- Tour Interest: Natural History and Birdwatching
- Tour Type: Overland
- Tour Dates: Runs on request
- Tour Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
- Starts/Ends: Starts in Resistencia or Corrientes ends in Formosa
- Best time to go: April to November
- Prices: Based on group size
Argentina’s wet Chaco region spreads through the north easternmost part of the country. This is, by all means, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Neotropics, with an outstanding diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, which find suitable habitat to thrive in its vast wetlands, grasslands, savannas, and forests.
Argentina’s wet Chaco habitats are home to a great number of endangered species, including South American Tapir, Marsh Deer, Collared Peccary, White Lipped Peccary, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Maned Wolf, and Giant Anteater among many others.
Birds are equally interesting in this region, with lots of endangered and rare species like Chaco Eagle, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Jabiru, Great Black Hawk, Greater Rhea, Muscovy Duck, Chaco Chachalaca, Barred Forest Falcon and Orange-backed Troupial to name but a few.
The wet Chaco is an area underexplored by ornithologists and birders. On top the already impressive number of birds that already live here, bird enthusiasts always have great chances to find new, rare species for the country, making from this destination a must-see for bird watchers wanting to make the most of a birding trip to Argentina.
Among the many birding locations that we’ll visit during this journey, the great wetland known as Bañado La Estrella stands out of the rest. This flooded savanna is home to such iconic species as Capybara, Yellow Anaconda and two species of caimans, all commonly seen everywhere around.
Birding is especially rewarding here, and it is possible to find wetland and forest birds alike, with many species restricted to this part of the country only. We will also explore two national parks; Pilcomayo, and Chaco. Pilcomayo National Park sits right on the border Between Argentina and Paraguay, and it is a unique place in terms of diversity. We’ll focus on birding the riverine forest along Pilcomayo River, which will surely produce a good number of birds including parrots, tucans, seriemas, kingfishers and oropendolas among others, but we will also have the opportunity to see mammals like Black-and-Gold Howler Monkey, which thrives in good numbers inside this park.
This fantastic and truly off-the-beaten-path wildlife expedition is perhaps one of the most inviting tours for naturalists hoping to discover areas of Argentina seldom visited by others. Join us on this unique journey through Argentina’s undiscovered subtropical wetlands and forests!
Some birds worth mentioning:
Greater Rhea, Red-winged Tinamou, Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Chaco Chachalaca, Muscovy Duck, Plumbeous Ibis, Jabiru, Pearl Kite, Chaco Eagle, Laughing Falcon, Ash-throated Crake, Red-legged Seriema, Black-legged Seriema, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Nanday Parakeet, Turquoise-fronted Amazon, Blue-tufted Starthroat, Chaco Puffbird, Toco Toucan, White-fronted Woodpecker, Golden-green Woodpecker, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Chaco Earthcreeper, Crested Hornero, Lrk-like Brushrunner, Great-rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Stripe-backed Antbird, Crested Gallito, Hooded Tanager, Many-colored Chaco Finch, Orange-backed Troupial, Crested Oropendola, Scarlet-headed Blackbird.
Mammals and reptiles possibly found:
Grey-brocket Deer, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Black-and-Gold Howler Monkey, Maned Wolf, Tayra, Collared Pecari, South-American Coati, Chacoan Mara, South American Tapir, Yellow Anaconda, Broad-snouted Caiman, Yacare Caiman, Black-and-White Tegu Lizard.
- Day 1 – Afternoon meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Resistencia or Corrientes airports. Drive to Saenz Peña, Chaco. O/N Saenz Peña
- Day 2 – Full day birding Pampa del Indio Provincial Park . O/N Saenz Peña
- Day 3 – Full day birding Chaco National Park. O/N Saenz Peña
- Day 4 – Drive from Chaco to Formosa province, birding en-route. O/N Laguna Blanca
- Day 5– Full day Birding Rio Pilcomayo National Park O/N Laguna Blanca
- Day 6 – Drive to Las Lomitas, birding along the way. Afternoon birding Bañado La Estrella and dry Chaco habitats around Las Lomitas. O/N Las Lomitas
- Day 7 – Full day birding Bañado La Estrella. Evening drive to the city of Formosa. O/N Formosa
- Day 8 – Morning birding Laguna Oca reserve in Formosa city, afternoon transfer to Formosa airport. Tour Conclusion
Great tour for combining with:
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 on arrival in Resistencia or Corrientes airport to day 8 on departure from Formosa airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 8 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.
What’s 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 under “What is included?”
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