New Birding Tour Spans Dramatic Landscapes of Chile, Announced by Naturalist Journeys

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Chile’s immaculate snow-capped mountains pierce the sky, providing a dramatic backdrop to explore rich wetlands, temperate rain forests, and bustling penguin colonies. Company owner Peg Abbott says that the variety is a key reason they selected Chile as a birding and wildlife destination this fall.

The journey begins in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, and ends in view of the snowfields of Torres del Paine. Along the way travelers will experience glaciers and icebergs in Patagonia, perplexing rock towers in Laguana Amarga, striking peaks in the Southern Andes, and Chile’s vast coastline.

Chile presents visitors with a wide array of birds; endemic species include Chilean Tinamou, Dusky-tailed Canestro, and Moustached Turca. Travelers will have ample opportunity to spot the magnificent Andean Condor – Chile’s national bird. With wingspans of up to 10 feet, these raptors are easily spotted from several locations on the journey. Giant Hummingbirds the size of swifts buzz through the Matoral.

The Chile: Birds, Nature, and Fun Tour blends nature with the nation’s distinct culture. Discover Santiago, a truly cosmopolitan city with world-class food and wine. Spend the night on a classic Patagonia estancia – a working ranch with extensive gardens, elegant food, and an authentic ambiance. Explore Punta Areas’ Museo de Recuerdo and Plaza de Armas.

Travelers may extend their journey with an optional extension to Lauca and the Atacama Desert. Ascend 11,000 feet to the town of Putre in search of high elevation species. Step into the stunning Lauca National Park and uncover as many as 140 species of birds including three types of flamingos, Giant Coots, Puna Rheas, and Puna Tinamous. On the descent to the Azapa Valley, visitors may find three hummingbird species including the Chilean Woodstar along the Llutra River.

Local expert Ricardo Matus and Naturalist Journeys’ guide Greg Smith lead this thrilling journey into Chile’s wildlife and geography. Both have extensive experience in conservation and environmental research.