Birds & Wine

 

Chilean central valleys are nestled between the high snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. They have rich soil mainly of volcanic origin, temperatures that fluctuate between 30ºC (86ºF) and 10ºC (50ºF), a lot of sun, pure water from the Andes. All these conditions create unique environment ideal for growing wine. Chile has a 400 year long history of winemaking. French, Italian and Spanish immigrants brought and cultivated first strains.

 

Because of isolated geography Chilean vineyards were free of phylloxera plague, which is the reason why some vineyards maintained functioning for more than 120 years. Main strains cultivated today are Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

The valleys of central Chile concentrate the largest number of bird species in the country. Around vineyards we can find all endemic and specialities of the Mediterranean region of Chile. If you want to taste world class wines accompanied by an exceptional birding, we have the right option for you!

 

The Rio Clarillo is located in the foothills of the impressive Andes. This park conserves an extensive area of native vegetation. It is the largest and closest to Santiago. Here it is possible to find several endemic species such as Moustached Turca, White-throated and Dusky Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Canastero; along with other typical Chilean species such as: Austral Pygmy-Owl, Giant Hummingbird, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail, Chilean Elaenia, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Chilean Mockingbird, Common Diuca-Finch and Long-tailed Meadowlark. It is also possible to find Culpeo Fox in the trails.

 

After spending the morning in park, we will visit nearby vineyard Concha y Toro, which was founded in 1883. This vineyard is famous worldwide for its vines and wines such as Casillero del Diablo and Don Melchor.

 

Pick-up at your hotel around 6:30 a.m. and drop off at 5:30 p.m.

 

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

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Birds & Wine

Rio Clarillo National Park and Concha y Toro Vineyard

Price per person:

 

1 paricipant:    US$620

2 participants: US$350

3 participants: US$260

4 participants: US$273

5 participants: US$234

6 participants: US$207                                      

Included in the price:

 

-Concha y Toro tour with wine tasting,

-Transport (1-3 SUV, 4-6 minivan),

-Pick up/drop off at your hotel in Santiago/airport,

-English speaking guide with birding equipment,

-Snack (water, fruit, cereal bar),

-Picnic,

-Park entrance fee.

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