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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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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

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

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

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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.

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