Tour Interest: Birding
Tour Type: Overland
Tour Dates: Runs on request
Tour Duration: 11 days - 10 nights
Starts/Ends: Starts in Buenos Aires ends in Iguazú
Best time to go: Year-round
Prices: Based on group size
Outlined Daily Itinerary
Day 1 – Morning meeting at Buenos Aires International Airport. Afternoon birding Costanera Sur. O/N Buenos Aires.
Day 2 – Full day birding Pampas north of Buenos Aires and Ceibas. O/N Ceibas.
Day 3 – Ceibas To Curuzú cuatiá. O/N Curuzú Cuatiá.
Day 4 – Curuzú Cuatiá to Iberá Marshes. O/N Colonia Pellegrini.
Day 5 – Full day Iberá Marshes. O/N Colonia Pellegrini.
Day 6 – Iberá Marshes to Ituzaingó. O/N Ituzaingó.
Day 7 – Ituzaingó to San Pedro. O/N San Pedro.
Day 8 – San Pedro to Cruce Caballero to Wanda. O/N Wanda.
Day 9 – Wanda to Urugua-í to Iguazú. O/N Iguazú.
Day 10 – Full day birding Iguazú National Park. O/N Iguazú .
Day 11 – Morning birding Iguazú National Park. Early afternoon transfer to the airport. Tour conclusion.
Some Birds We’ll Look For
Pampas: Greater Rhea, Red-winged Tinamou, White-tufted Grebe, Ringed Teal, Southern Screamer, Savanna Hawk, Long-winged Harrier, Giant Woodrail, Burrowing Owl, Yellow-billed Tern, Spot-winged Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Checkered and White Woodpeckers, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Brown Cacholote, Lark-like Brushrunner, Short-billed Canastero, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Chotoy Spinetail, Grey Monjita, Warbling Doradito, Diademed Tanager, Great Pampa-Finch, Green-winged Saltator and White-rimmed Warbler.
Iberá Marshes: Stripe-backed bittern, Rufous-sided crake, Yellow-headed Caracara, Striped Owl, Least Nighthawk, Sickle-winged Nightjar, Striped Cuckoo, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Blue-billed Black-Tyrant, Black-capped Donacobius, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Marsh Seedeater, Purple-throated Euphonia, Yellow Cardinal and Lesser and Wedge-tailed Grass-Finches.
San Pedro and Urugua-í: Stygian Owl, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Streamside Warbler, Spotted Bamboo-Wren, Planalto Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Bertoni Antbird and Speckle-breasted Antpitta.
Iguazú: Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Great Dusky Swift, Black Jacobin, Planalto Hermit, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Black-throated Mango, Surucua Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Robust Woodpecker, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Blue Manakin, Tufted Antshrike, Southern Antpipit, Short-tailed Antpitta, Rufous Gnateater, Bananaquit, Epaulet Oriole and Blue-naped Chlorophonia.
Our journey begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city and the main gateway to this country. This is the heart of the Argentine Pampas, a habitat that stands out among Argentina’s most productive birding areas. The richest birding area in the Argentine Pampas is the one including the north-easternmost corner of Buenos Aires and southern Entre Ríos provinces. This is where we’ll spend time watching birds in habitats like grasslands, riverine forests, marshlands and thorny woodlands. Some highly localized birds possibly found here, include both Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, Chicli Spinetail, Red-rumped Warbling-Finch and Rufous-capped Antshrike among others. The most productive birding location in the Pampas, is called Ceibas and we will surely dedicate time to thoroughly explore it, looking for specialties like Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, White-naped Xenopsaris, Lark-like Brushrunner and Southern Screamer among others.
After birding the Pampas, we will drive to northeastern Argentina, where we’ll spend time in the Province of Corrientes exploring Iberá Marshes –the largest wetland in Argentina– and other habitats. This part of the country is the stronghold of several birds with highly restricted distribution ranges in Argentina, including Black-and-white Monjita, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Yellow-breasted Crake, Least Bittern and the rare and habitat restricted Yellow Cardinal to name but a few, but it is also home to several species of seedeaters, and beautiful birds like Bearded Tachuri, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Giant Woodrail and Black-collared Hawk among many others. Exploring Iberá will be a combination of boat excursions and walks along trails through different habitats –an experience worth trying for active birders.
Leaving behind Corrientes, we will continue our overland journey towards the Province of Misiones, crossing the Campos, a restricted area of savannas in smooth hills with patches of forests. The wide diversity and vast numbers of wetland bird species are overwhelming in this area. This is the habitat where endangered birds like Saffron-cowled Blackbird and the gorgeous Streamer-tailed Tyrant live.
Once in Misiones, we’ll bird the last remaining patches of native Araucaria forest, looking for Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon and Canebrake Groundcreeper, to finally conclude our journey exploring Uruguaí Provincial Park and the mighty, rainforest cloaked Iguazú Falls, at Iguazú National Park, where we expect to find birds like Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Toco Toucan, Blue Manakin, Green-headed Tanager, Blue-naped Chlorophonia and several hummingbirds, easily found at some local feeders.
Best Time To Go
Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.
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 Buenos Aires Airport to day 11 on departure from Iguazú Airport. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 11 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?”