Birding the Strait of Magellan and the vast Pampas

Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Isla Carlos III, Straits of Magellan
Photo: L. Bertea

During this trip we visit the Otway Sound Magellanic Penguin colony located to the north-west of the city of Punta Arenas. We drive towards Rio Verde located some 90 kilometres north-west of Punta Arenas, from the road will be able to see Andean Condor roosts. From this point we start our trip to the Patagonian Fjords in search of birds and marine mammals that are characteristic of this environment. This trip is planned in five days, so that the best option for weather is taken among that period. The visit to Noir Island is a day trip and could eventually be cancelled if there is no window of good weather to ensure a safe navegation in these five days.



After we return from the fjords you may choose to take the Pampas extension, during this tour we will sail the Straits of Magellan to visit Tierra del Fuego Island and drive towards the First Narrows.

  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Meet: Punta Arenas airport
  • Depart: same
  • From December to February

Day 1: Arrival on Lan Chile flight (12:00). Transfer with box lunch to Penguin colony birdwatching along route. Dinner and overnight in Punta Arenas.

Lesser Rhea, Magellanic Penguin, Two-banded Plover, Chilean Skua, Austral Canastero, Grass Wren.

Day 2:
Punta Arenas – Carlos III Island.
If weather conditions allows, passengers will be transfer to launch spot at Rio Verde. On boat passengers will sail to campsite at Carlos III Island. Overnight at Carlos III Island. This excursion is about one hour thirty minutes drive and about four hours sailing.

Black-browed Albatross, Magellanic Diving-petrel, Ashy-headed goose, Black-necked Swan, Magellanic Flightless Steamer Duck, Kelp Goose, Peale’s Dolphin, Commerson’s Dolphin, Chilean Dolphin.

Day 3 - 5:
Carlos III Island - Noir Island.
Weather permitting, passengers will be transfer from campsite to Noir Island to spend one whole day. Overnight at Carlos III island eco-lodge (approximate sailing time: 6 hours).

Rockhopper Penguin, Macaroni Penguin, Striated Caracara, Blackish Cinclodes, Humpback Whale, Fur Seal, Southern Sea Lyon.

Day 6: Carlos III Island – Punta Arenas. Return to Punta Arenas. Box lunch during sailing. Dinner at Punta Arenas. Overnight in Punta Arenas

  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Meet: Punta Arenas airport
  • Depart: same
  • From December to February

Extension to the vast Pampas

  • 2 days, 1 night

  • Meet: Punta Arenas

  • Depart: same

  • From November to February

Day 1: Punta Arenas – First Narrows. We will sail across the Strait of Magellan on regular ferry. Lunch at Porvenir. During the afternoon we will transfer to the First Narrow of the Strait of Magellan. Dinner and overnight in a farm house.

Magellanic Plover, Short-billed Miner, Magellanic Horned Owl, Patagonia Yellow Finch.

Day 2: First Narrows – Punta Arenas. Birding around the area. Lunch at Hosteria and during the afternoon transfer to Punta Arenas. Box lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in Punta Arenas.

Coscoroba Swan, Ruddy-headed Goose, Silver Teal, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Black-throated Finch.

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