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Inspiring Wildlife Adventures Since 1997
Message from the Founders his season finds us again venturing into different new uncharted territories, expanding our horizons in every direction.
We have expanded our staff to cover an ever-increasing demand with the addition of talented and experienced professionals who enjoy showing around the beautiful wilderness of our continent while giving an in-depth view of the natural history and every aspect of the wonders surrounding us. The same is true regarding our programmes, since we have made several additions to our existant offer, like a new tour that focuses on the largest ever animal on Earth, the iconic Blue Whale, a nautical expedition that takes you to one of the most important feeding grounds for this once almost extinct marine mammal. Another highlight and one of our specialties for more than 15 years is our Pumas of Torres del Paine tour, one of the favorites among our guests, and a perfect showcase for both our wildlife experience and our genuine concern about conservation of the Patagonian ecosystems in general and of this beautiful cat we know so well in particular. Besides our main Chile and Patagonia tours, we offer wildlife expeditions in neighbouring countries including Peru, Argentina and Brazil, all adding to the broad palette of colours, landscapes, wildlife, history, cultures and food one can experience in this wonderful continent. It’s no coincidence that besides running our own tours we double as ground agents for most top naturalist companies in the world, who rely on our experience as local pioneers in wildlife tourism. Our programmes appeal to a variety of interests, including wildlife watching, birding, photography and history, designed to introduce our visiting friends to our natural treasures in the best possible way, always with an unbound and compelling passion for what we do. If you’re flicking through the pages of this catalogue, chances are you either met us in the 26th Birdfair or have requested for a printed copy through our website, or maybe browsing through a digital online version of it. Either way, you just might have been toying with the idea of travelling to southern South America, so now that we’ve been introduced, why not visiting us back home and letting us show you why we love this land and nature so much? We look forward to this upcoming season and going out in the field once again, with renewed enthusiasm and our renowned standard of doing our best to give you a first-class experience. Far South, the way to go!
Testimonials “The tour was fantastic. Our guide, Rodrigo, was excellent. The places Far South Expeditions booked for us were all good quality, with some of them being outstanding, and Rodrigo’s local knowledge meant that we saw many fascinating animals and places that we would not have known about or found for ourselves. It was an the road as we stood in absolute awe on the road unforgettable trip and we highly recommend less than 4m away. Enrique was fantastic.” Jill this tour company and its staff.” Don Gartside, Hancock, UK Australia “ Just wanted to thank you for organising my trip “We spent two weeks in Patagonia on a trip ... Sebastian and Christian did a wonderful job of organised by Far South, including a brilliant day showing me around, and I really appreciate it.”. out to the King Penguins, a few days with extreme Martin Sharp, Canada close ups of humpbacks and best of all walking with pumas in Torres Del Paine. The guides, “My wife and I did a five day Puma trip with Christofer and Enrique were fantastic, their field Enrique. Enrique, Sebastian (a second guide) and knowledge exceptional and they were excellent Ruben (our driver) were all very professional and travelling companions. “ Paul Cottis, UK were willing to go the extra mile to see pumas. We were extremely successful. In 5 days we “Travelling solo, I spent a week in Torres del Paine encountered 9 pumas with 5 of the encounters with the brilliant guide Enrique and driver Cristian. lasting for over 20 minutes each. The behavior The scenery was out of this world I have a love of was fantastic. Enrique has been studying the Big Cats and Enrique introduced me to the puma movements of the cats in Torres del Paine for and its environment. They are spectacular and years and knows well their movement patterns even encountered an adolescent walking across and territories”. Art & Alicia Hulse, USA
The Far South Expeditions Difference Since 1997, we’ve been sharing with our guests what we’ve learned all this time while exploring the wonders of southern South America, Patagonia, Antarctica and Polynesia. Because it’s not just the places, it’s equally about experiencing the feelings it conveys and the intimate contact with the land, the wildlife and the culture.
Unique Journeys We aim to introduce you to the nature and culture of southern South America and adjacent regions through our unique educational travel experiences with the highest standards of professional service from an expert staff and with superior comfort, with a focus on nature and local culture. As a result of our carefully planned logistics and excellence of our guides, we also plan and operate trips to this region for the most important.
Small Groups Our party sizes do not exceed 10 participants; even in some like our photo safaris for instance, groups have a maximum size of 6 guests, and we use spacious, comfortable and safe vehicles. We take pride on offering a carefully detailed operation to fulfil your expectations, which is our permanent goal.
Our Lodging Our accommodations are special places, chosen for their quality of services as for their commitment to personalized attention and detail. We have a long partnership with most of them, which facilitates communication, and although a few are in cities, most of them are located in remote locations, islands of comfort in the wilderness, a concept that we always privilege. Sometimes these cosy lodges in remote locations are the most special and the hardest to leave behind, and all of our lodges and hotels offer fine cuisine, local flavours and, of course, excellent wines.
Our Office Based in Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city, in the shores of the mythical Straits of Magellan, at 53”S and 70”W, the long distance is no obstacle in keeping close contact and providing you with assistance in any requirements. Our office staff will be delighted to assist you in planning your trip, and available for any further discussion of details.
The places we have chosen for our programmes always stand out for their natural and contrasting beauty, from the Atacama Desert to the evergreen Patagonian woods, from Easter Island to Tierra del Fuego and from tropical South American rainforest to the glaciers of Antarctica, always looking for the greatest diversity and richness in both natural history and cultural heritage.
Our Nature Books & Trip Materials We’re proudly involved in the authorship and publication of our own nature resource books and field guides for Chile and Patagonia, having produced more than 20 titles on birds, flora, other wildlife, landscapes and culture of southern South America. We also provide our customers with field checklists and other useful material to enhance their learning experience during our trips.
Claudio F. Vidal, Enrique Couve, Rodrigo Tapia, Marcelo Flores, Sebastian Saiter and Cristofer de la Rivera
Our Tour Leaders & Guides
eing the people who work directly in the field with our customers, and therefore the ones who show them around and interpret for them, the leaders should not just be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, great naturalists and easy-going people, but also careful planners. Our trips have a strong educational component and our guides are truly passionate about wildlife and the natural world; they will be delighted to get out there with you and look for new birds, mammals and other fauna, show you the rarest orchid
on a botanical trip, or take you to the best spot, in the right light, for your landscape or wildlife photography and telling you about the bird youâ€™re looking at, or the geology of the place, while throwing in any relevant historical or cultural accounts. This is your holiday and our guides will do their best in planning ahead and avoiding any potential trouble, while sorting any inconvenience that could come up the road. You will make the most of the experience by sharing through the eyes of your local, experienced tour leader.
Our Wildlife Adventures in Patagonia, Chile & South America Patagonia
• Patagonia Wildlife Adventure – p. 13 • Patagonia Photo Expedition – p. 14 • Pumas, King Penguins and Humpback Whales – p. 15 • Mammals & Birds of Patagonia – p. 16 • Patagonia Explorer – p. 17 • Journey Across Patagonia – p. 18 • Birding Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego – p. 19 • Patagonia Botanical Tour – p. 20 • Patagonia & the Falkland Islands – p. 21 • Los Glaciares National Park – p. 22 • Torres del Paine Explorer – p. 23 • Torres del Paine Hiker – p. 24 • Pumas of Torres del Paine – p. 25 • King Penguins of Tierra del Fuego – p. 26 • Cape Horn Expedition Cruise – p. 27 • Tierra del Fuego Photo Expedition – p. 28 • Humpback Whales of the Magellan Straits – p. 29 Blue Whales of Chiloe Island – p. 30 • Day Tours from Punta Arenas, Chile – p. 31 • Day Tours from Ushuaia, Argentina – p. 32
• Chile Wildlife Adventure – p. 34 • Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina – p. 35 • Chile Birding Adventure – p. 36 • Birding Chile – An Easy Tour – p. 37 • Atacama Desert Explorer – p. 38 • Coastal Atacama Desert – p. 39 • Birding Northern Chile – p. 40 • Northern Chile Photography Adventure – p. 41
• Birding Central Chile – p. 42 • Mediterranean Chile Botanical Tour – p. 43 • Araucaria Forests – p. 44 • Lake District & Chiloé Island – p. 45 • Chiloé Island & Laguna San Rafael National Park – p. 46 • Albatrosses & Petrels in the Humboldt Current – p. 47 • Day Tours from Santiago, Chile – p. 48 • Day Tours from Puerto Montt, Chile – p. 49
Islands & Antarctica
• Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – p. 51 • Robinson Crusoe Island – p. 52 • The Falkland Island – p. 53 • Grand Antarctica – p. 54
• Valdés Peninsula & Bahia Camarones - 56
• Highlights of Peru – p. 57 • Amazon River Cruise – p. 58
• Jaguars of the Pantanal – p. 59
2016 Tour Calendar PATAGONIA Patagonia Wildlife Adventure: January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2, October 1, November 5, December 3 Patagonia Photo Expedition: January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 24 Pumas, King Penguins and Humpback Whales: January 18, February 13, March 5 Mammals & Birds of Patagonia: February 13 Patagonia Explorer: January 16, February 20, March 19, October 15, November 19, December 17 Journey Across Patagonia: March 1 Birding Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego: January 9, February 13, March 12, October 8, November 12, December 10 Patagonia Botanical Tour: January 9, November 12, December 10 Patagonia & The Falkland Islands: March 6, December 4 Pumas of Torres del Paine: January 4, February 8, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 8, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5 Tierra del Fuego Photo Expedition: April 16 Blue Whales of Chiloe Island: February 28, March 6
CHILE Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina: February 21 Chile Birding Adventure: January 2, October 22 Birding Chile - An Easy Tour: December 10
PERU Amazon River Cruise: May 13, June 3
BRAZIL Jaguars of the Pantanal: October 6
Northern Royal Albatross, Diomedea sanfordi
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Visit Us Online www.farsouthexpeditions.com Keeping in touch with our customers has always been of paramount importance to the success of our operation, so no matter how far the distance, we are eager to serve you better and connect with you at all times, pre- and post-tour. Continually updated, our website keeps you updated on all our new tours and programmes, special deals and exciting news both from the field and the office, so you can have all the information you need to choose from our varied offer.
Our naturalists and guides are periodically delivering short notes accompanying photographs taken in our tours, to let you have a virtual peek into the wonders that we experience first-hand in the field. This material, which is shared through our Wildlife Blog into social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, is in the format of a brief, easy-to-read â€œmini-articleâ€?, but on the other hand it is intended to be of high quality both visually and in written content, so you can enjoy the photographs while learning a little bit about the natural history of the subject. Join us daily on our glimpses into the awesome wilderness of some of the remotest and most pristine ecosystems in the Planet!
