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The stunningly beautiful wilderness of Tierra del Fuego is well worth a visit as part of your wildlife tour in Chile. The area offers picturesque glacial lakes and fjords, with some great birdwatching to be found on the coast.

Cinnamon, beech, cherry, notro and a number of other typical South American trees host myriads of birds such as: Magellanic woodpecker (the biggest in the continent), black-chested buzzard, the Austral parakeet or the thorn-tailed rayadito. The rare chungungo otter may also be seen.

In the mountain valleys are icy rivers, glacial lakes, peat bogs and forests of lenga and guindo trees. On the seacoast, the two great bays of Lapataia and Ensenada offer the chance to sight fur seal as well as black eye-browed albatross, steam duck and the diving petrel.

Tierra Del Fuego National Park in Argentina covers an area of around 63,000 square kilometres, and is the southernmost tip of the Andes. Between the mainland and Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan has Chile’s first and only marine reserve, Francisco Coloane Marine Park.

You are very unlikely to meet anyone else during your travels through the park, and the feeling of being at the end of the earth is unique.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, firecrown hummingbird, guanaco, humpback whale, king penguin
  • Where: Magallanes Province, Chile

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Puma & Patagonian Wildlife Photography

Join renowned photographer Nick Garbutt on this incredible journey to the heart of Patagonia, refuge to a wealth of wildlife and a major stronghold for the region's top predator, the puma. Get close to king penguins at Tierra del Fuego and enjoy whale watching in the rugged wilderness of the Strait of Magellan.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £11,220 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Patagonia Wildlife Adventure

Witness the antics of sealions and dolphins in the Strait of Magellan as you travel on a trip in Chile’s first ever marine park. Combined with the breathtaking landscapes, varied wildlife and walking trails of Torres del Paine National Park, this is an adventure-packed experience to remember.

  • When to go: Dec-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Whale Sound Eco Camp

Situated within the marine reserve on Carlos III Island, Whale Sound Eco Camp is an intimate accommodation for a maximum of ten people in comfortable twin bedded double dome tents. It was originally founded by scientists and there is plenty of opportunity to watch whales and learn about them from researchers.