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Travelling to Atacama in October (1 Viewer)


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I'm spending 10 days in northern Chile this October as part of a tour of the
telescope complexes there. As a birder, this seems like too good an opportunity to ignore. Any suggestions for species to look for as well as books or sites of special interest would be much appreciated.


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Lauca Nationalparc with fantastic scenery of Payatas has some birdlife like Andean Goose, Andean Flamingo and Nandu.

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I was only for mounatin climbing in Chile.
So I can only recommend what is written in the internet.
From Santiago I visited Cayon de Maipo for acclimatization.
In the east part is El Volcan and Marmelejo ( > 6.000 m ).

The north I visited also for mountain climbing.
I started from Bolivia. In the acclimatization time I traveled round.
At first Sajama national parc. There are lots of Alpaca on the lake in the opposite of Nevado Sajama also Vicuna and Nandu.
At second I visited also the area of lake Chungura.
In the lake are Flamingos. Around the e.g. in village Chungura I saw Andean Goose and Nandu.
It is high desert area with nice scenery with different vulcanos.
Different of them over 6.000 m high.
I think Acotango is still smoking.
Most spectacular are the Payatas which means twins.
From peaks You have extrem view. In clear winter morning ( July ) we could see Illimani and different mountains of Andean range.

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Please check out our website ( www.fsexpeditions.com ), there you will get some advises that may help, also if you want to buy some book related to birdwatching you can check our online store (www.fseditorial.com ) , but there is an small details, it is currently in spanish, but I am working in the translation.

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