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Birding Patagonia, the Drake Passage & Antarctic Peninsula

 

An extraordinary trip to discover the birds, wildlife and landscapes of the ends of the Earth ... Patagonia, the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula. Join us on this, the most comprehensive birding itinerary aiming to find most of the endemic and specialties of this wild, remote and scenic region of the world. This itinerary features a unique 4-night expedition cruise from Ushuaia to the White Continent!  

Next departures: Nov 23 - Dec 4, 2018 w/ Rodrigo Tapia. 12-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile

 

Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp

Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp

 

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This is a unique itinerary combining the exploration by land, sea and air of two extraordinary, remote and pristine regions of the world: the southernmost tip of the Americas, Patagonia and the Last Continent, the Antarctic. During this 12-day birding journey, we will discover the birds and wildlife of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, visiting the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and the Magellan Straits. More than 60 endemic species and specialties occur in the vast region, shared by southern Chile and Argentina, and we will aim to see most of them. The second part of this trip comprises an extraordinary 4-night expedition cruise to explore the mythic Cape Horn and the Drake Passage to eventually reach the northernmost fringes of the Antarctic, the South Shetland Islands. We will see a great array of birds, from Andean Condor to Torrent Duck, from Magellanic Plover to Snowy Sheathbill, from Magellanic Woodpecker to King Penguin. What a set! Join us on one of these two departures, led by two of the foremost field ornithologists and tour leaders of the region: Rodrigo Tapia and Enrique Couve.  

 

OVERVIEW

Overview

 

M/V Ocean Nova, our cruise to explore Cape Horn, the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Itinerary in Brief (12 days, 11 nights)

Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine National Park (2 nights)

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park

Day 3 • Sierra Baguales – Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 4 • Magdalena Island – Tierra del Fuego – Porvenir (2 nights)

Day 5 • Tierra del Fuego: Laguna Verde – Baquedano Hills

Day 6 • Tierra del Fuego: Useless Bay – Ushuaia (1 night)

Day 7 • Tierra del Fuego National Park – Board the cruise – Sail the Beagle Channel (4 nights)

Day 8 • Nassau Bay – Cape Horn – Drake Passage

Day 9 • Drake Passage

Day 10 • Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Day 11 • Antarctica – Private flight back to Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 12 • Punta Arenas

 

Dates

November 23 – December 4, 2018 with Rodrigo Tapia.

January 8–19, 2019 with Enrique Couve.

 

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive 12-day itinerary focusing on finding the bird endemic and specialties of Patagonia and Antarctica

• Visit to Torres del Paine, one of the most scenic parks in the world. 

• Explore the Magellan Straits and the Beagle Channel as well as land at the mythic Cape Horn

• Chances of poorly-known species as a Fuegian Snipe, one the world's rarest waders, Striated Caracara and Blackish Cinclodes.  

• Penguins galore! Up to 7 penguin species including King, Magellanic, Rockhopper, Macaroni, Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie! 

• Great chances of finding interesting mammals such as Puma

4-night all-inclusive expedition cruise from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula

• ... and private flight back from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

We have a truly extraordinary birding journey ahead. We will thoroughly explore the pristine and vast landscapes of Patagonia, traverse the huge island of Tierra del Fuego, go across the mythic Drake Passage to eventually reach the northern fringes of the last continent, Antarctica ... all of this to discover its wealth of birds and mammals. 

