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Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina: A Unique Adventure Across the Andes

A unique and special journey across the Andes, especially designed to discover the wealth of birds and landscapes of the central regions of Chile and Argentina; this trip also focuses on the wines that have given these New World countries their well-deserved fame into the international scene. From skulking tapaculos to imposing albatrosses, from extraordinary hummingbirds to majestic Andean Condors, from Chilean Carmeneres to Argentine Malbecs, we will find out that on this land wine literally flows freely. Come and indulge yourself with a taste of Chile and Argentina; its birds and wines are the perfect excuse. 

Next departures: February 24 - March 8, 2018 • February 23 - March 7, 2019 

13-day trip • Starts/Ends: Santiago de Chile 


During this trip, we will visit several wineries in the best-known wine-producing valleys of Chile and Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

During this trip, we will visit several wineries in the best-known wine-producing valleys of Chile and Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Book this trip, reserve space now!On this fascinating trip we will discover the birdlife (and the wines) occurring on both slopes of the majestic Andes, by exploring the central regions of Chile and Argentina. We will commence our adventure birding along the Pacific coast of Chile and discovering the wealth of shorebirds and seabirds of the rich waters of the Humboldt Current; we will have the unique opportunity to find its more emblematic pelagic seabirds, including many species of albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters occurring here. The central region of Chile is characterized by dense 'matorral' (equivalent to California's 'chaparral') vegetation where we expect to see the majority of Chile's terrestrial endemic birds. A short exploration south to the northern limit of Patagonia's temperate forests, will allow us to find some striking tapaculos and hopefully Magellanic Woodpecker. An impressive crossing over the Andes will be the 'grand finale' - this will allow us to reach Argentina and its rich and diverse avifauna. We will have the time to explore from the Andean piedmont down to the xeric 'Monte' Desert and its many specialties. But we can't forget the wine! We have prepared an in-depth wine tasting program, visiting the most remarkable and traditional wineries of Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua valleys in Chile as well as around Mendoza, in Argentina. This trip has been designed for the birder and for the nature enthusiast alike, wishing to combine some time in the field with wine tasting activities. The landscapes and the culture of both countries are equally fascinating and you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about Argentina and Chile from your local leader. Salud! Cheers!





Red-tailed Comet, Sappho sparganura, Mendoza, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsItinerary in Brief (13 days / 12 nights)

Day 1 • Birding around Santiago (Lampa and Batuco marshes) – Visit to Viña Concha & Toro vineyards – Overnight (O/N) Cajon del Maipo, near Santiago (2 nights)

Day 2 • El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales

Day 3 • Drive to Talca – Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve – O/N Vilches (1 night)

Day 4 • Lake Colbun – Visit to Santa Cruz vineyards – O/N Santa Cruz (2 nights)

Day 5 • Colchagua Valley visiting Viu Manent, Montes and Casa Silva vineyards

Day 6 • El Peral Nature Reserve – Visit to Matetic vineyards – Museum of Isla Negra (Neruda's house) – O/N Viña del Mar (3 nights)

Day 7 • Pelagic trip off Valparaiso – Cachagua for Humboldt penguins

Day 8 • La Campana National Park – Visit to Loma Larga & William Cole vineyards, Casablanca Valley

Day 9 • Crossing the Andes into Argentina – Birding Uspallata area – O/N Uspallata (1 night)

Day 10 • Drive to Mendoza – Visit to Cobos and Zuccardi vineyards – O/N Mendoza (2 nights)

Day 11 • Birding towards San Juan – Visit Krontiras vineyards

Day 12 • Drive to Santiago – Birding on route – O/N Santiago (1 night)

Day 13 • End of tour


Trip Highlights

• Birding and natural history trip designed for the birder and the wine enthusiast alike, with many cultural and nature highlights for guests with more relaxed interests in the natural world. An ideal journey for non-birder spouses. 

• In-depth exploration to the best-known wine-producing regions of Chile and Argentina, including visits to several wineries and tasting led by oenology experts and connoisseurs. 

• A rich and diverse avian ensemble comprising the birds of very contrasting regions of central Chile and Argentina: from the Humboldt Current and the Pacific coast over impressive mountains to Andean valleys and xeric 'monte desert' habitats. 



