Winter sun and endemics
December 21-28, 2018: £1,995
The seven Canary Islands belong to Spain and can be divided, based on the type of habitat, into two groups. The Western Islands comprise Tenerife, Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Gran Canaria. The eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are situated off the African coast. We visit Tenerife, Gomera, and Fuerteventura which hold a good percentage of the endemic species found in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have been isolated long enough to offer the opportunity to see the highest number of endemics to the region along with a great number of endemic sub-species. Fuerteventura has the endemic Canary Islands Chat and many other desert species including Houbara Bustard. The islands are volcanic in origin and offer some spectacular scenery and an avifauna found nowhere else on Earth.
Spectacular scenery and wildlife of South America
January 12-February 5, 2019: £9,690
Chile is situated in South America, a land of great contrasts, from the deserts of the north to Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south. We are visiting central Chile including Santiago, the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range. Chiloe Island has estuaries for shorebirds and other marine life. From Puerto Montt we fly over 1,500 kilometres to Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in the world. Surrounding the city are huge expanses of steppe-like habitat and mountain ranges reaching down to the sea. A highlight of Chile is Torres del Paine National Park. The park is a world biosphere reserve and includes numerous glaciers, lakes and towering peaks. Our final destination is Arica in extreme northern Chile and the nearby Andean plateau near Putre. This tour to Chile, which takes in some of the world's most spectacular scenery and wildlife, is truly the experience of a lifetime.