 

Sunrise at Torres del Paine National Park © Bastian Gygli, Far South Exp

 

Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine National Park 

We start our journey from Punta Arenas, Chile's most southerly city, leaving early towards Torres del Paine National Park. We will be fascinated by the changing landscapes and vegetation comprising the Patagonian steppes, the Chilean Fjords and the southern Andes. On route, we will check at some alkaline ponds to attempt to find one of the world’s most sought-after waders, Magellanic Plover. We will also look for other Patagonian specialties including Lesser Rhea, Least Seedsnipe, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Chocolate-vented Tyrant and White-bridled Finch. Large herds of camel-relative Guanaco will be a common sight along the entire drive towards Puerto Natales and other mammals potentially include Southern Grey Fox, Patagonian Hairy Armadillo and Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk. The scenic town of Puerto Natales will be a delightful stop to study the abundance of waterfowl occurring along the coast of the Last Hope Fjord. Lots of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans, together Chiloe Wigeon, Yellow-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail and Crested Duck breed and feed here. This coast, influenced by the Pacific Ocean, is also frequented by Imperial Cormorant, Chilean Skua, Dolphin Gull and South American Tern. Occasionally pods of the endemic Chilean Dolphin are found in these waters. We will continue heading northwards to reach one of the most scenic places on Earth, Torres del Paine. The Andean foothills and scrub are home of Black-chested Buzzard, Southern and Chimango Caracaras, but surely our group will be impressed at the moment our first Andean Condor is spotted. Our lodge is located in the southern fringes of the park and has good access to productive habitats where we expect to find Ashy-headed and Upland Geese, Spectacled Duck, South American Snipe, Austral Parakeet, Austral Pygmy Owl and Dark-bellied Cinclodes. 

Overnight Torres del Paine (Lunch, Dinner)(Guide). 

 

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

 

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park 

We will have an early start to explore this vast national park and its many birding habitats. We will commence by exploring its western flank and the sub-Antarctic beech (Nothofagus) forests. Here we will look for Austral Parakeet, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, the striking Magellanic Woodpecker, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-throated Treerunner and Austral Blackbird. Occasionally Chilean Hawk is seen here stalking the flocking parakeets. The scenery around Grey Lake and its homonymous glacier is simply breathtaking. During the rest of the day we will explore the lakes in the eastern side of the park searching for a wealth of waterfowl including Great, Silvery and White-tufted grebes, Andean Duck, Silver Teal plus Red-gartered and White-winged Coots. The reed-fringed lagoons can be very interesting also; with some luck, the elusive and recently re-discovered Austral Rail might show up. We also expect to see Cinereous Harrier and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle hovering about in search for prey. We will scan the fast-flowing rivers hoping to find the remarkable Torrent Duck. Although our time in the park is limited, there is always the chance of watching Puma, especially in the eastern side of the park. 

Overnight Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 

Austral Rail (Rallus antarcticus) © Sebastian Saiter, Far South Exp

Austral Rail (Rallus antarcticus) © Sebastian Saiter, Far South Exp


Day 3 • Sierra Baguales – Punta Arenas 

During the morning and early afternoon, we will explore the Sierra Baguales range, located northeast of Torres del Paine. Along the road, in the scrubby gullies, we will look for interesting passerines such as Patagonian Mockingbird and Grey-bellied Shrike-Tyrant. As we continue exploring this montane habitat we might find the local White-throated Caracara, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Rufous-banded Miner, Cinnamon-bellied and Ochre-naped ground-tyrants, Patagonian and Greater yellow finches and the stunning Yellow-bridled Finch. During the afternoon you will be transferred to your lodging in Punta Arenas. 

Overnight Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch)(Guide).

 

Chocolate-vented Tyrant (Neoxolmis rufiventris) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

Chocolate-vented Tyrant (Neoxolmis rufiventris) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 4 • Magdalena Island – Tierra del Fuego 

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. 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. In the nearby Marta Island there is a fairly large colony of South American Sea Lions and occasionally Snowy Sheathbill can be spotted there. Back from Magdalena Island, we will head along the Magellan Straits shores and check patches of scrub where recently Patagonian Tinamou have been recorded.  A short ferry ride will take us to the mythic island of Tierra del Fuego and we hope to see the striking Commerson’s Dolphin following the wake during our crossing. Once in the island, Chilean Flamingo, Upland and Ashy-headed geese, Coscoroba and Black-necked swans and Silver Teal are all possible sightings along with waders such as Bairds and White-rumped sandpipers and Wilson’s Phalarope at the roadside wetlands. We will truly enjoy our day exploring the beauty of this ‘big sky’ open country. 

