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Patagonia

Birding at "The End of the World"

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Patagonia is a vast region in southern South America, spanning both Argentina and Chile. It is a wild and beautiful place, sparsely populated by humans. The ecosystems of Patagonia are diverse: jagged mountain peaks in the Andes, windswept grasslands, lakes, glaciers, and forested islands. This is a superb destination for nature travel, with a rich diversity of unique birds, wildlife, geological wonders, and fascinating habitats to experience.


Tour Highlights

 Walk the colorful streets of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

 Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina.

 See several penguin species, including Magellanic and King penguins.

 Take in the epic, iconic scenery at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

 Search for special birds like Lesser Rhea, Andean Condor, Magellanic Woodpecker, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Austral Parakeet, and many more.

 Get up close to a massive Andean glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.

ARGENTINACHILERio GrandeUshuaiaPorvenirTorres del PaineEl CalafateTo/From Buenos AiresNSouthAmericaBuenos Aires

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires. Go birding at a local hotspot hosting a wealth of species.


Day 2

Fly to Ushuaia, in the far south of Argentina. Take a boat ride on the Beagle Channel, to search for penguins and other seabirds.


Day 3

A full day of birding and exploring the beautiful Tierra del Feugo National Park.


Day 4

Travel north to Rio Grande, Argentina. Stop for a traditional barbecue lunch at Las Hijas Ranch.


Day 5

Cross into Chile. Visit a King Pengion Colony.


Day 6

Cross the Strait of Magellan via ferry, drive north into Chile, to Torres del Paine National Park.


Days 7 & 8

Birding and exploring Torres del Paine National Park.


Day 9

Road to El Calafate, Argentina. Enter the Patagonian Steppe ecosystem.


Day 10

Birding and enjoying Los Glaciares National Park.


Day 11

Birding wetlands and grasslands around El Calafate.


Day 12

Fly back to Buenos Aires.


Day 13

Possible morning birding, then flights home.

COST: $6,595

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,295

START DATE: Feb 18, 2025

DURATION: 13 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 12

TRIP FOCUS: Birds and Wildlife




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees


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YOUR GUIDES

Ivan Phillipsen, Co-owner of Wild Latitudes, is a passionate naturalist with a background in scientific research. He holds an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in zoology. Natural history is Ivan’s true passion and what he is most excited to teach to others. Although he is fascinated by just about every aspect of nature, Ivan is particularly fond of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, and geology. Everything is interconnected in nature and Ivan takes a holistic approach when teaching about the natural world.

David Jaffe has been guiding and teaching since 1991. His childhood interest in nature eventually led him to Evergreen State College, WA where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geology. Later, he earned a M.S. in Applied Ecology from the University of Vermont.


David has led backcountry trips in Denali National Park, learned from students in Kentucky, and gained great insights while hitchhiking home from work in Yosemite National Park. He has experience as a naturalist in many of the lower 48 states and Baja California. David worked as a divemaster in Australia, Costa Rica, and India. He assisted with the establishment of a marine protected area off the coast of Madagascar and researched birds in Canada and South America. His understanding, love and enthusiasm about the natural world continues to grow.




If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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