Tour Highlights

  • Tour Interest: Cacti and Flora
  • Tour Type: Overland
  • Tour Dates: Runs on request
  • Tour Duration: 12 Days – 11 Nights
  • Starts/Ends: Starts in Santiago de Chile ends in Calama
  • Best time to go: January – February
  • Prices: Based on group size

Tour Features

Chile’s unusual, ribbon-like shape -4,300 kilometres (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide- has given it a hugely varied climate, ranging from the world’s driest desert -the Atacama- in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a snow-prone Alpine climate in the south, with glaciers, fjords and lakes.

The Pacific coastline of northern Chile, and the surrounding desert host an incredible diversity of cacti species, totally adapted to live in these extreme weather conditions. Several genera are present here, with beautiful examples of Eulychnia, Eriosyce, Neoporteria and others. But Chile is well known by most cacti enthusiasts for one particular cacti genus, which is restricted to this country: the Copiapoas. These wonderful plants thrive mostly along the Pacific coastline of the Atacama and Antofagasta regions, and some of them are highly restricted to very few hidden valleys, which we will explore along our journey.

Our Chilean cacti expedition is designed to explore central and northern Chile’s prime cacti habitats. We always make sure to spend enough time in the for watching as many cacti as possible, but also to discover Chile’s unique flora and fauna, making frequent stops to take pictures of the breathtaking lanscapes and for watching birds, mammals and places.

Tour Highlights

Around 65 species of Chilean cacti. The Atacama Desert. Unique photo opportunities for fauna, flora and landscapes.

  • Day 1 – Morning meeting with your Trogon Tours’ guide at your selected hotel in Santiago de Chile. Full day exploring Guardia Vieja, Los Andes and Putaendo O/N Santiago de Chile.
  • Day 2 – Drive to Los Vilos via Totoralillo. O/N Los Vilos.
  • Day 3 – Los Vilos to La Serena via Valle del Encanto. O/N La Serena.
  • Day 4 – Full day exploring Los Choros and La Higuera. O/N La Serena.
  • Day 5 – La Serena to Vallenar via Carrizal Bajo and Los Toyos. O/N Vallenar.
  • Day 6 – Vallenar to Copiapó via Totoral, Tierra Amarilla and Quebrada Leones. O/N Copiapó.
  • Day 7 – Copiapó to Taltal via Caldera, Falda Verde, and Esmeralda. O/N Taltal.
  • Day 8 – Full day exploring Valle San Ramón, Cifuncho and Sinsil. O/N Taltal.
  • Day 9 – Taltal to Antofgasta via Valle Cascabeles and Paposo. O/N Antofgasta.
  • Day 10 – Antofgasta to San Pedro de Atacama via Morro Moreno and Calama. O/N San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Day 11 – Full day exploring El Tatio, Puritana, Quebrada Guatín and Quebrada Purita. O/N San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Day 12 – Transfer to Calama airport. Tour conclusion.

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Buenos Aires international airport to day 12 on departure from Iguazú airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 12 of the tour. No drinks included. One boat tour on a shared basis in Iberá Lagoon for watching wildlife. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What’s Not Included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”

When to go

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

16°C
14MM

Vallenar

20°C
0MM

Santiago

21°C
5MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

16°C
0MM

Vallenar

20°C
0MM

Santiago

20°C
8MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

14°C
0MM

Vallenar

18°C
0MM

Santiago

18°C
12MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

12°C
2.5MM

Vallenar

16°C
5MM

Santiago

15°C
16MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

11°C
2.5MM

Vallenar

14°C
8MM

Santiago

11°C
62MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

9°C
0MM

Vallenar

13°C
13MM

Santiago

9°C
80MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

9°C
0MM

Vallenar

12°C
12MM

Santiago

9°C
77MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

10°C
0MM

Vallenar

13°C
12MM

Santiago

10°C
55MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

13°C
5MM

Vallenar

14°C
2.5MM

Santiago

12°C
25MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

14°C
2.5MM

Vallenar

16°C
2.5MM

Santiago

14°C
16MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

15°C
0MM

Vallenar

17°C
1.2MM

Santiago

17°C
12MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Calama

16°C
0MM

Vallenar

19°C
0MM

Santiago

20°C
8MM

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