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Mammals and Birds of Patagonia - Cetaceans and Pumas at the Ends of the World

Small group trip to observe and photograph the unique array of mammals and birds of the southernmost regions of Chile: Patagonia's Chiloé Island, Torres del Paine, and Tierra del Fuego.

12-day trip. Starts: Puerto Montt, Chile – Ends: Punta Arenas, Chile. 2018: January 20-31 • 2019: January 19-30.

 

Kodkod or Güiña (Leopardus guigna) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

Kodkod or Güiña (Leopardus guigna) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!This comprehensive itinerary presents us with the unique chance of exploring Patagonia and its mammals and birds. Most of the tours coming to the area are focused on beautiful landscapes and on the bigger animals that are the easiest to watch; with us, besides exploring and admiring the landscapes you will see a significant part of the endemic mammals and birds of the region, several of them very rare and/or difficult to observe.  Ferry crossings and pelagic trips in Chiloe Island and the Magellan Straits are both very good for seabirds and marine mammals: Blue and Humpback whales and other cetaceans such as Chilean and Peale's dolphins, South American Sea Lion, two species of local and highly range-restricted otters. Magnificent seabirds including several tubenoses like Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar and Pincoya and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and up to three penguin species including Humboldt, Magellanic and King. In land, up to three species of fox including Darwin's, Chilla and Culpeo, Puma and Guanaco, Huemul Deer, Hairy Armadillo, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk, Patagonian Weasel, and other mammals of the Valdivian temperate rainforest like the tiny Pudu Deer and hopefully Kodkod, one of the world's rarest cats. Forest birds such as the magnificent Magellanic Woodpecker and endemic tapaculos, and rare waders including Magellanic Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Two-banded Plover and seedsnipes.  As you can see, the variety of subjects on this quest for the mammals and birds of Patagonia is almost endless…like the memories you’ll keep of this memorable experience. 

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Darwin's Fox, Lycalopex fulvipes, Tepuhueico, Chiloe Island, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South ExpeditionsItinerary in Brief (12 days, 11 nights) 

Day 1 • Puerto Montt – Chiloé Island and Tepuhueico Park (2 nights) 

Day 2 • Tepuhueico Park for Darwin's Fox, Pudu deer and woodland birds 

Day 3 • Quellon – Yaldad Inlet boat trip for Chilean Dolphin – Castro (2 nights) 

Day 4 • Boat trip to Puñihuil and Metalqui islands for marine mammals and seabirds 

Day 5 • Chepu for Southern River Otter – Caulin Bay – Puerto Varas (1 night) 

Day 6 • Boat trip off Reloncavi Gulf for Pincoya Storm-Petrel – Flight to Punta Arenas (1 night) 

Day 7 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King Penguins – Porvenir (1 night) 

Day 8 • Drive to Torres del Paine – Torres del Paine (3 nights) 

Day 9 • Torres del Paine National Park: puma tracking 

Day 10 • Torres del Paine National Park 

Day 11 • Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales (1 night) 

Day 12 • Punta Arenas – End of the trip 

 

Trip Highlights

• Explore lush and pristine Valdivian temperate forests, home to many endemic tapaculos and other woodland birds. 

• Up to three dolphin species including Peale's, Chilean and Commerson's. 

• Two species of local and highly range-restricted otters. 

• Boat trip looking for dolphins and interesting seabirds including several tubenoses. 

• Up to three species of fox including Darwin's, Chilla and Culpeo. 

• Comprehensive trip to Patagonia's Torres del Paine with a focus on finding Puma. 

• Ferry crossings in Chiloe Island and the Magellan Straits, both very good for seabirds and marine mammals. 

• Rare waders including Magellanic Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Rufous-chested Dotterel and Two-banded Plover, and Seedsnipes. 

• Up to three penguin species including Humboldt, Magellanic and King. 

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Day 1 • Puerto Montt – Chiloé Island and Tepuhueico Park 

Departing from Puerto Montt, we will take a ferry across the Chacao Channel to the magical island of Chiloé, a place full of traditions, legends, customs and unique wildlife, where we’ll explore several different locations and environments. After a few hours we’ll arrive at the lush Tepuhueico Park, a magnificent, untouched example of Valdivian Temperate Rainforest. 

