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Patagonia Explorer, exploring the remote regions of Chile and Argentina © Far South Expeditions  

Discover the Best of Patagonia on this in-depth nature tour and photo journey; great nature lodges, the best wildlife encounters, thorough nature interpretation. Experience the comfort of traveling in a small group. This itinerary features visits to Patagonia's premier wildlife destinations: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, in Chile and Argentina respectively, as well as the Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego for King Penguins. 

Explore colossal glaciers, Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey in Chile’s Torres del Paine; visit Magdalena Island Magellanic Penguin colony, and the fascinating paleontological site of Mylodon Cave. Meet the locals while enjoying a shearing show and shepherd dog demonstration at a typical Patagonian farm.

9-day trip. Starts at El Calafate, Argentina – Ends at Punta Arenas, Chile. 

2017: Dec 9-17 • 2018: Jan 6-14, Mar 10-18, Nov 10-18.

 

Sunrise at the Paine Massif, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Sunrise at the Paine Massif, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!Discover the “Best of Patagonia” on this in-depth nature tour and photography journey; great nature lodges, the best wildlife encounters, thorough nature interpretation, and experience the comfort of traveling in a small group. This itinerary features visits to Patagonia’s premier wildlife destinations: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, in Chile and Argentina respectively, as well as the Straits of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego for King Penguins.

Explore colossal glaciers, Perito Moreno in Argentina and Grey in Chile’’s Torres del Paine; visit Magdalena Island Magellanic Penguin colony, and the fascinating paleontological site of Mylodon Cave. Meet the locals while enjoying a shearing show and shepherd dog demonstration at a typical Patagonian farm.Patagonia Explorer is a comprehensive and flexible wildlife tour and nature photography program aimed to discover mythical Patagonia and its natural wonders, travelling in the comfort of a small group with a maximum of 8 participants.

This itinerary features explorations at Patagonia’s premier wildlife destinations: Torres del Paine National Park (3 nights) and its unique wildlife (condors, guanacos, foxes and more) with a boat trip to Grey Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park (2 nights) for the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier and breathtaking views at Estancia Cristina in Argentine Patagonia; visits to Mylodon Cave (fascinating and renowned paleontological site of Patagonia), Magdalena Island (Magellanic penguin rookery), Useless Bay in Tierra del Fuego (for King Penguins) and a sheep shearing show and shepherd dog demonstration at a typical Patagonian sheep farm.

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

Itinerary in Brief (9 days / 8 nights)

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine National Park © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Day 1 • El Calafate, Argentina •– Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares NP •– El Calafate (2 nights)

Day 2 • Boat trip Lago Argentino • Visit Estancia Cristina

Day 3 • Drive to Cerro Castillo, Chile •– Torres del Paine National Park (3 nights)

Day 4 • Torres del Paine NP (west) •– Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP (east) –• Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

Day 6 • Mylodon Cave NM –• Gaucho sheep farm – Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 7 • Magdalena Island for Magellanic penguins • Flight to Tierra del Fuego • Porvenir (1 night)

Day 8 • Useless Bay for King penguins –• Flight to Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 9 • End of the tour

 

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive visits to Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks.

• Visits to Otway Sound, Mylodon Cave and Tierra del Fuego.

• An great diversity of wildlife, ranging from Andean condor to guanaco, from flamingos to penguins, from puma to dolphins and sea lions.

• An insight on the rich cultural history (and pre-history) of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, as well as the history of exploration from Magellan onwards.

• Ferry across the mythic Straits of Magellan.

• A remarkable and unique array of flora for the plant enthusiasts, including the Nothofagus beech forests, the southernmost in the world.

• Ideal journey for nature photographers (of all levels) as well as nature enthusiasts. 

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Starts: El Calafate, ArgentinaEnds: Punta Arenas, Chile

Note: We suggest our guests arrive to El Calafate (Argentina) the prior day to the starting date of the tour.

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 1 •• El Calafate, Argentina –• Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel. After that, you will be heading towards ‘Los Glaciares’ National Park, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the most famous glacier in Patagonia, the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. This ice cathedral is surrounded by Southern Beech (Nothofagus) forest growing so close to the ice that sometimes seems as if they touched each other. It is certainly astonishing to find Canelo (Drymis winteri), Notro (Embothrium coccineum) – a Protea related tree/bush – plus other species from rather tropical origin, like orchids, facing the glacial front. We expect to see soaring Condors in the area as well as Magellanic Woodpecker and other charismatic birds of the Patagonian sub-Antarctic woodlands.

