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Nature and photography trip designed to explore the imposing and scenic Andes above Santiago de Chile. The main goal of this day trip is to observe the impressive Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), world’s largest flying bird, which gracefully soars amongst these inspiring mountain landscapes. Farellones area concentrates Chile’s main ski resort centers and the winding roads (during the southern spring and summer) provide convenient access to fantastic locations for landscape, bird and other wildlife photography.

Full day tour (app. 10-12 hours) from Santiago de Chile. Available from August until May. This trip is also available as a 2-day tour option, allowing you more field time by spending one night at one of the lodges in Farellones area.

 

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!We will have a full day exploring the road to Farellones and Valle Nevado that winds up the Andean foothills, where we’ll hopefully be rewarded with sightings of the Chile endemics Crag Chilia, Moustached Turca and Chilean Mockingbird plus our first Andean Condors, up in the mountain valleys we’ll look for Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Mountain Caracara and several other Andean specialties such as Black-winged Ground-Dove, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Yellow-rumped Siskin, Mountain Parakeet and many others.

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary

 

Variable Hawk (Geranoaetus polyosoma), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

Variable Hawk (Geranoaetus polyosoma), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

 

Length: 10-12 hours from Santiago de Chile. Trips starts at 7am from your hotel. Expected returning time by 5-6pm. 

Activity level: Easy to Moderate. 

Season: Trip available from August to May. 

 

Juvenile Condor (Vultur gryphus), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

Juvenile Condor (Vultur gryphus), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

 

We will explore the scenic road to Farellones and Valle Nevado that winds up the Andean foothills, located a short driving distance from Chile’s capital city, Santiago. The 40-bend road slowly ascends and we will be impressed by the Mediterranean vegetation of the lower part of the road, comprising columnar cacti, tall Puya bromeliads and broad-leaf patches of woodland. 

 

Mountain Viscacha (Lagidium viscacia), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

Mountain Viscacha (Lagidium viscacia), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

 
Up in the quiet village of Farellones we will concentrate in finding the best spots to watch for soaring Condors, which regularly gather around the cliffs overlooking the impressive canyons.We will continue exploring the barren scree slopes, looking for a variety of typical Andean birds, including Mountain Caracara, Black-winged Ground-Dove, White-sided Hillstar, Mountain Parakeet, Rufous-banded Miner, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant, Yellow-rumped Siskin, among many others.The road to Valle Nevado (the highest spot of our journey at nearly 3,000 m / 9,000 ft) constantly offers stop opportunities for impressive vistas of the Andes. We will also study the meadows to study the several plant species occupying these extreme habitats. From October until February you can experience the phenomenal blooming of several  mountain wildflowers including Alstroemerias, Rhodophiala, Schizanthus, just to mention a few. 

 

White-sided Hillstar (Oreotrochilus leucopleurus), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

White-sided Hillstar (Oreotrochilus leucopleurus), Farellones, Chile © Jorge Valenzuela, Far South Exp

 
This trip is an excellent introduction to the Andes, its flora and fauna, and to contemplate it most conspicuous inhabitant, the mighty Andean Condor. 

 

RATES

Dates & Rates

 

Day Tour: Available from August until May. This trip is also available as a 2-day trip with an overnight at Farellones area, allowing you more field time.

Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Santiago, Chile.

Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours. | Pick-up time at the hotel 7-8am. 

 

Trip Code SCL04
No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6+
Price per person (USD) $315 $245 $190 $158 $158

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.

The trip price includes: Private transportation and naturalist guide services during the tour, picnic lunch and snacks, and one bottle of mineral water. VAT of the tour is also included.

The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, ˆ la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature.


TRANSPORTATION

Transportation


The vehicles we use in our day tour in central ChileIn our tours we only use authorized vehicles with professional drivers (your birding guide will not be driving!). We use comfortable and spacious vehicles such as the Mercedes Sprinter or similar. Each of our passengers will get a window seat.



 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

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CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Birds and Mammals possible to be seen during this trip.

 

Birds

 

ORDER TINAMIFORMES

 

Family Tinamidae [Tinamous]

Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria

 

ORDER ANSERIFORMES

 

Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]

Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta

Torrent Duck Merganetta armata

Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides

Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris

 

ORDER GALLIFORMES

 

Family Odontophoridae [New World Quails]

California Quail Callipepla californica

 

ORDER SULIFORMES

 

Family Phalacrocoracidae [Cormorants]

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

 

ORDER PELECANIFORMES

 

Family Ardeidae [Herons]

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

 

Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

 

ORDER CATHARTIFORMES

 

Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus

 

ORDER ACCIPITRIFORMES

 

Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus

 

ORDER GRUIFORMES

 

Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera

 

ORDER CHARADRIIFORMES

 

Family Charadriidae [Lapwings and Plovers]

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover Phegornis mitchellii

 

Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

 

Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis gayi

Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus

 

Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]

Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus

 

ORDER COLUMBIFORMES

 

Family Columbidae [Pigeons]

Picui Ground Dove Columbina picui

Black-winged Ground Dove Metriopelia melanoptera

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

 

ORDER STRIGIFORMES

 

Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]

Barn Owl Tyto alba

 

Family Strigidae [Owls]

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

 

ORDER CAPRIMULGIFORMES

 

Family Caprimulgidae [Nightjars]

Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris

 

ORDER APODIFORMES

 

Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

White-sided Hillstar Oreotrochilus leucopleurus

Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas

 

ORDER PICIFORMES

 

Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]

Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius

 

ORDER FALCONIFORMES

 

Family Falconidae [Falcons]

Mountain Caracara Phalcoboenus megalopterus

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

 

ORDER PSITTACIFORMES

 

Family Psittacidae [Parrots]

Mountain Parakeet Psilopsiagon aurifrons

 

ORDER PASSERIFORMES

 

SUBORDER TYRANNI [Suboscines]

 

Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]

Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

Dusky Tapaculo Scytalopus fuscus

 

Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Creamy-rumped Miner Geositta isabellina

Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis

Crag Chilia Ochetorhynchus melanurus

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria

Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola

 

Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Spot-billed Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Cinereous Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola cinereus

Ochre-naped Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha

Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola rufivertex

White-browed Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora

Black-fronted Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola frontalis

Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis montanus

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

 

Family Cotingidae [Cotingas]

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara

 

SUBORDER PASSERES [Oscines]

 

Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

 

Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

 

Family Turdidae [Thrushes]

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

 

Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]

Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca

 

Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

 

Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]

Grey-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi

Mourning Sierra Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor

Band-tailed Sierra Finch Phrygilus alaudinus

Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca

Greater Yellow Finch Sicalis auriventris

Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola

 

Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

 

Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca

 

Family Fringillidae [Finches]

Thick-billed Siskin Sporagra crassirostris

Yellow-rumped Siskin Sporagra uropygialis

Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata

 

Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Mammals

 

Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Culpeo Fox Pseudalopex culpaeus

 

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Tour Registration

 

To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 100 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 30 days prior to tour departure.


Cancellation Policy

 Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

- If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 50 is refundable.
- If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.
- If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.
This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.