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Birding Northern Chile: The Atacama Desert and the Altiplano © Far South Expeditions

Birding trip and photo safari aimed to discover the birds and other wildlife specialties in the Atacama coastal areas influenced by the Humboldt Current, the oasis valleys of northern Chile, and the High Andean Plateau, including a comprehensive visit to Putre's surroundings and Lauca National Park to explore the wealth of wildlife found on its puna grasslands, Andean lakes, bogs and scrubby ravines. Optional visit to Surire, one of the top wildlife spots in the whole High-Andean desert. 

Next departure: October 27 - November 1, 2018.

5-day trip from Santiago, Chile • Private departures available year-round; optional extra day to explore Surire salt flat.


Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Phegornis mitchellii © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Phegornis mitchellii, one of the most sought-after bird specailties of the Chilean Andes © Far South Expeditions


Book this trip, reserve space now!

Our journey to the north of Chile will take us to the fringes of the driest desert in the world, the inhospitable Atacama, on the border with southern Peru. Our base locations will be Arica, Chile's northernmost city, and the town of PutreThis unique area is home to highly diverse species such as Puna Flamingo, Andean Swift and Slender-billed Finch. From the huge, flightless Giant Coot to the tiny Chilean Woodstar, Chile´s smallest bird and one of the most threatened. We will explore the Azapa, Lluta and Chaca valleys around Arica, drive to Putre, situated just below the Altiplano at 3,500m (10,500ft) above sea level where we´ll look for pre-puna shrub specialties before climbing up to the high Andean Plateau of Lauca National Park. There is an optional trip to Surire National Reserve, one of the most impressive salt pans of the whole Chilean altiplano (highly recommended)



Inca Tern, Larosterna inca © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsOverview


Itinerary in Brief (5 days, 4 nights)

Day 1 • Flight to Arica – Lluta Valley – Drive to the highlands – Putre (2 nights)

Day 2 • Exploring Putre surroundings

Day 3 • Lauca National Park: Parinacota and Chungará Lake – Drive to Arica – Arica (2 nights)

Day 4 • Boat trip off Arica (3 hours) – Azapa and Chaca oasis valleys

Day 5 • Flight to Santiago – End of the tour


* Optional extra day to explore Surire salt flat available for custom departures.


Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive visit to Northern Chile's birding hotspots: Arica, Putre and Lauca National Park.

• Chilean, Andean and Puna flamingos, Seedsnipes, Ground Tyrants, Canasteros, Sierra Finches and the stunning Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

• Spectacular Andean species such as Lesser Rhea, Puna Tinamou, Giant Coot, Andean Avocet, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Andean Flicker and Puna Ibis.

• Interesting mammals including Guanaco, Vicuña, Northern Huemul Deer and Vizcacha.

• Lauca National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and one of Chile's finest wildlife reserves.



Detailed Itinerary and Activities


Day 1 • Flight to Arica (c. 3 hours) – Lluta Valley – Transfer to Putre

Our birding adventure in Northern Chile begins today! You will be met by your guide at Santiago airport for a morning flight (c. 2.5 hours) to Arica, Chile’s northernmost city (18°S). After our arrival, we will leave the coast and head towards the awe-inspiring slopes of the Andes, but first we will search around the lowland cultivated valleys for the intriguing Peruvian Thick-knee. Andean Swift and Greyish Miner are possible species just before we reach the hyper-arid desert stretch, as we drive up to the highlands. The picturesque Andean town of Putre is located at 3,400 meters above sea level (11,483 ft); this friendly 'Aymara' village will be our base for the following two nights. The “pre-puna” semi-arid bushy slopes are very rich in species. Sparkling Violetear and Andean Hillstar, Creamy-breasted and Canyon canasteros, Golden-billed Saltator and Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Hooded and Thick-billed siskins are among the range of exciting birds that occur here.

Overnight at Hosteria Q'Antati, Putre (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Peruvian Thick-knee, Burhinus superciliaris © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Peruvian Thick-knee, Burhinus superciliaris © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


Day 2 • Putre area

We shall enjoy another day of birding around Putre, in our search for high-altitude species. The gardens, cultivated terraces, eucalyptus groves and rocky walls surrounding Putre are the perfect habitat for Aplomado Falcon, Mountain Parakeet, Bare-faced Ground Dove, Spot-winged Pigeon, White-throated, Plain-breasted and Straight-billed earthcreepers, White-winged Cinclodes, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Chiguanco Thrush, d’Orbigny’s and White-browed chat-tyrants, Band-tailed Seedeater and Black-hooded, Mourning and Ash-breasted sierra finches.