Overnight at Hotel Kau Yatún or similar, El Calafate (Lunch) (Guide).

 

Lady's Slippers, Calceolaria uniflora, Fam. Scrophulariaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Lady's Slippers, Calceolaria uniflora, Fam. Scrophulariaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Full day exploring Lago Argentino and Estancia Cristina, Los Glaciares National Park

Today we will have the extraordinary opportunity to explore the northernmost part of the huge Lake Argentino. We will start our day with a transfer to Puerto Bandera in order to take our boat; we will cruise, during the whole morning, the gelid waters of the lake, seeing impressive icebergs to eventually have fascinating views of the front of Uppsala Glacier. We will arrive to Estancia Cristina by noon and will have the whole afternoon to explore the surroundings with 4×4 vehicles. We will enjoy short hikes to some viewpoints where we can see part of the Southern Patagonian Ice field and the imposing Andes.

Overnight at Hotel Kau Yatún or similar, El Calafate (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide).

 

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Guanaco, Lama guanicoe, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 •• Crossing into Chile, drive to Cerro Castillo and Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning you will have a private transfer to Cerro Castillo, in Chile, in order to continue towards Torres del Paine, Patagonia’’s premier wildlife destination. At the eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake, we will reach a location that commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres (the ‘towers’), the granitic spires from which the park takes its name. As we move around the park, you shall observe confiding herds of Guanaco, most southerly relative to camels, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and our first Andean condors along the road.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Torrent Duck (male), Merganetta armata © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Torrent Duck (male), Merganetta armata © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park (western side) –• Boat trip to Grey Glacier

Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge -242,000hectares/600,000 acres- national park. The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colour when observed at a distance. We will have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or southern Beech forests to study its diversity of plants and animals; we will look for Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and, if we are lucky, the shy Andean Deer or Huemul. We will be marveled by the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests.

Lake Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colossal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and active calving front of the Grey Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 outlet glaciers which originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world’s third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls, which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west, by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. Photography is great at this particular spot. We will be treated with a glass of ‘Pisco sour’ or Scotch containing glacier ice hundreds, maybe even a thousand years old!

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 5 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern side) • Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

This morning we will have an early start in order to photograph the ‘Horns’ (Los Cuernos) at dawn. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns into orange colours and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine River and if it’s clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga. After our picnic, we will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. The flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography, as well. The park holds nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) is a great period of the year to see the myriad flowers that bloom in these magnificent mountain landscapes. After our return to the hotel and enjoy our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset.

Overnight at Hotel Rio Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

Las Torres - the granite spires known as the 'towers', Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Las Torres - the granite spires known as the 'towers', Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 6 • Visit to Mylodon Cave Natural Monument • Lunch at a sheep farm (shearing show and barbecue) • Punta Arenas

We will leave the park early in the morning, after enjoying another photo session of the Paine mountains. Later we will visit Mylodon Cave Nature Reserve, an outstanding natural formation that sheltered a large number of long-gone Pleistocene mammal species, including the Giant Ground-Sloth or Mylodon, about 12,000 years ago when most of the surrounding area was covered by glaciers. Then, we will head towards the picturesque coastal town of Puerto Natales, where there are are gorgeous vistas of Ultima Esperanza (‘Last Hope’) fjord, with tens of stunning Black-necked Swans feeding along the shore. In the afternoon we will visit Estancia Cerro Negro, a typical working sheep-farming station, where we will watch a shearing and sheep dog demonstration and enjoy a delicious Patagonian-style barbecue. Later, we will be transferred towards Punta Arenas, Chile’s most southerly town.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

 

King Penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

King Penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 7 •• Magdalena Island for Magellanic penguins • Flight to Porvenir

Early in the morning, we will sail out bound for Magdalena Island, in the waters of the mythical Straits of Magellan, in Patagonia. This protected area holds a huge Magellanic Penguin colony of more than 150,000 individuals. Besides the penguins, several other species of seabirds such as Imperial & Rock Cormorants, Dolphin and Kelp Gulls, Chilean Skua and South American Tern nest here. At approximately 8.30am, we will be reaching Magdalena Island and its imposing cliffs, teeming with wildlife. We will have one hour to explore the trail towards the center of the island, which ends at the conspicuous lighthouse which is now the ranger station. We will be overwhelmed by the large numbers of penguins inhabiting every available spot of the island’s surface and by their raucous braying calls. Some of the penguins will be busy while landing, coming ashore from their feeding trips, taking a bath or preening and resting peacefully at the shoreline while others will be walking with its characteristic gait towards their burrows to incubate the eggs or attend their chicks. Several other seabird species breed in the island including Imperial and Rock Cormorants, Dolphin and Kelp Gulls, Chilean Skua and South American Tern. South American Sea Lions occasionally patrol the coast looking opportunities to catch a distracted penguin.