Overnight (O/N) at Hotel Tepuhueico, Tepuhueico (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

Magellanic Woodpecker - female, Campephilus magellanicus, Patagonia, Chile © Octavio Campos Salles

 

Day 2 • Tepuhueico Park for Darwin's Fox, Pudu Deer and woodland birds 

We will have the whole day to explore the pristine Tepuhueico woodlands, which are part of the unique ecosystem known as Valdivian Temperate Rainforest. Tepuhueico Park has the reputation of being a highly reliable place to see the critically endangered Chilean endemic Darwin's Fox. A few hundred individuals of this fox survive in the ecotone between the dense temperate forests and the coast. We will have interesting walks in search of Darwin's Fox, Pudu Deer (the second smallest deer in the world) and the Kodkod or Guigna (a very rare woodland cat). While searching for this array of enigmatic and poorly known mammals, we find several endemic birds of the Patagonian woodlands such as Black-throated Huet-huet, Chucao, Ochre-flanked and Magellanic tapaculos, Patagonian Tyrant, Des Murs Wiretail, Chilean Pigeon, Magellanic Woodpecker, Chilean Hawk and Green-backed Firecrown. 

O/N Tepuhueico Lodge, Tepuhueico (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

Darwin's Fox, Lycalopex darwini, Tepuhueico, Chiloe, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions
  Darwin's Fox, Lycalopex darwini, Tepuhueico, Chiloe, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Quellon – Yaldad Inlet boat trip for Chilean Dolphin – Castro 

We will drive down to Quellon, Chiloé's southernmost town, and from here we will visit Yaldad inlet and its scenic surroundings in our quest for the endemic Chilean Dolphin. After spending the whole morning and early afternoon on this search and studying the several species of seabirds, waterfowl and migratory waders, we will drive to Castro. Our base here is Hotel Quilquico, a delightful facility built in the traditional construction style of the archipelago. If we have time we will explore the famous wooden churches of Castro and Dalcahue, a striking part of the cultural heritage characteristic of Chiloe. 

O/N Hotel Parque Quilquico, Castro (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Peale's Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus australis, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Peale's Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus australis, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 4 • Boat trip to Puñihuil and Metalqui islands for marine mammals and seabirds

Today we’ll take a boat to explore two groups of islets that are home to a surprisingly diverse ensemble of seabirds and marine mammals. We'll start with the closest to shore, Puñihuil Islets, where we’ll find Magellanic and Humbodt penguins, Flightless Steamer Duck, Kelp Goose and Red-legged Cormorant, among other seabird species, and Southern Marine OtterWe'll then head south to Metalqui Islets, where we’ll watch a South American Sea Lion colony and small groups of South American Fur Seal. A careful inspection of the beaches might produce sightings of Southern Elephant Seal. On our way back to our departure site we’ll first sail into offshore waters to look for the largest animal that has ever lived on our planet, the magnificent Blue Whale. There is a recently discovered nursery area for them in this region and the presence of a few hundred individuals has been documented in the whole archipelago, particularly on its western coast and around the Gulf of Corcovado. Blue Whales can be recognized at a distance by their impressive spouts, their bluish-back coloration and their very small dorsal fins. We will also have great chances of seeing pelagic seabirds such as Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, and Pink-footed, Sooty and Little Shearwaters.

O/N Hotel Parque Quilquico, Castro (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus, off western Chiloe, Chile © Jordi Plana Morales

Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus, off western Chiloe, Chile © Jordi Plana Morales

 

Day 5 • Chepu for Southern River Otter – Caulin Bay – Puerto Varas 

Early in the morning we will explore Chepu River. This meandering and pristine water course is bordered by lush, dense rainforests and its clear waters are home to a critically endangered species, the Southern River Otter. We will look for it and hopefully our patience and efforts will be rewarded. We will also have chances with the rare Rufous-tailed Hawk and the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet. On our way back to Puerto Montt we will stop at the mudflats of Caulin Bay, which holds an important part of the world population of Hudsonian Godwit, which winters here and in other extensive bays of Patagonia, along with Red Knot and a variety of other shorebirds. From here we’ll board the ferry back to Puerto Montt and drive to the beautiful town of Puerto Varas by Lake Llanquihue, where we´ll spend the night.

