Argentina and Chile, two countries divided by the longest mountain range on Earth, are joined by a passion for making and drinking excellent wine! This new tour aims to take you to the wine producing regions of these two countries while showing you the exuberant natural world that surrounds them.
The main star of the tour is undoubtedly the Andes, the mountain range largely responsible for the megadiversity of South America's avifauna. This geographical barrier is at the root of different cultures, terroirs, and distinctive bird communities that we aim to explore during our stay here. We'll cross over this massif on a day that will prove to be one of the most memorable of the tour.
On the Chilean side, we'll explore the region around Santiago, a vibrant city surrounded by not one, but two mountain ranges that cradle a variety of birds, including the odd-looking Moustached Turca (one really strange tapaculo!), the aptly named Giant Hummingbird, Chilean Mockingbird, White-throated Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy-Owl, and the very handsome Rufous-tailed Plantcutter. Santiago is also home to some of the best wineries in Chile, and we will take time to visit them and learn how great wines are produced. We will also spend time on the coast, where we'll take advantage both on our outings and in our meals of the rich marine life supported by the Humboldt Current. We'll sample the wealth of seafood produced here, pairing it with the fine white wines of the Casablanca Valley, while scanning the ocean for Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, and more.
In Argentina, we will be in the world headquarters of Malbec, the province of Mendoza, where we will even spend two nights at a winery and explore this large province in search of Burrowing Parrots, Sandy and Crested gallitos, White-tipped Plantcutter, White-winged Black-Tyrant, White-throated Cacholote, and Correndera Pipit, and later on we'll visit a large salt lake that is home to a breeding colony of Chilean Flamingos.
And although we'll be in two different countries, we will always keep an eye on the sky for those incredible Andean Condors watching over us as we discover the true meaning of savoir vivre!
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"An exceptional tour, meeting or exceeding all expectations. Like a fine wine, it had great balance, with harmonious notes of seeing memorable birds in awesome landscapes while sampling and learning about wines in congenial company with a gifted and dedicated leader. Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, White-throated Tapaculo, Humboldt Penguin. Truly a gran cru experience. A truly 'trained professional' (as well as a spirited bon vivant), guide Marcelo Padua enriched the experience for us all. Office service was Impeccable." J.H., BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2019 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected May 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Feb 6-20, 2021
Guided by: Marcelo Padua
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Feb 5-19, 2022
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 5 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!