in putre (hotel q`antati)
Today is the day of the endemics of the eco-region of the altiplano or high andean plateau (over 4.000 – 4.500 mts). Surrounded by stunning landscapes we will explore this world biosphere reserve from the first light of the morning to the end of the day to have a full comprehensive experience of this unique eco-system.
Some of the species of the day: chilean, puna and andean flamingo, puna ibis, puna plover, andean lapwing, grey-breasted seedsnipe, diademed sandpiper-plover, andean flicker, cordillera canastero, andean negrito, black sisking among many other species.
Breakfast, box lunch included. Overnight in putre
A dedicated full day exploration of the whole area around putre very well known for the abundance of specialties that inhabits the pre-puna shrubs habitats. Transfer to arica to take a late flight to santiago.
Giant Hummingbird, White-sided Hillstar, Chilean Tinamou, California Quail, Spot-billed Ground Tyrant, White-browed Ground Tyrant, Cinerous Ground-tyrant, Great-shrike Tyrant, Grey-hooded Sierra Finch, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Scale-throated Earth creeper, Rufous-banded Miner, Creamy-rumped Miner, Burrowing Owl, Magellanic Horned Owl, among others.