Birding in Santiago de Chile

These tours are perfect for you if you are visiting Chile for a short time and just want to bird for 1, 2 or 3 days.

 

Just choose the best day trips from the following list.

 

If you have some particular species you absolutely want to see, just let us know and we will organise a special trip.

Highlands above Santiago - The Endemic Quest

We have one day to find 6 of the central Chile endemics: Chilean Tinamou, Crag Chilia, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Dusky Tapaculo.

 

To do that we will bird the foothills and mountains of the Andes near Santiago, doing several stops at different altitudes.

 

Of course, our birding will not be limited to these endemics, and will look for many more wonderful birds like Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, Austral Pygmy-owl, Giant Hummingbird, White-sided Hillstar, Creamy-rumped Miner, Black-fronted Ground-tyrant, Greater Yellow-finch, Magellanic Tapaculo, Scale-throated Earthcreeper, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, etc....

 

At our picnic place, we usually have Andean Condor soaring around, and Rufous-banded Miner and Greater Yellow-finch looking for some pieces of bread.

 

Pick-up at your hotel (in Santiago) around 6:30 a.m. and back at 5:30 p.m.

La Campana National Park - Endemics where Darwin found them

We will begin the day birding the Mediterranean matorral shrublands near Santiago in a pre-cordillera park, where we will look for Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy-owl, White-throated Tapaculo and Moustached Turca, Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail, Tufted Tit-tyrant, White-crested Elaenia, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Common Diuca-finch, and others.

 

Then we will drive to the Lampa/Batuco wetlands where we will have our picnic lunch and spend the rest of the day.

 

Here we can find great numbers of ducks, coots and herons. More than 120 species have been recorded in these wetlands, which are some of the best birding destinations in Chile.

 

We will concentrate our efforts on some difficult and rare species like South-American Painted-snipe, Ticking Doradito (a recent split of Warbling Doradito), Black Rail, Black-headed Duck and Stripe-backed Bittern.

 

Pick-up at your hotel (in Santiago) around 6:30 a.m. and back at 5:30 p.m.

The main target of the day is the beautiful and sought-after Diademed Sandpiper-Plover.

 

We are involved in the scientific study of this rare and strange bird so have a good record for finding it.

 

For that, we will drive directly to the El Yeso area, just doing a few selected stops, especially for the endemic Crag Chilia and Moustached Turca.

 

Around the El Yeso dam, we will look for the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover where a small population is breeding, and for other high-elevation species, such as Andean Goose, Crested and Torrent Duck, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded Miner, the rare Creamy-rumped Miner, Scale-throated Earthcreeper, Black-fronted Ground-tyrant and Greater Yellow-finch.

 

The scenery here is the most beautiful and dramatic in Central Chile..mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers combine to make a magnificent spectacle.

 

Pick-up at your hotel (in Santiago) at 6:30 a.m. and back at 5:30 p.m.

Birding the coast, between San Antonio and Algarrobo

Leaving Santiago early in the morning, we will drive directly to San Antonio and our first destination, the Maipo estuary. There we will probably see thousands of gulls, skimers, terns, pelicans and shorebirds.

 

At sea, we will perhaps see some Sooty Shearwaters, Guanay Cormorant or even a Black-browed Albatross and White-chinned Petrels and on the beach will roost hundreds of Whimbrel.

 

After scanning the masses of migrant birds in search of a rarity, we will spend more attention to the passerines and look for the rare Ticking Doradito (a recent split of Warbling Doradito), Spectacled Tyrant, the Chilean endemic Dusky Tapaculo and few Correndera Pipit.

 

Near the restaurant where we will have our lunch, we will look for another Chilean endemic, the Chilean Seaside Cinclodes.

 

In the afternoon, we will visit some other wetlands where we have good chance to find Spot-flanked Gallinule, Black-necked Swan, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Plumbeous Rail, Black-headed Duck and maybe even the secretive Stripe-back Bittern.

 

We will also stop near a Peruvian Pelican colony where a few Humboldt Penguins are also breeding.

 

Pick-up at your hotel (in Santiago) at 6:30 a.m. and back at 5:30 p.m.

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The Highlands AND the wetlands - Serious birder only !!

