Birding Argentina's Northeast


11 days – 10 nights

Starts in Iguazú – ends in Posadas.


What our clients say!

Tour participants of Ornitholidays’ Patagonia 2005 tour.

… “We both would like to say a huge THANK YOU for everything you did for us in making it such a wonderful trip, Argentina certainly exceeded our expectations and has given us so many precious memories to cherish”…

Best wishes

Andrew & Barbara Bradford

Andrew and Barbara Bradford






Northeastern Argentina is a land of extensive marshlands, grasslands and rainforests. Iguazú National Park is perhaps the most well known protected area in this region, but it is certainly not the only one. The two north-easternmost provinces of Argentina contain the highest concentration of bird diversity in our country: these are Corrientes and Misiones



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

Northeastern Argentina is a land of extensive marshlands, grasslands and rainforests. Iguazú National Park is perhaps the most well known protected area in this region, but it is certainly not the only one. The two north-easternmost provinces of Argentina contain the highest concentration of bird diversity in our country: these are Corrientes and Misiones

Misiones is the province where the Iguazú Falls are located, and our journey starts here, watching birds of the Interior Atlantic Forest. It is here where we will see such exotic birds as Toucans, mixed flocks of colorful Tanagers and many other rainforest dwellers. Great Dusky Swifts fly overhead and into the falls by the thousands in the area of Devil’s Throat, the place where the highest and most impressive falls are located. In the evening we will search for Owls, Potoos and Nightjars. Several provincial parks in Misiones do protect other types of forests and extensive bamboo fields. We will visit some of these in search of local bird specialties and rarities.

Our journey will continue towards the south west, crossing the “Campos”, a restricted area of savannas in smooth hills with patches of forests. The wide diversity and vast numbers of Finches, Tyrants, Furnarids, Storks, Herons, ducks and other wetland species are overwhelming in this part of the itinerary. This is the habitat where the endangered Saffron-cowled Blackbird and the gorgeous Streamer-tailed Tyrant live. The last few days will be spent exploring Iberá Marshes, the largest wetland in Argentina. Here we’ll have our best chances to find birds with highly restricted distribution ranges in Argentina, such as Strange-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit and White-tailed Goldenthroat.

This is a tour for birders who are willing to see lots of different species of birds without having to travel long distances within the country. We will stay in, or as close as possible to the birding areas. One of Birding Argentina’s expert leaders will accompany you and will be ready to show you the most spectacular birds of this birder’s paradise.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

Our meeting point will be the airport of the Argentine city of Puerto Iguazú, where you will be received by your Birding Argentina’s tour leader. We will spend the first 2 days in the Area of Iguazú National Park and its surroundings. Besides birding in the area of the falls, we will also have chances to visit other isolated trails, normally closed to the general visitors, where we’ll search for bird specialties of the “Parana” Rainforest. Days 3 to 6 will be spent exploring different nature reserves in the province of Misiones, looking for rare and unusual birds, which can only be found in the highly specialized forest habitats protected by these reserves. On day 7, we will bird one of the most “species-rich” habitats in the whole country: the Campos of Misiones. We will stop several times on our way to explore the wide diversity of wetlands and forest patches present in this area. We will spend the last three days of this tour -days 8 to 10- in the spectacular Iberá Marshes, exploring such diverse habitats as savannas dotted with patches of forest, lagoons, marshes and rice plantations. Finally, on day 11, we will drive to the city of Posadas, where the tour ends at the local airport.


Some birds we’ll look for

Greater Rhea, Red-winged Tinamou, Jabiru, Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Yellow-breasted Crake, Rusty-barred Owl, Common Potoo, Saffron Toucanet, Helmeted Woodpecker, Black-billed Scythebill, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Large-tailed Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, Short-tailed Antthrush, Variegated Antpitta, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Saffron-cowled Blackbird… and roughly 450 more!


Best time to go

This tour runs well year round. Having said this, it is worth mentioning that southern hemisphere summer months -December to March- are very hot in this area, so you might want to avoid them. Spring -September to November- is great for watching birds on display, and also to enjoy bird songs. Autumn -March to early June- is when birds migrate, with winter visitors coming in and summer visitors leaving for their nesting grounds, so there’s lots of activity as well. Winter months -June to September- are great, since it is normally much cooler, and there are mixed flocks of passerines in the rainforest, making birding challenging and entertaining for keen birders.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in Iguazú to day 11 in Posadas. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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