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Condors of Patagonia | Estancia Olga Teresa | Rio Verde | Patagonia | Chile

 

Olga Teresa Ranch features the most accessible location in the world to see and photograph the world's heaviest flying creature: the famous and majestic Andean Condor. Reachable by car in only 60-70 minutes from Punta Arenas, Chile, the ranch protects, researches, and showcases a population of 100 Andean Condors that soar, socialize, and sleep at a 20-meter-tall, vertical rock face that itself is embedded in a steep, 200-meter-high (700-foot-high) hill.

Half day tour (6 hours) from Punta Arenas, Chile.

 

Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus, soaring close to the cliffs of Cerro Palomares, Estancia Olga Teresa, Patagonia, Chile © Cristian Concha P.

Andean Condor - male, Vultur gryphus, soaring close to the cliffs of Cerro Palomares, Estancia Olga Teresa, Patagonia, Chile © Cristian Concha P.

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!

In the Patagonian Andes, Condors are a usual sight and we will look for them in the field, to spot and watch them flying or resting on the cliffs, with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. There are few preserved places in the world as accessible to watch and photograph Andean Condor as Cerro Palomares. Just about an hour drive from Punta Arenas in Río Verde, it boasts the biggest Condor roost in Chilean Patagonia, nearly a hundred birds strong. 

This is best done in the late afternoon and evening, when local birds come back to their roost for the night. 

Dedicated local condor guides will show you the birds through a spotting scope and binoculars while telling you about the story of this particular roost and the ongoing involved research. 

Experience the sensation of seeing these colossal birds flying low and at close range amidst the dazzling scenery of the remote Chilean Patagonia, and you will be thrilled by their sheer size, their presence and the way they fly and circle above with gracious ease, while you admire one of the most emblematic birds in South America and the world. 

 

DESCRIPTION

Trip Description

 


Andean Condor - female, Vultur gryphus, soaring close to the cliffs of Cerro Palomares, Estancia Olga Teresa, Patagonia, Chile.


Length: 1 hour drive to site, 3 hours at site, and 1 hour drive back to Punta Arenas

 

Activity level: Easy

 

Season: Year-round


Olga Teresa Ranch features the most accessible location in the world to see and photograph the world's heaviest flying creature: the famous and majestic Andean Condor. Reachable by car in only 60-70 minutes from Punta Arenas, Chile, the ranch protects, researches, and showcases a population of 100 Andean Condors that soar, socialize, and sleep at a 20-meter-tall, vertical rock face that itself is embedded in a steep, 200-meter-high (700-foot-high) hill. 

 
English-speaking condor researchers will show you the condors using a Zeiss spotting scope and also will lend you new pairs of eight-power Zeiss binoculars. The viewing spot is located 700 meters from your bus, and the walk is nearly flat and quite smooth. The scope will allow good looks of the massive birds, which have a wingspan of 3.2 meters (11 feet).

 
This condor spectacle is available at any time of day, but the best condor viewing generally is from 1500h to sunset. 

 

RATES

Rates & Conditions

 


Andean Condor - male, Vultur gryphus, Patagonia, Chile. 


Day Tour: Available year-round.

 

Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Punta Arenas, Chile. 

 

Duration: Approximately 6 hours. 

 

Condors of Patagonia
Trip Code PUQ01
No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6+
Price per person $322 $299 $266 $246 $175

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.

The trip price includes: Private transportation and naturalist guide services during the tour, park entrance fees, ornithologist guidance, use of top optics during condor observation and mineral water. VAT of the tour is also included.

The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, à la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 100 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$ 100 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.

 

ANDEAN CONDOR

The Andean Condor

 

Andean Condor - male, Vultur gryphus, soaring close to the cliffs of Cerro Palomares, Estancia Olga Teresa, Patagonia, Chile.

 

The imposing Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus is one of the world's largest flying birds, an impressive more than 3 meters (more than 10 feet), place it second only to the great albatrosses in terms of wingspan. This magnificent bird belongs to the family of the New World Vultures, Cathartidae, a family that perhaps not surprisingly is closely related to Old World (African and Eurasian) Vultures and Birds of Prey, next to which they have been placed within Order Accipitriformes. And just like their Old World counterparts, they exhibit several similar and analogous adaptations, both morphological and behavioural, that reflect the similar ecological niche they occupy as scavengers feeding mostly on dead big mammals. Traits such as an exceptionally acute sense of sight, unfeathered head and necks to avoid soiling their feathers while at the carcasses, a huge wingspan and wing surface with long secondary and primary feathers that account for extreme control of the airflow over and under their massive wings, allowing them to gain altitude by using thermals and soar high to look for food, they are all features present in the New World Vultures. Andean Condors particularly climb to very high altitude like they do in the canyons, deep valleys, cliffs and rocks of the Andes Mountains, all the way from Venezuela down to Tierra del Fuego.

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

Stunning images of the Condor roosting site at Olga Teresa Ranch near Punta Arenas, Chile.

 

Photo Gallery: Condors of Patagonia

The roost site at Cerro Palomares, Estancia Olga Teresa, Patagonia, Chile.