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Sunrise Birding LLC logoDiademed Sandpiper Plover. Photo by Steve Bird.CENTRAL CHILE!
January 7 - 18, 2019
Plus Easter Island

January 19 - 22, 2019

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Chile's modern infrastructure, excellent accommodations and food, stunning scenery and abundant wildlife make it a spectacular destination for wildlife Many-colored Rush Tyrant. Photo By Steve Bird.enthusiasts. This tour explores the heart of this captivating country offering the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery on Earth and a variety of the country’s prized specialties and endemics.

Our trip starts in the capital city, Santiago, the region of Chile holding most of the endemic bird species of the country. In the Andes, we'll look for Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and Andean Condor while in the coast we will cInca Tern. Photo by Steve Bird.oncentrate in the many specialties of the Humboldt Current such as Inca Tern and Humboldt Penguin. In the scrub gullies vegetated by cacti, bromeliads and other xeric vegetation, we will look for Chilean Tinamou, Chilean Mockingbird and the skulking White-throated and Dusky Tapaculos, Moustached Turca and Crag Chilia. Early on the trip, we focus on the highlands of the Andes above Santiago, where we will look for high-altitude specialists. Then we will explore the Coastal Range, between the Andes and the Pacific, which holds most of Chilean terrestrial endemics, including three tapaculos. Then, we'll reach the Pacific coast, where we'll look for the endemic Seaside Cinclodes and several Humboldt Current endemics including Humboldt Penguin, Inca Tern, Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant and Gray Gull, plus shorebirds and waterfowl in the productive coastal wetlands. 

Chilean Lake. Photo by Gina Nichol.

Later we will visit the temperate southern beech forests of 'Altos de Lircay' Nature Reserve to seek for several Patagonian woodland specialties. The Nothofagus forests are the home for an interesting array of species, including the rare Rufous-tailed and White-throated Hawks, Austral Parakeet, Thorn-tailed Rayadito and White-throated Treerunner. We will keep searching in the undergrowth bamboo thickets for Chestnut-throated Huet-huet and Magellanic Tapaculo. Along the road we will find the opportunity to observe the largest of the tyrant flycatchers, the Great Shrike-Tyrant, which usually perches on wires looking for large insects and even small birds and rodents!
At the end of our trip we will be visit the fascinating and enigmatic Chiloé Island; land of myths, legends and history, with countless and outstanding natural and cultural riches. Still a well-kept secret located across a channel south of Puerto Montt, in the north-western corner of Chilean Patagonia, Chiloé offers a large array of species like penguins, otters, dolphins, sea lions, elusive tapaculos, raucous parakeets among many others.

This tour features three pelagic trips: One in nutrient rich Humboldt Current, one from Reloncavi Sound to look for the recently discovered Pincoya Storm Petrel, and one from Valparaiso that offers up to six albatross species: Black-browed, Salvin’s, Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering (Antipodean) and both Northern and Southern Royal albatrosses along with Petrels, Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Peruvian Diving Petrel.  Breeding colonies of Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins will be on offer and we'll also take the ferry across the Chacao Channel to Chiloe Island (cetaceans and seabirds) to explore of the old-growth beech forests of Alerce Andino National Park. In addition, an extension to Easter Island will allow the opportunity to discover the intriguing history and archeology of these islands as well as their wildlife.

LEADERS:  Gina Nichol, Steve Bird & Claudio Vidal
This tour will be led by Gina Nichol and Steve Bird, both of whom have led tours in Chile over the years.  We've also enlisted the help of our good friend Claudio Vidal as our local leader.  Claudio is a native Chilean and has been bird-watching since the age of 12. Today, Claudio is one of the leading field naturalists and most respected ornithologists in South America. Based in Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan, Claudio's expertise in Chile's birds and mammals led him to co-author more than 20 books on the subject. Claudio leads bird-watching and natural history tours throughout Chile and he is extremely keen on pelagic birdlife and marine mammals occurring in the Humboldt Current, Patagonia, and Antarctica. We are pleased to have his as our leader on this tour.

