Tour Interest: Birding
Tour Type: Overland
Tour Dates: Runs on request
Tour Duration: 10 Days - 9 Nights
Starts/Ends: Starts in Trelew or Puerto Madryn ends in Comodoro Rivadavia.
Best time to go: October to March
Prices: Based on group size
Outlined Daily Itinerary
Day 1 – Morning meeting at Bahía Blanca Airport. Afternoon birding around Bahía Blanca. O/N Bahía Blanca.
Day 2 – Full day birding different habitats around Bahía Blanca. O/N Bahía Blanca.
Day 3 – Bahía Blanca to Las Grutas. O/N Las Grutas.
Day 4 – Full day birding Las Grutas and San Antonio Oeste. O/N Las Grutas.
Day 5 – Morning birding around Las Grutas. Afternoon drive to Puerto Madryn. O/N Puerto Madryn.
Day 6 – Puerto Madryn to Cabo Dos Bahías and on to Comodoro Rivadavia. O/N Comodoro Rivadavia.
Day 7 – Comodoro Rivadavia to Puerto Deseado. O/N Puerto Deseado.
Day 8 – Full day birding Puerto Deseado and the estuary of the Deseado River. O/N Puerto Deseado.
Day 9 – Full day birding Penguin Island. O/N Puerto Deseado.
Day 10 – Puerto Deseado to Comodoro Rivadavia Airport. Tour conclusion .
Some Birds We’ll Look For
Bahía Blanca: Olrog’s Gull, Hudsonian Godwit, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Gull-billed Tern, Snowy-crowned Tern, American Cliff Swallow, Chaco Earthcreeper, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Sharp-billed Canastero, Short-billed Canastero, Firewood-Gatherer, Short-billed Pipit, Straneck’s Tyrannulet, Black-crowned Monjita, White-winged Black Tyrant, Ringed Warbling Finch and Band-tailed Seedeater.
Las Grutas and San Antonio Oeste: Darwin’s Nothura, Sandy Gallito, Burrowing Parrot, Carbonated Sierra Finch, Hudson’s Black Tyrant, Scaly-throated Earthcreeper, White-throated Cacholote, Short-billed Canastero, Austral Thrush, Greater Wagtail-Tyrant, White-tipped Plantcutter, Common Diuca Finch and Cinnamon Warbling Finch.
Puerto Madryn to Comodoro Rivadavia: Lesser Rhea, Elegant Crested Tinamou, Magellanic Penguin, Chubut Steamer Duck, Blackish Oystercatcher, Dolphin Gull, Brown Skua, Cordilleran Canastero, Scaly-throated Earthcreeper, Patagonian Mockingbird, Patagonian Canastero and Carbonated Sierra Finch.
Puerto Deseado: Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Rock Shag, Imperial Shag, Red-legged Cormorant, Flying Steamer Duck, Least Seedsnipe, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Dolphin Gull, Snowy Sheathbill, Brown and Chilean skuas, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant and Black-chinned Siskin.
Join us on this unique birding adventure in the southernmost end of the American Continent. Patagonia is certainly a land of extremes. This southernmost tip of the American continent is a geographical region that covers the south of Argentina and Chile and has such diverse habitats as arid steppes, Southern Beech forests and of course the seashores of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Divided into a wet southern and western slope and a dry eastern slope by the Andean range, Patagonia is one part of South America that offers an outstanding diversity of birds, with some 60 species almost restricted, or endemic to this unique region.
Eastern Patagonia is a land of vast solitudes. It is here where the arid steppes of the Patagonian Plateau reach the Atlantic Ocean. Tall sedimentary cliffs frame endless gravel beaches in this area, providing shelter to innumerable seabirds and marine mammals that make their home in these remote, barren shores. Eastern Patagonia’s unique wilderness allures naturalists the world over, imprinting strong memories in the minds of many remarkable ones like Charles Darwin, Gerald Durrell, William Henry Hudson and Sir David Attenborough. Books like The Voyage of the Beagle, The Whispering Land and Idle Days in Patagonia, and documentaries like the chapter of BBC’s The Trials of Life featuring Orcas hunting sea lions on the shores of the Valdés Peninsula, reflect their personal experiences in this magical land.
Best Time To Go
Late September is when birds start getting busy claiming nesting territories, but October is when they get really active, so October to March is the best time to go visiting this area. October, November and December are the best three months if you are interested in watching seabirds at their nests. Winter months (April to August), are cold in this part of the country. There are birds and it is possible to go birding anyway, but birds are not as active as they are in spring/summer and migrants –like for instance penguins– are not there.
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 Bahía Blanca Airport to day 10 on departure from Comodoro Rivadavia Airport. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 10 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?”