Birding in Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego and Torres Del Paine

This tour offers the experience of most impressive landscapes and mythical places of Chile. We will cross the famous Magellan straight, bird Tierra del Fuego, drive through the Patagonian steppe and look for the recently rediscovered Austral Rail at the base of the wonderful Torres Del Paine. Some stunning species are found here including King Penguin, Magellanic Plover, Ruddy-headed Goose, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, White-bridled Finch and so many more. Patagonia is also a destination for other wildlife, including the common Guanaco, Grey Fox, Peale's Dolphin, and with more luck the rare Puma or a Fin Whale, when crossing the Magellan Straight. Weather is unpredictable here, can be sunny, cold, very windy, rainy, snowy, and even just warm – all in one single day!

 

 

DATES

11th Nov - 16th Nov 2018

10th Nov - 15th Nov 2019

 

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GROUP SIZE

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

 

EXTENSIONS

Pre-Tour: Easter Island or Robinson Crusoe Island

Post-Tour: Falklands Islands or Puma Safari

 

Private trips can be organized as request

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11th 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.

 

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.

 

We will catch the first flight of the day to the very far south city of Chile, Punta Arenas. We will be birding on the coast near the city, and looking for Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Imperial Cormorant, Upland Goose, Chilean Skua along with the splendid Dolphin Gull. Tiny Austral Negrito is sure to be found as well. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Estancia San Juan, where we will see the very rare Ruddy Headed Goose breeds. We will look also for Kelp Goose, and end our trip in Punta Arenas.

 

DAY 15. 13th NOV. TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND KING PENGUIN COLONY

 

 

We will take the early morning ferry crossing (2.5 hrs) to Porvenir, which is main town in the North-West sector of the mythical island at the end of the world, Tierra del Fuego. We should see scores of Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Chilean Skua, Black-Browed Albatross and Peale´s dolphins. We will spend the afternoon birding in visiting Laguna Verde and Laguna Santa Maria. Bird species the next couple of days will be Ashy-Headed and Upland Goose, Two- Banded Plover, Magellanic Plover, Chilean Skua, Short-Billed Miner, Tawny-Throated Dotterels, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Black-necked Swan and Crested Duck.

 

After breakfast we will drive to Bahia Inútil to see a colony of magnificent King Penguins. In the afternoon we will be looking for Rufous-Chested Dotterel, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant and Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant before returning to our lodge in Cerro Sombrero.

 

DAY 16. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 18. 16th NOV .PUNTA ARENAS AIRPORT

 

Sadly this is the last day of our expedition. We will drive back to Punta Arena’s airport where we will take our flight back to Santiago and connecting international flights or one for an extension trip.

 

DAY 14. 12th NOV. BIRDING AROUND PUNTA ARENAS

 

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.

 

We will catch the first flight of the day to the very far south city of Chile, Punta Arenas. We will be birding on the coast near the city, and looking for Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Imperial Cormorant, Upland Goose, Chilean Skua along with the splendid Dolphin Gull. Tiny Austral Negrito is sure to be found as well. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Estancia San Juan, where we will see the very rare Ruddy Headed Goose breeds. We will look also for Kelp Goose, and end our trip in Punta Arenas.

 

DAY 15. 13th NOV. TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND KING PENGUIN COLONY

 

 

We will take the early morning ferry crossing (2.5 hrs) to Porvenir, which is main town in the North-West sector of the mythical island at the end of the world, Tierra del Fuego. We should see scores of Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Chilean Skua, Black-Browed Albatross and Peale´s dolphins. We will spend the afternoon birding in visiting Laguna Verde and Laguna Santa Maria. Bird species the next couple of days will be Ashy-Headed and Upland Goose, Two- Banded Plover, Magellanic Plover, Chilean Skua, Short-Billed Miner, Tawny-Throated Dotterels, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Black-necked Swan and Crested Duck.

 

After breakfast we will drive to Bahia Inútil to see a colony of magnificent King Penguins. In the afternoon we will be looking for Rufous-Chested Dotterel, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant and Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant before returning to our lodge in Cerro Sombrero.

 

DAY 16. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 18. 16th NOV .PUNTA ARENAS AIRPORT

 

Sadly this is the last day of our expedition. We will drive back to Punta Arena’s airport where we will take our flight back to Santiago and connecting international flights or one for an extension trip.

 

DAY 14. 12th NOV. BIRDING AROUND PUNTA ARENAS

 

We will catch the first flight of the day to the very far south city of Chile, Punta Arenas. We will be birding on the coast near the city, and looking for Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Imperial Cormorant, Upland Goose, Chilean Skua along with the splendid Dolphin Gull. Tiny Austral Negrito is sure to be found as well. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Estancia San Juan, where we will see the very rare Ruddy Headed Goose breeds. We will look also for Kelp Goose, and end our trip in Punta Arenas.

