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Northern Chile Wildlife Adventure

Take this tour and get a unique glimpse into the land, wildlife and people of northern Chile, the Atacama Desert and the Altiplano. Vast landscapes of strange and imposing beauty, unique birds, mammals and plants, and a cultural heritage that goes back thousands of years beyond the Inca empire, reflected in archaeological treasures, ethnic and cultural aspects of everyday life like agricultural methods, house building and food, all more than make for superb photography and a travelling experience that will treat your senses.

Next departures: October 1-6, 2018 & November 3-8, 2018 • 8 guests plus FSE Tour Leader.

6-day trip • Starts/Ends: Santiago, Chile. Custom departures; check out our updated rates.


The the omnipresent and imposing Payachatas, meaning ¨The Twin Volcanoes¨, the Pomerape, 6232m/20,446ft and the Parinacota, 6,110m/20,046ft, Lauca National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The majestic Lauca National Park and its majestic volcanoes © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Book this trip, reserve space now!

If you’re into wildlife, landscape and/or cultural photography, this tour will appeal to you. No matter what your skill level as a photographer, from amateur to pro, you’ll be in for a treat! Travel in comfort through one of the most spectacular and picturesque parts of Chile, the northern Atacama Desert and High Andean plateau or Altiplano, an area teeming with wildlife, be it either birds, mammals or plants, and full of history and a rich cultural heritage dating back to pre-Inca occupation, still pretty much alive with customs, food and ways of life that have kept a strong tradition of agriculture and herding through the centuries. Add a pristine atmosphere that renders great luminosity and breathtaking nocturnal skies, the awe-inspiring landscapes of spots like Lauca National Park, Surire salt flat, the twin volcanoes of Parinacota, Andean bogs and blue lakes that reflect the surrounding snow-capped peaks, the driest desert in the world and picturesque, ancient villages scattered between mountain passes and green valleys, and you have a trip that would be hard to match in beauty, diversity and incredible opportunities for every kind of outdoors photography.



Mountain Viscacha, Lagidium viscacia. Los Flamencos National Wildlife Reserve, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions Overview


Itinerary in Brief (6 days, 5 nights)

Day 1 • Morning flight to Arica – Azapa and Lluta valleys – Anthropological museum and geoglyphs – Arica (1 night)

Day 2 • Boat trip south of Arica for seabird and sea lion colonies – Drive to the highlands: Pukará de Copaquilla – Putre (3 nights)

Day 3 • Putre and surroundings – Socoroma

Day 4 • Los Flamencos National Wildlife Reserve: Surire salt flat

Day 5 • Lauca National Park: Parinacota, Bofedal de Caquena and Chungará Lake – Arica (1 night)

Day 6 • Flight to Santiago de Chile – End of the tour

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive visit to Northern Chile's wildlife hotspots: Arica, Salar de Surire and Lauca National Park.

• Spectacular Andean birds such as Lesser Rhea, Puna Tinamou, Giant Coot, Andean Avocet, Andean Goose, and three species of flamingo including Chilean, Andean and Puna.

• 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.

• A study of the rich cultural history (and pre-history) from the people of the High Andes and the Atacama Desert.

• Ideal journey for nature photographers (of all levels) as well as nature enthusiasts.



Photographing the majestic Chandelier cactus, Browningia candelaris © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsDetailed Itinerary and Activities


Day 1 • Morning flight to Arica – Azapa and Lluta valleys – Anthropological museum and geoglyphs – Arica coastal areas

Our Northern Chile wildlife adventure begins today! From Santiago airport you will catch a morning flight (c. 2.5 hours) to Arica, Chile’s northernmost city (18°S). Arica lies between the Pacific Ocean and the steep coast of the Atacama Desert and besides its natural riches, it is also a place full of history, as one of the decisive battles of the Pacific War between Chile and the Peru-Bolivia confederation (1879-1882) took place atop the cliffs guarding the bay, and long before that, its shores and coastal valleys were the home of the Chinchorro culture, who mummified their dead already around 8,000 BC, pre-dating the Egyptians by several thousand years. After your arrival, you will be transferred to our seaside hotel, a convenient base for our explorations of Arica’s coast. We’ll visit the Lluta river mouth to look for shorebirds, and from here we’ll drive east into the Azapa valley where we’ll visit the University Museum which holds an impressive collection of Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world. Later on we’ll explore the valley in search of a wealth of desert loving bird species such as Peruvian Sheartail and the odd-looking Slender-billed Finch. Azapa valley is renowned for being an olive growing country, and both its olives and olive oil are well known in Chile for their exceptional quality. This is also the place where we´ll visit a unique ¨hummingbird garden¨, an orchard whose owner has turned it into a small home preserve into which up to four different species of hummingbirds can be found flying around, feeding on the flowers and sometimes nesting on the trees, providing with great photographic opportunities. These places are also remarkable for the presence of some giant geogliphs that were left by the ancient natives in the slopes of hills dominating the valley. They date from at least 600-800 years BC and mostly depict scenes reflecting the semi-nomadic life of these ancient herders, like llama caravans, shepherds, birds and other wildlife and hunting scenes.

