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 interaction between the driver (Cesar), guide (Sebastian) and tracker (Jorge) was terrific and contributed to sightings of 15 different pumas including cubs, two unsuccessful hunts and some extremely close encounters with adult pumas standing just 10m away!
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.
Plenty of time to enjoy the amazing scenery and wildlife of Torres del Paine National Park.
Fantastic Puma sightings - we were so privileged to get that close to Puma's in the wild.
Amazing that most of the sightings were on foot - so we were able to see the Puma's in their natural setting on their terms. We got to follow one across the fields as she walked serenely along, occasionally stopping to gaze curiously at us - stunning experience.