Chile: Pumas, Condors, and Penguins with Zeiss

Pre-Trip: October 1 – 6, 2023
Main Tour: October 6 – 14, 2023

From: Santiago, Chile
Participant Limit: 12
Activity Level: Moderate

Pre-Trip Price: $3,699 per person
Main Tour Price: $7,449 per person

Double occupancy. Pre-Trip Single supplement: $400, Main Tour single supplement: $850

This is a birding tour, designed to see as many bird species as possible, with special focus on specialty species.

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Join us for this exciting adventure in Chile with special guest, Zeiss brand ambassador Catherine Hamilton. Our pre-trip extension starts in Santiago and allows us to search for some of the fantastic species that are found in the central part of Chile. First, we will bird in the Andes east of the city while based in the town of San Jose de Maipo. Our main target here will be the highly sought after Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. In addition to this amazing species, we hope to see Crag Chilia, Mountain Parakeet, Mountain Caracara, a variety of miners and ground-tyrants, and Chilean Tinamou.

Next, we will head to the coast where we will bird in the coastal marshes as well as take a pelagic trip into the productive waters of the Pacific. During this part of the trip our targets will include Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Ticking Doradito, Black-browed, Salvin’s, Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering, and Royal Albatrosses, multiple petrels, shearwaters, and storm-petrels, Humboldt Penguin, and Seaside Cinclodes.

Our main tour will start with a flight to the city of Punta Arenas in Patagonia. From there we will drive north to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll spend our time in this region birding throughout both the park and Sierra Baguales as well as tracking pumas! Avian highlights during this part of the trip could include Ruddy-headed Goose, Magellanic Woodpecker, Yellow-bridled Finch, Austral Parakeet, and much more!

From here, we’ll travel to Tierra del Fuego. On our ferry ride to the island, we’ll search for a variety of seabirds including Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant-Petrel, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and Magellanic Diving-Petrel. Our main target once in Tierra del Fuego are the King Penguins that have formed a colony on the shore of Useless Bay. In addition to the penguins, we will look for highlights such as Rufous-chested and Tawny-throated Dotterels, White-bridled Finch, Magellanic Plover, Least Seedsnipe, and Band-tailed Earthcreeper. After a short ferry ride back to the mainland, we’ll drive through the scenic steppe habitat back to Punta Arenas.

Trip Leaders

Rob Ripma


  • 2 Expert Guides
  • Special Guest Guide
  • Ground Transportation in Chile
  • All Lodging
  • All Meals including
  • Park Entrance Fees

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Chile
  • Airport Taxes
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Outside of Wine Tastings)
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

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