Birding Argentina’s Northwest

Birding Argentina’s Northwest

Tour Duration
15 Days – 14 Nights
Best time to go
Year-round
Tour Type
Overland

Tour Features

Northwestern Argentina is a land full of spectacular landscapes and with a vast cultural heritage. Remnants of buildings and roads from the “Great Inca Empire of the Sun” can still be found everywhere here, and many cultural events and pre-Hispanic rituals, such as that in honor of the “Pacha Mama” (Mother Earth), are still celebrated by the locals. Andean music is heard everywhere, and people still play their traditional instruments. This incredibly varied region has a great diversity of natural habitats, ranging from Yungas Cloudforest to dry Chaco Woodlands and High Andean Lagoons. The three provinces in the northwesternmost part of Argentina, Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán, host some pristine representatives of these habitats, all worth visiting for birders to find both diversity and good numbers of native species.

Tour Highlights

White-browed and Zimmer’s Tapaculo, Tucuman Mountain Finch, Yellow-striped Brushfinch, Sandy Gallito, White-throated Cacholote, Moreno’s Ground Dove, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Rufous-throated Dipper, Spot-winged Falconet, Torrent Duck, Tucuman Amazon, White-throated Antpitta, Stripe-backed Antbird, Yungas Manakin, Puna Tinamou, Black-backed Grosbeak, Red-faced Guan, Lyre-tailed Nightjar,  Black-and-chestnut Eagle, White-tipped Plantcutter, Red-backed Sierra Finch, Fulvous-headed Brushfinch, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, Cordilleran and Puna canasteros, Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Slender-billed Miner.

INFORMATION

Tour Interest:
Birding
Tour Type:
Overland
Tour Dates:
Runs on reques
Tour Duration:
15 Days – 14 Nights
Starts/Ends:
Starts in Tucumán ends in Salta
Best time to go:
Year-round
Prices:
Based on group size
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 Tucumán Airport to day 15 on departure from Salta Airport. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 15 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?”

Itinerary ( 15 days )

Day

1

Arrival

Morning meeting at Tucumán Airport. Drive to Tafí del Valle. O/N Tafí.

Day

2

Tafí del Valle

Full day birding Tafí del Valle. O/N Tafí.

Day

3

Cafayate

Tafí del Valle to Cafayate. O/N Cafayate.

Day

4

Cabra Corral

Cafayate to Cabra Corral. O/N Cabra Corral.

Day

5

Cachi Road.

Full day Cachi Road. O/N Cabra Corral.

Day

6

Las Lajitas.

Cabra Corral to Las Lajitas. O/N Las Lajitas.

Day

7

Chaco habitats

Full day birding Chaco habitats. O/N Las Lajitas.

Day

8

Libertador Gral

Las Lajitas to Libertador Gral. San Martín. O/N Lib. Gral. San Martín.

Day

9

Calilegua National Park.

Full day birding Calilegua National Park. O/N Lib. Gral. San Martín.

Day

10

Purmamarca

Lib. Gral. San Martín to Purmamarca. O/N Purmamarca.

Day

11

Yala & Purmamarca.

Full day birding Yala and Purmamarca. O/N Purmamarca.

Day

12

Huacalera.

Purmamarca to Huacalera, O/N Huacalera.

Day

13

La Quiaca.

Huacalera to La Quiaca via Pozuelos. O/N La Quiaca.

Day

14

Yavi & High Andean Puna.

Full day birding Yavi and High Andean Puna. O/N La Quiaca.

Day

15

Tour conclusion.

La Quiaca to Jujuy or Salta. Tour conclusion.

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