Detailed Itinerary and Activities


Day 1 • Birding around Santiago (Lampa and Batuco) – Visit to Viña Concha & Toro 

This morning will drive a short distance north of Santiago airport to visit some lowland marshes. The conditions over the last decade have been very dry and consequently, this has affected the extent of the marshland. Anyway, our targets here will be the rare South American Painted Snipe, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail and Cocoi Heron. During the afternoon, we will visit Viña Concha y Toro, located at the well-known Maipo Valley. This centenary winery is one of the oldest and largest operations in Chile; we will be delighted to learn about the variety of famed Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere they produce. One of their most famous wines, Casillero del Diablo – Devil’s Cellar–, honors the place we will visit, an old and impressive underground cellar where the landlord used to hide his best wines, telling his employees that the Devil himself dwelled in this dark and mysterious place. 

Overnight at Hotel Peumayen or similar, Santiago (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


The Devil's Cellar, Viña Concha y Toro, Maipo Valley, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

The Devil's Cellar, Viña Concha y Toro, Maipo Valley, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 2 • El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales 

We will have a full day exploring the surroundings of El Yeso reservoir in the Andean foothills, where will hopefully be rewarded with sightings of the endemic Crag Chilia plus our first Andean Condors, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, and several other Andean specialties such as Black-winged Ground Dove, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and Yellow-rumped Siskin. Careful scanning of grasslands and streams may produce the stunning Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, our main target species for the day. This is a lovely mountain spot where we will also have chances for Mountain Parakeet flocks. 

Overnight at Hotel Peumayen or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


Diameded Sandpiper-Plover, Phegornis mitchelli, one of the main targets of our trip to the Andes of central Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Diameded Sandpiper-Plover, one of the main targets of our trip to the Andes of central Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp


Day 3 • Drive to Talca – Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve 

Today we will continue our explorations south of Santiago, driving for at least 2 1/2 hours along the Panamerican Highway. Once we reach Talca, we will head eastwards to the majestic Andes once again. Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve – located in an area better known as Vilches – holds the northernmost southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. Nowadays, these woodlands, deriving from ancient tree lineage, are just found as relict communities in temperate regions of the Southern Hemisphere, in distant places like New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. These temperate woodlands are home for a number of unique forest-dwelling birds. Among others, today we shall be looking for Rufous-legged Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Hawk (and Rufous-tailed Hawk, if we are lucky), White-throated Treerunner and the quasi-endemic Chestnut-throated Huet-huet. Other tapaculos we will be trying to find are the striking Chucao Tapaculo and the skulking Magellanic Tapaculo. 

Overnight at Cabañas El Roble, Vilches (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


Magellanic Woodpecker, Campephilus magellanicus, one of the specialties of the Patagonian woodlands © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Magellanic Woodpecker, Campephilus magellanicus, one of the specialties of the Patagonian woodlands © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 4 • Morning visit to Lake Colbun – Afternoon visit to Viña Santa Cruz

During the morning we will explore the nearby man-made Lake Colbun; here we’ll scan the rocky slopes looking for noisy flocks of the threatened endemic race of Burrowing Parrot. Later, we will descend to the central valley, to immerse ourselves in one of the most famous wine-making regions of Chile – the Colchagua Valley. Santa Cruz is literally the center of the wine industry of this famed region and is a picturesque little town, where we will learn a lot of the culture of this part of the country. The lovely Hotel Santa Cruz will be our base for the following nights, providing us with the chance to explore the museum and its fascinating collections of the pre-history and history of Chile. This afternoon we will explore the homonymous Santa Cruz vineyards to enjoy a sampling of reds and whites and the lovely vistas; we will be visiting the vineyards by the end of the growing season. Along the dirt roads we will try to find the largest of the New World tyrant-flycatchers, the voracious Great Shrike-Tyrant.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)



Enjoying a Carmenere tasting at Casa Silva, one of the prime vineyards in Colchagua Valley © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp 


Day 5 • Santa Cruz Valley visiting Viñas Viu Manent, Montes and Casa Silva

Colchagua Valley and its ‘terroir’ are synonymous to full-bodied and richly flavored red wines, including Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, although praised Merlot and Syrah have been produced in recent years. Today, we have planned to visit at least three top-quality wine properties of the valley including Montes, Viu Manent and Casa Silva for tastings. 