Overnight Porvenir (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 5 • Tierra del Fuego: Laguna Verde – Baquedano Hills 

En route, we will be checking the meadows and fields for the endangered Ruddy-headed Goose as well as for potential raptors including Variable Hawk, Aplomado and Peregrine falcons. Great Horned Owl nests in some ravines we will pass by, and there might be a chance of spotting this largest of Central and South American owls, second largest in the Americas. On our way back to Porvenir, we will explore the shrubby slopes and moorlands of the Baquedano Hills, searching for specialties such as Rufous-chested Dotterel, Austral Canastero, and the stunning White-bridled Finch.

Overnight Porvenir. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).

 

Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp
Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Day 6 • Tierra del Fuego: Useless Bay – Ushuaia 

Today we leave the pleasant village of Porvenir eastwards to the border with Argentina. We will have the whole morning to explore the huge embayment of Bahía Inútil - Spanish for Useless Bay - for its wealth of seabirds, waterfowl and other shorebirds. Pods of Peale’s Dolphins are usually seen patrolling the kelp beds here while playing or fishing. The main target of our visit to this scenic part of the island is the only continental King Penguin breeding colony. This splendid species congregates year-round on this site and in the past few years they have successfully re-started to breed here; the number of the second-largest of the penguin family ranges here between 100 to 200 individuals and every year there is more success in rearing new young. Later on, we will continue our transition into the Argentinian portion of the huge island of Tierra del Fuego. The habitat will progressively change from the bleak Patagonian steppe into lush temperate woodlands. While ascending the scenic mountain pass of Garibaldi, we will check the moorlands for the local White-bellied Seedsnipe, Yellow-bridled Finch and White-throated Caracara. This will be a long day but we will arrive in good time to enjoy the sunset and our accommodation at the beautiful town of Ushuaia.

Overnight at Ushuaia, Argentina (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


Day 7 • Tierra del Fuego National Park – Board the cruise – Sail the Beagle Channel 

We will have a busy morning exploring the old southern beech woodlands of Tierra del Fuego National Park, located west of Ushuaia. This forested area is a well-known site for one of the largest woodpeckers, Magellanic Woodpecker. This impressive bird occurs only in this cold forests and normally travel in family groups; while searching for them, we will resource to hear the loud double-tap they made while pecking the trees or by listening their raucous social vocalizations. We will also look for other Patagonian forest birds including Chilean Hawk, Austral Parakeet, White-throated Treerunner and Thorn-tailed Rayadito. The coast of the Beagle Channel offer marvelous and inspiring scenery. We will check the coast for both Flightless and Flying Steamer-Ducks, Kelp Goose as well as King, Imperial and Rock cormorants. The race hornensis of Grey-flanked Cinclodes, a potential ‘split’ is usually found along the rocky shores and adjacent coast. We will make a short outing to visit the ‘rubbish dump’ of Ushuaia, where White-throated Caracara is usually seen. In the afternoon we all board our vessel for our great adventure into the Southern Ocean and the South Shetland Islands. After completing the ship formalities and be given our cabins, we will weigh anchor and sail the productive waters of the Beagle Channel, heading to the Chilean village of Puerto Williams. On this stretch we will be looking for Magellanic Diving-Petrel and Chilean Skua. Groups of Southern Fur Seal and pods of Dusky Dolphin are usually seen here. 

