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On this full day photography and wildlife excursion to the picturesque Chiloé Island, with its old customs and peculiar villages, boats and churches, we’ll take a boat trip to have close views of a mixed colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins, plus some marine waterfowl like Flightless Steamer Duck and Kelp Goose and some marine mammals and other wildlife. Later we’ll visit a bay, which is an important stop for migrating shorebirds. This trip includes private transportation and the services of an experienced guide. 

This tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers with restricted time at the port of Puerto Montt.

Full day tour (8-10 hours) from Puerto Montt, Chile • Available from September 2013 through March 2014.

 

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti), Puñihuil, Chiloe Island © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Chiloe Island • Birding & Photo | Day Tour | Trip Code PMC02

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Today we will take a ferry across the Chacao Strait to visit the wonderful Chiloe Island, a magical realm with its own traditions, customs, legends, cuisine and music where time has stood still since the first Spaniard settlers arrived and mixed with the native people back in the XVI (16th) century.

Picturesque agricultural and maritime landscapes, colorful and unique stilt houses, fishermen’s boats and wooden churches provide with plenty of subjects for landscape photography, everything framed in beautiful and dramatic natural settings.

This green island is populated by scattered villages and small towns where people still build houses, churches and boats using materials and ancient techniques passed from one generation to the next, and live off fishing, collecting seafood and cultivating crops like potatoes, of which this island is one of the main centers of origin and dispersion in the world, with dozens of varieties grown here.

Once in the island we’ll drive to the little fisherman’s cove of Puñihuil, where we’ll board a boat to the nearby islets that are home to several species of seabirds and marine waterfowl like Rock Cormorant, Kelp Goose and Flightless Steamer Duck, and especially, the only known mixed colony of both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins.

Marine mammals like South American Sea Lion and Marine Otter are regulars here as well, and the approach to wildlife from the water and the low eye-level from the boat are ideal for wildlife photography.

Later, on our way back, we’ll visit Caulin Bay, an important stopover for flocks of migrating shorebirds like Hudsonian Godwit and Black Skimmer.

 

RATES

I. Rates and Conditions


Day Tour: Available from September 2013 through April 2014.

 

Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Puerto Montt, Chile.

 

Duration: Approximately 8-12 hours | Pick-up time at the hotel / Puerto Montt port 6-8am.


Birding Chiloe Island • Full Day Tour [PMC02]
 No. of guests 1 2 3 4
 Price per person $950 $498 $375 $293

 

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 birding 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, à la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 200 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 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$ 100 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.

 

TRANSPORTATION

II. 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.



 

CHECKLIST

III. Checklist for the Birds and Mammals possible to be seen during this trip:

 

Coming soon!

 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 12:55