This trip has been designed to watch three iconic species of Patagonian wildlife. We will explore the magnificent landscapes of southern Chile’ Torres del Paine National Park to look for Puma, the ‘Lion of the Andes’. Afterwards, we will continue our quest by exploring the mythic island of Tierra del Fuego to reach the recently established and world’s most accessible colony of the stunning King Penguin. As a grand finale of this unique wildlife expedition, we will explore the Straits of Magellan to visit Carlos III Island and its summer visitors, the gentle and sociable Humpback Whales. This small-group journey has a maximum of 8 participants accompanied by one of our naturalist guides.
Wildlife Icons of Patagonia
Special 10% off on our April 4-14, 2018 departure!
11-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile • Next departure: April 4-14, 2018
Frequently praised by visitors as one of the most beautiful and majestic wild places in the Planet, Torres del Paine National Park is a remote refuge where wildlife is normally quite tame and it’s not rare to see relaxed and inquisitive guanacos, foxes and other animals at close quarters; seeing the lone hunter that dwells in the vast and barren hills, the mighty Puma, is something else. This first section of our three-prong quest has been geared to seek out and contemplate this big and elegant cat in one the wildest places throughout its entire range in the Continent. The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor and certainly one of the most colourful and attractive members of the group. The second part of our journey takes us to see these magnificent seabirds in their natural habitat. Few places in the world offer good access and chances to see them in the wild like Useless Bay in Tierra del Fuego, making this, the only continental American breeding colony, a very special one indeed. The third and final part of our trip takes us to Carlos III Island, located at the heart of the recently established Francisco Coloane Marine Park in the mythic Straits of Magellan, to find some of its most charismatic and usually elusive inhabitants, Humpback Whales. We will see these imposing creatures and other marine mammals of the sub-Antarctic region at close quarters, as well as a good diversity of seabirds. Also, we will visit remote penguin colonies as well as other seabirds’ rookeries. We will be based two nights at the domes of the research facilities at Carlos III Island, the perfect location to see the Humpbacks and marvel at their social behaviour and feeding techniques.
Itinerary in Brief (11 days, 10 nights)
Day 1 • Punta Arenas – Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park (4 nights)
Days 2-4 • Exploring Torres del Paine NP – Puma searches
Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Transfer to Punta Arenas (1 night)
Day 6 • Ferry to Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins (1 night)
Day 7 • Tierra del Fuego – Straits of Magellan – Punta Arenas (1 night)
Day 8 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon looking for Humpback Whales (2 nights)
Day 9 • Carlos III Island – Whale Sound
Day 10 • Carlos III Island – Punta Arenas (1 night)
Day 11 • End of the trip
• 4-day exploration in Torres del Paine National Park searching for Puma and other wildlife such as Guanaco, Southern Huemul Deer, Andean Condors and many other birds.
• Visit the world’s most accessible and only continental King Penguin Colony in Tierra del Fuego.
• Explore Francisco Coloane Marine Park and enjoy watching its gentle visitors, the Humpback whales.
• Great opportunities to spot other cetaceans and marine mammals such as Peale’s, Commerson’s and Chilean dolphins, plus sea lions, fur seals, Magellanic penguins and other seabirds.
• Great photographic opportunities on the rich natural history of the southernmost portion of the American continent.
Detailed Itinerary and Activities
(*) We recommend arriving in Punta Arenas one day before the trip, in order to have an early start towards Torres del Paine National Park on Day 1.
Day 1 • Punta Arenas, Chile – Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park
After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport, you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine National Park. During our journey to the park, we will try to find guanacos, southern grey foxes, and Patagonian skunks while enjoying our first contact with southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia.
Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Days 2-4 • Exploring Torres del Paine National Park – Puma searches
We have organized a busy schedule of day and night searches for pumas in the area. We will inspect the immediate surroundings of our hotel at night as well as the puma hunting grounds located in the eastern flank of the park. The area comprised by the northern coast of Sarmiento Lake, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul is well known by holding one of the largest concentrations of pumas in the wild. February through April is a particularly good period as the females are actively hunting to provide food to their growing cubs; at this time they are not active just by night but also during the twilight hours. To see a female puma and its large-sized cubs against this magnificent mountain backdrop and glorious skies is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles. In company of our guide and puma tracker we will attempt seeing puma family groups at a prudent distance with the help of binoculars and spotting scopes. If we have time, we will also take the opportunity to look for other mammal species including the ubiquitous guanaco, the local Andean Deer or Huemul, Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk and the two canine species present in the park, Chilla and Culpeo foxes.
