The Andean Quest

Explore El Yeso Valley and the Andes Mountain Range.

Our tour starts with an early drive toward the Andes. Once we arrive at El Yeso Valley we’ll enjoy a full-day tour through unique landscapes. We’be looking for some chilean endemics, such as the Craig Chilia and the Moustached Turca. We’ll also look out for some specialties of this part of the country, as is the Diameded Sandpiper Plover, the Chilean Mockingbird, the Black-winged Ground Dove, the Grey-flancked Cinclodes and the Grey-hooded Sierra Finch. Also, we’ll have the opportunity to spot the Andean Condor and the Black-chested Buzzard Eagle. Also, on the way from El Yeso Valley located at 2.500 mts. above the sea level, we’ll be looking for the Torrent Duck, a very specialized member of the Anatidae family that lives exclusively in the Andean rivers.

Destination: Cajón del Maipo and El Yeso Valley.
Length: 1 full day.
Difficulty Level: Low
Guide: Bilingual guide specialized in birdlife.
– Birding
– Naturalist focused tour
– Photo opportunity
Magellanic Horned Owl, Torrent Duck, Mountain Caracara, Red-backed Hawk, Craig Chilia, Moustached Turca, Chilean Mockingbird, Diameded Sandpiper Plover, Mourning Sierra Finch, Bar-winged Cinclodes, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Grassland Yellowfinch, Yellow Rumped Siskin, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle.

Included: Private ground transportation, protected areas entrance fees.
Meals: Box Lunch
Not Included: Airline tickets, tips, insurances and any other item not specified.
Passengers: Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 passengers.
Equipment required: Waterproof clothes and shoes, sunscreen, water protection for your personal equipment (cameras, lens, binoculars, etc.).
Equipment included: Literature available, bird´s check list.
Recommendation: A good book and a field guide to bring during your trip in Chile is Alvaro Jaramillo´s Birds of Chile.

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