NEW! Chile - The Atacama Desert

The spectacular birdlife of the Atacama and Altiplano regions, plus exciting extensions to Robinson Crusoe and Easter Islands!

2022 Dates
  • 08 Oct - 23 Oct 2022
Duration16 Days
2022 Price
Price TBC
Max Group Size12
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2022 - Dates and prices TBC


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Fast becoming a popular birding destination, on this new, specially designed tour we combine the spectacular birdlife of the Atacama and Altiplano regions in the north, with an enthralling stay on Robinson Crusoe Island for endemics and seabirds.

On the fringes of the world’s driest desert, we plan to visit all the birding hotspots of Northern Chile including Lauca National Park (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve), Las Vicuñas Nature Reserve and the Azapa, Lluta, Camarones and Chaca valleys near Arica. Targets include Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Peruvian Thick-knee, Band-tailed, Rufous-bellied and Grey-breasted Seedsnipes, Chilean, Andean and Puna Flamingo, Tamarugo Conebill, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Sparkling Violetear and Andean Hillstar, Black-hooded, Mourning and Ash-breasted Sierra Finches, Peruvian Sheartail, Oasis Hummingbird and the tiny Chilean Woodstar - Chile´s smallest bird! A special pelagic trip into the Humboldt Current gives us chances to see Peruvian Diving Petrel, Elliot’s, Markham’s, Wedge-rumped and Hornby’s Storm Petrels, plus endangered Peruvian and stunning Inca Tern.

The second leg of our tour sees us transfer by plane west from Santiago, to Robinson Crusoe Island lying within the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Famed as the inspiration behind Daniel Defoe’s novel, we explore the islands sub-tropical forests for endemic Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant, plus Austral Thrush and the endemic race of the American Kestrel. Seabirds will feature heavily, and from coastal viewpoints and on our second dedicated pelagic trip we may see De Filippi's, Stejneger’s, Kermadec and Juan Fernandez Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, Antipodean Albatross and Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, White-bellied Storm-Petrel, Sooty Tern and also endemic (and formerly virtually extinct) Juan Fernandez Fur Seal.

As a part of this tour, there may also be the opportunity of an extension to Easter Island for more seabird and cultural delights – watch this space!

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Please note: all itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather).

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Why choose Heatherlea for your birding and wildlife holiday in the Americas?

Our overseas holidays are planned with care to offer great birding and wildlife, led by capable Leaders who really look after you. Every holiday is run the 'Heatherlea Way', and we hope our Overseas Adventures remind you of the quality and care so many of you enjoy in Scotland. That means rewarding and exciting days in the field, and good quality accommodation and meals, with a real flavour of the country we are visiting. Heatherlea always seek to include the personal touches that make all the difference.

Heatherlea holidays are not ‘dawn to dusk’ expeditions. Our less-intensive approach is ideal for those who want to relax whilst experiencing the best wildlife watching, and wherever possible we organise early or late activity on an optional basis. We also take sensible breaks when in very hot places and regular comfort breaks on every holiday whenever possible. All itineraries are planned carefully around the best wildlife opportunities, and you won’t miss out on memorable wildlife, whilst enjoying relaxed, informal days that are great fun.

The really important part of any wildlife holiday is the experience for you, our valued customer. Heatherlea invest in many things to offer you the best possible service;

  • We have been organising birding and wildlife holidays for over 30 seasons, and have a highly experienced and capable office team. We also offer a telephone and email service outside normal office hours.
  • Heatherlea overseas holidays have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, putting the emphasis on personal service, and helping you get the best possible experience.
  • Our holidays often include things which others might invite you to pay yourself, for instance Departure Taxes and tips to hotels.
  • All elements of our holidays are sold under our own licence, ATOL 6113. Under ‘Flight-Plus’ legislation it is a legal requirement of any tour operator to hold an ATOL licence for the supply of any overseas holiday where a flight is involved, if that holiday includes either overseas accommodation and/or car hire. It can be a criminal offence for an operator to book flights as part of a package without an ATOL licence. Heatherlea also hold full Tour Operator Insurance for your added protection.
  • Heatherlea is your complete wildlife holiday provider. Our ‘Back Office’ team can organise all your pre-flight and other travel needs. Our specialists will help you book the right services, at the best price. Book holiday extensions through us, and your ATOL protection is extended further. We don’t charge extra for this service.
  • Heatherlea is a limited company, registered in Scotland, and registered to pay VAT (applies to all holidays within the European Union).

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The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

T: 01479 821248