SANTIAGO (near) (Compass)

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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (3rd-5th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This site can be reached in a day-trip from either Santiago or Valparaiso/Viña del Mar. From Santiago, take a bus to Olmue from the Alameda Terminal. These leave every 2 hours, take 2 hours and cost 4200 pesos round trip. The first leaves at 08.00 and so you don't get to the park until about 11.00. On arrival in Olmue it is best to reserve one's seats for the return journey. From Olmue, take a bus with Granizo 45 (250 pesos). 45 refers to the number of the stop. This is the end of the road and the closest one can get to the park. From here it is a 15 minute walk up the hill to the park entrance where a 1500 peso entry fee is payable (bring change). The park can be reached much earlier from Valparaiso. Take a local bus to Limache (750 pesos) from near the market. From here, change to an Olmue bus (300 pesos) or even better one to Granizo and follow the previous instructions. Buses leave Valparaiso from about 05.00. We left at 06.00 and got up to the park just after 08.00 It opens officially at 09.00 but we were allowed in at 08.00. I saw 27 species. 


Species seen 

  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Seen near Olmue
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Chilean Hawk ? Accipiter chilensis
  • Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango Seen near Olmue
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius
  • Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius
  • Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda
  • Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
  • White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis
  • Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius Endemic
  • White-throated Tapaculo h Scelorchilus albicollis Endemic
  • White-crested Elaenia ? Elaenia albiceps
  • Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
  • Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
  • Great Shrike-Tyrant ? Agriornis livida
  • Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca Endemic
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse