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

Birding Argentina’s Northeast

Tour Map

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 Ceibas and Otamendi. O/N Ceibas.

Day 3 – Ceibas To El Palmar National Park. O/N Near El Palmar.

Day 4 – El Palmar 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 Urugua-í and on to Iguazú. O/N Iguazú.

Day 9 – Full day birding Iguazú National Park. O/N Iguazú.

Day 10 – Full day birding Iguazú National Park. O/N Iguazú .

Day 11 – Morning birding around Puerto Iguazú. 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.

 

Tour Features

The vast territory of Argentina spans 4,000 kilometers from north to south, encompassing biomes that range from lowland rainforests to Andean deserts. This unique journey covers an incredible diversity of sites and habitats.

Our birding adventure begins exploring the Pampas grasslands and thorny woodlands north of Buenos Aires, focusing mainly on two premium birding locations: Ceibas and Otamendi, where we’ll look for birds like Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, White-naped Xenopsaris, Lark-like Brushrunner and Southern Screamer among others.

After birding the Pampas, we will drive to northeastern Argentina, the richest bird area in this country. Our overland adventure will take us exploring the vast Iberá Marshes, where we expect to find some unique birds, like Strange-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Giant Woodrail, Long-winged Harrier and Scarlet-headed Blackbird. Our drive from Iberá to Iguazú will take us through the wet grasslands of the Campos of Misiones, where chances are high for Streamer-tailed Tyrant, White Woodpecker and the rare and secretive Saffron-cowled Blackbird.

We will then explore the last remaining patches of native Araucaria forest looking for some key species, like Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon and Canebrake Groundcreeper. The tour concludes at the mighty, rainforest cloaked, Iguazú Falls, where we expect to find birds like Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Toco Toucan, Blue Manakin, Green-headed Tanager and Blue-naped Chlorophonia to name but a few.

 

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.

 

What’s 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 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?”