Overnight at Hotel Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


Our guests are welcome to a briefing on the vineyard goods before tasting them first-hand © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp 


Day 6 • Birding at Rio Maipo estuary and Laguna El Peral Nature Reserve – Visit to Matetic vineyards – Visit to Neruda's House  Viña del Mar coastal areas

We will head north and to the coast in order to explore the Maipo river estuary and the productive coastal ponds and marshes nearby. At the tiny El Peral Nature Reserve we will concentrate in finding the cryptic-colored Stripe-backed Bittern, the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck, and the striking Many-colored Rush Tyrant. We will also have a chance to find the scarce and restricted Ticking Doradito. After a rewarding morning, we will visit the splendid facility of Matetic vineyards, where a top-quality tasting of whites and interesting blends waits for us. Just before reaching our seaside hotel, we will inspect the rocky coast for the endemic Chilean Seaside Cinclodes and a variety of Humboldt Current seabird specialties.

Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Humboldt Penguin, Spheniscus humboldti, Cachagua Island, central Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Humboldt Penguin, Spheniscus humboldti, Cachagua Island, central Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 7 • Pelagic off Valparaiso (c. 6 hours) – Afternoon visit to Cachagua (Humboldt penguin colony)

Today we will make an unforgettable visit to the cold and rich waters of the Humboldt Current, considered to be one of the world’s finest pelagic birding locations. We can expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Black-browed and Salvin’s Albatrosses. On recent trips we have often recorded Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering (Antipodean) and both Northern and Southern Royal albatrosses. We should also find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Pintado, Masatierra, Juan Fernandez, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Pink-footed, Buller’s and Sooty Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter include Red (Grey) Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Chilean Skua. Regarding marine mammals, although difficult to predict, Orca, Sperm Whale and large pods of Dusky and Southern Righ-Whale Dolphins are often spotted. We will have repeated sightings of the abundant South American Sea Lion. During the afternoon we will continue exploring the coastal areas, visiting a protected breeding colony of Humboldt Penguin; we hope to be able to see the scarce and range-restricted Southern Sea Otter here, too. Before ending the day we’ll stop at a coastal marsh to see a variety of waterfowl including Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal and Chiloe Wigeon, all three lowland coot species, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Plumbeous Rail, which surprisingly for a rallid is quite easy to spot as it often walks in the open.

Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Salvin's Albatross, Thalassarche salvini, one of the commonest tubenoses off Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Salvin's Albatross, Thalassarche salvini, one of the commonest tubenoses off Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp


Day 8 • La Campana National Park – Visit to Loma Larga and William Cole vineyards at Casablanca valley 

La Campana National Park and its scrub community, Chilean Palm-tree groves and dry forests will be the scenarios for today’s birding adventures. Mount La Campana (The Bell), after which the park is named, is one of the most prominent peaks of the whole Coastal Range, and was also one of the many interesting places that young Charles Darwin explored during his long stay in Chile in the 1830s. Here we will look for an interesting array of passerines, all endemic to Chile, including Chilean Mockingbird, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca, Dusky Tapaculo and White-throated Tapaculo. Chilean Pigeon, Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy Owl, Giant Hummingbird and Green-backed Firecrown are also regulars here. We will also look for the endemic Chilean Tinamou. 

Overnight at Hotel Oceanic, Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


Time to taste a delightful Gewürztraminer from Matetic vineyards, Leyda Valley, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Time to taste a delightful Gewürztraminer from Matetic vineyards, Leyda Valley, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 9 • Crossing the Andes via Portillo – Uspallata and birding in the Valley 

