Argentina is a wonderful country to visit. From its capital, this 1600 km long itinerant journey will allow us to explore a multitude of regions made up of grasslands, immense wetlands and Atlantic forests, enveloped by the warm currents coming from neighbouring Brazil. The grand finale of this magnificent journey will take place at the foot of the gargantuan Iguazú Falls.

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8 days
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Xavier Amigo

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Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires - Costanera del sur

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Arrival at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Immediate transfer to our hotel in the San Telmo district to freshen up, drop off our bags and visit one of the most productive urban bird reserves in South America. La Costanera del Sur, located on the northeastern edge of the Argentine capital, is wedged between the urban area and the La Plata River. In the riparian and forest vegetation of the pampas more than 60 species live here.

Return to the hotel to freshen up.

Dinner in town and overnight stay in a comfortable hotel

transfer, English-speaking guide

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazú

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After breakfast we will fly to one of the most emblematic sites in Argentina, the Iguazú National Park, with its incomparable waterfalls. After a stopover in the Argentinean capital, we arrive at the end of the day in Puerto Iguazú, located in the north-east of the province of Misiones. Immediate transfer to our rural accommodation and first bird watching.

transfer, English-speaking guide

Day 3: 101 road – Surucua

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After breakfast and meeting our local guide and driver, this morning we will take the 101 road to the east and the Atlantic forests of the Andresito area, located along the Iguazu River. Several stops will be made along this dirt road to look for some of the common species but also some rarities. Arrival in the early afternoon at our new lodge. After settling in to our cabins and eating, we will take one of the many trails to look for the local birdlife. We will cross the palm groves, which are home to some special wildlife, and take a moment to photograph some of the other birds around the lodge from the many platforms. First night walk, to try to find several owls.

Dinner and overnight in standard accommodation.

transfer, English-speaking guide, local guide

Key species: Surucua and Black-throated Trogon, White-bearded, Swallow-tailed and Band-tailed Manakins, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Saffron and Spot-billed Toucanet Barred Antshrike, , Ochre-collared Piculet, Scaly-headed Parrot, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Rufous Gnateater, Short-tailed Antthrush, Plain-winged and Lesser Woodcreeper, Black-capped and White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher, Pavonine Cuckoo, Green-barred and Blond-crested Woodpecker, White-bearded Antshrike, Ruby-crowned Tanager, eared Pygmy-Tyrant, Rufous-margined Antwren, Southern Antpipit, Black-capped and Tropical Screech-Owl.

Day 4: Surucua

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The list of birds in the Sucua reserve is over 270 species. We will focus this day on the missing species of the area with the option of visiting the riparian areas around the lodge and along the Iguazu River, but also the bamboo forests, rich in specialties. We can also explore some of the more remote trails. Between the forest trails that penetrate the deep tropical vegetation and the forest roads that cross the more open forest, we will be able to alternate our observations and practice easier photo sessions. We will also look for leks of different species of manakin. The undergrowth is teeming with life, with many rare species of birds, orchids, mammals and insects. Before dinner we will have the opportunity to go for a final night walk around the lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay in standard accommodation.

transfer, English-speaking guide, local guide

Key species: Tataupa Tinamou, Large-headed Flatbill, White-throated Spadebill, Plush-crested Jay, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Tufted Antshrike, Variable Oriole, Green-winged Saltator, Bertoni's Antbird, Variegated Antpitta, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Greenish Schiffornis, Blackish-blue Seedeater, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Saffron-billed Sparrow, Spot-billed Toucanet, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

Day 5: Surucua - Urugua-í - Iguazú

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This morning it will be time to return to the Iguazu area. We will take one of the roads leading west, stopping at Urugua-í. This reserve located at 600 meters is unique for the region, as most of the forests in the province are located lower down. This particular ecosystem has a very dense undergrowth of bamboo, which is very attractive to a number of special species. We will spend the whole day exploring the different areas of the reserve, including the vegetation along the Uruzú River. On the way back to Iguazu, in the early evening, we will also try to find nocturnal birds such as owls and nightjars.

Dinner and overnight in rural accommodation.

transfer, English-speaking guide, local guide

Key species: Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Spotted Bamboowren, Planalto Tapaculo, Bertoni’s Antbirds, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Maroon-bellied Parakeets, Ochre-collared Piculet, Grey-bellied Spinetail,, White-eyed Foliage-gleaners, Sibilant Syristes, Blue Manakin, Southern Bristle Tyrant, Greenish Tyrannulet, Eastern Slaty Thrushes, Chestnut-headed Tanagers, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Blackish-blue Seedeater, Green-chinned Euphonia.