Puma Watching activities in Torres del Paine and surrounding areas As a group of established local Chile and Patagonia wildlife tour companies working in permanent contact and coordination with the National Wildlife Service and the administration of Torres del Paine National Park, we have for decades not only pioneered and developed this particular kind of tourism here, but in doing so have always been inspired by and acted according to a strict ethos which puts wildlife well-being first and foremost. Since we pioneered puma tours more than 15 years ago, we have always had conservation as a major inspiration and concern, and this is reflected not only in the non-invasive way we work in the field, but also in our 20-plus books, field guides and publications with which we have contributed to environmental education and the knowledge and awareness of our wildlife and the threats it faces. Torres del Paine National Park has for long been regarded as one of the finest places in the world to watch pumas in the wild, and as a local and well-established venture we have met with both the environmental and Park authorities and the private landowners to discuss a special working plan contemplating special permits for our companies and to work out strategies in order to continue with puma watching tours the way we have until now. Therefore, we canâ€™t stress enough the importance of letting our historical and potential new business partners from abroad know and rest assured that our puma programmes are as alive, healthy and present as ever, and that our company still represents not only the best value, but also the most authoritative, ethical and knowledgeable partner to watch pumas in Patagonia.
Puma, Puma concolor patagonica
A Guide to the Birds of Chile, Oceanic Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Since 1997, our commitment to environmental education and conservation as a way of life has encouraged us to produce more than 20 field guides and related publications on the birds, wildlife and natural history of Chile and Patagonia. Over the last 10 years, company founders Enrique Couve and Claudio F. Vidal have teamed up with the accomplished Chilean ornithologist and artist Jorge Ruiz to write and illustrate a thorough field guide to the birds of Chile and offshore dependencies, including Juan Fernandez archipelago, Easter Island and Antarctic Peninsula. The research process has been long but prolific, and we expect this work to be delivered within 2015.
Ornithologist and artist Jorge Ruiz • Chestnut-throated Huet-huet, Pteroptochos castaneus • Moustached Turca, Pteroptochos megapodius • Inca Tern, Larosterna inca • Chilean Tinamou, Nothoprocta perdicaria • Chucao Tapaculo, Scelorchilus rubecula • Rufous-legged Owl, Strix rufipes
Patagonia Tours Patagonia â€Śthe very name of this remote region conjures up visions of mystery, remoteness, heroic exploration, well-weathered voyagers, long-gone natives, hardened settlers and vast, windswept plains, bays, mountains, big skies, forests, fjords, lakes, rivers and pristine wilderness. Located in the southern tip of South America, and shared by both Chile and Argentina, it is truly one of the last wild frontiers on Earth, and as such it has retained its appeal to adventurers and travellers from all over the world, a compelling attractive that hasnâ€™t faded since Magellan first explored its coasts and Darwin studied its natural history during his epic voyage aboard the Beagle, introducing Patagonia to the Old World and turning it forever into a magnet for inquisitive an restless spirits across the centuries in the process. Whether your interests reside in wildlife watching, geology, landscape or wildlife photography, culture or other topics, we kindly invite you to take a look at the many different programmes we have devised to let you become the explorer and discover for yourself the magic of these lands. These tours have been put together with the best possible experience in mind, and depart radically from mass, general tourism programmes in that they are exclusive trips planned specifically for individuals or small groups of up to eight people with private transportation, and mostly to places out of the mainstream tour routes. Our knowledgeable professional guides take care of every aspect of the trips in order to turn them into personalized expeditions where the routes, itineraries and pace are all geared to maximize the quality of your stay and time in the southern wilderness of mythical Patagonia.
Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus
Patagonia Wildlife Adventure
A Nature Journey to the End of the World Departures 8-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3 Trip Code: PAT06 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests. This programme is also operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available.
oin the ultimate nature and photo journey to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Far South Expeditions and Hotel Remota have joined efforts in designing and operating this superb wildlife adventure to the world's end, with the single purpose of providing our guests with an authentic and memorable journey of discovery, and outstanding levels of service. We will spend considerable time exploring the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales, including boat trips to the Chilean Fjords and their striking glaciers, plus in-depth visits to Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, Torres del Paine National Park. The focus of this trip is to see as much wildlife as possible, and travelling in a small group (up to 6 participants) will also provide the photo enthusiast with great chances of capturing the grandeur of these aweinspiring landscapes. Remota Lodge will be our comfortable base during most of this trip; its remarkable architecture and its unique setting are worthwhile exploring and enjoying. The last portion of the trip will be oriented to visit Tierra del Fuego and the only continental breeding colony of the stunning King Penguin. A grand finale for the trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Magellanic penguins – Puerto Natales Day 2 • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Sierra Baguales Day 3 • Bernardo O’Higgins National Park: Boat trip to Last Hope Fjord and Balmaceda Glacier Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (east) – Laguna Amarga & Laguna Azul Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (west) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 6 • Pali Aike NP – Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Porvenir Day 7 • King penguins – Ferry to Punta Arenas Day 8 • End of the trip
The Horns, Torres del Paine NP - Austral Parakeet, Enicognathus ferrugineus - Guests with the Towers in the backdrop
Patagonia Photo Expedition
Photo Safari to the End of the World Departures 8-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 27, Apr 24, Jul 23, Aug 27, Sep 24, Oct 22, Nov 26, Dec 24 Trip Code: PAT01 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests. This programme is also operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available.
andscape and wildlife photography tour to Patagonia led by resident nature photographers. Discover the best of Patagonia on this exclusivelydesigned, photo-oriented journey; stay at great nature lodges and historic guest houses, learn about nature photography during our photo workshops, enjoy and document the best wildlife encounters, learn from thorough natural history interpretation, and experience the comfort of travelling in a small group, with a maximum group size of 8 participants. Magellanic and King penguins, flamingos, sea lions, glaciers, breathtaking scenery, the mythical Tierra del Fuego Island and Straits of Magellan, the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and much more are all part of this, the ultimate photo journey to Patagonia.
Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Otway Sound – Drive to Torres del Paine National Park Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 3 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector) – Laguna Amarga & Laguna Azul Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP: Lago Sarmiento – Mylodon Cave Natural Monument Day 5 • Bernardo O’Higgins NP: Boat trip to Ultima Esperanza Fjord & Balmaceda Glacier Day 6 • Pali Aike road – Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins Day 7 • Straits of Magellan: Ferry to Punta Arenas Day 8 • End of the trip
Southern Grey Fox, Lycalopex griseus - Long-tailed Meadowlark, Sturnella loyca - Paine Massif - Photographing Guanaco
Pumas, King Penguins & Humpback Whales
Wildlife Icons of Patagonia Departures 11-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 18, Feb 13, Mar 5 Trip Code: PAT10 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests. This programme is also operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available. Available from January until April.
requently praised by visitors from all over the world as one of the most beautiful and majestic wild places in the planet, Torres del Paine National Park is a remote refuge of life where wildlife is normally quite tame and it’s not rare to see relaxed and inquisitive guanacos, foxes and other animals at close quarters; seeing the lone hunter that dwells in the vast and barren hills, the mighty Puma, is something else. This first section of our three-prong quest has been geared to seek out and contemplate this big and elegant cat in one the wildest places throughout its entire range in the Continent. The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor and certainly one of the most colorful and attractive members of the group. The second part of our journey takes us to see these magnificent seabirds in their natural habitat. Few places in the world offer good access and chances to see them in the wild like Useless Bay in Tierra del Fuego, making this, the only continental American breeding colony, a very special one indeed. The third part of our trip takes us to Carlos III Island, located at the heart of the recently established Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the mythic Straits of Magellan, to find some of its
most charismatic and usually elusive inhabitants, Humpback Whales. We will see these imposing creatures and other marine mammals of the subAntarctic region at close quarters, as well as a good diversity of seabirds. Also, we will visit remote penguin colonies as well as other seabirds’ rookeries. We will be based one night at San Isidro Lodge, located besides the homonymous historic lighthouse, and two nights at the domes of the research facilities at Carlos III Island, the perfect location to see the Humpbacks and marvel at their social behavior and feeding techniques. Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park Days 2-4 • Exploring Torres del Paine – Puma searches Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Transfer to Punta Arenas Day 6 • Ferry to Porvenir – Useless Bay for King penguins Day 7 • Ferry to Punta Arenas – Faro San Isidro Lodge Day 8 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon looking for Humpback Whale Day 9 • Carlos III Island Day 10 • Faro San Isidro Lodge – Punta Arenas Day 11 • End of the trip
Puma, Puma concolor patagonica - Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae - King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus
Mammals & Birds of Patagonia
Cetaceans & Pumas in Southern Chile
his comprehensive itinerary presents us with the unique 11-day trip from Puerto chance of exploring Patagonia Montt, Chile; ends at and its mammals and birds. Most of the Punta Arenas, Chile. tours coming to the area are focused on 2016: Feb 13 beautiful landscapes and on the bigger Trip Code: PAT07 animals that are the easiest to watch; This programme is with us, besides exploring and admiring operated on a fixed the landscapes you will see a significant departure date, with a minimum of 4 partici- part of the endemic mammals and birds pants and a maximum of the region, several of them very rare group size of 8 guests. and/or difficult to observe. This programme Ferry crossings in Chiloe Island and the is also operated as a Magellan Straits are both very good for customized, private seabirds and marine mammals: Blue and trip, with a minimum Humpback whales and other cetaceans of 2 participants. such as Chilean and Peale's dolphins, South American Sea Lion, two species Patagonian Hairy Arma- of local and highly range-restricted dillo, Chaetophractus otters. Magnificent seabirds including villosus - Magellanic Woodpecker, Campephi- several tubenoses like Black-browed lus magellanicus Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar and Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and up to three penguin species including Humboldt, Magellanic and King. In land, up to three species of fox including Darwin's, Chilla and Culpeo, Puma and Guanaco, Huemul Deer, Hairy Armadillo, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk,
Patagonian Weasel, and other mammals of the Valdivian temperate rainforest like the tiny Pudu Deer and hopefully Kodkod, one of the world's rarest cats. Forest birds such as the magnificent Magellanic Woodpecker and endemic tapaculos, and rare waders including Magellanic Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Two-banded Plover and seedsnipes. As you can see, the variety of subjects on this quest for the mammals and birds of Patagonia is almost endless…like the memories you’ll keep of this memorable experience.
Day 1 • Puerto Montt – Drive to Ancud – Puñihuil Islets Day 2 • Chepu River – Tepuhueico Park Day 3 • Tepuhueico Park Day 4 • Boat trip off Quellon Day 5 • Drive to Puerto Montt – Flight to Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine National Park Days 6-8 • Torres del Paine NP Day 9 • Pali Aike road – Ferry to Tierra del Fuego Day 10 • Useless Bay – Ferry to mainland Day 11 • End of the trip
Patagonia Explorer Exploring the Remote Regions of Chile & Argentina Departures 9-day trip from El Calafate; ends at Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17 Trip Code: PAT02 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests. This programme is also operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available.
iscover the Best of Patagonia on this in-depth nature tour and photo journey; great nature lodges, the best wildlife encounters and thorough nature interpretation. Experience the comfort of travelling in a small group. This itinerary features visits to Patagonia's premier wildlife destinations: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, in Chile and Argentina respectively, as well as the Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego for King Penguins. Explore colossal glaciers, Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey in Chile’s Torres del Paine; visit Otway Sound Magellanic penguin colony, and the fascinating paleontological site of Mylodon Cave. Meet the locals while enjoying a shearing show and shepherd dog demonstration at a typical Patagonian farm.
