Overview

Our tour through Argentina’s Southern Patagonia takes us on an amazing adventure through the southern portion of this incredible continent in search of the unique Magellanic Plover at Laguna Nímez, the rare White-bellied Seedsnipe of northern Tierra del Fuego, and the charismatic Magellanic Woodpecker.

Our journey begins in Los Glaciares National Park, famous in birding circles for its population of the impressive Andean Condors, uncommon Bronze-winged Duck, Chilean Flicker and the strange Rufous-tailed Plantcutter. Crossing the border into Chile, we spend a few days at possibly the most scenically impressive site on a tour of grand vistas - Torres del Paine. Aside from being a staggeringly spectacular stretch of mountains - quite possibly the most attractive scenery of all the Andes - Torres del Paine National Park also happens to be one of the best places in the world to see the mighty Puma. Next, we travel to the Punta Arenas, exploring the most southern continental locations for their plethora of rare and endemic species, both by road and ferry. As the tour draws to a close, we will be searching for birds in the dramatic and fabled landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. Here a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park could produce Austral Pygmy Owl, White-throated Treerunner and the fantastic Magellanic Woodpecker. In the Beagle Channel, we hope for Magellanic Diving Petrel, Fuegian Steamer Duck and White-throated Caracara, while in the Paso Garibaldi area we search for the rare White-bellied Seedsnipe. This tour covers the most essential sites in the southern portion of Argentina and gives a splendid overview of the breath-taking scenery, mind-blowing birding and excellent mammal viewing that this exceptional part of the world has to offer.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Magellanic Plover, Austral Rail, Chilean Flicker, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Woodpecker, Fire-eyed Diucon, White-throated Treerunner, Magellanic Tapaculo, Flying and Fuegian Steamer Ducks, Upland, Kelp & Ashy-headed Geese, Austral Parakeet, Yellow-bridled Finch, Black-chinned Siskin, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Andean Duck, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Patagonian Sierra Finch, Patagonian Yellow Finch, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, White-bellied & Least Seedsnipe, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Lesser Rhea, White-throated Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Austral Canastero, Patagonian Mockingbird, Black-faced Ibis, Austral Pygmy Owl, Bar-winged and Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Dark-faced, Cinnamon-bellied & Ochre-naped Ground Tyrants, White-crested Elaenia, Austral Blackbird, Chilean Swallow.
Top Mammals
Puma, Patagonian Huemul, Guanaco, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk, Large Hairy Armadillo, Culpeo and South American Grey Fox
Habitats Covered
Patagonian steppe, Magellanic subpolar forests, Patagonian High Plateau, mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, Atlantic Ocean
Expected Climate
cold to very cold, strong winds can be expected at times
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable to very comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky or very rare species
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery – Torres del Paine, Martial Glacier, Los Glaciares NP, Estancia Harberton, Beagle Channel,  pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Dennis Yong was certainly knowledgeable on his birds and all other wildlife. I have to hand it to him, he has YEARS of experience and it shows.

M

I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

MN

I look forward to another RBT tour...you can never go on too many RBT tours.

A

A massive thanks has to go to André, the ranger, he was exceptional. His knowledge of wildlife was incredible. We were able to learn so much about the animals, plants and he is the 'bird' guru!! We cant thank him enough for his time, going out of his way to show us everything possible, we saw everything.

Dennis's knowledge & ability to imitate bird calls is phenomenal. He is also an interesting person to travel with. I enjoyed Eric's humour and felt he handled the group well.

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