The Great Day, time to make our Andes crossing! Today we will drive along the International road towards Argentina. At this latitude the majestic Andes Range reaches its maximum altitude and forms a really impressive geological boundary between the two countries. The mountains divide not just their cultures but also their biodiversity, and we will witness this as the day progresses. The ‘Snail’ or Caracol, is a portion of the road consisting of multiple ascending bends that will give us access to Cristo Redentor tunnel and eventually into Argentina. After the border formalities, we will have the chance to bird the eastern foothills of the Andes. The bird assemblage is similar to Chile’s, although it drastically changes as we descend in altitude. We hope to enjoy impressive views of the highest peak in the Americas and both Southern and Western Hemispheres, Mount Aconcagua (22,837 ft – 6,961 m). The birding will be quite productive here; Mountain Caracara, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded and Creamy-rumped Miners, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Cinereous, Black-fronted, White-browed and Rufous-naped Ground Tyrants plus Greater Yellow Finch, Band-tailed Sierra Finch and Yellow-rumped Siskin can all be found in this setting. Andean Condor, a true icon of the Andes, is also quite abundant here. The Valley of Uspallata will offer a proper birding welcome to this ‘Gaucho’ nation. The orchards and poplar groves hold a number of species that are absent in the Chilean side. Among the species that we hope to see this afternoon, will be White-collared Swift, the striking Red-tailed Comet, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Chaco Earthcreeper, Patagonian Mockingbird, White-tipped Plantcutter, and the delightful Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch.

Overnight at Pueblo del Rio, near Uspallata (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide) 


Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus, the iconic and majestic bird of the Andes © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus, the iconic and majestic bird of the Andes © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 10 • Drive to Mendoza – Visits to Cobos and Zuccardi vineyards

Welcome to the land of Malbec! Two thirds of the whole Argentine wine is produced in the Mendoza province, and the Malbec is certainly its best ambassador in the international scene. We will spend the morning exploring a couple of vineyards in the area surrounding Mendoza city, San Lujan de Cuyo. This wine region of Argentina has no influence from the ocean and has more continental weather patterns, the summers being hotter and having much cooler winters than in Chile. There is plenty of water coming from the mountains and these offer ideal conditions for the production of interesting wines with unique features. Together with the Malbecs, other fine wines are produced here including Cabs and Tempranillo.

O/N Hotel Huentala, Mendoza (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Wine-tasting session at Zuccardi vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 11 • Birding lowlands towards San Juan  Visit to Krontiras vineyards

The ‘Monte Desert’ is a vast scrub community extending broadly throughout the length and breadth of Argentina and of course, holds a lot of goodies for the bird enthusiast. We will explore the plains located east of Mendoza, into the adjacent province of San Luis, to discover the well-supplied array of specialties of this scrub desert; this includes unique tapaculos such as Crested and Sandy Gallitos plus other interesting passerines including the endemic Steinbach’s Canastero, White-throated Cacholote, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, the recently-described Straneck’s Tyrannulet and the lovely Cinnamon Warbling-Finch, among several others. 

Overnight at Hotel Huentala, Mendoza (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Lepasthenura platensis, Mendoza, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Lepasthenura platensis, Mendoza, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 12 • Drive to Santiago over the Andes (Paso Libertadores) – Birding on route

Today we will be driving back to Santiago and we will cross the Andes once again. This will be a great opportunity to re-visit the area of Uspallata, having plenty of time to stop, to bird and to fill our list gaps.

Overnight at Hotel Galerias or similar, Santiago (Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)


Farewell dinner enjoying the discovery of a new favorite Chilean or Argentinian wine © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Farewell dinner enjoying the discovery of a new favorite Chilean or Argentinian wine © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 13 • Morning at leisure – Afternoon transfer to the airport for connecting flights home




Trip Map


Birds and Wines, Chile & Argentina Tour



Dates & Rates


Scheduled Departures


Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina
Trip Code CHL08 • CHL003
Trip Length 13 days, 12 nights
Dates 2018 February 24 - March 8
2019 February 23 - March 7
Price per person (USD) $5,298
Single Supplement (USD) $800
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants. Maximum group size 8 participants.


What the trip price includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.


The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals, wine tastings and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, pelagic trip off Valparaiso (c. 6 hours), and park entrance fees. A daily bottle of mineral water is also included.

The trip price excludes: International flights, tipping for drivers and guides, 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.



