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Spot birds and wildlife in the Chaco

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Spot wildlife in the dry savannahs, lagoons and salt pans of the remote wilderness of the Chaco.

All visits to the central Chaco should include time in the hinterland of salt water lagoons and native Chaco forest within a short drive of Filadelfia. The beautiful savannah is rich in wildlife, especially birds. With its distinctive vegetation, the Chaco forest, dotted with giant cacti, is wild and dry but can be very beautiful especially in the early morning and late evening sun.

In the savannah at Fortín Boquerón you might spot exotic birds such as roseate spoonbill, rhea and tuyuyu, along with a variety of water-based birds such as swans and whistling ducks. Chilean flamingos overwinter here. Caiman are occasionally seen sunning themselves in the lagoons and you may catch glimpses of deer in the bush.

Campo Maria, a large private reserve deep in the bush, is a lovely spot with a large, salt-crusted lagoon. It feels – and is – very remote and there is no other infrastructure. Campo Maria has a reputation for outstanding birding and a must on any visit to the Chaco.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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