Overnight M/V Ocean Nova (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide) 

 

White-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis malouinus) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

White-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis malouinus) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Day 8 • Nassau Bay – Cape Horn  Drake Passage 

We will have an early start by going to the upper observation decks and enjoy sunrise. During the night will have traversed most of the huge Nassau Bay and the many islands between Navarino and the Wollaston Archipelago. The scenery is glorious and inspiring; the southern portion of Tierra del Fuego is a vast land of myths and legends, originally inhabited by the long-gone Fuegians (the Yaghan people) and subsequently explored by many sailors and adventurers, including Francis Drake, James Cook, Robert Fitz Roy and Charles Darwin. We will look for several tubenoses including White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Sooty and Great Shearwaters, and Common Diving-Petrel. Pods of Sei and Humpback Whales are sometimes seen traveling or feeding on this labyrinth of islands and channels. The main goal of the day is to land in the southernmost island of the Wollaston Archipelago, Hornos Island and the feared Cape Horn. In company of our expedition staff, we will go ashore aboard the zodiac boats. Weather permitting, we will have enough time to explore part of this wind-swept island. Several intriguing and very local species occur here such as the rare Fuegian Snipe, Striated Caracara and Blackish Cinclodes. We will check the rocky coasts looking for Rockhopper Penguin which breeds here is small numbers. During the afternoon we will head southwards to the mythic Drake Passage. We will enjoy the afternoon having great chances of seeing Southern and Northern Royal Albatrosses, Black-browed and Grey-headed Albatrosses, Southern and Northern Giant Petrels and Soft-plumaged Petrel. 

Overnight M/V Ocean Nova (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide) 

 

Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp

Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) © Enrique Couve, Far South Exp

 

Day 9 • Drake Passage 

The Drake Passage, the most accesible and visited portion of the whole Southern Ocean, is the narrower pass between South America and the White Continent, Antarctica. Named after its discoverer, Francis Drake, it has captured the imagination of many explorers and adventurers, looking for the unchartered Terra Incognita. Its productive waters also connect two important biological zones, the sub-Antarctic and the Antarctic and this fact will be quite noticeable as we progress southwards. North of the Antarctic Convergence, we expect to see the mighty Wandering Albatross, Blue Petrel and Thin-billed Prion. As we cross that invisible boundary, our senses will realize the proximity of the White Continent; we will feel the colder air and we may see our first drifting tabular iceberg. It’s here where we will see the typical array of Antarctic seabirds including Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Southern Fulmar, Cape Petrel, Antarctic Prion, Black-bellied and Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. The chances of seeing cetaceans are quite good and possibilities include Fin Whale, Sperm Whale and Hourglass Dolphin. 

Overnight M/V Ocean Nova (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide) 

 

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Day 10 • Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

As we see the snowy peaks of the South Shetland Islands in the distance, we will feel in Antarctica already. We will keep checking the icy waters for new seabirds and cetaceans for our list and if we are really lucky, we may add the rare Antarctic Petrel and pods of curious Orca, constantly checking for seals. The landscape is magical and pristine, as we approach the coast of King George Island. We will land at one of its many protected coves and visit a penguin colony, expecting to see Chinstrap, Gentoo and even Adelie. A really interesting scavenger is the all-white Snowy Sheathbill. Groups of Antarctic Fur Seal and Weddell Seal will be always photogenic. We will enjoy the long day at this time of the year for our photography and while using the zodiac boats to move around, we hope to see one of the top predators of the Antarctic, the massive Leopard Seal. 

Overnight M/V Ocean Nova (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)

 

Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Day 11 • Antarctica  Flight to Punta Arenas

Upon reaching King George Island, we will disembark at Fildes Bay and explore the area looking for Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Tern. Later we will board our plane back to Punta Arenas, Chile. We will be transferred to our hotel in downtown and enjoy our farewell supper. 

Overnight Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata) © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Exp

 

Day 12 • Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)

 

DATES & RATES

Dates and Rates 

 

Birding Patagonia, the Drake Passage & Antarctic Peninsula
Trip Code PAT12
Trip Length 12 days, 11 nights
Dates 2018 November 23 - December 4
2019 TBA 
Price per person (USD)  Triple Cabin $5,998
Double Cabin $6,998
Single Cabin $8,648
Maximum group size: 14 participants

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in USD, based in double accommodation. 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, ferry fares to Tierra del Fuego and park entrance fees. Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island, ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program, full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise, all guided shore excursions, lectures and entertainment onboard, comprehensive pre- and post- voyage information material and loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights (Santiago – Punta Arenas – Santiago or other route), 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.


