Our tour of north east Argentina focusses predominantly on the province of Misiones. Here we will search the last remnants of San Pedro’s native Araucaria forest and visit one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the gargantuan Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazú Falls)! We conclude our tour with some remarkable wetland birding on the Esteros del Iberá, one of the largest marshland ecosystems in the country. Amongst the many fine birds we will be seeking are such sought-after and localised species as Strange-tailed Tyrant, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Black-fronted Piping Guan and Helmeted Woodpecker.
Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Stripe-backed Bittern, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Lesser Grass Finch, Saffron-cowled & Scarlet-headed Blackbirds, Black-capped Donacobius, Marsh, Tawny-bellied, Dark-throated, Rufous-rumped, Rusty-collared, Double-collared and Chestnut Seedeaters, Warbling & Crested Doraditos, Chicli Spinetail, Grey Monjita, Tawny-headed Swallow, Lark-like Brushrunner, Short-billed Canastero, Straight-billed & Curve-billed Reedhaunters, Diademed Tanager, Sword-tailed Hummingbird, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Surucua Trogon, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Blue Manakin, Plush-crested Jay, Great Dusky Swift, Toco & Green-billed Toucans, Saffron & Spot-billed Toucanets, Spot-backed Antshrike, Black-billed Scythebill, Southern Antpipit, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Dusky-tailed & Bertoni’s Antbirds, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Guira Tanager, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-throated Trogon, Robust Woodpecker.
Black-horned Capuchin, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Grey Brocket, Marsh Deer, Capybara and Southern River Otter
araucaria forest, interior atlantic forest, rainforest, woodland, lagoons, wetlands, marshlands, rivers, streams
hot and humid in the lower lying regions, moderate to cold and exposed at Ibera, strong winds can be expected at times
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
comfortable to very comfortable
moderate with some tricky species
spectacular scenery, incredible Iguazú falls, pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people
Peter is an excellent guide! He’s very friendly and did an excellent job is solving an problem that came along. PLU, He knows the birds well and would help us key in on the differences. I will go with him again! Pablo was our local guide and did a phenomenal job as well.
Peter Kaestner was completely committed to getting every bird possible on both tours. He was sensitive to all the needs of the participants and worked tirelessly on what could have been potentially serious limitations to the logistics. Getting the chauffeur/vehicle company to recognize the needs of a birding tour was difficult. And because of lack of flexibility in overtime use of the driver and deviations from an original itinerary, Peter had to work hard to make sure we had opportunities for every bird regardless. He was uncommonly successful in achieving these results.
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.
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.
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.
13 Nov 2023 - 23 Nov 2023 (11 days)
USD5,595 - No Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Dušan Brinkhuizen
20 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024 (11 days)
USD6,295 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Stuart Elsom
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