Overnight at Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 5 • Torres del Paine NP – Transfer to Punta Arenas
During the morning we will continue our exploration in different areas of the park. A sensational vista from Laguna Azul, on the eastern side of the park, will be a superb grand finale to this part of our exciting journey of discovery. Later, we will be transferred to Punta Arenas.
Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 6 • Ferry to Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego – Useless Bay for King penguins
We will start our journey with a private transfer from your hotel to the ferry docks located at the northern end of Punta Arenas. At approximately 9 am, we will begin our 2.5-hour crossing through the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan; these world-famous seaways are very rich in terms of history of exploration. Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Bougainville, Fitz Roy and Darwin, among several other sailors and explorers, surveyed this region, most of the times, in really harsh and dangerous conditions. You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Imperial Cormorant, Dolphin Gull and South American Tern. It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale’s Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lion. As soon as we land you will realize that the vegetation of this part of Tierra del Fuego is dominated by flat windswept steppes and rolling hills, with tussock grass and low shrubs. After meeting your local guide and driver, we will stop at the town of Porvenir, visiting a pioneer home, our lovely and cozy hotel, Hosteria Yendegaia; here we will have coffee or tea, snacks, and will have the opportunity to relax for a short while. Immediately we will be driving for approximately two hours along the shores of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), where we expect to see a great array of wildlife including Guanaco, Southern Grey Fox, the ubiquitous Upland Goose, Chilean Flamingo and a diversity of waterfowl. At sea we may see albatrosses, petrels, gulls and skuas patrolling the turbulent waters of the bay. Parque Pingüino Rey is a private nature reserve that aims to preserve the only known continental King Penguin colony. We will have ample opportunities to observe and photograph the penguins from a reasonable distance (maximum approach distance will be given by the guide and must be respected at all times during your visit).
Overnight at Hosteria Yendegaia House or similar, Porvenir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 7 • Ferry to Punta Arenas
We will enjoy a leisure morning while exploring the surroundings of Porvenir to photograph and learn about the particular wildlife and history of this remote corner of Patagonia. We will visit its alkaline pools where there are large aggregations of migratory birds such as sandpipers and plovers, but the goal will be to photograph Chilean Flamingos. Later we will explore the coast to see some of the many shipwrecks that have occurred in these seas over the years. After lunch we will be heading back to Punta Arenas by ferry. By taking the short ferry at Punta Delgada we will have great chances of seeing the striking Commerson’s Dolphin plus other interesting wildlife.
Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 8 • Boat trip to Carlos III Island – Afternoon looking for Humpback Whale
Early in the morning we will board the motor yacht “Esturion” and start our navigation towards “Francisco Coloane Marine Park”, which protects the marine biodiversity of the western branch of the Straits of Magellan. This magnificent area encloses Carlos III Island, which possesses a vast and unique biological diversity due, in part, to the mixing of the two oceans (Pacific and Atlantic), productive upwelling, the strong winds, the presence of glaciers and the dismembered coastline. This park hold a summer population of humpback whales (and occasionally Sei Whale and Orca), which use these waters as feeding grounds. We will spend this night in the biological station, at very comfortable twin-bedded domes. We will have shared bathroom facilities at this location.
Overnight at Eco-camp Carlos III, Carlos III Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 9 • Carlos III Island
This morning we will have another whale-watching session aboard the zodiac boats and if we are lucky, we may see the endemic and scarce Chilean Dolphin while sailing these waters. We will also visit large breeding colonies of sea lions, fur seals and Magellanic Penguin. We will have a lecture by the scientist working on long-term population studies on these whales, and we will learn about several tagging and identification techniques. We will have the whole afternoon to see these whales at close quarters and with no other visitors. This intimate experience will be enhanced by the sight of the beautiful mountains, glaciers and pristine forests all around.
Overnight at Eco-camp Carlos III, Carlos III Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide).
