La Campana NP – Endemics where Darwin found them
In 1834, the British naturalist Charles Darwin was exploring Chile during his famous trip on the Beagle. When visiting central Chile he discovered a uniquely diverse area of Mediterranean forest and scrubland, rich in endemic flora and fauna. That area is now La Campana National Park, declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The rich and diverse vegetation in the park, sadly an uncommon occurrence in Central Chile, is the ideal place to look for many of Chile’s endemic bird species. Here we can find: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Chilean Tinamou, Dusky- tailed Canastero and Dusky Tapaculo. Other interesting birds we are likely to encounter are: 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, among many others.
The hilly landscape is also ideal for many raptors, such as Black- chested Buzzard Eagle, Harris’s Hawk, Variable Hawk and American Kestrel. With some luck we may even spot an Andean Condor soaring among the higher peaks of the park.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Birding
Private trips can be organized on any day from September to May.
- Most of Chile’s endemics in one day
- Beautiful natural Mediterranean habitat of Central Chile
- Relaxed pace; short easy walks
Ease of Birding
- Most species show easily, with some trickier skulking species
- Transport (1-3 SUV, 4-6 minivan)
- Pick up/drop off at your hotel in Santiago
- English speaking guide with birding equipment
- Snack (water, nuts, fruit, cereal bars)
- Park entrance fee
- eBird checklists for the day’s stops
La Campana National Park
Starting time: pick-up at your hotel in Santiago around 6:30 a.m. Note this time may vary depending on time of sunrise.
See map insert for an overview of the route and main hotspots visited during the tour.
Ending time: drop-off at your hotel in Santiago around 5:30 p.m.