Central Chile

From Santiago to Temuco 

 

During this trip, we will visit all the main habitats of central Chile and see most of the birds living here, including 6 Chilean endemics. We will travel from the highlands above Santiago, to Nothofagus forests farther south, and bird interior and coastal wetlands. We will even go on a Humboldt Current pelagic trip. The scenery of this trip is spectacular, accommodation is comfortable, plus food is tasteful and world famous Chilean wine unforgettable. The climate on this trip varies a lot – from a Mediterranean in the Santiago area to temperate beech forests farther South. This trip concentrates on Chilean endemics and near-endemics.

 

 

DATES

3rd Nov - 11th Nov 2018

2nd Nov - 10th Nov 2019

 

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GROUP SIZE

This tour is limited to a group of 6 to 10 participants with one tour leader.

 

Private trips can be organized as request

 

DAY 2: FULL DAY ON THE COAST

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DAY 8. 6th NOV. PELAGIC TRIP OFF VALPARAISO AND COASTAL BIRDING

 

Early in the morning we will sail out of the port and go around 19 km (12 miles) out into the ocean. We will have the chance to see several species of Albatrosses, including Salvin's, Black-browed, Buller's, Northern and Southern Royal and Chatham. Tubenoses are main feature of this pelagic trip and hopefully we will spot Masatierra, Juan Fernandez, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Northern Giant Petrels, Wilson's Storm-Petrel (local subspecies is Fuegian), Red Phalaropes, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Kelp Gull and South American Tern. After our pelagic trip and a delicious lunch, we will continue birdwatching along the coast this time towards to the north of Valparaiso to look for the scarce and elusive Stripe-backed Bittern and any other species we might have missed the day before. Return to Santiago. Night in Santiago.

 

DAY 9. 7th NOV. THE YESO VALLEY AND THE HIGH ANDES

 

In order to avoid the morning rush hour traffic this day we will leave the hotel very early. In this opportunity, we will go towards the south east of Santiago, heading to the Andes Mountain Range  to the very scenic Maipo river valley from where we will take the road to El Yeso Reservoir  situated in a superb mountainous landscape  2.500 m above sea level (8.202 ft) . During the trip participants will enjoy the landscape as we make strategic stops to look for endemic bird species:  the beautiful and scarce Crag Chilia and the fast running Moustached Turca.

 

As arriving in the reservoir we will continue driving beyond until reaching an area with high altitude bogs. This is Chile´s favorite site and the perfect habitat to find one famous target bird; the rare and charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

 

We will see a variety of Sierra-Finches and Furnarids here; the latter includes Grey-Flanked Cinclodes, Rufous-Banded Miner, Creamy-Rumped Miner and Scale-Throated Earthcreeper. Ground-Tyrants are everywhere, including White-Browed, Ochre-Naped, Black-Fronted, Cinereous and Spot-Billed. We will also look for Torrent Ducks, which are regular on the streams. One of the hummers that we will be looking for is White-Sided Hillstar. We also will have a chance to spot Black-Billed Shrike-Tyrants and Grey-breasted Seedsnipe. Return to Santiago, night in Santiago.

 

DAY 10. 8th NOV. COLBÚN LAKE AND VILCHES

 

We will drive towards the south to get to Talca and then continue our trip to Colbún Lake. Still in the Mediterranean Region our main targets will be the large, spectacularly colourful and very noisy Burrowing Parakeet and beautiful Spectacled Duck. Hopefully we will also find a good number of other interesting ducks and grebe species and an opportunity to see Spectacled Tyrant and Andean Gull. We will then make a short trip to the north to spend the rest of the day and the next in the magnificent Altos de Lircay National Park. At dusk we will look for the hard to see Rufous-Legged Owl before spending the night in a quiet and comfortable forest lodge in Vilches.

 

DAY 11. 9th NOV. ALTOS DE LIRCAY NATIONAL PARK

 

Located in the southern border of the Mediterranean Region, this park is in the ecotone (transition area between two biomes) between the Temperate Rain Forest and the Mediterranean Region. Usually an ecotone appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities or ecosystems. Because of this, in Altos de Lircay it is possible to observe the occurrence of species of Nothofagus forest. While walking along trails participants will be amazed with the spectacular mature Nothofagus trees as well as ferns, mosses and forest bird species that are unique to the southern cone of Southamerica. There are also interesting geological rarities.