O/N Hotel Cabañas del Lago, Puerto Varas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Huillin or Southern River Otter, Lontra provocax, Chiloe, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Huillin or Southern River Otter, Lontra provocax, Chiloe, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 6 • Boat trip off Reloncavi Gulf for Pincoya Storm-Petrel – Flight to Punta Arenas 

Today we´ll take another morning boat trip to the Gulf of Reloncaví where we’ll have the exciting opportunity to see and study the newly-discovered Pincoya Storm Petrel that breeds somewhere in Chiloé archipelago. Back to Puerto Montt, we’ll drive to the airport to take a 2-hour flight down to Punta Arenas, Chile's southernmost city, located at the very tip of the South American Continent in the Northern shore of the Straits of Magellan.

O/N Hotel Diego de Almagro, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

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

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

 

Day 7 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King Penguins – Porvenir 

Today we’ll take a ferry across the mythical Straits of Magellan into a land of legends, the vast Tierra del Fuego Island. After landing we’ll drive along its will explore the huge embayment of Bahía Inútil – Useless Bay – Large numbers of Kelp, Brown-hooded and Dolphin gulls and South American Tern live here, where some other seabirds and aquatic birds like Flightless and Flying steamer ducks, Kelp Goose and King, Imperial and Rock Cormorants. We will visit a nature reserve holding the only continental South American King Penguin colony, and later drive back to Porvenir to spend the night there.

O/N Yendegaia House, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonica, Useless Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonica, Useless Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 8 • Drive to Torres del Paine – Torres del Paine 

Today we will drive across the windswept Patagonia in search of steppe specialties including Ruddy-headed Goose, Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Short-billed Miner, Band-tailed Earthcreeper and Chocolate-vented Tyrant. A short ferry ride will take us to back to mainland and if we are lucky we’ll have the striking Commerson’s Dolphin following the wake. Chilean Flamingos, Upland Goose, Coscoroba Swan, Silver Teal, Black-headed Duck and Rosy-billed Pochard are all found here. Waders such as Wilson’s Phalarope, Baird’s and White-rumped Sandpipers will be common at the roadside ponds while we explore and enjoy the beauty of this “big sky”, open country. From here you will be transferred to Torres del Paine National Park. During our journey to the park, we might find Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, and Patagonian Skunk, while enjoying our first contact with Southern Beech (Nothofagus) forests. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. 

O/N Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 

 

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 9 • Torres del Paine National Park: puma tracking

We have planned a busy day and night schedule in search of Puma in the area. We will inspect the immediate surroundings of our hotel at night as well as the puma hunting grounds located in the eastern part of the park. The area between the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul, is known for holding one of the largest concentrations of puma in the wild. February through April is a particularly good period to look for them, as the females are actively hunting to provide food to their growing cubs; at this time they are not active just by night but also in the twilight. To see a female puma and its large-sized cubs against this magnificent mountain backdrop and dramatic skies is one of the most impressive sights in this wilderness. In company of our guide and puma tracker we will follow puma family groups and watch them from a safe distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. We’ll also look for other mammals around, including the ubiquitous Guanaco, Andean or Huemul Deer, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and the two foxes present in the park, Chilla and Culpeo.

O/N Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Puma, Puma concolor patagonica, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Puma, Puma concolor patagonica, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 10 • Torres del Paine National Park

This morning we will explore the ponds on the eastern side of the park in search of more waterfowl, including Spectacled Duck, Chiloe Wigeon, Speckled Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail and Crested Duck among others. Black-necked Swan and Great Grebe are also found here. Cinereous Harrier and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle are often seen hovering in search of prey. Chilean Flicker, Striped Woodpecker and Austral Pygmy Owl will be our targets around a patch of secondary woodland. We will scan the white water rivers for the remarkable Torrent Duck. In the eastern side of the park, we’ll find groups of the southernmost representative of the camel family, the charismatic Guanaco. The reed-fringed lagoons can be very interesting: Andean Duck, Silvery and White-tufted grebes, and with luck the elusive and recently re-discovered Austral Rail, are all present here. We will visit Lake Grey to enjoy the dramatic sight of its southern shore dominated by stunning blue icebergs, and the surrounding sub-Antarctic forests will provide with chances to see Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-throated Treerunner, Austral Parakeet, Austral Blackbird and the striking Magellanic Woodpecker.

