Wildlife of Chile Tour

Our Wildlife of Chile Tour takes you on an exciting journey through the world’s longest country in search of endemic wildlife. You’ll travel from little seaside ports to glacial fields, spotting fascinating creatures along the way.

The tour starts in the highlands of Santiago de Chile, where you’ll meet the endemic wildlife of central Chile, including the Chilean Tinamou and the Moustached Turca. Then, it’s on to Puerto Montt, a little seaside town where you can enjoy the finest seafood and stroll along streets full of brightly coloured houses.

Our tour continues on to Puerto Varas, where you’ll discover a small collection of islands. You can see colonies of penguins around the rocky coast along with humpback whales, storm petrels and more at Francisco Coloane Park. Start your mornings watching the sunrise while taking in the incredible views of snowy mountains and blue glaciers.

Next, we’ll visit the UNESCO listed Torres National Park, where you can sail across lakes or try paddle boarding. There’s more wildlife here and no shortage of breath taking views to impress – the huge granite rocks and surrounding glaciers are a true sight to behold.

Our Wildlife of Chile Tour is the perfect trip to discover the endemic creatures and admire the majestic landscapes surrounding them.

Duration
11 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a snow covered mountain

Trip highlights

  • Discover blue glaciers and soaring mountains at UNESCO Torres National Park
  • Meet the endemic wildlife of central Chile, including the Chilean Tinamou and Dusky Tapaculu
  • See the tumbling Petrohué Waterfalls and emerald Todos Los Santos
  • Embrace your inner adventurer with wildlife excursions in Punta Arenas

You’ll arrive at Santiago Airport, where you’ll be met and greeted by one of our specialist tour guides. You’ll be accompanied to your hotel and then the entire day is at your leisure. Unpack, settle in and unwind at the hotel or venture out to explore the diverse and bustling Santiago.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Best Western Marina Las Condes
Santiago

After an early buffet breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up and taken to the highlands for the first tour. Today you’ll spot the endemic wildlife of central Chile - the Chilean Tinamou, Crag Chilia, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo and Dusky Tapaculo. You’ll journey through the foothills of the Andes near Santiago and discover hundreds of wonderful bird species.

Enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning mountain views and the Andean Condor and other bird species soaring above. You’ll head back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Best Western Marina Las Condes
a plate of food

Today, you’ll be driven to Santiago Airport for a short flight to Puerto Montt, where you’ll be greeted and accompanied to your hotel. Enjoy the day at your own pace—explore the charming port city, sample the finest seafood, take a stroll and admire contemporary art at the Casa del Arte.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Solace Puerto Varas

Enjoy an early buffet breakfast before setting off for Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the oldest park in Chile. Discover the famous Petrohué Waterfalls and the emerald green Todos Los Santos Lake among striking views of the snow capped Andes Mountains.

Enjoy lunch with clear views of Osorno Volcano at Ensenada Village, then go for a stroll by the Petrohué River and the black sand Llanquihue Lake. You can choose to go on a chairlift ride to glimpse the Andean beauties from above

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Solace Puerto Varas
Santiago

You’re halfway through your Wildlife of Chile Tour and it’s time to set sail for a small cluster of islands in the northern coast of Chiloé Islands. Here, you’ll find colonies of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins waddling around the rocky coast.

After lunch, we’ll visit Caulin, a little fishing village bursting with brightly coloured houses and many more bird species. You’ll also find some of the best oysters in the world here. Enjoy a stroll along the shore and then to the market in Ancud to explore the little gems of the village.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Solace Puerto Varas
a penguin standing on a rock

This morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport in Puerto Montt for a short flight to Punta Arenas.

We’ll take a boat or kayak along the Magellan Straits for up close views of the penguin colonies you saw yesterday. There’s also a hike and a trip to visit the indigenous communities of the region before visiting the main square.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabo De Hornos

Today starts with a dawn rise, ready for a full day of wildlife excursions. You’ll set sail at 4.30 am through the famous Estrecho de Magallanes, watching the sunrise at Tierra del Fuego. Take in the immense views of the snowy mountains and dramatic glaciers before moving on to the Francisco Coloane Park. Here, you’ll be able to spot an abundance of wonderful wildlife like humpback whales, storm petrels, seals, penguins and more. After lunch, we’ll set sail back to Punta Arenas  

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Torres del Paine National Park

After an early buffet breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas and taken to your hotel near Torres National Park. Today, you’ll discover jaw-dropping landscapes – the soaring mountains, granite towers and bright blue glaciers that frame this UNESCO Reserve. Choose to sail on Grey Lake or paddle a kayak around the majestic icebergs.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Patagonia Camp
a body of water with a mountain in the background

The Patagonia Camp offers an array of exciting excursions. Enjoy the day at your own pace and choose your own adventures. These include kayaking, birdwatching and hiking. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Patagonia Camp
Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy another day at your leisure with your pick of full or half day excursions. Take in the spectacular landscapes on foot or by kayak. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Patagonia Camp

It’s the last day of your Wildlife of Chile Tour. After a final buffet breakfast, you’ll be picked up and accompanied to Punta Arenas Airport to begin your journey home.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 10 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces and entertainment, and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
  • Car hire and insurance