Island to Andes

Easter Island, Chile, and Argentina
February 11 to March 1, 2023

Cost: $8,950
Leader: Claudio Vidal
Group Size: 8
Days: 19

Safari Overview

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Join us on an exciting South American journey to Easter Island, through central Chile, and across Argentina’s rustic wine country. Stroll amongst the monolithic moai statues of Easter Island, carved from basalt lava by Polynesian settlers centuries ago. Visit abandoned settlements, explore ceremonial centers, and take a boat ride for a different perspective of the island, where you might see petroglyphs painted high on the cliffs above. Travel through Chile and Argentina to appreciate the variety of bird and mammal life that has adapted to arid and high-elevation areas. Ride the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current on our pelagic boats to search for seabirds and mammals. Visit the desolate alien landscape of the Atacama Desert, the lush and volcanic Lauca National Park, and the bird-rich Azaca, Chaca, and Lluta valleys. Traverse the Andes to continue your search for a different suite of birds in Argentina’s famous wine country, while sampling delectable local wines along the way. Come along for an unforgettable journey of exploration into the history, wildlife, and sweeping landscapes of South America.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn about Easter Island’s moai statues and the tangata manu competition where rulership of Easter Island was defined through a ritual race for a bird egg.
  • Marvel at the nimble flight of the giant hummingbird, the largest of the hummingbird family.
  • Search for blue and humpback whales, Risso’s dolphins, fur seals, marine otters, and a variety of large and small seabirds on the rich waters along the Chilean coast.
  • Wind down after an exciting day of bird watching with wine tasting at local vineyards.

Private Trip AvailableItinerary Updated: September 2020



Our Trip Leaders

Claudio Vidal

Claudio is a native Chilean, a leading ornithologist, and co-author of more than 20 books on wildlife. An avid bird watcher from the age of 12, he now leads tours throughout the region, sharing his expertise about seabirds and marine mammals of the Humboldt Current, Patagonia, and Antarctica. Additionally, his passion for botany has led him to document wildflowers of the desert and Mediterranean regions of the world. He is easygoing, passionate about his work, and eager to share his knowledge with you.

Easter Island, Chile, and Argentina

Join us on an exciting South American journey to Easter Island, through central Chile, and across Argentina’s rustic wine country. 

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