The Argentine Pampas


Southern Pampas with Punta Rasa 3 Days – 2 Nights

Northern Pampas with Otamendi and Ceibas 3 Days – 2 Nights

Both tours start and end in Buenos Aires


What our clients say!

On their 2010 private Argentina tour

…”My husband and I just spent a month in Argentina, in the capable hands of Trogon Tours. Everything worked without a hitch. All the hotels were excellent and I can’t say enough about the guides. They were knowledgeable, but, more important, they understood our expectations (photography was number one with us). Please feel free to check out our travel journals at http://www.gailsgourmetgoodies.com. Just click on the link to Travel Journals.”

Gail and Jerry South – Beach Heaven NJ, USA

Jerry and Gail South






The Pampa is an extensive humid plain shared by Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. In Argentina, the Pampa Grassland covers an area of more than 50 million hectares in the central part of the country. This unique habitat is well represented in the Province of Buenos Aires, where birders and naturalists can enjoy nature in a diversity of wildlife reserves spread throughout its territory. There is no need to go too far from Buenos Aires City to see some of these reserves, and actually Costanera Sur, one of the most well known birding spots in South America, is located right in front of the business district of this city.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

The Pampa is an extensive humid plain shared by Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. In Argentina, the Pampa Grassland covers an area of more than 50 million hectares in the central part of the country. This unique habitat is well represented in the Province of Buenos Aires, where birders and naturalists can enjoy nature in a diversity of wildlife reserves spread throughout its territory. There is no need to go too far from Buenos Aires City to see some of these reserves, and actually Costanera Sur, one of the most well known birding spots in South America, is located right in front of the business district of this city.

The Argentine Pampas are well known around the world mainly by the famous “Gauchos” -Argentine equivalent to the North American cowboys- and for the supreme quality of the Argentine beef, which is mainly produced in the “Estancias” (cattle farms), located in this part of the country.

It was here where the famous British-Argentine naturalist and author William Henry Hudson was born. Hudson wrote many moving stories about the life and customs of the Gauchos, and he also described in full detail many birds and animals of the Pampas. He was highly impressed by all the effort and hard work put by the Rufous Hornero when building its adobe nest, and as a matter of fact, years after Hudson wrote about the Hornero, the bird was selected to be Argentina’s national bird for its working nature. Hudson also described in detail the Red Coral Tree, which flower became Argentina’s national one. These two species, as well as many others, are easily found in Costanera Sur Nature Reserve, in the heart of Buenos Aires City. This 350 hectares reserve is excellent for a first contact with the Pampas’ birds and wildlife. By paying a half day visit to Costanera Sur, one can easily watch 50 or more species of birds. Some of the commonest ones include Coscoroba and Black-necked Swans, three species of coots, Monk Parakeet, Green-barred Woodpecker and many passerines, such as Masked Gnatcatcher, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Black-and-Rufous Warbling-Finch, Spectacled Tyrant and Great Pampa-Finch. Several species of mammals and reptiles live here as well, and it is not unusual to find South American Coypu or Nutria, two species of opossums, Lesser Cavy, Teju Lizard, Hillary’s Side-necked Turtle and many others.

Our first proposal for this area is a birding tour to the Pampas south of Buenos Aires, and here is our itinerary in a nutshell

Our tour starts in Buenos Aires, early in the morning of day 1. We will drive some 350 kilometers south, following the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires and making frequent stops for birding all the way to San Clemente del Tuyú. It is here where the Bay of Samborombón and Punta Rasa are home to the most spectacular flocks of migrant waders, a wide array of grassland birds, and some unique mammals, like the scarce and elusive Pampas Deer. Northern migratory shorebirds, like Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, White-rumped and Baird’s Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs among others, spend the northern winter (South American summer), in the southernmost tip of our continent, and Punta Rasa is one of the main feeding grounds for these long range travelers. They share the area with some local residents, such as Hudson’s Canastero, Firewood Gatherer, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Greater Rhea, Spotted Nothura and the highly localized Olrog’s Gull.We will spend day 2 birding Punta Rasa and San Clemente, searching for these and other shore and grasslands dwellers. We wil depart San Clemente in the morning of day 3, birding en-route all the way back to Buenos Aires, where our journey ends.

Our second proposal is a birding tour to the Pampas north of Buenos Aires, and here is our itinerary in a nutshell

Our tour starts in Buenos Aires, early in the morning of day 1. We will go visiting Costanera Sur nature reserve. After lunch, we will drive to Otamendi National Park, which is located less than 80 kilometers north of Buenos Aires City, and spend the balance of the day birding in this area. Otamendi offers a unique opportunity to explore a diversity of Pampas’ ecosystems, including grasslands, riverine forests, marshlands and thorny woodlands. Some highly localized bird species live here, including both Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, Chicli Spinetail, Red-rumped Warbling-Finch and Rufous-capped Antshrike among others. We will spend day 2 birding in one of the most productive birding areas of the Pampas: Ceibas. The habitat here is similar to that of Otamendi, and this will give us the chance to look for all those species that we might have missed the day before. In the morning of day 3, we will set of for exploring the grasslands habitats of southern Entre Ríos and northern Buenos Aires province. It is here where we will put a special effort in finding several species of seedeaters, and some spectacular birds such as Saffron-cowled Blackbird. We will leave the area of Ceibas in the early evening, to return to the City of Buenos Aires, where our journey ends.


Best time to go

This tour is possible year round. If you are looking for specific bird species, please send us an e-mail with your preferences to get advise on best possible time of the year for you to go.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ local guide. All breakfasts, lunches or 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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