Claudio Vidal, Gina Nichol and Steve Bird in Chile. Photo by Carolyn Cimino.

Some of the many species possible:

Diademed Sandpiper-Plover
Many-colored Rush Tyrant
Ticking Doradito
Burrowing Parakeet
Rufous-legged Owl
Dusky-tailed Canastero
Moustached Turca
Humboldt Penguin
Seaside Cinclodes
Up to six Albatross species
Peruvian Diving Petrel
Pincoya Storm Petrel
Crag Chilia
Andean Condor
Chestnut-throated Huet-huet
Black-throated Huet-huet
Magellanic Tapaculo
Rufous-tailed Hawk
Des Murs’ Wiretail
Magellanic Woodpecker
Chilean Hawk
Green-backed Firecrown
Snowy-crowned (Trudeau’s) Tern

Photos above: Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, and Buller's Albatross by Steve Bird.

Left: Claudio Vidal, Gina Nichol & Steve Bird on the Straight of Magellan in Chile, 2016.  Photo by Carolyn Cimino. 

Join us for an unforgettable tour
of the heart of Chile! 


ITINERARY

 

Day 1 • January 7, 2019 • Arrival Santiago de Chile – Lampa – La Dormida Pass – Viña del Mar
Plan on arriving in Santiago for the start of the tour this morning.  After arrival, we will move a short distance north of Chile’s capital to visit some marshes around the locality of Batuco. Our targets here will be Cocoi Heron, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail and South American Painted Snipe. The Coastal Range separates Chile’s central valley from the Pacific coast and we will drive across it through La Dormida Pass. The highest peak around, Mount La Campana (The ‘Bell’), dominates the entire scene; this area receives enough moisture from the ocean to sustain broad-leaf forests and a xeric shrub community named ‘matorral’ (Chile’s equivalent to California’s chaparral). Overnight Viña del Mar (Lunch, Dinner)

 

Moustached Turca (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 2 • January 8, 2019 • La Campana NP – Cachagua
– Mantagua

During the morning we will bird at La Campana National Park, where we will be looking for an interesting array of passerines, all endemic to Chile: Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca (Photo: Steve Bird), Dusky Tapaculo and White-throated Tapaculo. We are also likely to encounter the remarkable Giant Hummingbird, Striped Woodpecker, Austral Pygmy Owl and Chilean Pigeon.

In the afternoon, we will head to the productive rocky coast north of Valparaiso. We have planned a visit to a protected breeding colony of the endangered Humboldt Penguin; the endemic Seaside Cinclodes and the delightful Marine Otter are both possible here as well. Before ending the day, will stop in a coastal marsh to see a variety of waterfowl including Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal and Chiloe Wigeon, all three lowland coot species (Red-gartered, White-winged and Red-fronted), Spot-flanked Gallinule and Plumbeous Rail, which is surprisingly quite easy to spot as it often walks in the open. 
Overnight Viña del Mar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 3 • January 9, 2019 • Pelagic trip off Valparaiso – Drive to Santiago – Farellones
Northern Royal Albatross (Photo: Steve Bird)Today we will make an unforgettable visit to the cold and productive waters of the Humboldt Current, considered one of the world’s finest pelagic birding destinations. Here, we should see a great variety of tubenoses including up to six albatross species: Black-browed, Salvin’s, Buller’s, Chatham, Wandering (Antipodean) and both Southern and Northern Royal Albatross (Photo: Steve Bird). We also hope to find Southern and Northern Giant Petrels, Pintado, Masatierra, White-chinned and Westland Petrels, Pink-footed, Buller’s and Sooty Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Peruvian Diving Petrel. Other seabirds we may encounter include Red Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Chilean Skua. There are good chances of seeing cetaceans although they are always difficult to predict; on recent trips we have recorded Dusky Dolphin, Southern Right Whale Dolphin, and Orca!