O/N Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine NP, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine NP, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 11 • Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales 

Early in the morning we will explore the Baguales Range, located northeast of Torres del Paine. Along the road, in the scrubby gullies, we will look for interesting passerines such as Patagonian Mockingbird and Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant. As we continue exploring this montane habitat we might find the local White-throated Caracara, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Cinnamon-bellied and Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrants, Patagonian and Greater Yellow-Finches and the stunning Yellow-bridled Finch. During the afternoon you will be transferred to Puerto Natales to spend the night.

O/N Hotel Weskar Lodge, Puerto Natales (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Huemul or Andean Deer, Hippocamelus bisulcus, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Huemul or Andean Deer, Hippocamelus bisulcus, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 12 • Punta Arenas – End of the trip

End of services after breakfast. Complimentary transfers to Punta Arenas airport for connecting flights to Santiago and home. (Breakfast)

 

MAP

Trip Map

 

Mammals and Birds of Patagonia Trip Map

 

DATES & RATES

Dates and Rates

 

Mammals and Birds of Patagonia
Trip Code PAT07 • PAT006
Trip Length 12 days, 11 nights
Dates 2018 Jan 20-31
2019 Jan 19-30
Price per person (USD) $5,998
Single Supplement (USD) $850

Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum group size 8 guests.

 

What the trip includes/excludes

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, boat trips, and park entrance fees.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, drinks, à la carte dishes, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago to Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas?

Domestic flights Santiago – Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas – Santiago (from US$ 300-400 per person).

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

Check out our photo gallery with images from recent mammals and bird trips to Chiloe Island, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. 

 

Southern Gray Fox, Lycalopex griseus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Southern Gray Fox, Lycalopex griseus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Mammals and birds possible to be seen during this trip.

 

Birds Mammals

 

Rheas | Fam. Rheidae

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata

 

Tinamous | Fam. Tinamidae

Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria

 

Penguins | Fam. Spheniscidae

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus

 

Grebes | Fam. Podicipedidae

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Great Grebe Podicephorus major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis


Albatrosses | Fam. Diomedeidae

Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans

Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri

Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris


Shearwaters & Petrels | Fam. Procellariidae

Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes halli

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

 

Storm-Petrels | Fam. Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

 

Diving-Petrels | Fam. Pelecanoididae

Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani

Pelicans | Fam. Pelecanidae

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus

 

Gannets & Boobies | Fam. Sulidae

Peruvian Booby Sula variegata

 

Cormorants | Fam. Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi

Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii

Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps


Herons, Egrets & Bitterns | Fam. Ardeidae

Stripe-backed Bittern Ixobrychus involucris

Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax


Ibises & Spoonbills | Fam. Threskiornithidae

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

 

Flamingos | Fam. Phoenicopteridae

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

 

Ducks, Geese & Swans | Fam. Anatidae

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala

Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps

Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres

Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris

Spectacled Duck Anas specularis

Crested Duck Anas specularioides

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis

Silver Teal Anas versicolor

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla

Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata

 

New World Vultures | Fam. Cathartidae

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus

 

Hawks, Eagles & Kites | Fam. Accipitridae

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis

Harris' Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma

Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis

 

Falcons & Caracaras | Fam. Falconidae

White-throated Caracara Phalcoboenus albogularis

Striated Caracara Phalcoboenus australis (*)

Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


Rails, Gallinules & Coots | Fam. Rallidae

Austral Rail Rallus antarcticus

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons

 

Oystercatchers | Fam. Haematopodidae

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus


Plovers & Lapwings | Fam. Charadriidae

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica

Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus

Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis

 