AIRCRAFT

The Aircraft

 

Grand Antarctica - Unique Air Cruises to Antarctica


The BAE-146 aircraft was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which makes it particularly suited for landing and take-off in Antarctica. The aircraft is expertly operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

 

Grand Antarctica - Unique Air Cruises to Antarctica

 

Specifications
Model BAE 146-200
Engines 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
Capacity 71 passengers (16 in Preferred Seats)
Wingspan 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
Cruise Speed 465 mph (750 km/h)
Service Ceiling 31,200 ft (9,500 m)

 

OCEAN NOVA

M/V Ocean Nova


M/V 'Ocean Nova', our expedition vessel to Antarctica - Grand Antarctica with FS Expeditions - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

The MV Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.All guests aboard Ocean Nova are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, with three cabin categories: dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.

 

MV Ocean Nova © Antarctica XXI

 

Accommodation (Cabin) Details
Category Average Size Details
Single Cabin 87 ft2 – 8 mt2
Suites with window and sitting area
Twin Cabin 106 ft2 – 10 mt2
Two lower beds
Triple Cabin 150 ft2 – 14 mt2
Two lower beds and one upper bed
Specifications
Passengers 72 maximum
Expeditions Staff & Crew 46
Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity 100)
Length 73.0 m
Breadth 11.0 m
Propulsion Diesel engines 2,000 horsepower
Ice Class 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Draft 3.7 m
Cruising Speed 12 knots in open water
Deck Plan
MV Ocean Nova Deck Plan

 

GUIDES

Tour Leader

 

Tour Leader and Ornithologist Rodrigo Tapia

 

Rodrigo Tapia started his long-time love relationship with birds when he became an avid birder by the age of 10, and has been observing, studying and learning about them for more than 30 years now, first by birding in many different environments from the seaside to the Andes mountains around his home patch, acquiring in the process a good deal of field experience with virtually all the birds of central Chile including most chilean endemics, and later expanding his voyages to the rest of the country. This early passion naturally evolved into his career and led him into studying Biology at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and further studying with Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

He has explored Chile's whole length from the northern Altiplano to Cape Horn while conducting ornithological research and guiding groups of birders since 1989. He studied the birds in the wetlands of the Aconcagua river and Mantagua for three years, gathering experience with shorebirds, plovers, waders and coastal seabirds. Rodrigo travelled to Antarctica for the first time in 1991 as part of a research team conducting studies on antarctic penguins, and later worked for eight seasons in the White Continent as an expedition leader, lecturer and zodiac driver on board a couple of vessels. These years of sailing across the Drake Passage, together with the experience gathered in pelagic birding off his hometown of Valparaíso in the Pacific coast of central Chile gave him hundreds of hours with albatrosses, petrels and other seabirds, a group of birds which has always captivated him.

Member of the Chilean Ornithologists Union, he has worked as a birding guide, as an independent researcher, and as a birding consultant and guide instructor for several nature-oriented hotels and lodges. He´s also interested in bird photography. Rodrigo has been involved in several environmental education projects with children, imparted workshops and lectured about birds and birding, and has worked to try and get the public attention on birds, their knowledge and conservation, and birdwatching as a sustainable economic activity. In this context he was the mind behind Festival de Aves de Chile, in 2008, the first ever bird festival in Chile, an event that is still celebrated every year in the city of Viña del Mar and has spurred the apparition of similar bird-centered community events throughout the country. He started guiding birding tours and pelagics in central Chile for Far South Expeditions in 2006 and currently works for us as a full-time birding, wildlife and wildlife photo trip leader and writer since 2012 when he moved to Punta Arenas.

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery 

 

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Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Exp


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How to Book

 

Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our 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 USD 1,000 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

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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.