Central Chile & Patagonia 2007: Oct 17—29, 2007

Aboard the Mare Australis

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Departs: Santiago, Chile
Tour Limit: 16
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Claudio Vidal

Claudio Vidal lives in Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in Chile. Claudio has been bird...

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A multi-dimensional trip featuring travel by land and sea; gain exposure to the Chilean Andes and the majestic beauty of southern South America.

Evocative landscapes and an enticing diversity of birdlife await the traveler on this South American adventure. This tour will provide a high quality travel experience and immersion in the raw beauty and special birdlife of the Chilean Andes. We will target such sought-after species as Chilean Tinamou, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, and Moustached Turca, among many others, in the midst of some of the finest scenery in the world.

We will fly to Punta Arenas and visit Torres del Paine National Park, a location known for its glaciers and unsurpassed mountain scenery. Here we will focus on an array of landbirds and waterbirds, including Chilean Flamingo, Upland and Ashy-headed geese, Chiloe Wigeon, Torrent Duck, Lesser Rhea, and Magellanic Woodpecker.

Our thorough land-based program is complemented by a grand finale, four-day cruise through the magnificent maze-like fjords of southern Chile. Enjoy dramatic glacier-sculpted scenery as we navigate the bays and channels of Tierra del Fuego, while Flying and Flightless steamer-ducks, Chilean Skuas, Blue-eyed Cormorants, and Dolphin Gulls patrol the near-shore waters. A visit to Cape Horn will leave us exhilarated by the beauty of this remote outpost, as we bask in the glow of its rich history.

With excellent accommodations and cuisine, we can view Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, Black-browed and Gray-headed albatross, and Southern Giant-Petrels while traveling in complete comfort.

Accommodations and cuisine very good to excellent throughout; warm weather around Santiago and cooler weather in the far south; fog, wind, and rain possible.