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


Humboldt Penguin, Spheniscus humboldti © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 2 • Morning boat trip south of Arica for seabird and sea lion colonies – Afternoon drive to the highlands: Visit to Pukará de Copaquilla – Putre

Early in the morning, we will take a short boat trip off Arica (c. 3 hours), to continue our search for the endemic seabirds of the Humboldt Current, especially the endangered Humboldt Penguin; other seabirds we should encounter include Peruvian Pelican, Guanay Cormorant and the stunning Inca Tern plus large numbers of South American Sea Lion. These seabirds have always been known for producing huge amounts of guano, a prime fertilizer and source of nitrates that played a key role in the rise and development of the Inca Empire, and after the arrival of the Europeans, helped to fuel the economics of the Spanish Crown and establish the American colonies ruled from the Viceroyalty of Peru. This boat trip along the coast south from Arica will give us some idea of the huge productivity of the Humboldt Current ecosystem as we contemplate the large seabird and marine mammal colonies present in the area. Later on we’ll drive east across the barren Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the planet, towards the mountains. Andean Swifts and Grayish Miners are possible bird species just before we reach the hyper-arid desert stretch, as we drive up to the highlands, to reach the foothills of the Andes and the charming village of Putre. We will make a few stops along this interesting road, particularly to study closely the remarkable Chandelier cactus (Browningia candelaris) plus other desert vegetation growing in the barren hillsides. Close to Putre, we´ll find a National Monument, the old Inca fortress or pukara of Copaquilla, a complex of some 400 stone buildings defended by a double stone wall, dating from the XIIth century.

Overnight at Hotel Q’Antati, Putre (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


The Lama, the domesticated descendant of the Guanaco, near Parinacota, northern Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 3 • Exploring Putre and surroundings – Visit to Socoroma

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 day. The “pre-puna” semi-arid bushy slopes are very rich in avian life: The gardens, cultivated terraces, eucalyptus groves and rocky walls surrounding Putre are the perfect habitat for Sparkling Violetear and Andean Hillstar, Golden-billed Saltator and Blue-and-yellow Tanager are among the range of exciting birds that occur here. If we’re lucky we might spot the rare Northern Huemul Deer or Taruca and herds of Guanaco in the surrounding hills. Today we´ll explore Putre and its surroundings, and take a short drive to visit the picturesque village of Socoroma, known for still using the agricultural terraces, a system for growing crops inherited from the Inca that has come all the way down to our present time. Its old houses and church are also a fine example of the ancient adobe construction technique, which has been kept alive through generations.

Overnight at Hotel Q’Antati, Putre (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Cumulopuntia boliviana ssp. ignescens © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 4 • Los Flamencos National Wildlife Reserve: Full day visit to Surire salt flat

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! This salt flat is really a must for birders, especially if you like flamingos, for it is one of the very few places in the world where you can find all three species of High Andean flamingos in the wild, including the rare , range-restricted and endangered Puna Flamingo. The critically endangered and even rarer Puna Rhea is also present in the area, and the lovely vizcachas living in the rocky outcrops just by the ranger´s hut will delight you with their tameness and funny antics. But it´s not only wildlife photographers that will be delighted, for this site offers superb landscape photography as well, with its salt flat, mountains and rock formations.

Overnight at Hotel Q’Antati, Putre (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Surire is one of the few places where reliably you can photograph the three flamingo species. Andean, Chilean and the rare Puna Flamingo © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 5 • Lauca National Park: Parinacota, Bofedal de Caqueña and Chungará Lake – Drive to Arica

Vicuña, vicugna vicugna, Lauca National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsToday we´ll visit the breathtaking Chungara Lake, truly one of the highlights of the trip, but before reaching it we´ll stop by the unique tiny village of Parinacota. Parinacota means ¨Lake of the Flamingos¨, and true to its name, the village is set among a group of lakes and ponds where these beautiful birds live. The hamlet dates from pre-incan days but it is better known for its old adobe and clay church, a fine example of XVIIth century Andean Baroque. The Altiplano (or High Andean plateau) 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, Lauca National Park (and World Biosphere Reserve) supports a great diversity of High Andean (or ‘puna’) specialties. All three flamingo species - Chilean, James’s and Andean flamingos are often found here. Chungara Lake will be the highest spot during our entire trip (4,500 meters / 14,763 ft) and is surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes; this is a magnificent place and probably one of the most beautiful vistas that we will have during our whole Chilean Wildlife Adventure. The lake is full of birds including the striking Giant Coot and noisy Andean Gull. The surrounding bogs, locally known as bofedales, hold interesting mammals, all specialized to the high altitude, such as herds of Vicuña and charismatic Mountain Viscacha. The landscape of this area is dominated by the omnipresent and imposing Payachatas, meaning ¨The Twin Volcanoes¨, the Pomerape, 6232m/20,446ft and the Parinacota, 6,110m/20,046ft, situated on the border with Bolivia. The breathtaking sight of these magnificent twin snow-capped peaks reflecting on the blue altiplanic lakes is one of the gems of the high Andes and will probably be one of the most enduring memories from your trip to Northern Chile. After an evening drive we’ll be back in Arica to spend the night.

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


Day 6 • Arica – Transfer to the airport – Flight to Santiago de Chile

End of the trip (Breakfast)



Tour Map

Northern Chile Photography Adventure Tour Map 


Dates & Rates


Scheduled Departures: 

Group trip (up to 8 guests), fully guided by a Tour Leader from our company.


Northern Chile Wildlife Adventure
Trip Code CHL07 • CHL005
Trip Length 6 days, 5 nights
Dates 2018 Oct 1-6, Nov 3-8
2019 TBA
Price per person  USD2,175
Single Supplement USD183


Custom Private Departures:

You choose the date. Available year-round. Departures from Santiago de Chile or Arica, Chile.


Northern Chile Wildlife Adventure
Trip Code CHL07 • CHL005
Trip Length 6 days, 5 nights
No. of guests 2 3 4 Single Suppl.
Price per person USD3,581 Ask USD2,175 USD183
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 participants.



- The above price is per person in USD, based in single or double accommodation.

- January and February months are the rainy season in the Altiplano.


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$ 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 wildlife photo safaris to Northern Chile.


The Payachatas, the 'twin volcanoes', Parinacota and Pomerape from the scenic Bofedal de Caquena © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions



Wildlife 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 noticed 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 less 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.