Birding North of Chile

Discovering birdlife in the High Andes

This trip is an opportunity to discover the birds and the landscapes of the North of Chile: the town of Putre in the High Andes Plateau, the valleys and the surroundings of Arica, the northernmost city of the country. The mouth of Lluta river and Lauca National Park are unique locations to enjoy species such as Andean and Jame´s Flamingo, Puna Tinamou, Giant Coot, Puna Ibis, Andean Avocet,  Chilean Woodstar, among many others.

Target 120 species

Some of the of the species that can be found in this tour:

una Tinamou, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Chilean, Andean and Jame’s Flamingo, Guanay, Cormorant, Little Bleu Heron, Puna Ibis, Andean Condor, Variable Hawke, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Andean Lapwing, Kildeer, Puna Plover, Andean Avocet, Peruvian Thick.knee, Puna Snipe, Spotted Sanpiper, Willet, Southamerican Snipe, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Andean Gull, Laughing Gull, Inca Tern, Golden Sptted Ground Dove, West Peruvian Dove, Sparkling Violetear, Andean Hillstar, Andean Flicker Aplomado Falcon, Mountain Caracara, Grayish Miner, Scale-throated Earthcreeprr, Vermilion Flycatcher and many more.

DAY 1: FLIGHT FROM SANTIAGO TO ARICA

Reception at the airport of Santiago de Chile or pick up at your Hotel in Santiago and transfer to the airport to take a flight to Arica, the northernmost city of Chile. You will dedicate the afternoon to explore the shores of the Pacific Coast. Overnight in Arica (Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar)

DAY 2: ARICA SURROUNDINGS: LLUTA RIVER MOUTH, LLUTA VALLEY AND PUTRE

Early birding at the mouth of the river Lluta. Drive to Putre (3.400 mts.) birding on the road. Overnight in Putre (Hotel Q`Antati)

DAY 3: LAUCA NATIONAL PARK

Endemics of the eco-region of the Altiplano or High Andean Plateau (Over 4.000 – 4.500 mts). We will explore this world biosphere reserve. Overnight in Putre (Hotel Q`Antati)

DAY 4: LAUCA NATIONAL PARK & PUTRE SURROUNDINGS/BACK TO ARICA AND SANTIAGO

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. 

Destination: North of Chile: Arica, Putre, Lauca National Park

Length: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Medium. We will be birding at high altitude (Over 4.000 meters above sea level)

Activities: Pre-departure Briefing, bird watching, photography, scenic landscapes. Birding focused trip.

The tour includes:

Meals: Hotel’s breakfast,  box lunch for days 2, 3, 4. Accommodations, transportation and others included: Bed & Breakfast, Boutique Hotels or similar accommodations, private ground transportation equipped with oxygen tank, National Park entrance fees.

Guide: Bilingual birding Guide

Transport: Private ground transportation. Internal flights are not included. Window seat guaranteed during land transportation.
Meals: Lunch or box lunch for each day.

Accommodations: BirdsChile privileges small hotels with high standard of quality but not luxury hotels or big chains. We support local business and communities.

 

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Equipment required: Waterproof clothes and shoes, sun protection.

Equipment included: Literature, field guide, birds check list, spotting scope.

Activity Status

Available