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.
Magellanic Plover; Austral Rail; Chilean Flicker; Thorn-tailed Rayadito; Magellanic Woodpecker; Fire-eyed Diucon; White-throated Treerunner; Magellanic Tapaculo; Flying & Fuegian Steamer Ducks; Upland, Kelp & Ashy-headed Geese; Austral Parakeet; Yellow-bridled Finch; Black-chinned Siskin; Magellanic Oystercatcher; Rufous-tailed Plantcutter; Patagonian Sierra Finch; Patagonian Yellow Finch; Chocolate-vented Tyrant; White-bellied & Least Seedsnipe; Andean Condor; Lesser Rhea; White-throated Caracara; Austral Canastero; Patagonian Mockingbird; Black-faced Ibis; Austral Pygmy Owl; Dark-bellied Cinclodes; Dark-faced, Cinnamon-bellied & Ochre-naped Ground Tyrants; Austral Blackbird; Chilean Swallow.
Puma; Patagonian Huemul; Guanaco; Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk; Large Hairy Armadillo; Culpeo; South American Grey Fox.
Patagonian steppe, Magellanic subpolar forests, Patagonian High Plateau, mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, Atlantic Ocean
cold to very cold, strong winds can be expected at times
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
comfortable to very comfortable
moderate with some tricky or very rare species
spectacular scenery – Torres del Paine, Martial Glacier, Los Glaciares NP, Estancia Harberton, Beagle Channel, pristine & little-explored wilderness
good to excellent
It was an honor and a pleasure to travel with Peter Kaestner, an uncommonly quiet but knowledgeable, dedicated, focused, transparent, kind and caring individual, with a sense of humor and a willingness to take the group's wants and needs into account when issues arose. The whole tour was a rich and rewarding experience!
Bobby Wilcox is an excellent guide in every way.
This was an excellent tour and Peter did a very good job. He made the transition from birder/lister to tour guide very well. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and personable. I also liked that he allowed the tour participants to provide input and vote on any potential itinerary modifications and provided us with the information needed to make decisions. All good.
Bobby Wilcox was a very capable and congenial leader. Our group consisted of birders of all levels of expertise. Bobby did his very best to make certain everyone got the opportunities they needed to have a very positive experience.
Peter Kaestner was an excellent guide, combining outstanding bird-finding and identification abilities, capable and efficient logistical planning, and strong social and interpersonal skills. One especially commendable feature of Peter's bird guiding is his limiting of playback to the minimum needed for the bird to come out and be seen by the whole group (rather than for optimal photos or prolonged views), thereby minimizing disturbance to what are often localized or threatened bird species. We hope that other Rockjumper guides will adopt Peter's approach.
02 Dec 2023 - 12 Dec 2023 (11 days)
USD8,195 - No Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Dušan Brinkhuizen
02 Nov 2025 - 12 Nov 2025 (11 days)
USD9,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Robert Wilcox
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