Day 10 • Back to Punta Arenas
After enjoying the diversity of marine mammals and seabirds of this park, we will make our journey back to San Isidro Lodge. Along the route we will discover the rich seabird diversity of these seaways; we will see Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Chilean Skua and cormorants as well as pods of Peale’s Dolphin and the ubiquitous South American Sea Lion. If time permits, we will have a field trip, equipped with hand glasses, to discover the lichen- and moss-rich biodiversity of the sub-Antarctic forests. During the afternoon we will be transferred back to Punta Arenas for overnight.
Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide)
Day 11 • End of the trip
Transfer to the airport after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Dates & Rates
|Pumas, Penguins & Whales|
|Trip Code||PAT10 • PAT007|
|Trip Length||11 days, 10 nights|
|Price per person (USD)||$5,498|
|Single Supplement (USD)||Ask*|
|Trips are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. Maximum group size 8 participants.|
What the trip includes/excludes
The above prices are per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.
Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.
Single accommodation not available at Carlos III EcoCamp(*).
The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trips to Francisco Coloane Marine Park, two ferry rides, and park entrance fees. A daily bottle of mineral water is also included.
The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping for restaurants and guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.
Potential birds and mammals to be seen during this trip.
Family Dasypodidae [Armadillos]
Patagonian Hairy Armadillo Chaetophractus villosus
Piche Zaedyus pichyi
Family Leporidae [Rabbits & Hares]
Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
Brown Hare Lepus capensis
Family Myocastoridae [Nutrias]
Nutria Myocastor coypus
Family Camelidae [Camels]
Guanaco Lama guanicoe
Family Cervidae [Deer]
Southern Huemul or Andean Deer Hippocamelus bisulcus
Family Balaenopteridae [Whales]
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaengliae
Family Delphinidae [Dolphins]
Commerson’s Dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii
Chilean Dolphin Cephalorhynchus eutropia
Peale’s Dolphin Lagenorhynchus australis
Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus
Orca Orcinus orca
Family Felidae [Cats]
Geoffroy’s Cat Leopardus geoffroyi
Puma Puma concolor
Family Canidae [Dogs]
Culpeo Fox Lycalopex culpaeus
South American Gray Fox Lycalopex griseus
Family Otariidae [Eared Seals]
South American Sea Lion Otaria flavescens
Southern Fur Seal Arctocephalus australis
Family Phocidae [True Seals]
Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina
Family Mustelidae [Weasels and Relatives]
Marine Otter Lontra felina
Patagonian Hog-nosed Armadillo Conepatus humboldti
Family Rheidae [Rheas]
Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata
Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]
Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus
Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba
Upland Goose Chloephaga picta
Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida
Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala
Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps
Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
Flying Steamer Duck Tachyeres patachonicus
Flightless Steamer Duck Tachyeres pteneres
Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides
Spectacled Duck Speculanas specularis
Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris
Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
Silver Teal Anas versicolor
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Lake Duck Oxyura vittata
Family Podicipedidae [Grebes]
White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
Great Grebe Podiceps major
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
Family Phoenicopteridae [Flamingos]
Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis
Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus
Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus
Family Diomedeidae [Albatrosses]
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Gray-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
Family Procellariidae [Petrels and Shearwaters]
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Cape Petrel Daption capense
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Family Hydrobatidae [Storm-Petrels]
Wilson’s Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Family Phalacrocoracidae [Cormorants]
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Magellanic Cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus
Imperial Cormorant Phalacrocorax atriceps
Family Ardeidae [Herons]
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Family Threskiornithidae [Ibises]
Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis
Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Andean Condor Vultur gryphus
Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]
Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor
Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
Rufous-tailed Hawk Buteo ventralis
Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]
Austral Rail Rallus antarcticus
Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops
Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera
Family Charadriidae [Lapwings and Plovers]
Tawny-throated Dotterel Oreopholus ruficollis
Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus
Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus
Family Chionidae [Sheathbills]
Snowy Sheathbill Chionis albus
Family Pluvianellidae [Magellanic Plover]
Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis
Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]
South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Red Knot Calidris canutus
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]
White-bellied Seedsnipe Attagis malouinus
Grey-breasted Seedsnipe Thinocorus orbignyianus
Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus
Family Stercorariidae [Skuas]
Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis
Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]
Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis
Dolphin Gull Leucophaeus scoresbii
Franklin’s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea
Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Family Columbidae [Pigeons]
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Family Strigidae [Owls]
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes
Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]
Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
Family Alcedinidae [Kingfishers]
Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata
Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]
Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius
Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius
Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus
Family Falconidae [Falcons]
Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
White-throated Caracara Phalcoboenus albogularis
Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Family Psittacidae [Parrots]
Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus
SUBORDER TYRANNI [Suboscines]
Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]
Magellanic Tapaculo Scytalopus magellanicus
Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]
Common Miner Geositta cunicularia
Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica
Rufous-banded Miner Geositta rufipennis
White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis
Band-tailed Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus
Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper Upucerthia saturatior
Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria
Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti
Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus
Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda
Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
Austral Canastero Asthenes anthoides
Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca
Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]
White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa
Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus
Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola capistratus
Black-billed Shrike Tyrant Agriornis montanus
Grey-bellied Shrike Tyrant Agriornis micropterus
Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris
Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris
SUBORDER PASSERES [Oscines]
Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]
Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Family Turdidae [Thrushes]
Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]
Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus
Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]
Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera
Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]
Grey-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi
Patagonian Sierra Finch Phrygilus patagonicus
Plumbeous Sierra Finch Phrygilus unicolor
Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca
White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera
Yellow-bridled Finch Melanodera xanthogramma
Patagonian Yellow Finch Sicalis lebruni
Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]
Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
Family Fringillidae [Finches]
Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata
Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
To book this tour, please complete our online 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 US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.
NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.
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.
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“Dallas and I have just got back to New Zealand after a most enjoyable holiday and a wonderful introduction to the wildlife of Chile. Many thanks for all your help in arranging this trip. All the transport arrangements worked well and we were most appreciative of your prompt and helpful replies to our emails. Ana Maria and Rodrigo were both great hosts as well as having an in depth knowledge of Chilean birds. We must not forget the drivers Rodolfo and Christian – they were much more than just drivers. They certainly added to the enjoyment of our time in Chile. We would not hesitate in recommending Far South Expeditions to those wanting to see Chilean wildlife”. Geoff & Dallas B. (NZ), October 2017
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“We just finished the 8-day tour of Patagonia, and it was an amazing experience. Far South Expeditions handled everything smoothly and efficiently, we literally just showed up and they took care of the rest. The lodging provided with the tour was great for the whole trip, and our guide, Rodrigo Tapia is a true expert. He was able to spot wildlife that we could not see – including a Puma, and was great at accomodating the needs of our group. Far South Expeditions was great in handling all the details. I would definitely use them again.” – B. Funai, USA
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“Just a note of thanks to say that we enjoyed our trip to Torres del Paine on the botanical tour. We appreciated his friendly company. The accommodation and food was excellent, and we learnt a great deal about Patagonian natural history from Sebastian. The locations and walks selected for the tour were all interesting and different. We appreciated the flexibility of the schedule.” – D. & B. Keith, Australia
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“The highlight of our whole cruise around the Cape from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso was the half day excursion to see the incredible condors of Patagonia. The condors were most amazing. About 100 gather on the ranch at a cliff and we were privileged to see them roosting, stretching and flying en mass. This was a really authentic wildlife encounter.” – D. King, USA
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“Far South Expeditions organised and booked a three-week tour with an outstanding expert guide, driver and minibus for two couples with interests in bird-watching, wildlife, history and culture. The tour was fantastic. Our guide, Rodrigo, was excellent. His English was flawless and as a Chilean Spanish speaker his help was essential. He is at the very forefront of southern South American ornithologists, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the local and world-wide avian fauna, and also of other animals, plants and natural and cultural attractions of Chile and Argentina. He is an interesting, friendly, amiable and amazing person and an outstanding photographer. The places Far South Expeditions booked for us were all good quality, with some of them being outstanding, and Rodrigo’s local knowledge meant that we saw many fascinating animals and places that we would not have known about or found for ourselves. We loved this tour with its wildlife (penguins, flamingos, guanacos, vicunas, llamas) and contrasts from the Punta Arenas area, to Ushuaia on the southern end of Tierra del Fuego, to the Andean peaks, glacial lakes and old growth southern beech forests and glaciers of El Chalten, El Calafate, Torres del Paine and finally to the starkly beautiful, high altitude, desperately dry altiplano, active volcanoes, salt lakes and peaks of the Atacama desert. Throughout, our guide and drivers were terrific: patient, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. It was an unforgettable trip and we highly recommend this tour company and its staff.” Don Gartside, Australia