Day 6: Parc national Iguazú

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This morning we will walk the paths of the Iguazu National Park. We will enjoy the many viewpoints, along the range of cascades formed by more than 250 individual waterfalls. From the park entrance, the small train will take us to the beginning of the trails and then to the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat), one of the most spectacular. In addition to waterfalls, unique orchids, small primates, rare bats and a wide variety of mammals, these interior Atlantic forests are home to many attractive and common birds. We will take advantage of the various forest trails to look for noisy flocks of parrots and toucans, mixed flocks of colourful tanagers and, on the open areas, we will look for large flights of swifts and raptors. These magical forests are bathed in the ubiquitous song of the solitary tinamou, and countless species of anteaters and antbirds.

Dinner and overnight at the same accommodation.

transfer, English-speaking guide, local guide

Key species: Solitary Tinamou, urucua Trogon, Redruffed Fruitcrow, Blue Manakin, Plush-crested Jay, Great Dusky Swifts, Toco et Green-billed Toucans, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Saffron et Spot-billed Toucanets, Slaty-breasted Wood Rail, Spotbacked et Tufted Antshrike, Greater Ani, Black-billed Scythebill Solitary Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood Quail, Southern Antpipit, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Green-headed Tanagers.

Day 7: Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires

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We will finish our trip in the area with a visit to a private garden with an incredible variety of hummingbirds. The feeders here and there normally attract no less than seven species of these flying gems throughout the year. A few accidental species that are expanding in the area have recently been observed here. In addition to the hummingbirds, many colourful species of passerine birds flit around the garden, making it easy to take photos. After lunch, transfer to the Puerto-Iguazu airport for our flight to the capital. We will then enjoy a "Gardellian" moment by attending a tango show and enjoying a good typical meal, to immerse ourselves in the "porteña" culture.

Dinner in town and overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

transfer, English-speaking guide, local guide

Key species: Black Jacobin, Scale-throated et Planalto Hermit, Black-throated Mango, Gilded, Sapphire, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, White-throated Hummingbird, Versicolored Emerald, Thrushlike Wren, Bananaquit, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Epaulet Oriole et Green-headed Tanager.

Day 8: Buenos Aires – Ezeiza

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After breakfast we will have a short cultural tour of the city before freshening up at the hotel and collecting our luggage for your international flight back from Ezeiza airport.

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Included

  • Private transportation (gas, road taxes, parking, insurance of vehicle and passengers).
  • All transfers as mentioned.
  • Bilingual English-speaking naturalist guide for the mainland
  • 24-hour assistance
  • Accommodation in double room, private bathroom (charming hotels, estancias and lodges of superior category)
  • Meals as mentioned picnic for some hikes.

Not included

  • International flight. (You can consult our list of tour operators offering flights).
  • Entrance fees to the tour sites.
  • Excursions and activities indicated as optional in the programme.
  • Luggage weight supplements for flights (23 kg allowed on domestic flights)
  • Some dinners (expect to pay between 12 and 25 US$/meal)
  • Single room supplement.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks for all meals.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Bank commissions for payments.

Important note

Itineraries may be subject to last minute changes, due to natural events or changes in domestic legislation. The visitor must take into account and accept the possibility of last minute changes in the organisation of the trip. The operator therefore reserves the right to make any changes necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of the travellers and to comply with the laws in force. The hotels are given as an indication subject to availability at the time of booking the tour. In case of unavailability, a hotel of the same category will be proposed

Your guide for this trip

Xavier Amigo

Xavier Amigo

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A great enthusiast of the neo-tropical environment, he has now resided for more than 25 years in Ecuador, where he founded Nature Experience. A self-taught ornithologist and naturalist, he holds a diploma in Conservation Strategy and Techniques in the neo-tropical zone, an active member of several conservation foundations and a founding member of the National Bird Watch Network ( RedAvesEcuador). He will help you in the elaboration of your natural, ornithological and professional requests. He will also share with you his experience of more than fifteen years as a guide in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil but also in Peru and the Galapagos.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Birdwatching and photography trip

Accompaniment

Specialised bilingual guide

Arrival city

Buenos Aires

Departure city

Buenos Aires

Food

Local and family cuisine

Accomodation

Charming Hotels, Lodges and Hacienda
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