 

We will spend full day in Altos de Lircay to explore the extensive forest. We will be looking for the nasal scolding of Chile's least known Tapaculos and Chestnut-Throated Huet-Huet. We will also be looking for more Nothofagus forest’s specialties such as Austral Parakeet (the world's most southerly parrot species), Chucao Tapaculo with its explosive voice, Magellanic Tapaculo and the colourful Patagonian Sierra-Finch. This will be our first opportunity to see the truly spectacular Magellanic Woodpecker, and there is a chance to spot rare and difficult to find Chilean and White-Throated Hawks. After a long day we will return to Vilches

DAY 12. 10th NOV. CERRO ÑIELOL AND TEMUCO

 

After having breakfast at “Hosteria de Vilches” we will travel towards to the South to spend the night in the city of Temuco the Capital of the Araucanía district. Here the Mediterranean Region will have disappeared completely and been replaced by the Temperate Rain Forest.

 

In the city of Temuco participants will visit Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument where it is possible to spot Black-throated Huet-Huet, the uncommon Rufous-Tailed Hawk, Des Mur's Wiretail, Chucao Tapaculo, the near endemic Slender-billed Parakeet and Ochre-Flanked Tapaculo. Night in Temuco.

 

DAY 13. 11th NOV. ARAUCARIA FOREST

 

In the morning we will head to higher altitude Nothofagus and Araucaria forest with fabulous mountainous landscape views. Here we will look for the new split Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper, along with Magellanic Tapaculo, Austral Parakeet, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, White-Throated Treerunner and other forest species. After a full day of birding we will drive to Temuco’s airport for the short evening flight back to Santiago.

 

DAY 1. 4th NOV. BIRDING AT FARELLONES AND VALLE NEVADO

 

Like only four other places in the world, all central part of Chile has been classified as a Mediterranean Region because it has Mediterranean Climate (rainy and cold winters and very hot and dry summers).  Due to the high rates of biodiversity and endemism the Mediterranean region of Chile has been classified as one of the 25 Hot Spots in the world with priority on its conservation.

 

We will take a morning drive to Central Andes range to look for high altitude specialists like Greater Yellow finch, Rufous-Banded and Creamy-Rumped Miners and White-Sided Hillstar among other special Andean birds. Massive Andean Condors should be above and sometimes below us. We are hoping to see Variable Hawk, Black-Chested Buzzard Eagle and Mountain Caracara. We will also be birding in lower altitudes, looking for 5 endemics: Chilean Tinamou, Moustached Turca, White-Throated and Dusky Tapaculos, Crag Chilia and Dusky-Tailed Canastero.

 

This will be a great birding day with fantastic views of the scenery and spectacular landscapes. In the afternoon return to hotel, night in Santiago.

This day we will start very early to head west towards the central coast. This one and a half hour trip will give participants the opportunity to visit some of the most interesting lowland wetlands. Among them the Maipo river estuary, Cartagena and El Peral lagoons are the best spots to observe waterfowl species.

 

When visiting these wetlands participants should see a wide variety of bird species.  Some of them include Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, three species of Coots, Spot-Flanked Gallinule, Plumbeous Rail, Lake Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Chiloe Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal,  Great Grebe, Silvery Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Many-Colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-Like Rushbird and many others. At the Maipo estuary we will also be looking for a variety of Gulls, Black Skimmers and some species of Terns, including the rare Snowy-Crowned Tern. It will be likely to spot the beautiful White-tailed Kite and a good number of other shore and marsh birds. Within the reeds of marshes participants will get a chance to see the Ticking Doradito and the noisy little endemic Dusky Tapaculo. Leaving the estuary we will drive gradually towards north along the coast. We will stop for lunch in a restaurant, which is next to the sea and is a great place to look for the endemic Seaside Cinclodes. Along our way back to Valparaiso there will be some other interesting birding sites. Night in Valparaíso.

 

DAY 8. 6th NOV. PELAGIC TRIP OFF VALPARAISO AND COASTAL BIRDING

 

Early in the morning we will sail out of the port and go around 19 km (12 miles) out into the ocean. We will have the chance to see several species of Albatrosses, including Salvin's, Black-browed, Buller's, Northern and Southern Royal and Chatham. Tubenoses are main feature of this pelagic trip and hopefully we will spot Masatierra, Juan Fernandez, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Northern Giant Petrels, Wilson's Storm-Petrel (local subspecies is Fuegian), Red Phalaropes, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Kelp Gull and South American Tern. After our pelagic trip and a delicious lunch, we will continue birdwatching along the coast this time towards to the north of Valparaiso to look for the scarce and elusive Stripe-backed Bittern and any other species we might have missed the day before. Return to Santiago. Night in Santiago.

 

DAY 9. 7th NOV. THE YESO VALLEY AND THE HIGH ANDES

 

In order to avoid the morning rush hour traffic this day we will leave the hotel very early. In this opportunity, we will go towards the south east of Santiago, heading to the Andes Mountain Range  to the very scenic Maipo river valley from where we will take the road to El Yeso Reservoir  situated in a superb mountainous landscape  2.500 m above sea level (8.202 ft) . During the trip participants will enjoy the landscape as we make strategic stops to look for endemic bird species:  the beautiful and scarce Crag Chilia and the fast running Moustached Turca.