Day 1 • El Calafate, Argentina – Perito Moreno Glacier & Los Glaciares National Park Day 2 • Lago Argentino & Estancia ‘Cristina' Day 3 • Drive to Cerro Castillo, Chile – Torres del Paine NP Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (west) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (east) – Laguna Amarga & Laguna Azul Day 6 • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Gaucho farm – Punta Arenas Day 7 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins Day 8 • Flight to Punta Arenas – Otway Sound for Magellanic penguins Day 9 • End of the trip
Photographing the Horns, Torres del Paine NP - Guanaco, Lama guanicoe - Culpeo Fox, Pseudalopex culpaeus - Lake Grey with icebergs
Journey Across Patagonia Exploring and Cruising a Land of Legends Departures 12-day trip from El Calafate, Argentina. 2016: Mar 1 Trip Code: PAT13 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests. This programme is also operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available. Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys Menonvillea sp., Fam. Brassicaceae
his journey of discovery is an invitation to experience the aweinspiring landscapes and peculiar wildlife of this vast region called Patagonia, located at the southern tip of South America. Patagonia is a geographical region, a land of myths and legends and nearly a country in its own right, shared by both Argentina and Chile. We have designed this small group trip with the aim to provide our guests with the best possible experience along both sides of the Andes, exploring the highlights of Patagonia but also discovering new and surprising horizons on the remote and seldom visited corners of this dramatic and beautiful part of the world. We will commence our trip visiting the huge Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Starting at the picturesque town of El Calafate we will cruise the huge Viedma and Argentino lakes, walk the trails around El Chalten to enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, and explore the most famous ice formation in Patagonia, the fabulous Perito Moreno Glacier. The middle section of our tour in Patagonia will be devoted to its premier wildlife hotspot, the vast and gorgeous Torres del Paine National Park, in southern Chile. The jagged granite peaks, massive glaciers and multi-coloured lakes are the perfect setting to study its rich wildlife. Herds of tame Guanaco, inquisitive foxes, Andean Condor, a rich birdlife, a myriad of wildflowers and
maybe even the secretive Puma will be the subjects to our photography and interpretation of the natural world. Finally, on the third part of our trip we will sail out aboard M/V Skorpios III on our grand finale, a thorough and exciting expedition to the remote and pristine Patagonian Fjords. We will visit unexplored inlets and forests, cruise along seldom-visited channels and islands and visit stunning and yet unnamed glaciers of the wild western region of Patagonia. Join us on this journey of discovery to the heart of southern Patagonia, a quest to its glaciers, fjords and the Patagonian Andes. Day 1 • El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier & Los Glaciares National Park Day 2 • Lago Argentino & Estancia ‘Cristina' Day 3 • Drive to Cerro Castillo, Chile – Torres del Paine NP Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (west) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (east) – Laguna Amarga & Laguna Azul Day 6 • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Gaucho farm – Punta Arenas Day 7 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins Day 8 • Flight to Punta Arenas – Otway Sound – Board M/V Stella Australis Day 9 • Tierra del Fuego: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets Day 10 • Beagle Channel: Pia Glacier – ‘Avenue of Glaciers’ Day 11 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay Day 12 • Arrival to Ushuaia
Birding Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
Discovering the Birds & Landscapes of the End of the World Departures 7-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10 Trip Code: PAT03 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available. Ruddy-headed Goose, Chloephaga rubidiceps - Darwin’s Rhea, Rhea pennata - White-bellied Seedsnipe, Attagis malouinus
oin this exclusive birding journey and discover the unique bird diversity in the remote regions and dazzling landscapes of Chilean Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy the pace of a small group and the expertise and skill of our well-seasoned birding guides. Seabirds like Blackbrowed Albatross, Antarctic Giant Petrel, Magellanic Diving Petrel and Chilean Skua, waterfowl like Upland, Ashy-headed and Ruddyheaded geese, stunning waders including Magellanic Plover, Twobanded Plover, Rufous- chested Dotterel, Tawny-throated Dotterel and several seedsnipes, King and Magellanic penguins, remarkable forest-dwelling birds such as Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and Chilean Hawk, will be part of this trip, with the occasional presence of the imposing Andean Condor, largest of terrestrial flying birds, soaring above our heads. Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, regarded as one of the world’s most
beautiful national parks. A large diversity of habitats in the park includes steppes, scrub and sub-Antarctic forests, all set between mountains and glaciers in dramatic landscapes of extraordinary beauty. Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Laguna de los Cisnes Day 2 • Useless Bay for King penguins Day 3 • Ferry to mainland – Pali Aike road – Drive to Puerto Natales Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park Day 5 • Sierra Baguales – Drive to Punta Arenas Day 6 • San Juan Bay – Otway Sound & Rio Verde Day 7 • End of the trip
Patagonia Botanical Tour
Botanizing at the End of the World
ature journey designed exclusive8-day trip from Punta ly for botanists, Arenas, Chile. plant enthusiasts and 2016: Jan 9, Nov 12, flower photographers Dec 10 willing to discover the Trip Code: PAT04 surprising diversity of flora and vegetation in This programme is operated as a the southernmost recustomized, private gions of Patagonia. On trip, with a minimum this trip you will visit of 2 participants, Chile's impressive and from late October world-famous Biosphere until early January. Reserve Torres del Paine Transfers from/to El National Park and the Calafate, Argentina are available. wind-swept steppes, sub-Antarctic forests and Andean moorChloraea magellanica, lands of Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego, Fam. Orchidaceae at the south end of South America's Gavilea litoralis, Fam. Orchidaceae- Botanizing mainland, looking for endemic species in the genera Adesmia, Alstroemeria, in Patagonia Gavilea, Nassauvia, Primula or Senecio, and others with highly restricted distributional ranges. We will explore a wide range of habitats, amidst stunning landscapes and pristine areas, and will enjoy the presence of other remarkable and unique wildlife of this part of the world.
Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Laguna Parrillar Nature Reserve – San Juan Bay Day 2 • Otway Sound NR – Drive to Puerto Natales Day 3 • Cerro Benitez Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector) Day 6 • Sierra Baguales Day 7 • Pali Aike road – Drive to Punta Arenas Day 8 • End of the trip
Patagonia & the Falkland Islands
The Southern Andes & the 'Galapagos' of the South
ombine the best nature and photo journey to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego with a visit to the Falkland 15-day trip from Punta Islands. Arenas, Chile. We’ll spend the first half of this 2016: Mar 6, Dec 4 journey exploring the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales, including boat Trip Code: PAT09 trips to the Chilean Fjords and their striking glaciers, plus in-depth visits to This programme is Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, operated on a fixed Torres del Paine National Park. Remota departure date, Lodge will be our comfortable base with a minimum of during most of this part of the trip; its 2 participants and a remarkable architecture and its unique maximum group size setting are worthwhile exploring and of 8 guests. enjoying. The last portion of the trip will Check out our website be oriented to visit Tierra del Fuego and for updated departure the only continental-breeding colony of the stunning King Penguin. dates. We’ll then board a plane and fly east into the South Atlantic to discover Rockhopper Penguin, the wildlife and natural history of a Eudyptes chrysocome - Black-browed remarkable and remote group of islands, Albatross, Thalassarche located in the South Atlantic Ocean, the melanophrys Falklands. The archipelago comprises more than 700 small islands (most of them uninhabited) and is located about 350 miles northwest of Cape Horn, east of mainland South America. The Falklands are simply the most accessible place in the world to observe breeding colonies of sub-Antarctic wildlife such as tame Black-browed Albatrosses,
Rockhopper and King Penguins and marine mammals such as Southern Elephant Seals. Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Magellanic penguins – Puerto Natales Day 2 • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument – Sierra Baguales Day 3 • Bernardo O’Higgins National Park: Boat trip to Last Hope Fjord and Balmaceda Glacier Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (east) – Laguna Amarga& Laguna Azul Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (west) – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 6 • PaliAike NP – Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Porvenir Day 7 • King penguins – Ferry to Punta Arenas Day 8 • Flight to the Falklands – Drive to Port Stanley Day 9 • Volunteer Point Day 10 • Flight to Carcass Island Day 11 • Carcass Island – Optional boat trip to West Point Island Day 12 • Carcass Island – Flight to Sea Lion Island Day 13 • Sea Lion Island Day 14 • Sea Lion Island – Flight to Darwin Day 15 • Flight to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile
Los Glaciares National Park
Glaciers and Forests of Argentine Patagonia Departures 5-day trip from El Calafate, Argentina. Trip Code: PAT05 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, Chile, are available.
Perito Moreno Glacier • Dwarf Armadillo, Zaedyus pichiy • Lake Torre
os Glaciares National Park is a world heritage site near the town of El Calafate, southern Argentina. At the southern tip of South America, the Andes are almost entirely covered by a huge ice-sheet, the Southern Patagonian Ice-Field. This vast mass of ice feeds many glaciers and massive lakes in this part of Patagonia. Into one of these lakes, Argentino, flows one of the most famous glaciers in Patagonia, the grand Perito Moreno. It is by far the most imposing glacier of the whole park, and is a feature of stunning beauty. On this photographic and natural history journey we will explore the temperate forests, wind-swept steppes, emerald-coloured lakes and the ancient glaciers of this incredible nature reserve and will discover its peculiar flora and fauna adapted to these extreme conditions.
Day 1 • El Calafate, Argentina – Laguna Nimes Day 2 •Los Glaciares National Park (south): LagoArgentino & Estancia ‘Cristina’ Day 3 •Full day at El Chaltén Day 4 •Perito Moreno Glacier Day 5 • End of the trip
Torres del Paine Explorer Exploring Patagonia's Premier Wildlife Destination Departures
2-dayoption Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Drive to Torres del Paine National Park Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector) – Lake Grey – Drive to Punta Arenas
2 to 5-day options from Punta Arenas, Chile. Trip Code: TDP01 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available.
The Paine Range, Torres del Paine National Park • Culpeo Fox, Lycalopex culpaeus • Laguna Amarga
iscover Torres del Paine, Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, at its best. This is a completely private wildlife and photo safari, entirely led by a naturalist guide from our company. This customdesigned itinerary includes private transportation and guide services throughout the length of the trip, park entry fees, hotel-based accommodation and all meals. This package provides you with privacy and full flexibility to pursuit your particular interests; you will get in-depth nature interpretation and enjoy the best wildlife encounters with your experienced naturalist guide. If you are a nature photographer, a nature enthusiast, a birder, a botanist, a hiker with an interest in the natural world, or simply an adventurer, this journey of discovery is for you!
3-dayoption Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Drive to Torres del Paine NP Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector) – Lake Grey –Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 3 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector) – Drive to Punta Arenas 4-dayoption Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Drive to Torres del Paine NP Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector) – Lake Grey – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 3 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector) Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP– Drive to Punta Arenas 5-dayoption Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Drive to Torres del Paine NP Day 2 • Torres del Paine NP (western sector) – Lake Grey – Boat trip to Grey Glacier Day 3 • Torres del Paine NP (eastern sector) Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Drive to Punta Arenas
Torres del Paine Hiker
Trekking the W Trail Departures Trip Code: TDP02 This programme is operated as a self-guided trip, with a minimum of 1 participant. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available.
