Atacama Desert & Altiplano

Introduction

The Atacama Desert (the driest in the world) and the Altiplano or high Andean plateau are among the most breathtaking places you´ll ever experience (and not just because of the altitude), the scaleand diverselandscapes is overwhelming, and the crisp light is ideal for bird and wildlife photography. In this program we´ll visit places like Andean bogs, the Puna or Altiplano, vast salt flats, gurgling ravines and oasis where a number of interesting and unique birds live. Some of the bird specialties from this area include Horned Coot, Puna Flamingo, Puna Tinamou, Puna Teal, Red-backed Sierra Finch, Black-hooded Sierra Finch, Grey-bellied Shrike-Tyrant, Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant, Creamy-rumped Miner, White-winged Cinclodes, Golden-spotted Ground Dove, Mountain Parakeet, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Creamy-winged Cinclodes, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe and Black Siskin, among many others. Some other wildlife here includes the Vicuña and the Guanaco, two wild Andean relatives to Alpacas and Llamas, Culpeo Fox, Vizcacha (a huge rodent who lives among boulders) and the endemic Fabian Lizard.

4 Days / 3 Nights

Departures

Throughout the year.

Price

900 to 1.900 US Dollars, per person. Varies according to the number of people. Includes private ground transportation, lodging, all meals, entrance fees to parks and Birding Guide.

Meet and depart

Calama, San Pedro or Santiago.

Dates:

From Mon Jan 11,2021 To Thu Jan 14,2021

DAY 1: Meet and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

Today we fly from Santiago to Calama. Upon arrival we drive east to San Pedro de Atacama, birding on the way and looking for main targets like Black-winged Ground Dove, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Least Seedsnipe, Cordilleran Canastero, Sombre Thrush, Greenish Yellow Finch and Black-hooded Sierra Finch, among others. Sunset at “Moon Valley” (Valle de la Luna). Night in San Pedro.

DAY 2: San Pedro de Atacama & Los Flamencos National Reserve.

Today we will visit several attractions of the area, including salt-flats, geysers, oasis and Andean Bogs. We´ll try to see Pre-puna and Altiplano specialties like: Puna Ibis, Horned Coot, Andean Avocet, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Puna Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Mountain Parakeet, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant, Andean Negrito and Red-backed Sierra Finch, among others. Night in San Pedro.

DAY 3: Birds of Geysers, bogs and Andean Lakes

Day 3: Today we drive up to El Tatio geyser field (the 3rd largest geothermal field and one of the highest in the world). We will also visit Vado de Putana, Puritama River, Chaxa and Tebiquinche lakes, looking for birds not yet located including Puna Rhea, Andean Condor, Puna Hawk, Mountain Caracara + the chance to get 3 species of flamingos: Chilean, Andean & Puna.

DAY 4: Tranfer to Calama Airport

Today we drive back to Calama Airport crossing the amazing landscape of the Atacama Desert looking for birds and other wildlife not yet located. Time permitting, perhaps a cultural visit into town and nearby locations. End of the trip.

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