Following on from my previous blogs on Argentina, I now continue with a trip to Chile which David and myself visited from 31st October, 2001 to 24th November, 2001. Once again we worked out our own iternary with the use of trip reports taken off the computer, as we had decided not to use the services of bird tours or guides. All the photographs were taken by ourselves. Again it will not be a full trip report but just covers a number of interesting species seen, and as with my previous blogs, I will post the report on a number of different blogs.
We landed at Santiago and hired a car and drove to Quintero on the Pacific coast where we were able to arrange a pelagic trip for the following day. Chile is a very long but extremely narrow South American country, and by carefully planning and using internal air flights we visited birding sites from Northern Chile bordering onto Peru and enclosed by the Atacama Desert, to the far South of Chile in Patagonia and even caught a ferry to Tierra del Fuego. We also visited a number of sites in central Chile, and on our final day we did a second pelagic trip again from Quintero.