Overnight at Hosteria Q'Antati or similar, Putre (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Andean Hillstar - male (Oreotrochilus estella), Putre, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions - http://www.fsexpeditions.com

Andean Hillstar - male, Oreotrochilus estella, Putre, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 3 • Lauca National Park

The Altiplano, Puna or High Andean Plateau above 4,000m, is truly a ‘Mecca’ for wildlife and we will have the whole day to discover its many secrets and stunning landscapes.Established to protect the highest lake in the world (and World Biosphere Reserve), Lauca National Park supports a great diversity of Andean fauna. The high-altitude bogs, locally known as ‘bofedales’, hold a remarkable number of species (all endemic to this eco-region), specialties such as all three Chilean species of Flamingo (Chilean, Andean and Puna), the delicate Andean Avocet, Giant and Andean coots, Puna Ibis, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Rufous-bellied and Grey-breasted Seedsnipes, Andean Avocet, Andean Lapwing, Puna Plover, and the exquisite Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. The surrounding barren plains are a very good habitat for both Puna Rhea and Puna Tinamou. An impressive cast indeed. At 4,500m / 14,763ft, Lake Chungara area will be the highest spot during our entire trip. Surrounded by imposing volcanoes, this is a magnificent place and probably one of the most beautiful views that we will have during our whole Chilean Birding Adventure. Among the species we can find here are Andean Gull, Andean Flicker, Cordilleran Canastero, Puna and White-fronted Ground Tyrants, Andean Negrito, White-winged Diuca Finch and Black Siskin.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro, Arica (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Attagis gayi © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 4 • Boat rip off Arica – Azapa and Chaca oasis valleys

Early in the morning, we will explore the productive estuary of the Lluta river in order to watch the shorebirds and gulls which gather here to roost, usually in large numbers. Later we will take a pelagic boat trip off Arica (c. 3 hours) to continue our search for the endemic seabirds of the Humboldt Current. We will look this time for Peruvian Diving Petrel and with luck, we may also find Elliot’s and Markham’s Storm Petrels; even the rare Wedge-rumped and Ringed Storm Petrels are among the cast of possibilities! The delightful Inca Tern will be a common sight around the harbour plus Common and South American Terns. The endangered and local Peruvian Tern is another potential species for the morning.In the afternoon we will investigate the bird-rich valleys of Azapa and Chaca, the haunt of specialties such as Croaking Ground Dove, Chilean Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Oasis Hummingbird, Tamarugo and Cinereous conebills, Bran-coloured and Vermillion flycatchers, Peruvian Meadowlark and the odd-looking Slender-billed Finch.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro, Arica (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Band-tailed Seedeater (Catamenia analis), Putre, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions - http://www.fsexpeditions.com

Band-tailed Seedeater, Catamenia analis, Putre, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 5 • Arica – Flight to Santiago

We will take an early flight to Santiago where our trip ends. (Breakfast)


Optional extra day at Salar de Surire 

To see the Surire saltpan at sunrise is certainly one of the most fascinating sights of the whole Chilean altiplano, as the lake holds one of the largest concentrations of the rare Puna Flamingo. Puna Rhea, Puna Tinamou Chilean and Andean flamingos, Andean Lapwing and a large variety of waterfowl including Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Crested Duck and Speckled Teal are also found here. Surire is reached after a nearly 3-hour drive from Putre, so an early start is required to see the lake at dawn. We guarantee that you won't be disappointed!


Puna Flamingo, Phoenicoparrus jamesi © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Puna or James' Flamingo, Phoenicoparrus jamesi © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions



Trip Map

Birding Northern Chile, The Atacama Desert & the Altiplano


Dates & Rates 


Birding Northern Chile
Trip Code  CHL02 • CHL004
Trip Length  5 days, 4 nights from Santiago, Chile
Dates 2018 October 27 - Nov 1
Price per person $1,898
Single Supplement  $150

Trips are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. Maximum group size 8 participants.


Rates for Custom Private Departures: You choose the date.

Available year-round. Daily departures from Santiago de Chile or Arica, Chile.


Birding Northern Chile
Trip Code CHL02 • CHL004
Trip Length 5 days, 4 nights + Extra optional day at Surire
No. of guests 2 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person  $2,948 $1,898 $150
Extra day at Surire $638 $418 $35
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 participants. 


Do you also want to go to San Pedro de Atacama? 

Check details of our Atacama Desert Explorer photo tour (6 days).


Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago to Arica?

Domestic flights Santiago – Arica – Santiago (from US$ 300-350 per person).

Duration of the flight: 3.5 hours (with a stop-over in Iquique).


What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, and park entrance fees.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights (Santiago – Arica – Santiago or other route), tipping, 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.



Photo Gallery 

Check out our photo gallery with images from recent birding trips and photo safaris to Northern Chile


Torrent Duck - male (Merganetta armata leucogenis), Lauca National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Male of Torrent Duck, Merganetta armata leucogenys, Lauca National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions



Field Checklist 






Family Rheidae [Rheas]

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata 




Family Tinamidae [Tinamous]

Ornate Tinamou Nothoprocta ornata

Puna Tinamou Tinamotis pentlandii




Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]

Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis

Puna Teal Anas puna

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis




Family Podicipedidae [Grebes];

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis




Family Phoenicopteridae [Flamingos]

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus

James's Flamingo Phoenicoparrus jamesi




Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti




Family Diomedeidae [Albatrosses]

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris


Family Procellariidae [Petrels and Shearwaters]

