Birding the Humboldt Current


Our pelagic trips are some of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences for the birder looking for a wide variety of pelagic seabirds. 

Departing from Valparaiso (World Heritage City) or Quintero, we head offshore to meet the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, considered to be one of the world's finest pelagic birding locations. We will look for species which are endemic to this system such as Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Diving-Petrel, Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Peruvian Pelican, Grey Gull and Inca Tern. We also are going to see birds like: Northern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Salvin´s Albatross, Antarctic Giant Petrel, Hall's Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Cape Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, White-chinned Petrel and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel among others. With a little bit of luck we might find Wandering Albatross, Antipodian Albatross, Waved Albatross, Chatham Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Masatierra Petrel, Westland Petrel, Magellanic Penguin and Chilean Skua, among others.

*Regularly we spot whales, dolphins, South American Sea Lion and the elusive Marine Otter.

Tour highlights

  • Meet and depart: Quintero.

    Prices: US$150 per person. Varies according to the number of people. Included: Chum for the birds, English-speaking Ornithologist and Birding Guide, coffee or tea and snacks for each birder. 

    Duration: 5 hours.

    Dates: All year (weather permitting)

    Next Scheduled Pelagic Trips off Quintero, Valparaiso, Chile. Season 2019-2020:

    - October 20th (off Arica)

    - October 26th

    - November 2nd (off Arica)

    - November 10th 

    - November 23rd

    - December 7th

    - December 21st

    - January 11th

    - January 18th

    - February 1st

    - February 15th

    - March 14th

    - April 18th

    Custom private pelagics on request.