Birding in Valparaíso

Valparaíso is Heritage of Humanity, its particular architecture with colourful and cheerful streets that adapt to the geography make it an unforgettable place of Chile. If you are visiting Valparaíso for a day or two, or if it is your cruise stop, check out the following birding options.

 

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

 

We will travel along the coast North from Valparaiso to visit the reserve of the Mantagua River, where we will find a large number of waterfowl species including Chiloé Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Red-gartered Coot. Inside the reed we can find Many-colored Rush Tyrant and Wren-like Rushbird, Plumbeous Rail and Yellow-winged Blackbird. On the shore we will find the charismatic Austral Negrito, as well as other shorebird species such as Baird's Sandpiper and White-backed (Black-necked) Stilt.

 

This site offers a pleasant walk through areas with native vegetation where we will look for species like Picui Ground Dove, Green-backed Firecrown, Striped Woodpecker, Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Chilean Mockingbird, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Austral Blackbird, and Black-chinned Siskin. In this area we will look for the first two endemics of the day: Dusky-tailed Canastero and Dusky Tapaculo. This place is also a good area to look for the scarce Great Shrike-Tyrant. After picnic we will head north to visit one of Humboldt Penguin's largest colonies in Central Chile. In the small islet nest about 300 pairs of this species. In the surrounding it is possible to find other species of the Humboldt Current such as Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Red-legged and Guanay Cormorants. This is also an excellent place to look for the endemic Seaside Cinclodes and the timid Marine Otter.

On our return we will stop at the Colony of Inca Tern, one of the most ornate birds of the Humboldt Current.

 

 

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

 

Private trips can be organized any day, all year around.

 

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Birding in Valparaíso

Included: transport (up to 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), picnic and park entrance fees.

 

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Birding North of Valparaíso - Wetland and Penguins

On this trip we will make stops at the main wetlands and scrubland of the Central coast of Chile. We will look for a great diversity of birds like Pelicans, Shorebirds, Flycatchers, Tapaculos among others. In addition we will try the rich seafood cuisine of the coast.

Early in the morning we will head south from Valparaíso, our first destination will be the Maipo River estuary, one of the most important wetlands in Central Chile. Here we will find large flocks of gulls, Peruvian Pelican, Skimers, shorebirds, along with other interesting residents and migratory species.

 

On banks we will look for some species of Arctic breeding shorebirds such as Black-bellied Plover, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, along with other species as Willet, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. We will also look for other resident wader species like Collared Plover, White-backed (Black-necked) Stilt, American and Blackish Oystercatchers, Magellanic (South American) Snipe, and two southern migrants, Two-banded Plover and Rufous-chested Dotterel (only during the autumn and winter). This area is one of the few places where you can look for the rare South American Painted-snipe.

Among the river vegetation, we will look for species such as Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Tickling (Lemon) Doradito, Spectacled Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Wren-like Rushbird, Rufous-tailed Plantcutte, Chilean Mockingbird, Yellow-winged Blackbird and Long-tailed Meadowlark. Here we will also look for our first endemic of the day – Dusky Tapaculo.

 

We will leave this place to visit the small reserve of Cartagena Lagoon, where we will look for a variety of waterfowl species such as White-tufted, Great and Patagonian (Silvery) Grebes, Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, Chiloe Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Red Shoveler and Lake Duck.

After productive morning of birding we will taste the Chilean seafood cuisine to regain our strength. From the restaurant located next to the sea we will be able to see species like Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant and Peruvian Pelican. The endemic Seaside Cinclodes can come really close to our table.

 

We will continue northwards and cross a small ravine with native vegetation where we will find species typical of the scrubland like Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, the always hidden Des Murs's Wiretail, Austral Pygmy-Owl, Giant Hummingbird, Striped Woodpecker, the endemic Dusky-tailed Canastero, among others.

Very close to this place, we will make our last stop to search between the reeds for secretive Stripe-backed Bittern.

 

 

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

 

Private trips can be organized any day, all year around..

 

Included: transport (up to 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), picnic and park entrance fees.

 

Price per person:                              

 

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Birding South of Valparaíso - Estuary of Maipo River and Coastal Natural Reserves

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Private trips can be organized any day, all year around.

 

Included: transport (up to 3 in SUV, up to 6 in Minivan), pick up/drop off at your hotel, guide with birding equipment, snack (water, fruit, cereal bar), picnic and park entrance fees.

La Campana National Park - Endemics where Darwin found them

 

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