EL YALI WETLAND PROGRAMME
Valparaíso Region, Chile
Two hours from Santiago near the town of Santo Domingo you can find El Yali. This wetland is the biggest and the most important of the central and north-central Chilean coast. It has more than ten bodies of water, among them Cabildo, Matanzas, Colejuda, El Rey, Seca, and Los Boldos lagoons, El Yali stream and others. It is a unique wetland,
one of only five in the world located in a Mediterranean region.
Within El Yali wetland is found the 520 ha El Yali National Reserve protected by CONAF. Owing to the great variety of habitat this wetland harbours a high bird biodiversity, and is the place with the highest gathering of bird fauna in the central region of Chile. As many as 116 species of birds inhabit this beautiful reserve.
Among them, outstanding are waterfowls like the Coscoroba Swan, Black-necked Swan, White-cheeked Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Red Shoveler, also the Chilean Flamingo, Franklin´s Gull, Brown-hooded Gull, Cocoi Heron, Silvery Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Grebe, Phalaropes, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Wren-like Rush Bird, Burrowing Owl and many others. For all of these reasons El Yali has sparked great scientific interest and it has been declared a Ramsar site of international importance. (The Ramsar Convention, The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance).
This is a full day programme and includes: transportation from Santiago, snack, lunch, drinks, and an experienced ornithologist guide.
The Programme is highly recommended for birdwatching, photography and for people that would like to visit a Ramsar site.
Daily departures from Santiago are available all year round.