The base of the Towers • Anemonae multifida, Fam. Ranunculaceae • Hikers at the “W” Trail
ltimate hiking vacation to Torres del Paine, Chile, Patagonia's premier trekking destination. This hiking package explores the famous 'W' hiking circuit, a fantastic trail for both experienced and novice hikers, keen nature photographers and naturalists alike. On this unparalleled trail you will explore the remotest regions of Patagonia, enjoy spectacular views of towering granite mountains, awe-inspiring glaciers, emerald-colored lakes and breathtaking skies at sunrise and sunsets. The programme includes full-board accommodation at up to 4 of the mountain huts (refugios) found along the trail, and related logistics including bus and boat transport arrangements. A guided option for solo travellers, couples or small private groups is also available.
6-day option Day 1 • Bus journey to Torres del Paine National Park – Transfer to Refugio Torre Central Day 2 • Full day hike to the base of Las Torres (The Towers) Day 3 • Hike to Los Cuernos (The Horns) – Lake Nordenskjöld Day 4 • Full day hike to Valle del Francés Day 5 • Hike to Grey Glacier Day 6 • Pehoe Lake – Catamaran trip to Pudeto – Bus journey to Puerto Natales – End of the trip 7-day option Day 6 • Southern Patagonian Icefield | Hike to Pehoé Lake Day 7 • Pehoe Lake | Catamaran boat trip to Pudeto | Bus journey to Puerto Natales – End of the trip
Pumas of Torres del Paine
A Quest for the Lord of the Andes Departures 5- and 6-day options from Punta Arenas, Chile. 2016: Jan 4, Feb 8, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2, Jun 6, Jul 4, Aug 8, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5 Trip Code: TDP03 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina are available. Puma, Puma concolor
trip committed to watch the Puma in the remote and stunning Patagonian wilderness of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Frequently praised by visitors as one of the most beautiful and majestic wild places in the planet, Torres del Paine National Park is a remote refuge of life where wildlife is normally quite tame and it's not rare to see relaxed and inquisitive guanacos, foxes and other animals at close quarters; seeing the lone hunter that dwells in the vast and barren hills, the mighty Puma, is something else. This expedition has been geared to seek out and contemplate this big and elegant cat in one the wildest places throughout its entire range in the Continent. Join us on this quest, to discover the wildlife of Torres del Paine and one of its most secretive and yet most awe-inspiring inhabitants.
Day 1• Punta Arenas – Drive to Torres del Paine National Park Days 2-4• Exploring Torres del Paine – Puma searches Day 5• Torres del Paine – Transfer to Punta Arenas – Optional transfer to El Calafate, Argentina Day 6• An additional day to explore the park searching for pumas plus other interesting mammals such as the elusive Andean or Huemul Deer, Geoffroy's Cat, Patagonian Weasel and Patagonian Hairy Armadillo.
King Penguins of Tierra del Fuego
Encounters with the Lord of Patagonia Departures Day trip, or 2-day trip, from Punta Arenas, Chile. Trip Code: TDF01 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Transfers from/to Ushuaia, Argentina, are available.
he King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor and certainly one of the most colorful and attractive members of the group. Few places in the world offer good access and chances to see them in the wild, making this, the only continental American breeding colony, a very special one indeed. By joining our penguin photo journey, you will be able to King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus see these magnificent seabirds in their â€˘ At Useless Bay natural habitat. You can join our departures, either by plane or ferry across the Straits of Magellan, from the Chilean city of Punta Arenas. Our trips have a maximum of 6 participants, essential to keep the impact on the small colony that we visit to a minimum.
Option A: 1-day, by Plane Available any day of the week, except on Sundays. On this option, we leave Punta Arenas on the earliest flight (8.15am) and fly back to Punta Arenas on the afternoon (5.20pm). Flying time approximately 12 minutes. Availability for this option is limited, booking in advance is advised. Option B: 2-day, by Ferry Available any day of the week, except on Sundays and Mondays. The ferry normally leaves from Punta Arenas to Porvenir at 9am and returns from Porvenir to Punta Arenas, the following day at 2pm; these timings may be changed / modified by the ferry managing company or due to weather conditions. The ferry crossing takes about 2 hours, either way.
Cape Horn Expedition Cruise In the Wake of Explorers & Sailors
he Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel and Cape Horn are important and highly significant geo3- & 4-night cruise graphic and historical landmarks in the options from Punta southern tip of the South American conArenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina tinent. Snow-capped mountains, huge aboard M/V Stella glaciers and magnificent forests, all add Australis and M/V Via to the peculiar beauty of this landscape Australis of peaks, trees, fjords and remote islands sculpted by the strong westerly winds Trip Code: TDF02 and the Pacific Ocean. This programme is During this journey we will sail through a operated on a fixed significant part of the Straits of Magellan, departure date, learning about the fascinating history of with no minimum of the indigenous people and the explorers participants. Check out our website of the Fuegian fjords and channels, and for updated departure following in the footsteps of Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. dates. We‘ll explore the cultural remnants of M/V Stella Australis • the world’s southernmost people, the Leopard Seal, Hydrurga Yamana, and learn how they survived leptonyx • Cruising and adapted to this extreme geography among icebergs and climate. We’ll see active breeding colonies of penguins and sea lions, and enjoy the elegant flight of the majestic albatross. Finally, we shall reach the southernmost part of our journey at the mythical and feared Cape Horn. Sail with us in the wake of Cook, Darwin, Fitzroy and many other explorers.
4-night cruise options: Day 1 • Departure from Punta Arenas, Chile Day 2 • Tierra del Fuego: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets Day 3 • Beagle Channel: Pia Glacier – ‘Avenue of Glaciers’ Day 4 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay Day 5 • Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina Day 1 • Departure from Ushuaia, Argentina Day 2 • Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay Day 3 • Beagle Channel: Pia Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier Day 4 • Tierra del Fuego: Piloto, Nena Glaciers – DeAgostini Sound, Aguila Glacier Day 5 • Magellan Straits: Magdalena Island – Arrival to Punta Arenas, Chile
Tierra del Fuego Photo Expedition
Photo Cruise to the Land of Fire
ierra del Fuego is a huge island territory of Pata8-day trip from Punta gonia, encompassing the Arenas, Chile archipelagos located south of the Straits of Magellan. On this 2016: April 16 photo journey and nature cruise Trip Code: TDF04 we will explore it aboard the comfortable 86-ft M/V 'Forrest'. This programme is Our programme has been operated on a fixed designed for photo and nature departure date, enthusiasts of all skill levels with no minimum of willing to travel in a small group participants. (with a maximum of 10 participants) and Check out our website taking advantage of the great landscape for updated departure and wildlife photography opportunities. dates. This itinerary offers spectacular wildlife highlights including feeding pods of Humpback Whales, up to 4 dolphin Southern Elephant species and 4 seals and sea lions. Seal, Mirounga leonina We will have the chance to visit breeding • Chilean Fire-bush, Embothrium coccineum • colonies of penguins, albatrosses M/V Forrest and cormorants and during the zodiac landings we will explore the lush sub Antarctic southern beech forests. Join us on this unique journey of discovery and follow the footsteps of Magellan, Darwin and Fitz-Roy among so many explorers, here at the Ends of the Earth.
Day 1 • Reception at Punta Arenas Airport – Transfer to hotel Day 2 • Otway Sound –Riesco Island – Departure to the Magellan Straits Days 2&3 • Straits of Magellan & Francisco Coloane Marine Park (Carlos III Island - Seno Ballena - Rupert Island) Day 4 • Tierra del Fuego: Gabriel Pass – Admiralty Sound – Ainsworth Bay Day 5 • Tierra del Fuego: Admiralty Sound – Albatross Island – Parry Fjord Day 6 • Alberto De Agostini National Park: Tucker Islets – De Agostini Fjord –Aguila Glacier Day 7 • Port Famine – Punta Arenas Day 8 • End of the trip
Humpback Whales of the Magellan Straits
Encounters with the Gentle Giants of Patagonia
umpback Whales of the Magellan Straits is a fascinating journey 4-day trip from Punta designed to discover some of Arenas, Chile. the best-kept secrets of this imposing region of southTrip Code: TDF03 ern South America. This is a This programme is comprehensive natural hisoperated on a fixed tory and nature photography departure date, journey to Carlos III Island, with no minimum of located at the heart of the reparticipants. Check out our website cently established Francisco for updated departure Coloane Marine Park in the mythic Straits of Magellan, dates. to find some of its most charismatic and usually elusive inhabitants, Humpback Whales. We will see these grand creatures and other marine mammals of the sub-Antarctic region at close quarters, as well as a good Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae diversity of seabirds. We will also visit • Imperial Cormorants, remote penguin colonies as well as othPhalacrocorax atriceps er seabirds’ rookeries. We will be based one night at San Isidro Lodge, located besides the homonymous historic lighthouse, and two nights at the domes of the research facilities at Carlos III Island, the perfect location to see the Humpbacks and marvel at their social behavior and feeding techniques.
Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Afternoon drive to Port Famine (6pm) – Zodiac trip to San Isidro Lodge – Hike to Bahía El Aguila (old whaling station remains) and San Isidro historic lighthouse Day 2 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon trip looking for Humpback Whales Day 3 • Full day exploring Carlos III Island surroundings Day 4 • Faro San Isidro Lodge – Punta Arenas – End of the trip
Blue Whales of Chiloe Island Departures 6-day trip from Puerto Aysén, Chile. 2016: Mar 1 Trip Code: CHL13 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum group size of 8 guests.
Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus M/V Forrest
his exclusive boat-based trip discovers one of the least explored parts of South America, the extraordinarily beautiful and pristine Chilean Fjords in the west coast of Patagonia, from Aisén into the Guaitecas Islands, north into Gulf of Corcovado and back south to Laguna San Rafael NP, Quitralco fjord and Reloncavi Sound in Lake District. On board our floating lodge you will enjoy all the comfort and great food and wines while admiring the imposing landscape unveiling before your eyes as you sail on, en route to spectacular channels, bays and inlets where you will land to be immerse in a lush forest inhabited by terrestrial birds and fauna and the rich miniature forests of fungi, lichens, mosses and a host of small amphibians and insects and other invertebrates that wait to be discovered. Explore such spectacular places as the calving San Rafael glacier and be marvelled by the wildlife around, including seabirds and marine mammals, among them Blue Whale, the largest animal that has ever lived on the planet.
