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Valparaíso Pelagic Birding Trip, Chile

Valparaíso Pelagic Birding Trip, Chile

Pelagic Birding Trip from Valparaíso

Seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters are species with unique biology. In their wanderings, through the seas of the world, they only touch the firm ground for nesting. So to see them close up it is necessary to go sailing on offshore pelagic trips to try and find them.

Chile has more than 4,000 kilometres of coastline and is considered as one of the best places in the world to do pelagic trips. Even our knowledge of this interesting group of birds is very limited so there is much to discover and learn.

It will last for around 6 hours, watching birds and marine mammals on the Humboldt current. The dates of the next trips are shown below.

The current mentioned above was named after its discoverer, the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and consists of a stream of cold water emerging from the seabed off the coast of central Chile and moves northward dragging nutrients even as far up  as Ecuador, creating one of the world's richest marine ecosystems.

This huge rise of nutrients notably favours the observation of marine fauna. There have been observed in trips like these about 60 species of seabirds. Including several species of albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, terns, diving-petrels, cormorants, gulls and terns. These include the giant Wandering albatross and Chatham albatrosses, both of which are deemed vulnerable (BirdLife 2016).

The species that can be spotted vary depending on the time of year and where you sail but some of the most common species off the coast of Valparaiso are: Black-browed Albatross,  Salvin´s and Royal Albatross, Northern Giant-Petrel, Mottled (Cape), Juan Fernandez, White-Chinned and  Westland Petrels, shearwater, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwater, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Inca Tern,  Wilson´s Storm-Petrel, Humboldt penguin, Magellanic penguins,  Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant and Peruvian Pelican and other interesting species.

Starting from July 2016 we have begun a series of pelagic trips that will continue to happen on every second Saturday of each month. With this, we hope to expand our knowledge of this interesting group of birds.

Thank you for taking part!

Alternative Tour Name: Pelagic Trip from Valparaiso
Day 1
Half Day trip - Pelagic Trip from Valparaiso

Start sailing at 07:00 am, we will do a 6 hours sailing where sea birds are the main focus of this tour. The sea adjacent to the coast of Valparaiso is a great place to observe seabirds, due to the existence of "upwellings" that transport nutrients from the bottom of the sea to the surface, which generates a high availability of plankton and fish, main food of seagulls, fardelas, petrels and albatross. Therefore, 87 species have been reported in the sector, more than 15% of the birds registered in Chile! This transforms it into a place that every bird watcher must visit.

What is included?

  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish) specialized in birds.
  • Boat conditioned for the tour.

What is not included?

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Meals
  • Binoculars

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Price & Availability

USD180 / per person
This tour is operated by: Albatross Birding and Nature Tours in Chile

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Tour Facts

  • Valparaiso, Chile
  • Available Daily
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • From 8 to 20 participants
  • 6 hours
  • All year round
  • No
  • English, Spanish
  • Santiago International Airport
  • Santiago International Airport