Chile-Peru Pacific Slope, Pre-Puna & High Andean Plateau


This program will start in the northern coast to gradually climb up the Pacific slope of the Andes to end birding at elevations above 4.000 m-13.000 ft., in the vast and stunning Puna or Altiplano, the high Andean plateau. In the process we will bird environments as diverse as coastal marshes, Polylepis forests, Pre-puna Shrubbery, salt flats or high Andean bogs, all bustling with Andean Pacific Slope specialties, like Andean Hillstar, Puna Miner, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Cordilleran Canastero, Canyon Canastero, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Peruvian Thick-knee, Andean Swift, Andean Lapwing, Dorbignyi´s Chat-Tyrant, Giant Coot, Andean Flicker, Black-throated Flowerpiercer and others.

Tour highlights

  • Price: US$ per person. Including: English-speaking Ornithologist and Birding Guide, lodging, all meals, national flights, private transportation and entrance fees to national parks.

    Meet and depart: Arica or Santiago.

    Dates: All year.

    Optional extension to "Atacama Desert & Altiplano".

Chile-Peru Pacific Slope, Pre-Puna & High Andean Plateau - 7 days / 6 nights

Day 1

Flight from Santiago to Arica. Lluta River mouth: Band-tailed Gull, West Peruvian Dove, Croaking Ground Dove, Cinereous Conebill, Peruvian Meadowlark and Slender-billed Finch, among many others. Lodging: Arica.

Day 2

Lluta River + Lluta Valley + Molinos: Peruvian Thick-Knee, Peruvian Pygmy-Owl, Groove-billed Ani, Oasis Hummingbird and Peruvian Sheartail, among others. Lodging: Putre.

Day 3-4

Putre + Socoroma + Chapiquiña: Bare-faced Ground Dove, Andean Hillstar, Sparkling Violetear, Spot-winged Pigeon, Andean Flicker, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Cream-winged Cinclodes, Dark-winged Canastero, D´Orbigny´s Chat-Tyrant, Band-tailed Seedeater and Hooded Sisikin, among others. Lodging: Putre.

Day 5

Parinacota, Lauca National Park + Chungara Lake: Puna Tinamou, Puna Ibis, Puna Flamingo, Andean Flamingo, Puna Teal, Giant Coot, Andean Lapwing, Puna Miner, Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes, Cordilleran Canastero, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, White-fronted Ground Tyrant, Andean Negrito, Chiguanco Thrush, Tamarugo Conebill, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Bright-rumped Yellow Finch, Black-hooded Sierra Finch and White-winged Diuca Finch, among many others. Lodging: Arica.

Day 6

Chaca + Camarones: Grey Gull, Chilean Woodstar, Scale-throated Eartcreeper, Seaside Cinclodes, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Vermilion Flycatcher and Chestnut-throated Seedeater, among other birds. Lodging: Arica.

Day 7

Pelagic trip to the Humboldt Current: Southern Giant Petrel, Black-browed Albatross, Cape Petrel, Buller´s Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Elliot´s Storm Petrel, Markham´s Storm Petrel, Peruvian Diving Petrel, Humboldt Penguin, Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican, Red-legged Cormorant and Inca Tern, among others. Flight from Arica to Santiago. End of the trip.