Estancia Bahía Esperanza is home to more than 40 species of Chilean birds. From Caiquenes, Condors and Black Woodpeckers, this park is ideal for bird watching and to enjoy a great diversity of species.
Bird watching is an industry that grows considerably year after year, and not only internationally, but also nationally. According to information provided by the Network of Observers, it is considered that there are more than 50,000 active observers in the country, number that grows each year.
Today there are thousands of people who dedicate to excursions to look for the diversity of bird species present in Chile, and Estancia Bahía Esperanza is a good place to do it.
In a single day, and effectively, the people who attend this park located in the region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica -just 20 minutes from the center of Puerto Natales- will be able to witness Caiquenes, Black-necked Swans, Coscoroba Swans,Chilean Eagles, Condors, Churretes, Black Woodpeckers, Chilean Flamingos, Traros, Cachañas and more.
There are also more elusive birds, those that require patience, a lot of attention –and luck- to be able to find them. Among them are the Pidenes, Becacinas, Martín Pescador, Rayaditos, Huairavos, Albatross and more.
One of the great attractions of Estancia Bahía Esperanza is that tourists can explore on their own the various trails offered by the park. All of them are self-guided, that is, they can be explored without the need for a guide, since there are clear signage and marked trails to do so.
In addition, each trail is characterized by its own geography and landscapes, and, therefore, different species of birds. On the one hand, there is the El Bosque trail, where large trees (ñirres, lengas and coigües) are home to different birds such as Tucúqueres and Chunchos. On the other hand, there is the Panorámico trail, which runs along the edge of a hill, with panoramic views of the fjords in the area. You can also walk the Monumento trail and the Los Fiordos trail, which offer views of Chilean Eagles in search of food. The Pasarela trail, made up of a one-kilometer-long wooden footbridge, hides Becacinas among the surrounding wetlands, which can be seen when the water rises in the area. The Las Turberas trail allows you to appreciate and get to know the peat, and the La Laguna trail offers lodging for Taguas and other aquatic birds, as well as the ranch house where you can see caiquenes, swans and flamingos.
Birdwatching is a growing activity in Chile, and the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic presents favorable conditions for it. Specifically, Estancia Bahía Esperanza is an ideal park for bird watching as it is strategically located in the transition area between the rainy climate of the Patagonian fjords and the dry climate of the continent. Some of the birds that can be observed live throughout the year in the bay, while others arrive only during their migration process to other areas.
We are waiting for you at Estancia Bahía Esperanza!