Wildlife holidays in Chile
Tell me about Chile …
The topography of Chile is one of the most extraordinary of any country in the world. The country forms a ribbon of land stretching over 4,000 kilometres from the arid Atacama Desert in the north to the subantarctic islands of the south.
Nowhere more than 180 kilometres wide, the country is separated from neighbouring Argentina by the Andes Mountains which create some of the most spectacular scenery in South America.
Thanks to its unusual geography, and a comprehensive domestic airline network, it is possible to visit a wide range of habitats within a single holiday in Chile – from the Andean snowline and seabird filled waters of the Pacific, to the south’s wild coastline and the beech forests bordering the Straits of Magellan at the very tip of the continent.
Our specialist recommends..
"Our new ‘Chile – Just Pumas’ tour explores Torres del Paine National Park in search of the elusive Puma. There is a wonderful variety of birds and other mammal species all in this spectacular setting."
What’s special about the wildlife?
The bird watching in Chile is superb and is likely to include such sought-after species as Andean Condor, Inca Tern, Andean Avocet, Magellanic Plover and the peculiar Diademed Sandpiper-plover.
The waters off the Chilean coast are rich in marine life, while inland there are some unusual mammals such as Guanaco and Andean Deer.
Naturetrek tours to Chile
Naturetrek offers two wildlife tours to Chile, one which is primarily a bird watching holiday, and another which focuses on searching for Blue Whales and Pumas plus other mammals and birds.
Highlights of a wildlife tour to Chile may include:
- Birds such as Andean Condor, Inca Tern, Megallanic Plover, Diademed Sandpiper-plover, Magellanic Penguin & Flightless Steamer-duck plus high-altitude waterbirds
- A visit to Chiloe Island to look for Blue Whales & Torres del Paine National Park to search for Pumas
- Terrestrial mammals such as wild Vicuna, otters, Darwin’s Fox & Pudu, as well as marine mammals including Humpback Whales, Peale’s Dolphins & the endemic Chilean Dolphin
- Patagonia & the Magellan Straits to look for Commerson’s Dolphin & Patagonian Hairy Armadillo
- Spectacular scenery including Tierra del Fuego & Andean Lakes
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Chile HOLIDAYS
The trip more than lived up to our expectations. We saw 15 different Pumas & they were very active too! We saw them eating kills, hunting & playing. Several of our encounters were very close and allowed us to get some superb shots! Our guide Sebastian & tracker Jorge worked well together, always respecting the Puma's well being and giving them space to move where they wanted to go, which resulted in natural & relaxed looking images of these wonderful cats.
Transportation and group size worked very well. The guides and drivers were very keen and looked after us very well without being overbearing. The location of Torres del Paine was spectacular and the guide was keen to get us to see all the 'special' scenic sights. The flights across South America were spectacular in themselves especially in Chile where the Andes were amazing even flying over Torres del Paine and beside Mt Aconcagua! The King Penguin extension was well worth it not only for the colony but for the wildlife in the Strait of Magellan viewed from the ferry.
Seeing so many pumas was the highlight of the trip. The bonus was the extraordinary landscape of the park, its lakes and its mountains. We were given plenty of opportunity to take photos which for me as a landscape photographer was particularly appreciated.