Southern Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Torres del Paine
6 Days / 5 Nights
Southern Patagonia is a windswept land with a wealth of stunning environments, jagged peaks, glaciers, vast plains and old-growth forests, sprinkled with lakes and ever-changing landscapes, from Patagonian steppe to Magellanic Forest, including Tierra del Fuego “the land of fire” and world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. You will be surprised by the variety of views that never repeat themselves as you travel across this wild realm with spectacular scenery for excellent birding.
Some of the bird specialties found here are Darwin´s Rhea, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, King & Magellanic Penguins, Rock Cormorant, Chilean Skua, Dolphin Gull, Magellanic & Two-banded Plovers, Rufous-chested & Tawny-throated Dotterels, Spectacled Duck, Flying & Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Kelp & Ruddy-headed Goose, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Austral Parakeet, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-throated Caracara, Magellanic Tapaculo, Austral Canastero, White-throated Treerunner, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant, Patagonian Yellow-Finch and Yellow-bridled Finch, among others. Other wildlife includes Commerson´s & Peale´s Dolphins, Guanaco (a wild relative to Llamas), Patagonian Skunk, Big Hairy Armadillo, South American Grey Fox and Puma.
From October to March.
Meet and depart
From Tue Mar 07,2023 To Mon Mar 13,2023
Meet in Punta Arenas Airport. From here we drive to our hotel and then birding near Punta Arenas, here we´ll find open steppe and wetlands where we should see many waterfowl including Black-necked Swan, Upland Goose, Flying Steamer-Duck, Crested Duck, Chiloe Wigeon, Red Shoveler, Imperial Cormorant, Dolphin Gull, Brown-hooded Gull, Chilean Skua, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Long-tailed Meadowlark and get our first glimpses of Southern Giant-Petrel and Black-browed Albatross along the shoreline of the straits of Magellan. Night in Punta Arenas.
We cross the Straits of Magellan over to Tierra del Fuego today on a ferry that takes us to the town of Porvenir. This can be a productive 2,5-hour crossing, with good looks at Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant-Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Magellanic Diving-Petrel, Magellanic Penguin and Rock Cormorant, among others. Chance for Peales´s and Commerson´s Dolphins. Then we bird the area around Porvenir for specialties such as Chilean Flamingo, Coscoroba Swan, South American Tern, Southern Caracara, Short-billed Miner, Patagonian Tit-Spinetail, Patagonian Yellow-Finch, Grey-hooded Sierra-Finch and White-bridled Finch. Visit to a King Penguin Colony. Mammals as Guanaco and South American Grey Fox can also be seen. Night in Porvenir.
From Porvenir we drive northeast to looking for Magellanic Plover, Two-banded Plover and Rufous-chested Dotterel. Then we cross the Straits of Magellan over to inland and then we head to Pali Aike National Park searching the landscape for specialties such as Tawny-throated Dotterel, Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Yellow-bridled Finch and Least Seedsnipe. We end our day in the town of Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine.
The world-famous Torres del Paine National Park is our destination for the day. Its spectacular scenery provides a wonderful backdrop for our birding. Here we hope to find specialties such as Lesser (Darwin´s) Rhea, Ashy-headed Goose, Silver Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Andean Duck, Great Grebe, Silvery Grebe, Red-gartered Coot, Magellanic Oystercatcher and Austral Canastero. Chance for Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle and Cinereous Harrier, among other raptors. Time permitting, search for Puma (Mountain Lion). Night in Torres del Paine.
Today we focus on Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet, Patagonian Mockingbird, White-throated Treeruner, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Tapaculo, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter and Patagonian Sierra-Finch. Our return to Punta Arenas is via the dramatic southern sounds (senos) of Patagonia and the windswept Nothofagus forests that line them. This route also keeps us close to the steppe and we should see a wonderful mix of bird species. Ruddy-headed Goose, Spectacled Duck, White-tufted Grebe, Andean Condor, Variable Hawk, Southern Caracara, South American Snipe, Striped Woodpecker, Common Miner, Austral Canastero, Fire-eyed Diucon and Austral Blackbird are some of the birds we’ll be looking for. Chance for Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and Hairy Armadillo. Night in Punta Arenas.
Time permitting, we spend the morning looking for species not yet located in Punta Arenas area and in Magallanes National Reserve. Transfer to Airport or hotel. End of the Trip.