BUDI LAKE PROGRAMME
Araucanía Region, Chile
This 56.2 km²coastal lagoon is situated one and a half hours from the city of Temuco. This habitat is extremely unique as it is the only saltwater lagoon along the coast of Chile and South America. Budi Lake has large expanses of wetlands located along bays and shallow coastal areas and abundant semi-aquatic vegetation. These wetlands are host to a large diversity of species, especially birds. Over 30% of all the bird species recorded in Chile have been sited here. These include endangered species, such as the White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi), the South American Painted Snipe (Nycticryphes semicollaris) and the Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) as well as vulnerable species such as the Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus melanocorypha). Budi Lake is also habitat for numerous species of wetland birds such as the Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Wren-like Rush Bird, White-backed Stilt, Yellow-winged Black Bird, various species of egrets, gulls, rails, and a large variety of ducks among many others.
The lake has been recognized as a reservoir of biodiversity and been designated a site of high conservation priority for the Araucania region (CONAMA and WWF 2002). It should also be noted that this site was declared an ADI (Area of Indigenous Development) due to the high concentration of Mapuche communities (Cooperation and Planning Minintry, 1996).
Visiting Budi lake is extremely interesting from the standpoint of biodiversity as well as for its ethno-tourism.
This full-day programme includes: private transportation, snack, lunch, water and drinks, and an experienced ornithologist guide. This programme is highly recommended for birdwatching of wetland birds, ethno-tourism and photography. Daily departures from Villarrica and Pucón are available all year round.
Difficulty: None, for all types of participants.