After a whole morning at sea, we will enjoy the delicious seafood back in Valparaiso. During the afternoon we will search in the vicinity of Farellones for several Andean species including Mountain Caracara, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded and Creamy-rumped Miners, Cinereous, Black-fronted, White-browed and Rufous-naped Ground-tyrants plus Greater Yellow-Finch, Grey-hooded and Band-tailed Sierra-Finch. We will also look for the endemic Chilean Tinamou and Chilean Mockingbird and we might have the chance of seeing Red-backed (Variable) Hawk and Aplomado Falcon. Overnight at Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 4 • January 10, 2019 • El Yeso Reservoir and Baños Morales
Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird)We will have a full day to explore the surroundings of El Yeso reservoir in the Andean foothills, where will hopefully be rewarded with sightings of the endemic Crag Chilia plus our first Andean Condor (Photo: Steve Bird), Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, and several other Andean specialties such as Black-winged Ground Dove, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and Yellow-rumped Siskin. Careful scanning of grasslands and streams may produce the stunning Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, our main target species for the day. El Yeso valley is a lovely mountain spot where we will also have good chances for Mountain Parakeet flocks.

During the afternoon we will visit another valley, Baños Morales. This location offers great chances for several other specialties including Mountain Caracara, White-sided Hillstar, Rufous-banded and Creamy-rumped Miners, Cinereous, Black-fronted, White-browed and Rufous-naped Ground Tyrants plus Greater Yellow Finch and Grey-hooded and Band-tailed Sierra Finches. Overnight at Santiago (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5 • January 11, 2019 • Maipo River estuary and El Peral Reserve – Colbún
This morning we will explore the productive Maipo River mouth and surrounding coastal wetlands, including El Peral Reserve. Our target birds here will be the cryptic-colored Stripe-backed Bittern (Photo: Steve Bird), the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck and the striking Many-colored Rush Tyrant .  We will also have a chance to find the scarce and local Ticking Doradito.

We will continue driving south along the central valley and the Pan-American Highway in direction to Talca (35°S). We will head to the mountains once more to briefly visit Lake Colbún where our search will focus on the threatened local race of Burrowing Parakeet, which usually congregates in noisy flocks. The forested rural locality of Vilches will be our base tonight. Rufous-legged Owl usually roosts in the woodlands behind the lodge, a very good reason for a short owling night excursion.  Overnight Vilches (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Magellanic Tapaculo (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 6 • January 12, 2019 • Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve
At dawn, we will visit the temperate southern beech forests of Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve to seek for several Patagonian woodland specialties. The Nothofagus forests are the home for an interesting array of species, including the rare Rufous-tailed and White-throated Hawks, Austral Parakeet, Thorn-tailed Rayadito and White-throated Treerunner. We will keep searching in the undergrowth bamboo thickets for the quasi-endemic Chestnut-throated Huet-huet and Magellanic Tapaculo (Photo: Steve Bird), our main target birds here. Along the road we might see the largest of the tyrant flycatchers, the Great Shrike-Tyrant, which usually perches on wires looking for large insects and even small birds and rodents! Overnight Vilches (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7 • January 13, 2019 • Drive to Temuco – Ñielol Nature Reserve
We will leave Vilches area in the morning and look for to some marsh birds near Chillán to continue heading south towards Temuco, the northern gate to Chile’s Lake District (38°S), where we´ll be in the afternoon. After our arrival to Temuco we will visit the lush forests of the urban reserve Cerro Ñielol. Our main target here will be the scarce and local Rufous-tailed Hawk plus Black-throated Huet-huet, Des Murs’ Wiretail and Patagonian Tyrant. Overnight Temuco (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Fire-eyed Diucon (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 8 • January 14, 2019 • Conguillio National Park
– Llaima Volcano