Northern Giant-Petrel Macronectes halli

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica

Buller's Shearwater Puffinus bulleri

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus


Family Hydrobatidae [Storm-Petrels]

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

White-vented Storm-Petrel Oceanites gracilis

Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma tethys

Markham's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma markhami

Ringed Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi


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]

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus


Family Ardeidae [Herons]

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea


Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]

Puna Ibis Plegadis ridgwayi




Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus




Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus




Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

Giant Coot Fulica gigantea

Slate-colored Coot Fulica ardesiaca

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

Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

Puna Plover Charadrius alticola

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Phegornis mitchellii


Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater


Family Recurvirostridae [Avocets and Stilts]

Andean Avocet Recurvirostra andina


Family Burhinidae [Thick-knees]

Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris


Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Puna Snipe Gallinago andina

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Red Knot Calidris canutus

Sanderling Calidris alba

Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius


Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi

Gray-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus


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

Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus

Gray Gull Leucophaeus modestus

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Peruvian Tern Sternula lorata

Inca Tern Larosterna inca

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis


Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger




Family Columbidae [Pigeons]

Croaking Ground Dove Columbina cruziana

Bare-faced Ground Dove Metriopelia ceciliae

Black-winged Ground Dove Metriopelia melanoptera

Golden-spotted Ground Dove Metriopelia aymara

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa

West Peruvian Dove Zenaida meloda

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata




Family Cuculidae [Cuckoos]

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris




Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]

Barn Owl Tyto alba


Family Strigidae [Owls]

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Peruvian Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium peruanum

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia




Family Caprimulgidae [Nightjars]

Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris




Family Apodidae [Swifts]

Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus


Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]

Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans

Andean Hillstar Oreotrochilus estella

Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas

Chilean Woodstar Eulidia yarrellii

Oasis Hummingbird Rhodopis vesper

Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora




Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]

Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola




Family Falconidae [Falcons]

Southern Caracara Caracara plancus

Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus




Family Psittacidae [Parrots]

Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons






Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Grayish Miner Geositta maritima

Puna Miner Geositta punensis

Straight-billed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus ruficaudus

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

White-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthis albigula

Plain-breasted Earthcreeper Upucerthia jelskii

Cream-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes albiventris

White-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes atacamensis

Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes nigrofumosus

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Streaked Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura striata

Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Canyon Canastero Asthenes pudibunda


Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides

Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris

Bran-colored Flycatcher Myiophobus fasciatus

Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas

Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Puna Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis

Cinereous Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus

White-fronted Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albifrons

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

White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis albicauda

Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis micropterus

Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant Polioxolmis rufipennis

d'Orbigny's Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca oenanthoides

White-browed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca leucophrys

Short-tailed Field Tyrant Muscigralla brevicauda




Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Andean Swallow Orochelidon andecola

Peruvian Martin Progne murphyi

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]

House Wren Troglodytes aedon


Family Turdidae [Thrushes]

Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco


Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]

Yellowish Pipit Anthus lutescens


Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]

Blue-and-yellow Tanager Pipraeidea bonariensis

Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum

Tamarugo Conebill Conirostrum tamarugense

Giant Conebill Oreomares fraseri

Black-throated Flowerpiercer Diglossa brunneiventris

Black-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus atriceps

Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Red-backed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus dorsalis

White-throated Sierra-Finch Phrygilus erythronotus

Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch Phrygilus plebejus

Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus

White-winged Diuca-Finch Diuca speculifera

Slender-billed Finch Xenospingus concolor

Puna Yellow-Finch Sicalis lutea

Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch Sicalis uropygialis

Greenish Yellow-Finch Sicalis olivascens

Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina

Chestnut-throated Seedeater Sporophila telasco

Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis

Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris


Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis


Family Parulidae [Wood-Warblers]

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla


Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Peruvian Meadowlark Sturnella bellicosa


Family Fringillidae [Finches]

Thick-billed Siskin Sporagra crassirostris

Hooded Siskin Sporagra magellanica

Black Siskin Sporagra atrata


Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]

House Sparrow Passer domesticus





Family Dasypodidae (Armadillos)

Andean Hairy Armadillo Chaetophractus nationi




Family Chinchillidae (Chinchillas & Viscachas)

Mountain viscacha Lagidium viscacia


Family Cricetidae (Hamsters, Voles & New World Rats)

Bolivian big-eared Mouse Auliscomys boliviensis




Family Camelidae (Camels)

Guanaco Lama guanicoe

Llama Lama glama

Alpaca Lama pacos

Vicuña Vicugna vicugna


Family Cervidae (Deer)

Norther Huemul or Taruca Hippocamelus antisensis



Family Felidae (Cats)

Andean Cat Leopardus jacobita


Family Canidae (Dogs)

Culpeo Fox Lycalopex culpaeus

South American Gray Fox Lycalopex griseus


Family Otariidae (Eared Seals)

South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens


Family Mustelidae (Weasels and Relatives)

Marine Otter Lontra felina



How to Book


Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.


Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such notice is received by us.


Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

• If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit minus US$ 200 is refundable.
• If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.
• If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.
This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.