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Albatrosses & Petrels in the Humboldt Current - Pelagic trips off Valparaiso, Chile

The Humboldt Current draws cold water from the Antarctic and pumps it north along the west coast of South America, lifting nutrients from the deep sea bottom in the form of upwelling and making these waters not only the richest, most productive marine ecosystem in the Planet, but also one of the top destinations for Pelagic Birding in the world, too.

Departures from Valparaíso (or Quintero, alternatively) • 8 hours, 10-20 nautical miles offshore. Scheduled and private departures; check out our updated 2016/2017 fixed dates & rates.


Northern Royal Albatros off Valparaiso, central Chile by Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions - www.farsouthexpeditions.com

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!On this pelagic trip, we expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Northern Royal, Antipodean, Salvin's, Buller's and Black-browed albatrosses. Chatham Island and Antipodean albatrosses are regularly recorded as well as Southern Royal Albatross. We should also find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned, Westland and Pintado petrels, Pink-footed, Sooty and Buller's shearwaters, and Pterodroma or gadfly petrels, including Juan Fernandez and Masatierra petrels. Small tubenoses of other families include Wilson's Storm Petrel and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter are Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Chilean Skua and Grey (Red) Phalarope.

These waters are also frequented by some interesting marine mammals, both cetaceans like Fin and Humpback whales, Sperm Whale and Killer Whale, and Bottlenose, Dusky and Southern Right-whale dolphins, Pinnipeds like South American Sea Lion and Mustelids like Southern Sea Otter. Marine turtles and big Squid are also part of the marine wildlife here, not to mention the biggest stock of fisheries in the world, like anchovy, sardine and jack mackerel.

We also arrange pelagic trips off Arica and Iquique in mainland Chile, and in Easter and Robinson Crusoe islands, in the subtropics.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Why the Humboldt Current is so great for pelagic birding?

 

The cold Humboldt Current pumps Antarctic water north along the west coast of South America, lifting nutrients from the deep sea bottom in the form of upwelling and making these waters not only the richest, most productive marine ecosystem in the Planet, but also one of the top destinations for Pelagic Birding in the world, too. This is the main reason why so many different species of pelagic seabirds  and marine mammals live in its waters, and why on our Pelagic trips you can expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Northern Royal, Antipodean, Salvin's, Buller's, Black-browed, Chatham Island, Antipodean and Southern Royal Albatrosses. Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned, Westland and Pintado petrels, Pink-footed, Sooty and Buller's shearwaters, and Pterodroma or gadfly petrels, including Juan Fernandez and Masatierra petrels are also commonly found in our trips. Smaller tubenoses including Wilson's Storm Petrel and Peruvian Diving Petrel can also be spotted. Other seabirds we may encounter are Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Chilean Skua and Grey (Red) Phalarope. 


These waters are also frequented by some interesting marine mammals, from Cetaceans like Fin and Humpback whales, Sperm Whale and Killer Whale, and Bottlenose, Dusky and Southern Right-whale dolphins, to Pinnipeds like South American Sea Lion and Mustelids like Southern Marine Otter. Marine turtles and big Squid are also part of the marine wildlife here, not to mention the biggest stock of fisheries in the world, like anchovy, sardine and jack mackerel. 

 

The manifest abundance of marine wildlife is not the only reason why this is a world-class, prime pelagic birding destination, but also the fact that, contrary to what happens in other places in the world where you have to sail for many hours just to get to the productive cold water currents, here off Central Chile the Humboldt Current can be reached at an average of 12 to 15 nautical miles from the coast, meaning that you can be already in the company of the tubenoses and other pelagic seabirds in a matter of one and a half to two hours, which translates into more effective time birding and less time sailing to the good spots.

 

DATES & RATES

Dates & Rates 2016/2017

 

Albatrosses & Petrels in the Humboldt Current

Pelagic trips off Valparaiso or Quintero

Trip Length 8 hours - 6.30am/2.30pm
2016 Dates Nov 29 (Quintero), Dec 20 (Valparaiso)
2017 Dates

Jan 21 (Quintero), Feb 25 (Valparaiso)

Oct 21 (Quintero), Nov 25 (Valparaiso), Dec 23 (Quintero)

Price per person $350
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants.

 

Rates for Custom Private Departures (you choose the date)

Available year-round.

Departures from Valparaiso or Quintero, Chile.

 

No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6+
Price per person $738 $492 $350 $295 $246
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 participants.

 

What the trip price includes/excludes

The trip price includes: Pelagic trip (8 hours), guide services, field checklist, snacks, hot beverages, and bottles of mineral water.

The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, and anything else of a purely personal nature. 

 

Tour Registration

To register for this tour, complete the online registration form and return it by fax or email with a deposit of US$ 100  per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 60 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 between 90 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 59 days before departure date, no refund is available. 


GALLERY

Photo Gallery


Check out our photo gallery with images taken during recent pelagic trips off the Humboldt Current

 

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MAP

Trip Map

Pelagic trips off Valparaiso and Quintero | Birding in Chile and the Humboldt Current with Fantastico Sur Expeditions

ARTICLES

Articles

 

Read our related seabirding articles by Tour Leader Rodrigo Tapia:

 

• Pelagic Birding in Chile

• Pelagic Birding in Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

 

CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Birds and Mammals possible to be seen during this trip.

 

Birds Mammals

 

Penguins, Spheniscidae

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus

 

Albatrosses, Diomedeidae

Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans

Antipodean Albatros Diomedea antipodensis

Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma

Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri

Salvin's Albatross Thalassarche salvini

Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita

 

Shearwaters & Petrels, Procellariidae

Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus

Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides

Cape Petrel Daption capense

Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa

Masatierra Petrel Pterodroma defilippiana

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis

Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica

Buller's Shearwater Puffinus bulleri

Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

 

Storm Petrels, Hydrobatidae

Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

 

Diving-Petrels, Pelecanoididae

Peruvian Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides garnotii

 

Pelicans, Pelecanidae

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus

 

Gannets & Boobies, Sulidae

Peruvian Booby Sula variegata

 

Cormorants, Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii

Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi

 

Sandpipers & Allies, Scolopacidae

Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria

 

Skuas & Jaegers, Stercorariidae

Chilean Skua Catharacta chilensis

South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

 

Gulls, Laridae

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Band-tailed Gull Larus belcheri

Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis

Sabine's Gull Xema sabini

Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus

Elegant Tern Sterna elegans

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui

Inca Tern Larosterna inca

 

Sperm Whale, Physeteridae

Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus

 

Dolphins, Delphinidae

Killer Whale, Orcinus orca

Dusky Dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus

Southern Right Whale Dolphin, Lissodelphis peroni

 

Sea Lions, Otaridae

South American Sea Lion, Otaria flavescens

 

 
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