TINGUIRIRICA RIVER VALLEY PROGRAMME
Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
The Tinguiririca River Valley is 141 km south of Santiago and inland of the city of San Fernando near the southern edge of the Mediterranean zone. In this stunning Andean canyon it is possible to find the typical vegetation of central Chile; spiny shrubs and scrubs of th“matorral” plant community and vasts areas with sclerophyllous forest. The cliffs on both sides of the river are the habitat of an exceptional species: the Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus).
There are four species of parrots native to Chile (Psittaciformes). One of these, the Burrowing Parrot, is endangered. Its historic range covered the entire Mediterranean zone in Chile. Currently it is possible to find it only in restricted patches where populations have recovered. Undoubtedly the most remarkable attraction of this programme is the sighting of this parrot. In this excursion we will also focus on the endemic bird species of central Chile (Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Chilean Mockingbird and Chilean Tinamou) as well as many native species of birds, birds of prey, mammals and beautiful reptiles. At the end of the trip we will arrive to “El Flaco” hot springs where we will have a restorative and relaxing soak.
This full-day programme includes: private transportation from Santiago, snack, lunch, water and drinks, hot springs entrance fee and an experienced ornithologist guide. This programme is highly recommended for sightings of the Burrowing Parrot, birdwatching endemic species and photography.
Daily departures from Santiago are available during spring and summer.