During the morning we will visit the slopes of the Llaima Volcano located east of Temuco, in the gorgeous Conguillio National Park. This protected area offers spectacular vistas and remarkable vegetation, including stands of the peculiar Chilean Pine (also known as Araucaria or Monkey Puzzle tree). These woodlands are reminiscent to pre-historic landscapes and we will have good chances of seeing the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet and Magellanic Woodpecker together with a variety of Patagonian songbirds such as Des Murs’s Wiretail, Fire-eyed Diucon (Photo: Steve Bird), Patagonian Tyrant, Austral Blackbird and Black-chinned Siskin. The soils of the forests and volcano slopes show an attractive array of wildflowers including several species of ground orchids, anemones, geraniums and lady slippers. Overnight Temuco (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 9 • January 15, 2019 • Drive to Puerto Montt
– Alerce Andino National Park

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter (Photo: Steve Bird)We will drive towards Puerto Varas (41°S) and as we head south in clear skies we will admire a line of volcanoes which form part of the section of the Andes; the most striking is no doubt Volcano ‘Osorno‘ and its almost perfect cone-shaped profile. The city of Puerto Montt is located at the very end of Chile’s central valley. The topography south of here starts to break out, forming the maze of archipelagos and channels known as the Patagonian Fjords. The grasslands, orchards and agricultural fields are ideal habitat for Black-faced Ibis, Chimango Caracara, Southern Lapwing, Chilean Flicker, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter (Photo: Steve Bird), Common Diuca Finch and Grassland Yellow Finch. Today we explore the lush temperate rainforest of Alerce Andino National Park, located just one hour south of Puerto Montt. Here we will search for other Patagonian rainforest specialties including Chilean Hawk, Green-backed Firecrown, the skulking Black-throated Huet-huet, Ochre-flanked Tapaculo and White-crested Elaenia. Later, on route back to Puerto Montt, we will scan the intertidal mudflats in search of wintering flocks of Nearctic visitors such as Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot and Sanderling; other common coastal birds include the stocky Flightless Steamer Duck, Black-necked Swan, American Oystercatcher, Brown-hooded Gull and the local Snowy-crowned (Trudeau’s) Tern.  Overnight Puerto Montt (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Red-legged Cormorant (Photo: Steve Bird)Day 10 • January 16, 2019 • Pelagic trip off Reloncavi Sound
– Drive to Chiloé

Early morning with the first light of the day, we will take a boat trip into the Reloncavi Sound to look for seabirds, particularly the recently discovered Pincoya Storm Petrel, a new species to science, overlooked during many years because of its strong similarities to sympatric Wilson’s Storm Petrels. The range of this species seems to be very local and restricted to the nearby waters south of Puerto Montt and between Chiloé Island and the Continent. Later, we drive south to the ferry across the Chacao Channel. This short 30-minute journey offers great marine wildlife viewing opportunities and we are likely to see pods of Peale's Dolphin, groups of South American Sea Lion and a great array of seabirds including Southern Giant Petrel, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Imperial and Red-legged Cormorant (Photo: Steve Bird), Peruvian Pelican and South American Tern.  Overnight Puñihuil, Chiloé Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 • January 17, 2019 • Pelagic trip off western Chiloé
– Drive to Puerto Varas

Humboldt Penguin (Photo: Steve Bird)Once in the island we’ll take a scenic drive to the little fishermen's cove of Puñihuil. Here we will circumnavigate the islets to see one of the few mixed breeding colonies of Humboldt Penguin (Photo: Steve Bird) and Magellanic Penguins. Marine Otter, Magellanic Cormorant, Kelp Goose and Flightless Steamer Duck are all usually found here, too. If you are interested to spend more time at sea to have more opportunities for wildlife, we can arrange for a highly recommendable 3-4 hour boat trip to Metalqui Island ($123 per person). Pygmy Blue Whales, one of the races of the world's largest living animal, are often seen from December until March; we also have other great pelagic prospects such as the poorly-known Sub Antarctic Shearwater, which probably nests in this rugged, densely forested coastline. Drive back to Puerto Varas for farewell dinner. Overnight Puerto Varas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 



Day 12 • January 18, 2019 • Flight to Santiago – Connecting flights to the US

 


Easter IslandEaster Island (Rapa Nui) Post-Extension

Our post trip extenstion to Easter Island, called Rapa Nui by the locals, will offer us a comprehensive cultural, archaeological and wildlife journey to Earth's most remote inhabited location. During this trip you will experience the archaeological and cultural heritage of this island, with no equal anywhere in the world. 