 

As arriving in the reservoir we will continue driving beyond until reaching an area with high altitude bogs. This is Chile´s favorite site and the perfect habitat to find one famous target bird; the rare and charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

 

We will see a variety of Sierra-Finches and Furnarids here; the latter includes Grey-Flanked Cinclodes, Rufous-Banded Miner, Creamy-Rumped Miner and Scale-Throated Earthcreeper. Ground-Tyrants are everywhere, including White-Browed, Ochre-Naped, Black-Fronted, Cinereous and Spot-Billed. We will also look for Torrent Ducks, which are regular on the streams. One of the hummers that we will be looking for is White-Sided Hillstar. We also will have a chance to spot Black-Billed Shrike-Tyrants and Grey-breasted Seedsnipe. Return to Santiago, night in Santiago.

 

DAY 10. 8th NOV. COLBÚN LAKE AND VILCHES

 

We will drive towards the south to get to Talca and then continue our trip to Colbún Lake. Still in the Mediterranean Region our main targets will be the large, spectacularly colourful and very noisy Burrowing Parakeet and beautiful Spectacled Duck. Hopefully we will also find a good number of other interesting ducks and grebe species and an opportunity to see Spectacled Tyrant and Andean Gull. We will then make a short trip to the north to spend the rest of the day and the next in the magnificent Altos de Lircay National Park. At dusk we will look for the hard to see Rufous-Legged Owl before spending the night in a quiet and comfortable forest lodge in Vilches.

 

DAY 11. 9th NOV. ALTOS DE LIRCAY NATIONAL PARK

 

Located in the southern border of the Mediterranean Region, this park is in the ecotone (transition area between two biomes) between the Temperate Rain Forest and the Mediterranean Region. Usually an ecotone appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities or ecosystems. Because of this, in Altos de Lircay it is possible to observe the occurrence of species of Nothofagus forest. While walking along trails participants will be amazed with the spectacular mature Nothofagus trees as well as ferns, mosses and forest bird species that are unique to the southern cone of Southamerica. There are also interesting geological rarities.

 

We will spend full day in Altos de Lircay to explore the extensive forest. We will be looking for the nasal scolding of Chile's least known Tapaculos and Chestnut-Throated Huet-Huet. We will also be looking for more Nothofagus forest’s specialties such as Austral Parakeet (the world's most southerly parrot species), Chucao Tapaculo with its explosive voice, Magellanic Tapaculo and the colourful Patagonian Sierra-Finch. This will be our first opportunity to see the truly spectacular Magellanic Woodpecker, and there is a chance to spot rare and difficult to find Chilean and White-Throated Hawks. After a long day we will return to Vilches

DAY 12. 10th NOV. CERRO ÑIELOL AND TEMUCO

 

After having breakfast at “Hosteria de Vilches” we will travel towards to the South to spend the night in the city of Temuco the Capital of the Araucanía district. Here the Mediterranean Region will have disappeared completely and been replaced by the Temperate Rain Forest.

 

In the city of Temuco participants will visit Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument where it is possible to spot Black-throated Huet-Huet, the uncommon Rufous-Tailed Hawk, Des Mur's Wiretail, Chucao Tapaculo, the near endemic Slender-billed Parakeet and Ochre-Flanked Tapaculo. Night in Temuco.

 

DAY 13. 11th NOV. ARAUCARIA FOREST

 

In the morning we will head to higher altitude Nothofagus and Araucaria forest with fabulous mountainous landscape views. Here we will look for the new split Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper, along with Magellanic Tapaculo, Austral Parakeet, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, White-Throated Treerunner and other forest species. After a full day of birding we will drive to Temuco’s airport for the short evening flight back to Santiago.

 

DAY 2. 5th NOV. FULL DAY ON THE COAST

 

DAY 3. 6th NOV. PELAGIC TRIP OFF VALPARAISO AND COASTAL BIRDING

 

Early in the morning we will sail out of the port and go around 19 km (12 miles) out into the ocean. We will have the chance to see several species of Albatrosses, including Salvin's, Black-browed, Buller's, Northern and Southern Royal and Chatham. Tubenoses are main feature of this pelagic trip and hopefully we will spot Masatierra, Juan Fernandez, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Northern Giant Petrels, Wilson's Storm-Petrel (local subspecies is Fuegian), Red Phalaropes, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants, Kelp Gull and South American Tern. After our pelagic trip and a delicious lunch, we will continue birdwatching along the coast this time towards to the north of Valparaiso to look for the scarce and elusive Stripe-backed Bittern and any other species we might have missed the day before. Return to Santiago. Night in Santiago.

