Tour Interest: Birding
Tour Type: Fly-Drive
Tour Dates: Runs on request
Tour Duration: 9 Days - 8 Nights
Starts/Ends: Starts in Calafate ends in Ushuaia.
Best time to go: October to March
Prices: Based on group size
Outlined Daily Itinerary
Day 1 – Afternoon meeting at El Calafate Airport. Drive to town and birding Laguna Nímez. O/N El Calafate.
Day 2 – Full day birding Los Glaciares National Park. O/N El Calafate.
Day 3 – Drive to Torres del Paine, birding en-route. O/N Torres del Paine.
Days 4 and 5 – Two full days birding Torres del Paine. O/N Torres del Paine.
Day 6 – Torres del Paine to Calafate and flight to Ushuaia. O/N Ushuaia.
Day 7 – Full day birding Tierra del Fuego National Park O/N Ushuaia.
Day 8 – Full day birding Beagle Channel. O/N Ushuaia.
Day 9 – Morning birding Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Tour conclusion.
Some Birds We’ll Look For
El Calafate & Torres del Paine: Patagonian Tinamou, Black-necked Swan, Bronze-winged Duck, Torrent Duck, Andean Condor, Magellanic Tapaculo, White-throated Treerunner, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, and Magellanic Plover.
Ushuaia: Gentoo Penguin, Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Southern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Common and Magellanic diving petrels, Ashy-headed, Upland and Kelp geese, Flying and Fuegian streamer ducks, Black-faced Ibis, Austral Pygmy Owl, Lesser Horned Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, Ochre-naped Ground Tyrant and Yellow-bridled Finch.
The southernmost tip of the American Continent is a land of vast solitudes and unexplored wilderness. Remote Patagonia is an immense geographical region in the south of Argentina and Chile. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Pacific to the west, Patagonia spans north to south from the Colorado River in Argentina and Reloncaví Sound in Chile, to the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn.
We will explore the steppes and forests of mighty Patagonia, searching for their unique birds. Patagonia hosts 60 bird species almost restricted or endemic to the region. The Patagonian forests are home to spectacular birds like Magellanic Woodpecker, and Lesser Horned Owl, but Andean Patagonia is also unique for its breathtaking scenery, including such spectacular glaciers like the Moreno, which we’ll have the chance to see at Los Glaciares National Park. No trip to Patagonia is complete without paying a visit to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth, and ours is no exception, so we will also explore the same forests and islands seen and described by Charles Darwin in the early 19th century.
Best Time To Go
Southern hemisphere spring and summer months are the possible ones to go birding Patagonia. October to March is when birding is at its best in Southwestern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, regardless some birds are easier within more restricted time frames, so please let us know what local birds are included on your wishlist to help you planning for best possible tour dates accordingly.
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 El Calafate airport to day 9 on departure from Ushuaia airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 9 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves. Motor catamaran excursion on the Beagle Channel.
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?”