Chile’s Blue Coast

Will Travel For Birds

Just an hour away from the chaos of Santiago, is Valparaíso.  A dingy and dirty bohemian city flooded with bright and beautiful street art.  It has become a must-see for most travelers, and a real highlight for Central Chile.  Exploring the steep and narrow streets drenched in art, one can get lost (literally and figuratively) and wonder if the city ever ends.

It does; at the ocean.  Valparaíso and the neighboring city of Viña del Mar are right on the Humboldt Current, meaning the coast has a lot to offer in bird and marine life.  Valpo, for short, is a great traveler’s destination and also a great destination for birders.

Our plan was to spend most of the morning birding along the coast near Concón and at the river mouth just north of the town.  My main goal was to get some good photos of Inca Terns.  From eBird lists…

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