This small triangle of volcanic rock, located in the easternmost fringes of Polynesia, right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has always been a subject of curiosity, study and speculation. Many explorers, researchers and travelers have attempted to unveil its secrets, but still important missing pieces remain to be discovered. What are the origins of the islanders? How did they transport their massive moai statues from the quarry locations to the their platforms, or ahu? Why is Rongo Rongo the only written language in Oceania? These days Rapa Nui holds a very lively and proud local population; meeting them is a real privilege and indeed an important part of this trip. 

We will have the guidance of well-versed local guides, who will show us the best locations, providing all the known scientific background and interpretation. You will also have the rare chance of sharing their points of view and expectations about the future of the island and its people. Rapa Nui - past, present and future.

Join us on this journey of discovery into an island of mysteries.

Day 1/13 • January 19, 2019 • Flight to Easter Island – Visit to Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi – 1st Boat trip to the Motus
Easter IslandThis morning you will fly over the Pacific Ocean, covering more than 2,300 miles separating Santiago de Chile from Easter Island. At Mataveri airport your guide, ready to start your adventure in Rapa Nui, will welcome you.

During the afternoon, we will undertake an interesting exploration of the village of Hanga Roa and its immediate surroundings, visiting the ceremonial site - or Ahu - of Tahai; this will be our first encounter with the iconic moai, the famous and unique stone statues of Rapa Nui. We will also learn about other stone structures, including the boat-like 'house' foundations or hare paenga, as well as the poultry housings or hare moa, of which there are plenty across the island.

At Ahu Tahai, we will pay homage to William Malloy, a famous scholar and anthropologist who lived and died in the island; the whole site of Tahai is part of his reconstruction efforts. In the afternoon we have planned a 2-hour boat trip to the motus (Motu Iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kau Kau), the three volcanic islets located off the southwestern tip of the island. Here we will concentrate in identifying the several Pterodroma -or gadfly- petrels which occur here: Herald Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Phoenix Petrel and Henderson's Petrel. Other seabirds found here include Brown Noddy, Great Frigatebird, and Masked Booby.

By the end of the day and just before sunset, we will visit the Ahu Akivi, an impressive array of seven standing moai, facing the ocean. Many islanders believe that the seven moai represent the young scouts sent ahead of the main migration under king Hotu Matu'a. They are said to look towards their homeland in west-central Polynesia. Overnight Rapa Nui (Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 2/14 • January 20, 2019 • Full day tour to Moai quarry of Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Akahanga – 2nd Boat trip to the Motus
Today we will visit some of the most dramatic and distinctive archaeological sites of Rapa Nui. We will begin our day driving along the southern coast towards the impressive volcanic crater of Rano Raraku, located near the eastern tip of the island. This promontory, now declared World Heritage Site, was extensively used for nearly 500 years, as was the main quarry to carve the moai statues out of volcanic compacted ash or tuff. We will explore the skirt of the mountain and admire from the path, hundreds of unfinished statues; some are partly buried and standing while others are embedded in the ash of the volcano slopes. The largest moai ever built is here, measuring more than 70 feet long and weighing close to 270 tons! This ghostly scene of Rano Raraku seems like if all the workers had to suddenly abandon their duties at the workshop at once! Continuing along the path, and admiring the scenic coastline as well as the 'moai path', we will spend some time studying Tukuturi, a very unusual moai in a kneeling posture and entirely different from any standard statue.