In land, you will also enjoy repairing thermal baths and contemplate and delight in the unexpected beauty of these magical places. Day 1 • Flight into Balmaceda airport – transfer to Puerto Aisén and boarding Noctiluca floating lodge – sailing to Gulf of Corcovado Days 2/3 • Tic Toc Bay - Gulf of Corcovado for Blue Whale, Pincoya Storm Petrel and other marine mammals and seabirds. Day 4/5 • Melinka - Gulf of Corcovado for Blue Whale, Pincoya Storm Petrel and other marine mammals and seabirds. Day 6 • Sailing to Puerto Aisén, transfer to Balmaceda airport
Day Tours from Punta Arenas, Chile Penguins and Condors
Wildlife & Nature Around the Magellan Straits
Trip Code PUQ01 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Punta Arenas, Chile • Available from October to March. Full day nature and photo journey to see two true wildlife icons of the Andes and Patagonia: the Andean Condor and the Magellanic Penguin. Great opportunities to see other wildlife, including rheas, dolphins and guanacos, and to learn about the history (and pre-history) of Patagonia and see the local rural life amidst the magnificent and remote landscapes in the end of the world. Private transportation and naturalist guide services.
Penguins of Magdalena Island
Trip Code PUQ02 • Half-day tour (6 hours) from Punta Arenas, Chile • Available from October to March. This trip is an excellent opportunity to observe penguins in their natural habitat and learn more about their natural history and breeding strategies. We will sail the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan, in Patagonia, towards Magdalena Island. This protected area holds a huge Magellanic Penguin colony, holding more than 120,000 individuals. Besides the penguins, several other species of seabirds such as King Cormorant, Chilean Skua and South American Tern nest here. En route to the island, we will be escorted by magnificent Black-browed Albatross and playful pods of Peale’s Dolphin.
Birding the Straits of Magellan
Trip Code PUQ03 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Punta Arenas, Chile • Available from September to March. On this full day birding journey along the mythical Straits of Magellan, we will explore a great variety of habitats, from the Patagonian coasts and wetlands, to sub-Antarctic woodlands and windswept steppes. We will discover the birdlife of Patagonia and its many endemic species, including the charismatic Magellanic Woodpecker, plus a large array of waterfowl and range-restricted passerines. This trip includes private transportation and the services of an experienced birding guide. This tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers on a tight schedule in transit at the port of Punta Arenas.
Day Tours from Ushuaia Wildlife & Nature Around the Beagle Channel
Birding Tierra del Fuego National Park Trip Code USH02 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Ushuaia, Argentina • Available from October until March.
Beagle Channel and Estancia Harberton
Trip Code USH01 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Ushuaia, Argentina • Available from October until March Full day nature and photo journey to the famed Beagle Channel, in southern Tierra del Fuego. On this trip we will follow the wake of Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz Roy’s Beagle and its survey of the area in the 1830s. We will visit sea lion and seabird breeding colonies, including cormorants and penguins. The highlight of the trip will be Estancia Harberton, a historic location that will tell us about the origins of the illfated early inhabitants of the island and the first ‘white’ pioneers that colonized this remote part of the world.
During this full day birding journey we will explore the sub-Antarctic forests and montane grassland ecosystems of Tierra del Fuego National Park, searching for a wealth of specialties of southern Patagonia. We will spend several hours looking for woodland birds such as Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy Owl, Austral Parakeet, Magellanic Tapaculo, White-throated Treerunner and Fire-eyed Diucon, among several others. The alpine moorlands above Ushuaia are the ideal habitat for range-restricted and special birds such as White-bellied Seedsnipe, Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant and Yellow-bridled Finch. This trip includes private transportation and the services of an experienced birding guide. This tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers on a tight schedule in transit at the port of Ushuaia.
hile, a thin and long country that extends along the Pacific coast of South America for more than 4,000 km, is the longest country in the world on a North-South direction, but quite narrow from east to west. This geographical fact has played a major part in shaping the country’s diverse landscapes, and makes it a wonderful destination for the restless traveller who wants to experience places as contrasting as the driest desert in the world and the lush sub Antarctic temperate rainforest in a few day’s
time, or being able to be in the heart of the Andes in the morning and enjoy the sunset in the seashore by evening. By taking a look at our Chile programmes below, you’ll have a better idea of what we have to offer in order for you to experience the best this pristine land has to offer, whether your interests reside in wildlife watching, geology, landscape or wildlife photography, culture or other topics, we kindly invite you to take a look at the many different programmes we have devised to let you become the explorer and discover for yourself the magic of this beautiful country. These tours have been put together with the best possible experience in mind, and depart radically from mass, general tourism programmes in that they are exclusive trips planned specifically for individuals or small groups of up to eight people with private transportation, and mostly to places out of the mainstream tour routes. Our knowledgeable professional guides take care of every aspect of the trips in order to turn them into personalized expeditions where the routes, itineraries and pace are all geared to maximize the quality of your stay and time in Chile, this peculiar, long and thin country in the southern end of the globe. Here's our updated offer on Chile trips, check it out and get ready for a breath-taking experience..!
Vizcacha, Lagidium viscacia
Chile Wildlife Adventure
A Geographical Extravaganza
teeming with wildlife in spite of the altitude. Further south, the land breaks into hundreds of islands and fjords. Finally Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, a remote land crowned with granite peaks, colossal glaciers and mythic waterways, is home to penguins, cetaceans and the impressive Puma.
Departures 14-day trip from Santiago, Chile Trip Code: CHL10 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
n this trip you will discover the wildlife riches of this long and narrow country, extending along the west coast of South America. You will have the unique chance to explore the magnificent Andes and to see how these impressive mountains have molded contrasting habitats that will be evident as we move in latitude; from oasis valleys to puna bogs in the northern Andean plateau, from lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and lush rainforests to calvChilean Palm, Jubaea ing glaciers and wind-swept steppes in chilensis, La Campana National Park • Vizcacha, Patagonia. Lagidium viscacia These varied ecosystems hold a unique Chilean Flamingo, set of wildlife and we will be privileged Phoenicopterus chilensis to observe an iconic array of animals; from guanacos and vicuñas to foxes and dolphins plus a great variety of birds ranging from the mighty Andean Condor to King Penguin. We will explore the world’s driest desert, the Atacama, and Lauca National Park, one of Chile’s gems. This impressive park is also a World Biosphere Reserve and
Day 1 • Flight to Arica – Azapa Valley Day 2 • Boat trip Arica harbor – Drive to Putre Day 3 • Putre and Socoroma Day 4 • Parinacota – Lauca National Park Day 5 • Flight to Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas Day 6 • Alerce Andino National Park – Coihuin Bay Day 7 • Chiloe Island – Puñihuil islets Day 8 • Chepuriver – Caulin Bay Day 9 • Flight to Punta Arenas – Otway Sound Day 10 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins Day 11 • Ferry to mainland – PaliAikeroad – Puerto Natales Day 12 • Torres del Paine – Grey Glacier Day 13 • Torres del Paine Day 14 • Drive to Punta Arenas – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Birds & Wines of Chile & Argentina
A Unique Adventure Across the Andes Departures 13-day trip from Santiago, Chile 2016: February 21 Trip Code: CHL08 This program is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 10 guests.
n this fascinating trip we’ll discover the birdlife and the wines occurring on both slopes of the majestic Andes, by exploring the central regions of Chile and Argentina. Pelagic seabirds in Chile and terrestrial endemics in both countries are only a fraction of the birds you’ll find. We have prepared an in-depth wine tasting programme, visiting the most remarkable and traditional wineries of Maipo, Vineyard in Central Chile Casablanca and Colchagua valleys in • Southern Lapwing, Chile as well as around Mendoza, in Vanellus chilensis • Argentina. This trip has been designed Wandering Albatross, for the nature enthusiast wishing to Diomedea exulans combine some time in the field with wine tasting activities and for the birder alike. The landscapes and the culture of both countries are equally fascinating and you will have the opportunity to learn a lot about Chile and Argentina from your local leader. Salud! Cheers!
Day 1 • Santiago – Lampa marshes – Visit to Viña Concha & Toro Day 2 • El Yeso Reservoir Day 3 • Drive to Talca – Altos de Lircay NR Day 4 • Lake Colbun – Visit to Viña Santa Cruz Day 5 • Santa Cruz Valley visiting Viñas Montes, Viu Manent & Casa Silva Day 6 • Drive to San Antonio – Maipo river mouth & Laguna El Peral NR – Visit to Viña Matetic – Viña del Mar Day 7 • Pelagic off Valparaiso – Cachagua (Humboldt penguin colony) Day 8 • La Campana NP – Visit to vineyard of Casablanca valley Day 9 • Crossing the Andes via Portillo – Uspallata and birding in the Valley Day 10 • Drive to Mendoza – Visits to Viña Cobos & Norton Day 11 • Birding lowlands towards San Luis – Afternoon visit to Viña Velasco de Baquedano Day 12 • Drive to Santiago over the Andes (Paso Libertadores) – Birding en route Day 13 • End of the trip
Chile Birding Adventure
A Quest for the Birdlife of a Land of Extremes Departures 19-day trip from Santiago, Chile 2016: January 2, October 22 Trip Code: CHL09 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 10 guests.
Diademed SandpiperPlover, Phegornis mitchellii • Peruvian Sheartail, Thaumastura cora • Inca Tern, Larosterna inca
oin this exciting birdwatching journey to discover the endemics and specialties of this long and narrow, 3,000-mile long biogeographical island and explore (and enjoy) its marvelous landscapes, excellent infrastructure, great cuisine and fabulous wines. Chile is a land of huge contrasts, truly a geographic extravaganza. On this birding adventure we will get intimate with tapaculos, canasteros, tinamous, sandpiper-plovers, condors, tubenoses and many interesting species, some with very restricted distributional ranges and some that are barely known outside of Chile, as we explore Chile’s incredibly diverse habitats and marvel at some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. From arid desert to lush rainforests, the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia to the impressive lakes and volcanoes of south-central Chile, from the heights of the Andes to the cold waters of the Humboldt Current in our search for the avian specialties of this thin strip of a country.
Day 1 • Flight to Arica – Arica coastal areas Day 2 • Boat trip off Arica – Azapa, Lluta and Chaca valleys Day 3 • Drive to Putre – Putre surroundings Day 4 • Parinacota and Lauca NP Day 5 • Flight to Santiago – Batuco – La Dormida Pass Day 6 • La Campana NP– Aconcagua estuary – Cachagua Day 7 • Pelagic trip off Valparaiso –Cajon del Maipo Day 8 • El Yeso Reservoir &Baños Morales Day 9 • El PeralNR – Maipo estuary – Drive to Vilches Day 10 • Altos del Lircay NR – Drive to Temuco Day 11 • Conguillio NP – Llaima Volcano Day 12 • Drive to Puerto Montt – Boat trip off Reloncavi Sound Day 13 • Alerce Andino NP – Coihuin Bay Day 14 • Flight to Punta Arenas – San Juan Bay Day 15 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King Penguins Day 16 • Ferry to mainland – Pali Aike road Day 17 • Torres del Paine NP Day 18 • Sierra Baguales Day 19 • Drive to Punta Arenas – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Birding Chile An Easy Tour
Bird Chile at a Relaxed Pace
irding Chile is an exciting birdwatching journey aimed to discov14-day trip from er the endemics and specialties of Santiago, Chile this 3,000-mile long and narrow biogeographical island and explore and enjoy 2016: December its marvelous landscapes, excellent in10November frastructure, great cuisine and fabulous Trip Code: CHL01 wines at a relaxed, laid-back pace. This programme is Chile is a land of huge contrasts, truly operated on a fixed a 'geographic extravaganza'. On this departure date, birding adventure we will explore with a minimum of Chile's incredibly diverse habitats and 4 participants and a marvel at some of the most beautiful maximum group size landscapes on Earth, while enjoying of 10 guests. top-class hotels, cuisine and wines. From arid deserts and salt lakes in the Chilean Flamingo, Phoenicopterus chilensis, high Andean plateau to lush rainforests Puna Flamingo, and coastal marshes, from the Phoenicoparrus jamesi windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego & Andean Flamingo, Phoenicoparrus andinus and Patagonia, to the impressive lakes • Ornate Tinamou, and volcanoes of south-central Chile, Nothoprocta ornata our search for the avian specialties of this long and narrow country will take us from the high Andes to the cold and productive waters of the Humboldt Current in the Pacific. We will find many interesting species, some of them with very restricted distributional ranges and some endemic to the country.
