RFI: Central Chile and Atacama
I’m going on a trip to Chile at the end of November for about 10 days with family, including non mammal enthusiasts. We’ll be spending a few days each in and around Santiago (likely including a full day trip to Yeso Valley), the Valparaiso area (with probably a short stop at La Campana National Park) and San Pedro de Atacama. I’ve gotten some great ideas from some of the reports posted on this site, but hoping to also tap into the broader knowledge of the mammal watching community.
– Would anyone be able to recommend any interesting mammal watching destinations/opportunities in or near any of these areas? Are there are any places that may provide any relatively reasonable chances of seeing Marine Otters, guanacos or vicuñas, foxes, viscachas and more.
– Can anyone share the names or contact info for local guides that may be knowledgeable about wildlife (mammals and/or more) in any of these areas?
This is our first trip to Chile, so we’ll be excited to try for any local wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Some of the more professional guiding experiences seem to be out of our financial range, so in particular, seeking any budget alternatives, if they exist.
Appreciate any recommendations, and plan to report back after the trip.