Magellanic Plover | Fam. Pluvianellidae

Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis


Sandpipers & Allies | Fam. Scolopacidae

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Fuegian Snipe Gallinago stricklandii (*)

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Red Knot Calidris canutus

Sanderling Calidris alba

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria

 

Seedsnipes | Fam. Thinocoridae

White-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis malouinus (*)

Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus

 

Sheathbills | Fam. Chionidae

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba (*)

 

Skuas & Jaegers | Fam. Stercoraridae

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

 

Gulls | Fam. Laridae

Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui

 

Skimmers | Fam. Rhynchopidae

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger


Doves & Pigeons | Fam. Columbidae

Rock Dove Columba livia

Chilean Pigeon Columba araucana

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

 

Parrots, Macaws & Allies | Fam. Psittacidae

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

Slender-billed Parakeet (E) Enicognathus leptorhynchus

 

Barn Owls | Fam. Tytonidae

Barn Owl Tyto alba

 

Typical Owls | Fam. Strigidae

Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus

Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nanum

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

 

Nightjars & Allies | Fam. Caprimulgidae

Band-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longirostris

 

Hummingbirds | Fam. Trochilidae

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

 

Kingfishers | Fam. Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata

 

Woodpeckers & Allies | Fam. Picidae

Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus

 

Ovenbirds | Fam. Furnariidae

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica

Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Eremobius phoenicurus

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Des Murs' Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Lesser Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Dusky-tailed Canastero (E) Asthenes humicola

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

 

Tapaculos | Fam. Rhinocryptidae

Black-throated Huet-huet Pteroptochos tarnii

Chucao Tapaculo Scelorchilus rubecula

Ochre-flanked Tapaculo Eugralla paradoxa

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

 

Plantcutters | Fam. Phytotomidae

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara

 

Tyrant Flycatchers | Fam. Tyrannidae

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris

Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montana

Great Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis livida

Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana

Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistrata

White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora

Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus

 

Swallows | Fam. Hirundinidae

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

 

Wagtails & Pipits | Fam. Motacillidae

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

 

Wrens | Fam. Troglodytidae

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

 

Mockingbirds & Thrashers | Fam. Mimidae

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus

Chilean Mockingbird (E) Mimus thenca

 

Thrushes & Allies | Fam. Turdidae

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

 

Old World Sparrows | Fam. Passeridae

House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus

 

Siskins, Crossbills & Allies | Fam. Fringillidae

Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

 

Buntings, Sparrows & Allies | Fam. Emberizidae

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Canary-winged Finch Melanodera melanodera

Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma*

Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca

Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola

Patagonian Yellow-Finch Sicalis lebruni

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

 

Troupials & Allies | Fam. Icteridae

Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelaius thilius

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

 

Fam. Dasypodidae

Patagonian Haired Armadillo Chaetophractus villosus

Pichi Zaedyus pichiy

 

Fam. Ctenomyidae

Magellanic Tucotuco Ctenomys magellanicus

 

Fam. Myocastoridae

Coypu Myocastor coypus

 

Fam. Camelidae

Guanaco Lama guanicoe

 

Fam. Cervidae

Southern Andean Deer / Huemul Hippocamelus bisulcus

Southern Pudu Pudu pudu

 

Fam. Felidae

Geoffroy's Cat Leopardus geoffroyi

Kodkod Leopardus guigna

Puma / Mountain Lion Puma concolor

 

Fam. Canidae

Culpeo Fox Lycalopex culpaeus

Darwin's Fox Lycalopex fulvipes

Gray / Chilla Fox Lycalopex griseus

 

Fam. Phocidae

Leopard Seal Hydrurga leptonyx (*)

Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina (*)

 

Fam. Mustelidae

Marine Otter Lontra felina

Southern River Otter Lontra provocax

Patagonian Lesser Weasel Lyncodon patagonicus

 

Fam. Otariidae

South American Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis (*)

South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens

 

Fam. Mephitidae

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus humboldti

 

Fam. Balaenopteridae

Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaengliae (*)

 

Fam. Delphinidae

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Orca / Killer Whale Orcinus orca

 

Fam. Leporidae

Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus capensis

 

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Tour Registration

 

To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

 

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.

 

 
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