programs

The archipelago of Chiloé is a place of high ecological value because of the different ecosystems that host unique biodiversity of plant and animal life.

On one hand, forests are formed basically by arboreal species of perennial leaves with growing activity during the whole year.These complex tempered rainforests are organized in multiple strata from the soil to the canopy, with hundreds of species of ferns, vines, shrubbery, and bryophytes, most of them endemic. The latter is the ideal shelter for hundreds of arboreal birds such as Chucao, Huet-Huet, Magellanic Tapaculo, Des Murs’s Wiretail, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-crested Elaenia, Green-backed firecrown, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Magellanic Woodpecker, Rufous-legged Owl among other species, most of them endemic of southern Chile and Argentina. Chiloé itself counts with four endemic subspecies.

On the other hand, the coastline of the inland sea of Chiloé has a large tidal amplitude that creates wetlands rich in nutrients in a protected scenario, becoming an ideal ecosystem for thousands of migratory and resident birds like the Hudsonian Godwit that travels every summer from Alaska, the Chilean Flamingo that visits our coasts from Patagonia in winter, Black-necked Swan, Flightless steamer duck, Egrets, Coots and Brown-hooded Gull among many others.

Finally, in the most exposed coasts at the Corcovado Gulf and the Pacific Ocean, we may find marine and pelagic birds like the Black-browed albatross, Antarctic Petrel, South American Tern, Sooty Shearwater, 4 species of Cormorants, Penguins, Storm petrel, etc. Sailing through its waters we will also have the opportunity to see from small to large-sized cetaceans like the Chilean and Austral dolphins and if we are lucky enough we may see blue whales, humpback whales, sei whales and orca whales depending on the time of the year.

For ornithology and nature lovers, being able to go all over the diverse ecosystems of Chiloe searching for species that live in this territory can be a simply fascinating adventure. Aves Chiloé invites you to enjoy the natural settings along with the local culture and its warm-hearted people. We have full-day programs, 2 and 3 days, and more including customized programs.

Temperate Forest & Coastal Wetlands – FULL DAY

You will discover the best places for birdwatching in Chiloe, visiting Bosquepiedra Forest Reserve and the Coastal Wetlands of Putemún and Pullao, both part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network(WHSRN).

Full Day Rainforest Birding + Kayaking
We will set off to the south-west area of the island of Chiloe to have a day trip that will take us to experience the fascinating rainforest, typical of the south of Chile, looking for the curious arboreal and predatory birds that will surprise us during our hike through the Bosquepiedra trail, perfectly combined with a kayaking tour in the Hullinco Lake to observe lacustrine birds.
WETLANDS BIRDING AND HORSEBACK RIDING EXPERIENCE

Available for cruises at Castro Port (activity schedules are adjusted to the arrival and departure of the cruises)

Penguin Colonies + Sunken Forest Full Day

Transfer to the Chepu River Valley where we will embark on a boat with local fisherman to some birding at Laguna Coluco and among the sunken forest- a reminder of the 1960’s earthquake that reshaped Southern Chile, we will be able to spot a great variety of birds.

Chiloé Full Birding 4 Days / 3 Nights
A program specially designed for bird and nature enthusiasts. In 4 days you will be able to visit the best nature scenarios and the rich wildlife of Chiloé, including marine and land ecosystems, wetlands, and forests. All the trips are guided by the best bird and nature specialists of the territory, enjoying the only birdwatching lodge of Chiloe: Refugio Pullao, that combines service quality, courtesy and authenticity, with a privileged view to the inland sea, to the islands and to the Andes mountains, where we’ll say goodbye to the island with a kayak birdwatching activity at dawn, that is going to be a memorable experience.