Containing 15 huge erected moai, Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site in the whole of Rapa Nui. The array includes a very large moai of more than 80 tons and even one statue has a top-knot of red scoria, which was brought from another distant quarry, located at the other side of the island. All the moai of this huge ahu were toppled during the island's civil wars; and even in the twentieth century, the whole site was swept by the massive tsunami of 1960. There is a huge amount of stonework scattered around the site, including several topknots or pukao, moai and petroglyphs showing lots of motifs, including tuna fish, Frigatebirds and the God-like face of Make-make. Heading back to Hanga Roa, we shall visit Ahu Akahanga, along the coastal road. This place is a destroyed ahu containing several overturned moai with huge topknots scattered around; there also are some striking semi-pyramidal burial sites, built out of large piles of rock. Overnight Rapa Nui (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 3/15 • January 21, 2019 • Morning tour to Orongo village and Vinapu
This morning destination will be the stunning ceremonial site of Orongo, located at the southeastern tip of the island. The impressive setting of the huge caldera of the extinct Rano Kau volcano and the surrounding village make this location one of the main highlights of the whole Rapa Nui tour. The microclimate inside the caldera, nearly a mile in diameter, accounts for the presence of various species of endemic plants, and the lake itself was an important source of freshwater in times of drought. Orongo village is also the main entrance to Rapa Nui National Park; we will visit here the characteristic oval-shaped stone houses that sheltered the contestants of the ancient competition rituals of the Bird Man, Tangata Manu. This striking ceremonial site was extensively restored in 1974 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy, and unlike several other sites that are less exposed to wind and rain, the houses at Orongo were built with benmorite, a type of basalt found only in the area. The entrances to the various shelters are quite low, as is the case with all the housing of the island, in order to protect the inside against wind and cold.

Along the cliffs and besides the main structures, we will admire an array of different petroglyphs, many depicting birdman motifs or even the face of the god Make-make. Later we will explore the site of Vinapu, where we will compare ahu sites built over very different period of times during the history of Rapa Nui civilization. We will be certainly impressed by the quality and accuracy of the stonemasonry at the back of one of the ahu; they appear to be very similar to other wall structures of the Inca in South America, but is the result of the local progress in construction of these massive stone structures.
Overnight Rapa Nui (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Easter Island.


Day 4/16 • January 22, 2019 • Free morning – Fly to Santiago de Chile

This morning you will have the chance to visit the crafts market and other stores of the village. We also recommend you visit the comprehensive Sebastian Englert anthropological museum, which holds phenomenal displays and collections of the pre-history and history of Rapa Nui. Your guide will transfer you to Mataveri airport for your flight back to Santiago de Chile, where our trip ends. (Breakfast)


NOTE: While we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline. Depending on a variety of circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to. This certainly goes for weather dependent parts of the trip such as pelagics, but even visits to land-based sites listed in the itinerary may be missed and other sites visited instead. We are constantly assessing the itinerary with our local contacts and may we choose alternative sites or activities based on what we determine to be the best for the tour. The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit with the aim of providing the best possible and safest experience.

White-chinned Petrel. Photo by Steve Bird.CENTRAL CHILE
January 7 - 18, 2019
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TOUR PRICE: $5595.00 per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 8 passengers from Santiago, Chile.   Price will based current exchange rates and is subject to change with currency fluctuations.

Single supplement: $795.00 per person, subject to availability.

Easter Island extension
January 19 - 22, 2019

TOUR PRICE:
$1995.00 per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 8 passengers from Santiago, Chile.   Price will based current exchange rates and is subject to change with currency fluctuations. Single supplement: $295.00 per person, subject to availability.


Deposit: $1000 per person. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise gina@sunrisebirding.com when you have made payment. 

Group size: Minimum 8, Maximum 12.

Included in cost: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, 3 pelagic trips (Valparaíso, Puerto Montt & Puñihuil), ferry rides to Chiloé Island and park entrance fees.

Not included: International airfare, Internal flights, tipping for drivers and guides, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile (usually included in flight ticket), excess baggage charges, private excursions, optional boat trip to Metalqui Island ($123 per person) on January 17, à la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

Once we have reached the minimum subscription to confirm the tour, we will contact you with details about booking flights to Santiago, Chile.  Please do not book your flights until you receive this information from Sunrise Birding LLC.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour, complete the Registration & Release Form and mail it with your deposit of $1000.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC.  Instructions are on the form. Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   
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Final payment is due by September 7, 2018 and must be paid by check or bank transfer. 

Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

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