Chile is one of the world’s most rewarding destinations for wildlife- and nature-lovers, thanks in part to its enormous biodiversity and wide range of eco-friendly activities. Keen birdwatchers will be impressed by the country’s iconic winged species, including the condor (Chile’s national bird) and the gem-coloured Martin kingfisher. Other notable endemic birds from Chile’s central and south region to look out for include the stocky Chilean tinamou and the elusive Chucao.
In the cinematic Chilean Altiplano, over in west-central South America, visitors are likely to encounter South America’s four famous camelid species: shaggy-haired llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicuñas. If you want to admire Chilean penguins, plus bottlenose dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitat, visit the Pingüino de Humboldt nature reserve, north of La Serena. During summer, you might also spot marine turtles, dolphins, whales, albatrosses and cormorants.
While travelling to southern Chile, keep your SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars at the ready for the diminutive Chilean pudú deer, which measures in at around 40 centimetres tall, making it one of the world’s smallest deer. One of the best places to spot Chilean pudús is the lush Valdivian rainforest on Chiloé Island – but they’re famously shy.
Discover a wealth of delicious Chilean wines and toast the country’s fertile valleys, many of which sprawl across Central Chile, nestled between the mountains and the ocean. It is a unique opportunity to appreciate the birds that can be found among the vineyards.
In 2020, Chile was chosen as World’s Leading Green Destination by the prestigious World Travel Awards for the fifth time in a row.