 

DAY 15. 13th NOV. TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND KING PENGUIN COLONY

 

 

We will take the early morning ferry crossing (2.5 hrs) to Porvenir, which is main town in the North-West sector of the mythical island at the end of the world, Tierra del Fuego. We should see scores of Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Chilean Skua, Black-Browed Albatross and Peale´s dolphins. We will spend the afternoon birding in visiting Laguna Verde and Laguna Santa Maria. Bird species the next couple of days will be Ashy-Headed and Upland Goose, Two- Banded Plover, Magellanic Plover, Chilean Skua, Short-Billed Miner, Tawny-Throated Dotterels, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Black-necked Swan and Crested Duck.

 

After breakfast we will drive to Bahia Inútil to see a colony of magnificent King Penguins. In the afternoon we will be looking for Rufous-Chested Dotterel, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant and Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant before returning to our lodge in Cerro Sombrero.

 

DAY 16. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 18. 16th NOV .PUNTA ARENAS AIRPORT

 

Sadly this is the last day of our expedition. We will drive back to Punta Arena’s airport where we will take our flight back to Santiago and connecting international flights or one for an extension trip.

 

DAY 14. 12th NOV. BIRDING AROUND PUNTA ARENAS

 

We will catch the first flight of the day to the very far south city of Chile, Punta Arenas. We will be birding on the coast near the city, and looking for Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Imperial Cormorant, Upland Goose, Chilean Skua along with the splendid Dolphin Gull. Tiny Austral Negrito is sure to be found as well. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Estancia San Juan, where we will see the very rare Ruddy Headed Goose breeds. We will look also for Kelp Goose, and end our trip in Punta Arenas.

 

DAY 2. 13th NOV. TIERRA DEL FUEGO AND KING PENGUIN COLONY

 

 

We will take the early morning ferry crossing (2.5 hrs) to Porvenir, which is main town in the North-West sector of the mythical island at the end of the world, Tierra del Fuego. We should see scores of Southern Giant Petrel, Magellanic Diving Petrel, Chilean Skua, Black-Browed Albatross and Peale´s dolphins. We will spend the afternoon birding in visiting Laguna Verde and Laguna Santa Maria. Bird species the next couple of days will be Ashy-Headed and Upland Goose, Two- Banded Plover, Magellanic Plover, Chilean Skua, Short-Billed Miner, Tawny-Throated Dotterels, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Black-necked Swan and Crested Duck.

 

After breakfast we will drive to Bahia Inútil to see a colony of magnificent King Penguins. In the afternoon we will be looking for Rufous-Chested Dotterel, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant and Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant before returning to our lodge in Cerro Sombrero.

 

DAY 1. 12th NOV. BIRDING AROUND PUNTA ARENAS

 

DAY 16. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 18. 16th NOV .PUNTA ARENAS AIRPORT

 

Sadly this is the last day of our expedition. We will drive back to Punta Arena’s airport where we will take our flight back to Santiago and connecting international flights or one for an extension trip.

 

DAY 16. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 5. 16th NOV .PUNTA ARENAS AIRPORT

 

Sadly this is the last day of our expedition. We will drive back to Punta Arena’s airport where we will take our flight back to Santiago and connecting international flights or one for an extension trip.

 

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 17. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 4. 15th NOV. TORRES DEL PAINE AND SIERRA BAGUALES

 

After leaving Early in the morning we will head to the place that everybody was expecting, the incomparable and gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. Probably, of the entire expedition, this will be the most unforgettable scenic highlight. While the park is most famous for its astonishing scenery, it is also rich in bird and mammal life. We will be looking for Dark-Faced Ground- Tyrant, Cinnamon-Bellied Ground-Tyrant, White-Throated Caracara and Patagonian Mockingbird. We will be birding in the eastern side of the park and its lakes looking for waterfowl, and on reed fringed pools looking for the re-discovered Austral Rail. Cinereous Harriers are fairly common.

 

Guanaco, Patagonian Skunk and Gray Fox are some mammals we may also see. This is the best spot in Chile for Puma watching but daytime sightings are extremely rare. Leaving the Park we will take the road to Sierra Baguales looking for Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian and the pretty Yellow Bridled Finch and a variety of Ground-Tyrants. As well as White-Throated Caracara and the very rare Gray-Bellied Shrike-Tyrant we would hope for good views of Andean Condor before heading back to spend the night in Puerto Natales.

 

DAY 3. 14th NOV. BIRDING THE STEPPES AND DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

 

After leaving Tierra del Fuego we will arrive in the extreme far south of Chile. In this area the Temparate Rain Forest has disappeared and the Patagonian Steppe dominates the landscape.

We will bird our way to North-East of the Tierra del Fuego island, where we will take our ferry to mainland (Punta Delgada). This is a shorter ferry crossing with the great chance of seeing Commerson´s Dolphin, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel and White-Chinned Petrel, and other seabirds. Back on the mainland we will make a stop at Buque Quemado because there is a great chance of seeing variety of waterfowl, including Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, White-cheeked Pintail, Coscoroba Swan, and variety of shorebirds. We will continue our trip to Puerto Natales and will look for Darwin's Rhea, Austral Canastero, Chocolate-Vented Tyrant, Band-Tailed Earthcreeper, Common Miner Patagonian Yellow-Finch and White-bridled Finch. We will spend the night in our hotel in Puerto Natales.

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