Day 1 • Santiago – Farellones Day 2 • Lampa & Batuco – Aconcagua river mouth Day 3 • La Campana National Park – Central coast Day 4 • Pelagic trip from Valparaíso – Laguna El Peral NR Day 5 • El Yeso Valley Day 6 • Drive to Talca & Vilches– Altos de Lircay NR Day 7 • Altos de Lircay NR –Colbun Lake – Drive to Santiago Day 8 • Flight to Puerto Montt– Llanquihue Lake – Drive to Puyehue NP Day 9 • Puyehue NP Day 10 • Drive to Puerto Montt– Coastal mudflats Day 11• Flight to Punta Arenas – San Juan Bay Day 12 • Ferry crossing to Tierra del Fuego – Laguna Verde and Useless Bay Day 13 • Ferry crossing to mainland –Pali Aike road Day 14• Otway Sound –Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Atacama Desert Explorer The Wildlife & Scenery of the World's Driest Desert Departures 6-day trip from Santiago, Chile Trip Code: CHL03 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
his private nature and photo itinerary reveals the scenery, wildlife and cultural riches of the world's most arid desert, the mythic Atacama, a mosaic of habitats and an open book of rewarding explorations. This nature Mount Licancabur • Giant Coot, and photo safari will deliver very differFulica gigantea • Photographing Vicuña, ent and exciting highlights every day of your journey, from geyser fields to lifeVicugna vicugna less sand dunes, from flamingo-filled saltpans to an amphitheatre of volcanoes, from highland lakes teeming with wildlife to seldom-visited canyons and ridges. Join us on this trip to northern Chile, with countless highlights for the nature enthusiast and the keen photographer alike.
Day 1 • Flight to Calama – Drive to San Pedro de Atacama – Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) Day 2 • Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) – Chaxa and Tebiquinche Salt Lakes Day 3 • Miscanti and Miñiques Lakes – Salar de Talar Day 4 • Pacana Monks – Salar de Tara – Salar de Pujsa Day 5 • El Tatio Geyser Fields – Vado de Putana – Puritama River Day 6 • Pucara de Quitor – Catarpe – Drive to Calama – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Coastal Atacama Desert
Rich Seas, Mist and Cacti Departures Trip Code: CHL12 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
Blooming Calandrinia, Llanos de Challe N.P., Atacama • Garra de León, Leontochir ovallei • Copiapoa cacti at coastal desert
he Atacama Desert is the driest desert on Earth, and in some inland places there is no record of rain or precipitation of any kind in historical times. There is a strip of desert between the Coastal range and the Andean plateau where there is barely, if any life at all. However, everything changes in the narrow band where the desert meets the Pacific. There is a combination of two main factors that make this a very special habitat; on one hand there is the influence of the cold Humboldt Current that condenses the moisture from the ocean and on the other the topography of the coast, steep cliffs that retain this moisture in the form of a dense mist which crawls inland and makes it possible for the growth of abundant vegetation in the form of many endemic species of cacti and flowering plants. This in turn allows for the presence of insects and other life and of course, birds such as endemic and range-restricted forms of White-throated Tapaculo and Common Diuca Finch, and many other Passerines,
raptors and coastal seabirds associated with the Humboldt cold stream like Inca Tern and Humboldt Penguin. Other fauna here includes foxes, Guanaco and Marine Otter. The weather here is warm and nice, the light is superb for photography and the landscape is of an austere beauty, the perfect framing for your nature trip. Day 1 • Flight to Antofagasta – Drive to Taltal Day 2 • Paposo Day 3 • Pan de Azucar National Park – Bahia Inglesa Day 4 • Llanos de Challe National Park Day 5 • Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Birding Northern Chile
Birding the Atacama Desert & Altiplano Departures 5- and 6-day trip from Santiago, Chile Trip Code: CHL02 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
Torrent Duck, Merganetta armata - Giant Coot, Fulica gigantea • Puna Flamingo, Phoenicoparrus jamesi
ur journey to the north of Chile will take us to the fringes of the driest desert in the world, the inhospitable Atacama, on the border with southern Peru. Our base locations will be Arica and Putre, Chile's northernmost cities. This unique area is home to highly diverse species such as the flightless Giant Coot and tiny and threatened Chilean Woodstar. We will explore the Azapa, Lluta and Chaca valleys and then drive to Putre, situated in the Altiplano at more than 10,500 feet (3,500 m) above sea level. The altiplano grasslands of Lauca National Park support wild Vicuña and Northern Huemul grazing in small herds, PunaTinamou and Lesser Rhea. Specialties such as all three Chilean species of flamingoes (Chilean, Andean and James's), Andean Avocet, Giant and Andean coots, Chilean Woodstar, White-throated Earthcreeper, Black-
throated Flowerpiercer and Tamarugo Conebill will be our main targets. There is an optional trip to Surire, one of the most impressive saltpans of the whole Chilean altiplano (highly recommended). Day 1 • Flight to Arica– Drive to Putre Day 2 • Putre & Socoroma Day 3 • Parinacota & Lauca NP Day 4 • Azapa, Lluta and Chaca oasis valleys Day 5 • Arica – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip Additional day at Salar de Surire (highly recommended)
Northern Chile Photography Adventure
Photo Safari to the Atacama Desert & the Altiplano Departures Trip Code: CHL12 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
Giant Hummingbird, Patagona gigas • Andean Gull, Chroicocephalus serranus • Birding the Chilean Central Andes
et a unique glimpse into the land, wildlife and people of northern Chile, the Atacama Desert and the Altiplano. Vast landscapes of strange and imposing beauty, unique birds, mammals and plants, and a cultural heritage that goes back thousands of years beyond the Inca empire, reflected in archaeological treasures like giant geogliphs that were left by the ancient natives in the slopes of hills dominating the valley, mostly depicting scenes reflecting the semi-nomadic life of these ancient herders, like llama caravans, shepherds, birds and other wildlife and hunting scenes. Ethnic and cultural aspects of everyday life like agricultural methods, house building and food, all more than make for superb photography and a travelling experience that will treat your senses. But it´s not only wildlife photographers that will be delighted, for this site offers superb landscape photography
as well, with its salt flat, mountains and rock formations, some of the gems of the high Andes that will probably be one of the most enduring memories from your trip to Northern Chile. Day 1 • Flight to Arica– Drive to Putre Day 2 • Putre & Socoroma Day 3 • Parinacota & Lauca NP Day 4 • Azapa, Lluta and Chaca oasis valleys Day 5 • Arica – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip Additional day at Salar de Surire (highly recommended)
Birding Central Chile
From the Heights of the Andes to the Pacific Coast Departures 5-day trip from Santiago, Chile Trip Code: CHL04 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
Mountain Caracara, Phalcoboenus megalopterus • Inca Tern, Larosterna inca • Diademed SandpiperPlover, Phegornis mitchellii
e will explore a fascinating and contrasting region of Chile holding most of the endemic bird species of the country. In the Andes we’ll look for Diademed SandpiperPlover and Andean Condor while in the coast we will concentrate in the many specialties of the Humboldt Current such as Inca Tern and Humboldt Penguin. In the scrub gullies covered by cacti, Puya bromeliads plus other xeric vegetation, we will look for Chilean Tinamou, Chilean
Mockingbird and the skulking White-throated and Dusky tapaculos, Moustached Turca, Crag Chilia and Dusky-tailed Canastero. Day 1 • Santiago – El Yeso Valley & Baños Morales Day 2 • Drive to the Pacific coast: Maipo Estuary – Laguna El Peral NR – Quintero Day 3 • La Campana NP – Cachagua (Humboldt penguin colony) Day 4 •Lampa & Batuco – Farellones Day 5 • End of the trip
Mediterranean Chile Botanical Tour
Botanizing Endemics from the Andes to the Pacific Departures 5-day trip from Santiago, Chile. Trip Code: CHL11 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants. Available from September until December.
Bipinnula fimbriata, Fam. Orchidaceae • Alstroemeria pelegrina, Fam. Alstroemeriaceae • Puya berteroana, Fam. Bromeliaceae
n this journey we will enjoy botanizing one of the areas with the highest degree of plant endemism of the world: Mediterranean Central Chile. This area holds a wealth of species that are not only unique to the country, but are in many cases very restricted in range and threatened due to loss of habitat, as this part of Chile is the most densely populated. Part of the plant rich diversity of this region is due to the different microclimates found across the country as one moves from the coastal plain to the Coastal Range to the central valley up to the Andes, with contrasting conditions and landscapes that rival in beauty with each other. Coastal communities, mountains with a strong maritime influence, plains and high Andean bogs all harbour unique vegetation formations. A great array of endemic plant genera such as Beilschmiedia, Jubaea, Echinopsis, Mutisia, Rhodophiala or Schizanthus, makes of a botanical tour in Central Chile a great choice if you have an interest in plants.
Day 1 • Santiago – Farellones and Yerba Loca Nature Reserve Day 2 • El Yeso Reservoir & Baños Morales Day 3 • La Campana National Park Day 4 • Los Molles Day 5 • End of the trip
Araucaria Forests The Magical Forests of the Southern Andes
n this private nature and photography journey we will visit 5-day trip from Chile's Lake District. MagnifSantiago, Chile icent temperate woodlands, reminiscent of the distant Trip Code: CHL05 forests of New Zealand and This programme Tasmania, grow here coveris operated as a ing extensive regions of the customized, private southern Andes foothills; trip, with a minimum these forests are very unique of 2 participants. due to their ancient geographical isolation. Between the woody elements we will see species of the genera Araucaria, Fitzroya, Nothofagus or Drimys, as well as a high diversity of members of the Araucaria, Araucaria Mirtaceae family. The unaraucana, Conguillio dergrowth is very dense and N.P. • Green-backed Firecrown, Sephanoides is also dominated by woody sephaniodes • Liolaemus species and several herbs nigroviridis and is the realm for ground-dwelling tapaculos and very rare endemic mammals. Keen birders and botanists as well as nature photographers will have delightful subjects to observe and study during this comprehensive wildlife tour. The areas to be visited are surrounded by magnificent scenery dominated by spectacular volcanoes and lakes.