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Field Checklist


Birds possible to be seen during this trip




Family Tinamidae [Tinamous]

Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria

Elegant-crested Tinamou Eudromia elegans




Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

Silver Teal Anas versicolor

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata




Family Odontophoridae [New World Quails]

California Quail Callipepla californica




Family Podicipedidae [Grebes];

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis




Family Phoenicopteridae [Flamingos]

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis




Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus




Family Diomedeidae [Albatrosses]

Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea [e.] epomophora

Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea [e.] sanfordi

Antipodean Albatross Diomedea [e.] antipodensis

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri

Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini

Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita


Family Procellariidae [Petrels and Shearwaters]

Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

Masatierra Petrel Pterodroma defilippiana

Stejneger's Petrel Pterodroma longirostris

Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica

Buller's Shearwater Puffinus bulleri

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus

Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus


Family Hydrobatidae [Storm-Petrels]

Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus


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]

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus


Family Ardeidae [Herons]

Stripe-backed Bittern Ixobrychus involucris

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula


Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis




Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus




Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

White-throated Hawk Buteo albigula

Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis




Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons

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

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Phegornis mitchellii


Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater


Family Recurvirostridae [Avocets and Stilts]

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus


Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Sanderling Calidris alba

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius


Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi

Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus


Family Rostratulidae [Painted Snipe]

South American Painted Snipe Nycticryphes semicollaris


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

Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Inca Tern Larosterna inca

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis


Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger




Family Columbidae [Pigeons]

Picui Ground Dove Columbina picui

Black-winged Ground Dove Metriopelia melanoptera

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa

Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata




Family Cuculidae [Cuckoos]

Guira Cuckoo Guira guira




Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]

Barn Owl Tyto alba


Family Strigidae [Owls]

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus




Family Caprimulgidae [Nightjars]

Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris




Family Apodidae [Swifts]

Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus

White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris


Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]

Sparkling Violetear Colibri coruscans 

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

White-sided Hillstar Oreotrochilus leucopleurus

Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas

Red-tailed Comet Sappho sparganura

Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon aureoventris 




Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]

Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros 




Family Falconidae [Falcons]

Southern Caracara Caracara plancus

Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus




Family Psittacidae [Parrots]

Burrowing Parakeet Cyanoliseus patagonus

Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons

Grey-hooded Parakeet Psilopsiagon aymara






Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]

Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius

White-throated Tapaculo Scelorchilus albicollis

Dusky Tapaculo Scytalopus fuscus

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

Crested Gallito Rhinocrypta lanceolata

Sandy Gallito Teledromas fuscus 


Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Creamy-rumped Miner Geositta isabellina

Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

Crag Chilia Ochetorhynchus melanurus

Straight-billed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus ruficaudus

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus 

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Chaco Earthcreeper Tarphonomus certhioides

Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus

Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper Upucerthia saturatior

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes nigrofumosus

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Des Murs’s Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura fuliginiceps

Creamy-breasted Canastero Asthenes dorbignyi

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola

Steinbach’s Canastero Pseudasthenes steinbachi

Sooty-fronted Spinetail Synallaxis frontalis

Lark-like Brushrunner Coryphistera alaudina

White-throated Cacholote Pseudoseisura gutturalis 


Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Subtropical Doradito Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis 

Ticking Doradito Pseudocolopteryx citreola

White-bellied Tyrannulet Serpophaga munda

Straneck’s Tyrannulet Serpophaga griseicapilla 

Many-coloured Rush Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra

Vermillion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides 

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

White-winged Black Tyrant Knipolegus aterrimus 

Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus

Spot-billed Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Cinereous Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus

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

Great Shrike Tyrant Agriornis lividus

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus 

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris


Family Cotingidae [Cotingas]

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara

White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila 




Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Southern Martin Progne elegans 


Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis


Family Turdidae [Thrushes]

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris

Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus

Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco 


Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]

Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus

Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus 

White-banded Mockingbird Mimus triurus


Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

Hellmayr's Pipit Anthus hellmayri


Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]

Blue-and-yellow Tanager Pipraeidea bonariensis

Gray-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi

Patagonian Sierra Finch Phrygilus patagonicus

Mourning Sierra Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Band-tailed Sierra Finch Phrygilus alaudinus

Carbonated Sierra Finch Phrygilus carbonarius

Rufous-sided Warbling Finch Poospiza hypochondria

Cinnamon Warbling Finch Poospiza ornata

Ringed Warbling Finch Poospiza torquata

Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis

Plain-coloured Catamenia inornata

Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca

Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma

Greater Yellow Finch Sicalis auriventris

Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola

Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola 

Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris


Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis 


Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelasticus thilius

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Bay-winged Cowbird Agelaioides badius 

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca


Family Fringillidae [Finches]

Thick-billed Siskin Sporagra crassirostris

Hooded Siskin Sporagra magellanica

Yellow-rumped Siskin Sporagra uropygialis

Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata


Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



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 past 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.