Argentina Birding Tours
Argentina is the second-largest country in South America and a famous travel destination. For those travelers familiar with the country it’s difficult to imagine Argentina without the legendary tango dance, the exquisite wine, the iconic figures of Eva Perón and Diego Armando Maradona, the religious passion most people have for football, the tasty beef, the European influence on the architecture and urbanism of its main cities, the coffee shops with noisy locals and their political discussions, the gauchos in the countryside, and the infallible herbal mate tea.
However, for birdwatchers Argentina goes far beyond these cultural aspects as a country with a list of 1064 bird species including 16 endemics, making Argentina one of the top birding destinations in South America. A birding trip in the southern part of the southern hemisphere does not result in a huge list of birds like tours in Colombia, Peru, or Ecuador; instead we focus on extremely high quality and fantastic species such as White-bellied Seedsnipe, Magellanic Plover, Black-winged Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, Two-banded Plover, Dolphin Gull, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Dot-winged Crake, Austral Rail, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Magellanic Woodpecker, Andean Condor, Chubut Steamer Duck, Flying Steamer Duck, King Penguin, Magellanic Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Burrowing Parakeet, Rufous-headed Goose, Upland Goose, Cordoba Cinclodes, Olrog’s Cinclodes, Scimitar-winged Woodcreeper, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, White-throated Treerunner, Yellow-bridled Finch, Salinas Monjita, Pampas Meadowlark, Greater and Lesser Rheas, Southern Screamer, Patagonian Yellow Finch, and the Critically Endangered (IUCN) Hooded Grebe; enough to make any birder’s mouth water.
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Our trips will allow you to explore Argentina from the capital Buenos Aires all the way south to Ushuaia, the most austral city in the world and the rendezvous point for our Antarctica trips. We cross the vast steppes of Patagonia from the Punta Rasa Natural Reserve to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdes, where spectacular colonies of Southern Elephant Seals can be seen and with luck even Orcas close to the coast. We explore the beech forest of El Calafate, admire the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, a truly natural wonder of the world, and enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped Fitzroy Massif in Tierra del Fuego, which will make the time stop for a few seconds and transport the observer into an episode of the Planet Earth series. With luck unique wildlife like colonies of South American Sea Lions, Pampas Fox, Large Hairy Armadillo, and Southern Right Whale might be encountered, and possibly even the elusive Puma. In addition Guanaco as well as a distinctive selection of smaller interesting rodents such as Coypu, Patagonian Mara, Wolffsohn’s Viscacha, and Southern Mountain Cavy could be seen.
Argentina is undoubtedly blessed with an enormous variety of habitats and natural wonders as well as its spectacular set of birds, but the country is vast, and a single trip might not suffice for most adventurous travelers. It will be well worth it exploring the regions north of Buenos Aires and Cordoba taking you to the borders with Brazil and Bolivia on the famous northern Argentina birding route. From snow-capped mountains and lakes in the high Andes to the Araucaria moist forests, lush cloudforest mountains, the impenetrable scrub-and-thorn Chaco, the Iberá Wetlands, and to Iguazú Falls, the largest in the world, the avian jewels that this route holds are outstanding, including birds such as Red-tailed Comet, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Rufous-throated Dipper, Black-legged Seriema, Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Strange-tailed Tyrant, the endemic Tucuman Mountain Finch, Moreno Ground Dove, Citron-headed Yellow Finch, Andean and Puna Flamingos, Horned Coot, Tucuman Amazon, White-throated Antpitta, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Toco Toucan, Blond-crested Woodpecker, and Golden-collared Macaw. The wildlife of this region is represented by mammals like Capybara, Vicuña, Guanaco, Crab-eating Fox, Andean Fox, South American Coati, and with luck Highland Tuco-tuco, one of the most distinctive rodents of this part of the world.
Please do join our enthusiastic tour leaders and professional guides as we travel across this incredible country!