You are short on time and want to see all the birds, you are ready to wake up early and be back at your hotel late in the day, then this day trip is for you !!!

We will spend all the day birding, prospecting all elevations from the Batuco wetlands near Santiago to the high elevations near Farellones.

100 species are possible.

The legendary American ornithologist Robert Cushman Murphy said “I now belong to the higher cult of mortals for I have seen the albatross!”

 

If you want to belong to this cult, and enjoy one of the best pelagic experience in the world, then you have to go on a pelagic trip on the Humboldt current!

 

The most common tubenoses during these trips are Black-browed, Salvin's and Northern Royal Albatross, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwater, Cape Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Peruvian Diving-Petrel and Fuegian Storm-Petrel (the chilensis subspecies of Wilson's Storm-Petrel). During austral summer we also have good chance to see the two Pterodroma Petrels we have around here, the Masatierra and Juan-Fernandez Petrel, or even the critically endangered Chatham Albatross.

On some trips we have seen more than 500 albatrosses of 8 different species !!

 

Others marine species include the tiny Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins, Red-legged and Guanay Cormorant, Peruvian Booby, Chilean Skua and Inca Tern.

During migration, we can also have huge flocks of migrants like Franklin's Gull, Red Phalarope, South American Tern or Grey Gull.

 

We will leave Santiago at 5a.m. Pelagic trip will start at 6:30a.m. and we will be back for lunch between 1 and 2 p.m. After the pelagic trip we will be  birdwatching along the coast. On our way back to Santiago we will do few selected stops to add few more species.

The Yeso Valley - Diademed Sandpiper Plover

Birding in Santiago de Chile

Price per person:

1 Guest -  US$600

2 Guests - US$315

3 Guests - US$223

4 Guests - US$245

5 Guests - US$224

6 Guests - US$193

                                               

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$630  

2 Guests - US$335  

3 Guests - US$240

4 Guests - US$263

5 Guests - US$232  

6 Guests - US$202

                                         

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$660

2 Guests - US$330

3 Guests - US$250

4 Guests - US$253

5 Guests - US$220

6 Guests -  US$190

                                               

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$600

2 Guests - US$330

3 Guests - US$250

4 Guests - US$253

5 Guests - US$220

6 Guests - US$190

                                             

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Private Pelagic trip includes: transport from/to Santiago (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and Pelagic.

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$600

2 Guests - US$330

3 Guests - US$250

4 Guests - US$253

5 Guests - US$220

6 Guests - US$190

 

                                               

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Pelagic Trip Off Valparaiso or Quintero

The British naturalist Charles Darwin in 1834, while traveling around Central Chile, discover a unique place in the world..La Campana National Park.

In the park, declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, you can find a rich variety of native flora, of which the highlight is the Chilean Palm (Jubaea chilensis) and the Mediterranean scrub and forest.

 

This diversity of environments, which makes La Campana National Park, is the ideal place to look, for some bird species endemic to Chile, including: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Chilean Tinamou, Dusky- tailed Canastero and Dusky Tapaculo. And other interesting birds from central Chile Chilean Pigeon, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, Austral Pygmy-owl, Giant Hummingbird, Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail, Tufted Tit-tyrant, White-crested Elaenia, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Common Diuca-finch, and others.

 

On its scrub covered slopes, we can see some species of raptors such as Black- chested Buzzard Eagle, Harris's Hawk and American Kestrel.

 

Pick-up at your hotel (in Santiago) at 6:30 a.m. and back at 5:30 p.m.

Pre-cordillera and Batuco wetlands

Included: transport (up tp 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), lunch/picnic (entrance, main dish, 1 cup of wine, desert) and entrance fees

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$618

2 Guests - US$335

3 Guests - US$240

4 Guests - US$240

5 Guests - US$214

6 Guests - US$187

                                             

Pelagic trip in private boat from Valparaíso or Quintero

Price per person:

1 Guest - US$1430

2 Guests - US$735

3 Guests - US$507

4 Guests - US$458

5 Guests - US$386

6 Guests - US$345

 

Fixed dates in shared boat from Valparaíso or Quintero

US$150 Per person

                               

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