 

DAY 4. 7th NOV. THE YESO VALLEY AND THE HIGH ANDES

 

In order to avoid the morning rush hour traffic this day we will leave the hotel very early. In this opportunity, we will go towards the south east of Santiago, heading to the Andes Mountain Range  to the very scenic Maipo river valley from where we will take the road to El Yeso Reservoir  situated in a superb mountainous landscape  2.500 m above sea level (8.202 ft) . During the trip participants will enjoy the landscape as we make strategic stops to look for endemic bird species:  the beautiful and scarce Crag Chilia and the fast running Moustached Turca.

 

As arriving in the reservoir we will continue driving beyond until reaching an area with high altitude bogs. This is Chile´s favorite site and the perfect habitat to find one famous target bird; the rare and charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

 

We will see a variety of Sierra-Finches and Furnarids here; the latter includes Grey-Flanked Cinclodes, Rufous-Banded Miner, Creamy-Rumped Miner and Scale-Throated Earthcreeper. Ground-Tyrants are everywhere, including White-Browed, Ochre-Naped, Black-Fronted, Cinereous and Spot-Billed. We will also look for Torrent Ducks, which are regular on the streams. One of the hummers that we will be looking for is White-Sided Hillstar. We also will have a chance to spot Black-Billed Shrike-Tyrants and Grey-breasted Seedsnipe. Return to Santiago, night in Santiago.

 

DAY 5. 8th NOV. COLBÚN LAKE AND VILCHES

 

We will drive towards the south to get to Talca and then continue our trip to Colbún Lake. Still in the Mediterranean Region our main targets will be the large, spectacularly colourful and very noisy Burrowing Parakeet and beautiful Spectacled Duck. Hopefully we will also find a good number of other interesting ducks and grebe species and an opportunity to see Spectacled Tyrant and Andean Gull. We will then make a short trip to the north to spend the rest of the day and the next in the magnificent Altos de Lircay National Park. At dusk we will look for the hard to see Rufous-Legged Owl before spending the night in a quiet and comfortable forest lodge in Vilches.

 

DAY 6. 9th NOV. ALTOS DE LIRCAY NATIONAL PARK

 

Located in the southern border of the Mediterranean Region, this park is in the ecotone (transition area between two biomes) between the Temperate Rain Forest and the Mediterranean Region. Usually an ecotone appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities or ecosystems. Because of this, in Altos de Lircay it is possible to observe the occurrence of species of Nothofagus forest. While walking along trails participants will be amazed with the spectacular mature Nothofagus trees as well as ferns, mosses and forest bird species that are unique to the southern cone of Southamerica. There are also interesting geological rarities.

 

We will spend full day in Altos de Lircay to explore the extensive forest. We will be looking for the nasal scolding of Chile's least known Tapaculos and Chestnut-Throated Huet-Huet. We will also be looking for more Nothofagus forest’s specialties such as Austral Parakeet (the world's most southerly parrot species), Chucao Tapaculo with its explosive voice, Magellanic Tapaculo and the colourful Patagonian Sierra-Finch. This will be our first opportunity to see the truly spectacular Magellanic Woodpecker, and there is a chance to spot rare and difficult to find Chilean and White-Throated Hawks. After a long day we will return to Vilches

DAY 7. 10th NOV. CERRO ÑIELOL AND TEMUCO

 

After having breakfast at “Hosteria de Vilches” we will travel towards to the South to spend the night in the city of Temuco the Capital of the Araucanía district. Here the Mediterranean Region will have disappeared completely and been replaced by the Temperate Rain Forest.

 

In the city of Temuco participants will visit Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument where it is possible to spot Black-throated Huet-Huet, the uncommon Rufous-Tailed Hawk, Des Mur's Wiretail, Chucao Tapaculo, the near endemic Slender-billed Parakeet and Ochre-Flanked Tapaculo. Night in Temuco.

 

DAY 8. 11th NOV. ARAUCARIA FOREST

 

In the morning we will head to higher altitude Nothofagus and Araucaria forest with fabulous mountainous landscape views. Here we will look for the new split Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper, along with Magellanic Tapaculo, Austral Parakeet, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, White-Throated Treerunner and other forest species. After a full day of birding we will drive to Temuco’s airport for the short evening flight back to Santiago.

 

3rd NOV. ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO

 

Most international flights to Santiago of Chile are during the night. As they arrive early morning participants will be able to spend a relaxing first day in a hotel close to the airport. During the afternoon their guide will meet them at the hotel in order to explain, discuss and answer last questions regarding itinerary or any necessary detail before beginning this fantastic trip.

 

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