Day 1 • Flight to Temuco – Drive to Conguillio National Park Day 2 • ConguillioNP Day 3 • Drive to Puyehue NP Day 4 • Puyehue NP – Drive to Puerto Varas Day 5 • Lahuen Ñadi Nature Reserve – Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Lake District & Chiloé Island
Lakes, Volcanoes & Island Traditions Departures 5-day trip from Santiago, Chile Trip Code: CHL06 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
Petrohue falls with Osorno Volcano in Vicente Perez Rosales N.P. • Asteranthera ovata, Gesneriaceae • Green-backed Firecrown, Sephanoides sephaniodes
hile’s Lake District is well known for its incredible mountain landscapes, impressive and ancient rainforests and by being the starting point of a huge archipelagic labyrinth extending southwards to the wild regions of western Patagonia. This is a land connecting two worlds, the mountains and the sea. This is a comprehensive nature journey to magnificent volcanoes, forests and lakes interspersed along the Andean foothills; here we will have splendid opportunities for landscape photography and to discover the flora and fauna of the lush Valdivian Temperate Forest, a unique ecosystem and a world’s biodiversity hotspot. We will dedicate two full days to explore the fascinating and enigmatic Chiloé Island. This island and associated archipelagoes will reveal their unique natural and cultural riches, from penguins to otters, from elusive tapaculos to raucous parakeets, from dolphins to sea lions. We’ll also have the chance to appreciate the lifestyle and customs of the islanders - the Chilotes, by visiting their towns, wooden churches, fishing boats and stilt houses.
Day 1 • Flight to Puerto Montt – Alerce Andino National Park Day 2 • Vicente Perez Rosales NP Day 3 • Chiloe Island: Chacao Channel – Puñihuil Islets – Drive to Castro Day 4 • Chepu River – Caulin Bay – Drive to Puerto Montt Day 5 • Flight to Santiago – End of the trip
Chiloe Island & Laguna San Rafael National Park Magical Islands & Stunning Glaciers
et on board the comfortable M/V Skorpios II and enjoy a spectacular, scenic and com5-night cruise from fortable cruise to the mythic Chiloé Puerto Montt, Chile. Island and the gorgeous Laguna San Rafael National Park, in the heart of Trip Code: CHL14 the Chilean Fjords. Departing from This programme is Puerto Montt, capital of Chile`s Lake operated on a fixed District, we sail through Llanquihue departure date, Archipelago and abeam Chiloé Iswith no minimum of land, to land at Puerto Aguirre and participants. Check out our website continue navigating the maze of for updated departure channels and fjords to enter the glacial lake which is the gateway into dates. Laguna San Rafael National Park, to contemplate the huge glacier front and witness the active calving of huge icebergs. M/V Skorpios II with After this we’ll visit some natural hot San Rafael Glacier in the springs at Quitralco Fjord, to later depart Background • Lobelia bridgesi - Darwin’s Fox, for Chiloé Island and navigate upstream Lycalopex fulvipes to the picturesque town of Castro, where you´ll land and visit its most typical corners to get an impression of the island´s culture, peculiar architecture and tradition. Back on board we´ll navigate through the channels back to Puerto Montt, where the trip ends after our arrival at the port.
Day 1 • Puerto Montt – Chiloe Island Day 2 • Moraleda Channel – Puerto Aguirre – Pilcomayo Channel Day 3 • Tempanos Channel – Laguna San Rafael – Fiordo Quitralco Day 4 • Uitralco hotspings – Moraleda Channel Day 5 • Corcovado Gulf – Chiloe Island – Castro Day 6 • Puerto Montt – End of the trip
Albatrosses & Petrels in the Humboldt Current
Pelagic Trips off Valparaiso Departures Day trip (c. 8 hours) from Valparaiso or Quintero, Chile Trip Code: CHL07 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum group size of 20 guests. Check out our website for updated departure dates. Salvinâ€™s Albatross, Thalassarche salvini Southern Giant Petrel, Macronectes giganteus â€˘ Northern Royal Albatross, Diomedea sanfordi
he Humboldt Current draws cold water from the Antarctic and pumps it north along the west coast of South America, lifting nutrients from the deep sea bottom in the form of upwelling and making these waters not only the richest, most productive marine ecosystem in the Planet, but also one of the top destinations for Pelagic Birding in the world, too. On this pelagic trip, we expect to see a great variety of tubenoses such as Northern Royal, Antipodean, Salvin's, Buller's and Black-browed albatrosses. Chatham Is-
land and Antipodean albatrosses are regularly recorded as well as Southern Royal Albatross. We should also find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmar, White-chinned, Westland and Pintado petrels, Pink-footed, Sooty and Buller's shearwaters, and Pterodroma or gadfly petrels, including Juan Fernandez and Masatierra petrels. Small tubenoses of other families include Wilson's Storm Petrel and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter are Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Chilean Skua and Grey (Red) Phalarope.
Day Tours from Santiago, Chile
Wildlife & Nature Around the Heart of Chile
Birding Chile’s Central Andes
Trip Code SCL01 • Full day tour (10-12 hours) from Santiago de Chile • Daily departures from October to March. Birding and nature photography trip, exploring the imposing and scenic Andes dominating Santiago de Chile to discover their wealth of avian specialties. Covering most of the bird families originated around the Andes - from miners and canasteros to ground tyrants, from seedsnipes to hillstars - this comprehensive birding trip will surely be a rewarding experience for both the seasoned and novice birder alike.
Coastal Marshes & the Pacific
Trip Code SCL03 • Full day tour (8-12 hours) from Santiago de Chile or Valparaiso • Daily departures from September to April. Birding and nature photography tour, visiting the lowland marshes and the Pacific coast south of Valparaiso. On this tour you will discover the wealth of waterfowl and aquatic birds of Chile plus a good sample of the specialties and endemics of the coastal region of Mediterranean Chile. This easy to moderate tour is suitable for cruise passengers on a tight schedule at the ports of call.
Condors in the Andes above Santiago
Birding and nature photography trip exploring the imposing and scenic Andes above Santiago de Chile, to discover its wealth of birdlife specialties, among them one of the Andean highlights, the majestic Andean Condor. Covering most of the bird families originated around the Andes - from canasteros to ground tyrants, from seedsnipes to hillstars - this comprehensive Trip Code SCL02 • Full day tour (10-12 hours) from Santiago de birding trip will surely be a rewarding experience for both Chile or Valparaiso • Daily departures throughout the year. the experienced and novice birder alike. We will have a full day exploring the road to Farellones Birding and nature photography trip to the Coastal Range and and Valle Nevado that winds up the Andean foothills, the Pacific Coast, in search of the endemics and specialties where we’ll hopefully be rewarded with sightings of of Mediterranean Chile. We will explore the broad-leaf the Chile endemics Crag Chilia, Moustached Turca and woods, scrubland and cacti-covered slopes, looking for Chilean Mockingbird plus our first Andean Condors, up in skulking tapaculos, tinamous and canasteros. Along the shore we will concentrate in the mountain valleys we’ll look for Black-chested BuzzardEagle, Mountain Caracara finding the endemic Seaside and several other Andean Cinclodes and coastal seabirds of specialties such as Blackthe Humboldt Current, including winged Ground-Dove, GreyGuanay Cormorant, Inca Tern flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed and Humboldt Penguin. This Shrike-Tyrant, Yellow-rumped moderate tour is suitable for Siskin, Mountain Parakeet and cruise passengers on a tight many others. schedule at the ports of call.
Penguins and Chile Endemics
Day Tours from Puerto Montt, Chile Wildlife & Nature Around Chile's Lake District
Lake District – Birding & Photo Tour Trip Code PMC01 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Puerto Montt, Chile • Available from September to March.
On this full day birding journey to AlerceAndino National Park and the Temperate Rainforest, we will discover the birdlife of Chile’s Lake District and its avian specialties, like Chucao and Ochre-flanked tapaculos and Black-throated Huet-huet, all framed in snow-capped volcanoes and serene, blue lakes. Stopping on our way back at the exposed sandy beach of Coihuin Bay we’ll look for flocks of migrating shorebirds. This trip includes private transportation and the services of an experienced guide. This tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers on a tight schedule at the port of Puerto Montt.
Chiloé Island – Birding & Photo Tour
Trip Code PMC02 • Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Puerto Montt, Chile • Available from September until March. On this full day photography and wildlife excursion to the picturesque Chiloé Island, with its old customs and peculiar villages, boats and churches, we’ll take a boat trip to have close views of a mixed colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins, plus some marine waterfowl like Flightless Steamer Duck and Kelp Goose and some marine mammals and other wildlife. Later we’ll visit a bay, which is an important stop for migrating shorebirds. This trip includes private transportation and the services of an experienced guide. This tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers on a tight schedule at the port of Puerto Montt.
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Islands & Antarctica Tours
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Unveiling the Mysteries and Heritage of the 'Navel of the World' Departures 3- to 5-day trip from Santiago, Chile or Lima, Peru. Trip Code: ISL01 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 1 participant.
Ahu Tongariki - Masked Booby, Sula dactylatra
his is our comprehensive cultural, archaeological and photography journey to Earth's most remote inhabited location, Rapa Nui. During this trip you will study and experience the unique archaeological heritage of this island. This small triangle of volcanic rock, located in Polynesia, right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has always been subject of curiosity, study and speculation. Many explorers, researchers and travellers have attempted to unveil its secrets, but still important missing pieces remain to be discovered. What are the origins of the islanders? How did they transport their massive moai stone heads from the quarry locations to the their platforms? Why is Rongo Rongo the only written language in Oceania? You will have extraordinary local guides, who will show you the best locations and provide all the known scientific background and interpretation. You will also have the rare chance of sharing their points of view and expectations about the future of the island and its people. Rapa Nui - past, present and future ... join us on this journey of discovery into an island of mysteries!
