The beach of Caulín, better known as the Bird Sanctuary, is a place where you can enjoy watching a lot of seabirds such as cormorants, black-necked swans, flamingos,and others. Upon entering the islets of the town of Puñihuil, you can spot the Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins, the main attraction of this place. Do not miss out on this amazing adventure in one of the most magical islands of Chile, the Big Island of Chiloe!

Itinerary

Day 1: Chacao Straight, Wetlands of Chacao and Caulín. Birdis and Penguin colony of Puñihuil

An adventure in the north part of Chiloé Island, that begins early in the morning, crossing to the main island. This ferry navigation is also a great chance to spot some species associated to the open ocean as the Imperail Cormorant, the Southamerican Tern, Sooty Shearwater and if we are lucky we may spot the recently discovered Pincoya Storm Petrel. After we disembark in the island we will visit the wetlands of Chacao and the Caulín bay. We will continue toward the north west area of the island to reach the Penguin Colony in Puñihuil, with two species of penguins that have their breeding spring-summer colony in the island: the Magellanic and the Humboldt penguins, among other species of birds that breed in the same area. (L,D)

Accommodation in family house in the area of Chepu.

Day 2: River Chepu, Forest of rio Chepu and Wetlands of Pudeto

The next morning, our first step will be the navigation of a wide, quiet and unspoiled river –with wetland characteristics- searching its wildlife. After 1 hour we will reach a little lagoon full of birds and different kinds of ducks. Once there we will have time enough to observe and take photographs in a complete silence. Birds are also along the river, on the shore, inside the native forest, in little beaches and between the death trees of the sunken forest. On the way back we will search for the "Huillín" (Lontraprovocax), a river otter that livesin this environment. After lunch* we start our way back to the main land stopping to visit some wetlands located I the area of the River Pudeto. (B)


Expected species: 90 species (Spring-Summer)
Some of the species that can be found in this trip: Magellanic Penguin, Humboldt Penguin, Des Mur ́s Wiretail, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, ChucaoTapaculo, Tufted-tit Tyrant, Rock Shag, Imperial Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Black Skimmer, Flightless Steamer Duck, Chiloe Wigeon, Southern Crested Caracara, Slender- billed Parakeet, Seaside Cinclodes, Chilean Mockingbird, Hudsonian Godwit, Pincoya Storm Petrel, Southamerican Tern, Black-necked Swan. Slender-billed Parakeet.

  • 1 night at a family house in the area of Chepu.
  • Private transportation.
  • Equipment provided: Literature to consult, field guides, check list, set of extra pairs of binoculars (only upon previous request), spotting scope.
  • Personal insurance (18-64 years old).
  • Lunch in Puñihuil. Tea/Dinner at a family house Lunch on day 2 *Curanto only available for groups of over 4 travellers.
  • Excursions according itinerary.
  • Bilingual guide naturalist/ornithologist guide with WFR or 32 hrs. First Aid Certification
  • Airfare.
  • Tips
  • Insurances.
  • Meals and drinks.
  • Any other item not specified.
  • Birding
  • Nature Observation
  • Photography
  • Bring your own reusable bottle of water to refill. We will not provide any plastic bottle during its tours.
  • In January wear light color clothing due the presence of Scaptialata (Horseflies)
  • The itineraries can be adjusted or changed due bad weather conditions.
  • The lasting of each excursion will depend of the time of watching each species.
  • Minimum 2 passengers.