During the early afternoon, we will take an early flight to the town of Porvenir, in Chilean Tierra Del Fuego Island. This is a short but truly scenic 15-minute flight over the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan. We will appreciate the incredible glacial action recorded in the last 12,000 years, which has carved these famous seaways as well as the coasts of both the mainland and the huge island of Tierra del Fuego. From the plane we will see the distant peaks of the Andes, located in the southern part of the island, and the huge embayment called Bahia Inútil (Useless Bay).

Overnight at Yendegaia House or similar, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

 

South American Gray Fox, Lycalopex griseus, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

South American Gray Fox, Lycalopex griseus, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 8 • Useless Bay for King penguins • Flight to Punta Arenas

We will be driving for approximately two hours along the shores of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), where we expect to see Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, the ubiquitous Upland Goose, Chilean Flamingo and a great diversity of waterfowl. At sea we may see albatrosses, petrels, gulls and skuas patrolling the waters of this huge sound.At Parque Pingüino Rey, we will have a short introduction on how to visit and approach the King Penguins. This is a private nature reserve, which aims to preserve the small numbers of Kings that visit the area and even remain year-round here, taking advantage of the excellent feeding conditions of the surrounding seas. We will have plenty of chances to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance (maximum approach distance will be given by the guide and must be respected at all times during your visit). Later we will return to Punta Arenas by plane.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

 

Day 9 • Transfer to Punta Arenas (PUQ) airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Punta Arenas airport, where this trip ends. (Breakfast).

 

MAP

Trip Map


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DATES & RATES

Dates and Rates

 

Scheduled Departures:

 

Patagonia Explorer
Trip Code  PAT02 
Trip Length  9 days, 8 nights 
Dates 2017

December 9-17

2018

January 6-14, March 10-18, November 10-18

Price per person  $3,998 
Single Supplement  $550 
Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants. 

Maximum group size 8 participants. 

 

Custom Private Departures: (you choose the date)

Available from September through April. Departures from El Calafate, Argentina. 

Rates for private departures: 2 guests: $5,698 per person • 4+ guests: $4,298 per person

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Grey Lake and Lago Argentino, ferry fares to Tierra del Fuego and park entrance fees (Mylodon Cave and Otway Sound nature reserves, and Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks).

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

LODGES

The Lodges


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Hotel de Campo Kau Yatun, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe in Estancia 25 de Mayo, features traditional ranch style architecture, a cosy bar by the fireside and spacious rooms with panoramic windows. Set among aspen and pine trees, the Hotel de Campo offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms, separate bathtub and shower and free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Buffet breakfast and regional cuisine is served at the house´s restaurant. Boutiques and restaurants in downtown El Calafate are within 6 blocks. The glaciers of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares are a 50 mile drive from the hotel. 

 

Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

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Photo Gallery: Hotel Kau Yatun, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

Hotel Río Serrano, Torres del Paine, Chile

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Photo Gallery: Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Yendegaia House, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

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Photo Gallery: Yendegaia House, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

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Photo Gallery: Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery

 

Check out our photo gallery with images from our recent wildlife adventures in Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego.

 

Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, Magdalena Island, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


CHECKLIST

Field Checklist

 

Possible species of mammals and birds to be seen during this trip.

 

BIRDS MAMMALS

 

Rheas | Rheidae

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata

Penguins | Spheniscidae 

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonica

Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus


Grebes | Podicipedidae 

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland 

Great Grebe Podiceps major 

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis

Albatrosses | Diomedeidae 

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

Shearwaters & Petrels | Procellariidae 

Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus 

Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides 

Cape Petrel Daption capense 

White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis 

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Storm-Petrels | Hydrobatidae 

Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

Diving-Petrels | Pelecanoididae 

Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani

Cormorants | Phalacrocoracidae 

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus 

Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus 

Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns | Ardeidae 

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Ibises & Spoonbills | Threskiornithidae 

Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis

Flamingos | Phoenicopteridae 

Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

Ducks, Geese & Swans | Anatidae 

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha 

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba 

Upland Goose Chloephaga picta 

Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida 

Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala 

Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps 

Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres 

Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus 

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix 

Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris 

Spectacled Duck Anas specularis 

Crested Duck Anas specularioides 

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica 

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis 

Silver Teal Anas versicolor 

Red Shoveler Anas platalea 

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla 

Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea 

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata

New World Vultures | Cathartidae 

Andean Condor Vultur gryphus

Hawks, Eagles & Kites | Accipitridae 

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus 

Chilean Hawk Accipiter chilensis 

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus 

Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma

Falcons & Caracaras | Falconidae 

Southern Crested Caracara Caracara plancus 

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango 

American Kestrel Falco sparverius 

Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis 

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Rails, Gallinules & Coots | Rallidae 

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus 

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera 

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata 

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons

Oystercatchers | Haematopodidae 

Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus 

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater 

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Plovers & Lapwings | Charadriidae 

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis 

American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica 

Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus 

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus 

Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis

Magellanic Plover | Pluvianellidae 

Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis

Sandpipers & Allies | Scolopacidae 

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae 

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica 

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes 

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 

Red Knot Calidris canutus 

Sanderling Calidris alba 

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis 

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii 

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Seedsnipes | Thinocoridae 

Gray-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus 

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus

Sheathbills | Chionidae 

Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba

Skuas & Jaegers | Stercoraridae 

Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis 

Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus

Gulls | Laridae 

Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii 

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 

Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis 

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan 

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Doves & Pigeons | Columbidae 

Rock Dove Columba livia 

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata

Parrots, Macaws & Allies | Psittacidae 

Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

Barn Owls | Tytonidae 

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Typical Owls | Strigidae 

Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus 

Austral Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium nanum 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Hummingbirds | Trochilidae 

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

Kingfishers | Alcedinidae 

Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata

Woodpeckers & Allies | Picidae 

Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius 

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius 

Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus

Ovenbirds | Furnariidae 

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia 

Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica

Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria 

Band-tailed Earthcreeper Eremobius phoenicurus 

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus 

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti 

Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus 

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda 

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides 

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops 

Lesser Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca 

Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta 

Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides 

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

Tapaculos |  Rhinocryptidae 

Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus

Plantcutters | Phytotomidae 

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara

Tyrant Flycatchers | Tyrannidae 

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps 

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus 

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris 

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope 

Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris 

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola macloviana 

Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistrata 

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Swallows | Hirundinidae 

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni 

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca 

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Wagtails & Pipits | Motacillidae 

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera

Wrens | Troglodytidae 

House Wren Troglodytes aedon 

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Mockingbirds & Thrashers | Mimidae 

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus

Thrushes & Allies | Turdidae 

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii

Old World Sparrows | Passeridae 

House Sparrow ( I ) Passer domesticus

Siskins, Crossbills & Allies | Fringillidae 

Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

Buntings, Sparrows & Allies | Emberizidae 

Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi 

Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus 

Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti 

Plumbeous Sierra-Finch Phrygilus unicolor 

Canary-winged Finch Melanodera melanodera 

Patagonian Yellow-Finch Sicalis lebruni 

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis

Troupials & Allies | Icteridae 

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca 

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

 

Armadillos | Dasypodidae

Big Hairy Armadillo Chaetophractus villosus

Pichi Zaedyus pichiy

 

Rabbits & Hares | Leporidae

Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Brown Hare Lepus capensis

 

Nutrias | Myocastoridae

Nutria Myocastor coypus

 

Camels | Camelidae

Guanaco Lama guanicoe

 

Dolphins | Delphinidae

Peale's Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis

Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia

Commerson's Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii

 

Eared Seals | Otariidae

Southern Sea Lion Otaria byronia

 

Deer | Cervidae

Southern Andean Deer Hippocamelus bisulcus

 

Cats | Felidae

Puma Puma concolor

 

Dogs | Canidae

Southern Grey Fox Pseudalopex griseus

Culpeo Fox Pseudalopex culpaeus

 

Skunks | Mephitidae

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus humboldti

 

EXTENSIONS

Optional Extensions

 

Patagonia Explorer can be combined with one of the following optional extensions:

• The Falkland Islands (8 days, 7 nights), encounters with penguins and other fascinating wildlife of the 'Galapagos' of the South Atlantic.

• Expedition cruise to Tierra del Fuego & Cape Horn (4-5 days), follow Darwin's footsteps across the most remote corners of Patagonia on the wake of the Beagle.

• Atacama Desert Explorer (6 days, 5 nights), a unique private photo safari to discover the wildlife and landscapes of the world's most arid desert.

 

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Tour Registration

 

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

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$ 200 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.