3-day option Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Anakena beach – Optional afternoon trip to the 'motus' Day 3 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu – Fly to Santiago or Lima 4-day option Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Anakena beach – Optional afternoon boat trip to the 'motus' Day 3 • Full day tour to Orongo village, Vinapu and Puna Pau Day 4 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago or Lima 5-day option Day 1 • Fly to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Half day tour to Ahu Tahai and Akivi Day 2 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki Day 3 • Full day tour to Orongo village and Vinapu – Optional boat trip to the 'motus' Day 4 • Half day tour Anakena and Puna Pau – Optional boat trip to the 'motus' Day 5 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago or Lima
Robinson Crusoe Island An Island of Castaway Natural Treasures
uan Fernandez is a fascinating archipelago of volcanic origin, situated about 400 miles off 3 and 5-day trip from Valparaiso, central Chile. Robinson Santiago, Chile. Crusoe, the main island of the group, is a 2-hour flight journey from Santiago, Chile. Trip Code: ISL03 Its rich history dates back to its discovery This programme by Portuguese explorer Juan Fernandez is operated as a in 1574, but its fame relates to the customized, private prolonged residence of the Scottish sailor trip, with a minimum Alexander Selkirk who was marooned of 1 participant. there between 1704 and 1709. His epic Check out our website survival story served as an inspiration for updated departure source for Daniel Defoe's famous novel. dates. The critically endangered temperate sub-tropical woodlands of the island, the Fernandezian forests, holds a large, diverse and rich array of flora represented by more than 130 endemic Rugged coastline species, most of them regarded as of Robinson Crusoe Island • Juan Fernandez Critically Endangered. During this Firecrown, Sephanoides trip, we shall explore these forests fernandensis searching for its endemic landbirds: the remarkable Juan Fernandez Firecrown and the Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant. We will also have the opportunity to explore the rugged coastline by boat, where we will look for its rare seabirds, including the petrels and shearwaters that nest in burrows in the secluded forests. The sub-tropical waters are very productive
and we hope to find Defillipi's, Stejneger's, Kermadec and Juan Fernandez petrels as well as Pink-footed Shearwater. Join us on this birding and natural history journey to this unique and special destination, to seek the natural treasures of the island of Robinson Crusoe! 3-nights programme (leaving every Tuesday) Day 1 • Santiago – Flight to Robinson Crusoe Island – Boat trip to San Juan Bautista Day 2 • Forests of Robinson Crusoe I. – Walk to Alexander Selkirk viewpoint Day 3 • Pelagic trip off Cumberland Bay Day 4 • Boat trip to El Padre Bay – Flight back to Santiago 4-night programme (leaving every Friday) Day 1 • Santiago – Flight to Robinson Crusoe Island – Boat trip to San Juan Bautista Day 2 • Forests of Robinson Crusoe I. – Walk to Alexander Selkirk viewpoint Day 3 • Pelagic trip off Cumberland Bay Day 4 • Walk to Plazoleta El Yunque Day 5 • Boat trip to El Padre Bay – Flight back to Santiago
The Falkland Islands Encounters with Penguins in the 'Galapagos' of the South Departures 8-day trip from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile. Trip Code: ISL02 This programme is operated on a fixed departure date, with no minimum of 1 participant. Check out our website for updated departure dates. Brown Skua, Catharacta antarctica & Gentoo Penguin, Pygoscelis papua • South American Fur Seal, Arctocephalus australis • Gentoo Penguins, Pygoscelis papua
n this journey we will discover the wildlife and natural history of a remarkable and remote group of islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Falklands. The archipelago comprises more than 700 small islands (most of them uninhabited) and is located about 350 miles northwest of Cape Horn, in mainland South America. The Falklands are simply the most accessible place in the world to observe breeding colonies of sub-Antarctic wildlife such as tame Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper and King Penguins and marine mammals such as Southern Elephant Seals and Orcas.
Day 1 • Flight to the Falklands – Drive to Port Stanley Day 2• Volunteer Point Day 3 • Flight to Carcass Island Day 4 • Carcass Island – Optional boat trip to West Point Island Day 5 • Carcass Island – Flight to Sea Lion Island Day 6 • Sea Lion Island Day 7 • Sea Lion Island – Flight to Darwin Day 8 • Flight to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile
Grand Antarctica Unique Air - Cruise to the White Continent
he Antarctic Peninsula is a promontory of land and ice that 7-day trip from Punta breaks the apparent radial Arenas, Chile. symmetrical shape of the White Continent. It begins Trip Code: ISL04 approximately at 75°S, This programme is extending northwards to operated on a fixed 62°S, almost reaching the departure date, southern tip of South Amerwith no minimum of ica. Therefore, the Peninparticipants. sula is the most accessible Check out our website region of the Antarctic and for updated departure until recently one needed dates. Available from to navigate for two whole Dec 2013 until Feb days and nights through the 2014 & Dec 2014 until rough seas of the infamous Feb 2015. and feared Drake Passage. This was before this programme was Icebergs with Adèlie designed! Penguins, Pygoscelis adeliae • Wandering We now offer you the chance of visiting Albatross, Diomedea the most pristine corner on Earth via this exulans • Humpback unique itinerary, which combines a short Whale, Megaptera and comfortable 2-hour flight from Punta novaengliae Arenas (southern Chile) to the South Shetland Islands, and the comfort of a small 68-passenger expedition cruise across the calm waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Join us on the most innovative circuit to discover the landscapes and wildlife of the White Continent.
Day 1 • Arrival to Punta Arenas, Chile – Introductory briefing – Overnight at Punta Arenas Day 2 • Flight over the Drake Passage to King George Island, South Shetlands – Board M/V Ocean Nova Days 3-6 • Exploring along the western Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands aboard M/V Ocean Nova Day 7 • Flight back to Punta Arenas – End of the trip
Monk Saki, Pithecia monachus
South America Tours
Argentina: Valdés Peninsula & Bahia Camarones Whales & Penguins in the Atlantic Coast Departures 7-day trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina Trip Code: ARG02 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
ocated in the Atlantic coast of Argentina south of Buenos Aires, this location is a magnificent place to watch impressive geology and diverse wildlife such as Southern Right and Killer whales, Southern Elephant Seal, South American Sea Lion, Patagonian Hare, Patagonian Hairy Armadillo, Magellanic Penguin and many others. Enjoy our programme to this unique place with the expert guidance of our tour leaders, and let them unveil all these natural wonders for you. Bahia Camarones
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Southern Right Whale, gentina south of Peninsula Valdes, Eubalaena australis • this location is great for watching Carbonated Sierra-Finch, wildlife such as Southern Right and KillPhrygilus carbonarius • Chubut Steamer-Duck, er whales, Dusky Dolphin, Southern ElTachyeres leucocephalus ephant Seal, South American Sea Lion,
Patagonian Hare, Patagonian Hairy Armadillo, Magellanic Penguin and many others. Take advantage of the relative isolation of this spot, which is seldom visited, meaning that with our programme you can practically have the place for yourself and enjoy at your own pace.
Day 1 • Buenos Aires – Trelew Days 2-3 • Valdés Peninsula Days 4 • Drive to Bahia Camarones Days 5-6 • Bahia Camarones Day 7 • Buenos Aires
Peru: Highlights of Peru
The Heart of Peru & the Ancient Inca Empire Departures 8-day trip from Lima, Peru Trip Code: PER01 This programme is operated as a customized, private trip, with a minimum of 2 participants.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu • Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Rupicola peruviana • Birding in a canopy trail
ar South Expeditions has joined forces with Inkaterra, owner of some of the best nature lodges in South America, to develop an all-new programme aimed to offer an unforgettable journey to the heart of one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity and richest bird life in the world: Peru, cradle of the ancient Inca Empire and the perfect mixture of lush wildlife and cultural heritage. This trip will take you from the Pacific coastal marshes to the gateway of Amazonia and the heights of the Andes to witness and enjoy both nature and history at their best, while indulging yourself in the comfort of world-class nature lodging. Lima, Pantanos de Villa, Puerto Maldonado, Reserva Amazónica, Cusco and Macchu Picchu are the main attractions of this exciting tour to the heart of Peru and the ancient Inca Empire.
Day 1 • Lima - Pantanos de Villa - Lima (1 night) Day 2 • Lima - Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Reserva Amazonica (3 nights) Day 3 • Reserva Amazonica Day 4 • Lake Sandoval - Reserva Amazonica Day 5 • Puerto Maldonado - Flight to Cusco - Machu Picchu (3 nights) Day 6 • Machu Picchu Day 7 • Machu Picchu Day 8 • Train to Cusco - Flight to Lima End of the tour
Peru: Amazon River Cruise
A Pristine Rainforest Frozen in Time
oin us on a fantastic journey experiencing 9-day trip from Lima, the natural history Peru and cultural high2016: May 13, Jun 3 lights of the largest Trip Code: PER02 wilderness in Earth, This programme is the Amazon. operated on a fixed Traverse the Peruvideparture date, with an Amazon on board a minimum of 4 the fine Estrella Amparticipants. azonica, with naturalist and photographer Claudio F. Vidal in this epic nature journey offered jointly with International Expeditions, world leader in nature travel. M/V Estrella Amazónica The Amazon Basin ignites the imaginain the Amazon River • Peruvian Night Monkey, tion of explorers, hinting at an adventure Aotus miconax • Bluelike no other. and-yellow Macaw, After originating as a trickle high in the Andes Mountains, the Amazon River winds more than 4,200 miles through South America, playing host to 3,000 fish species — more than described for the entire Atlantic Ocean. Be amazed in this wilderness beyond the untamed frontier along the river’s edge,
walk jungle paths and discover the secrets hidden along narrow tributaries as you cruise the calm waters of Earth’s most legendary river.
Day 1 • Flight to Lima, Peru – Lima Day 2 • Flight to Iquitos – Embark M/V “La Estrella Amazonica” (7 nights) Days 3-8 • Exploring the Amazon river and tributaries Day 9 • Iquitos – Flight to Lima – End of the trip
Brazil: Jaguars of the Pantanal
The Spirit of the South American Jungle
he Northern Pantanal is the location for the first half of this amaz9-day trip from Sao ing trip, more specifically at the Paulo, Brazil very end of the famous Transpantaneira road, where the Cuiabá River meets 2016: Oct 6 the Piquiri, TrêsIrmãos and some other Trip Code: BRA01 smaller rivers. This meeting of waters This programme is coming from varied areas create a mix of operated on a fixed different ecosystems and an incredibly departure date, rich food chain. As a result you will see with a minimum of wildlife everywhere: hawks and ospreys, 4 participants and a king vulture, toucans, macaws, kingfishmaximum group size ers, colourful birds, herons, egrets and of 8 guests. other waders, the gigantic jabiru stork, families of giant otters, peccaries, tapirs, capybaras, caimans and, of course, the enigmatic Jaguar, the third largest cat in the world, our main target species. But before heading deep into jaguar territory we will spend a couple Juaguar, Panthera onca days at a comfortable lodge at the © Octavio Campos Salles Transpantaneira, where we will have the opportunity to photograph numerous birds, monkeys and other mammals. All of the real action, however, happens at the river, shooting from our spacious and very stable boats. Once a cat is found you can start shooting right away while the driver positions and anchors
the boat, finely adjusting position for the best angle. On some occasions you will find a jaguar resting at the riverbank, especially on hot days when the riverbank is cooler, and you will be able to photograph that cat for several hours! On other occasions you will find what we call a “roaming cat”, one that is just walking along the shoreline, appearing here and there once in a while and providing different photo opportunities. With a bit of luck you may also find a pair of mating jaguars, or a female jaguar with cubs. But the Northern Pantanal has many things to offer besides jaguars, and the hours spent looking for one are not empty for there are numerous other photo opportunities just waiting at the next river bend. Day 1 • Sao Paulo – Flight to Cuiabá– Drive to the Pantanal Days 2&3 • First lodge in the Pantanal photographing birds and animals Day 4 • Transfer to second lodge in the Pantanal Days 5-8 • Boat trips and Jaguar searches Day 9 • Drive back to Cuiabá – Flight to Sao Paulo – End of the trip
Huemul Deer, Hippocamelus bisulcus
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Published on Aug 9, 2015
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