Puna Rhea in Parque Nacional Lauca, Chile

Alto Andino Nature Tours, northern Chile

                Guiding birders, photographers, wildflower enthusiasts & naturalists since 1994

Botanizing & Wildflowers

Natural History, Wildlife, Culture

Birding in Chile's extreme north

Naturalist guide service in the client's vehicle

Day Tours in Arica for cruise ship birders

Emphasis on guide service
In Parque Nacional Lauca and northern Chile, guiding by Barbara Knapton.  Concentration is on wildlife with the special attractions being the Atacama Desert and altiplano reserves.  Tours are private.

Protected areas we visit
1)  Biosphere Reserve Parque Nacional Lauca
2)  Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga
3)  Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas
4)  Reserva Nacional Pampa del Tamarugal
5)  Ramsar Site 873: Natural Monument Salar de Surire 
6)  Ramsar Sire 874: Salar de Huasco
7)  Reserva Natural Municipal Desembocadura del Río Lluta
Monumento Natural Quebrada de Cardones

Plus: Arica, Putre, Iquique, Atacama Desert oases,
Atacama fishing villages & seacoasts

New:  Andean Desert Gardening & Village Life Blog

Agencies:  add a birding or naturalist guide to your Lauca Park itineraries, please inquire. 

Lauca National Park, Volcán Guallatiri, always active 
© B Knapton, photo taken 5 April 2012.   Always-active Volcán Guallatiri in Lauca National Park. 6,060 masl.  On the far side of the volcano are at least 22 more fumarols which can be seen on the route to Ramsar Site and Natural Monument Salar de Surire.  In the foreground Andean Geese, Chloephaga melanoptera, congregate near the water to avoid predators like the Andean Fox, as the birds  are temporarily flightless due to the molting of flight feathers.    During March and April there can be hundreds of geese by the bog ponds, but later they will disperse throughout the altiplano to spend the rest of the year mostly in pairs. 

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