Overview

Our comprehensive north west tour is set amongst some of the finest scenery in all of South America, and targets every single endemic and near endemic the region has to offer! From such diverse areas as Quebrada de las Conchas and Tafi del Valle to the spectacular Humahuaca Valley and Yungas Cloud forests of Calilegua National Park, no better backdrop exists against which to search out the region’s avian gems! Highlights include Rufous-throated Dipper, Tucuman Mountain Finch, flashy Red-tailed Comet, immense Andean Condor, Sandy Gallito, Burrowing Parrot, Tucuman Amazon, Lark-like Brushrunner and even Spot-winged Falconet.

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Rufous-throated Dipper, Tucuman Amazon, Golden-collared Macaw, Grey-hooded, Green-cheeked & Mitred Parakeets, Sandy & Crested Gallitos, Brown & White-throated Cacholotes, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Spot-winged Falconet, Andean, Ornate & Tataupa Tinamous, Black-legged Seriema, Chaco Chachalaca, Dusky-legged Guan, Chilean, James’s & Andean Flamingos, Giant Coot, Andean Goose, Puna Teal, Puna Ibis, Puna Plover, Andean Avocet, Andean Gull, Dot-fronted Woodpecker, Ocellated Piculet, Striped Owl, Little Nightjar, Moreno`s Ground Dove, Yungas Dove, Plush-crested Jay, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Olive-crowned Crescentchest,  Stripe-backed Antbird, Puna, Maquis, Steinbach´s & Scribble-tailed Canasteros, Rock & Buff-breasted Earthcreepers, Lark-like Brushrunner, Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant, Andean Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Suiriri Flycatcher, Andean Slaty Thrush, Chaco Puffbird, Red-tailed Comet, White-sided Hillstar, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Orange-headed Tanager, Tucuman Mountain Finch, Yellow-striped Brushfinch, Many-colored Chaco Finch, Ash-breasted Sierra Finch, Black-masked Finch.
Top Mammals
Guanaco, Vicuña, Southern Mountain Viscacha, Culpeo
Habitats Covered
yungas cloud forest, montane forest, woodland, high andean grassland, monte desert, cacti scrubland, dry chaco, altiplano lakes, wetlands, marshlands, rivers, streams
Expected Climate
hot and humid in the lower lying regions, moderate to very cold in the higher altitudes, strong winds can be expected at times
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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CJ

The B&BG Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me. Rockjumper did everything just right. The birds and animals, the accommodations, and especially Wayne were all top notch. Although Wayne is relatively new to Rockjumper, he is definitely a keeper – personable, a keen observer, and a natural leader. He really made the tour more than “just another birding trip”. This is certainly a tour that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone, although I am seriously considering South Africa next. Alison was wonderfully helpful, especially for finding a U.S. travel agent who booked affordable and reliable airline tickets for me.

P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

The game drives were fantastic, André’s knowledge and attention to detail could certainly be used as the benchmark for all lodges. We were often stopping to wipe away the tears of laughter and the times spent on the drives with André will certainly be remembered. Hats off to you André, you really made our trip!!!

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

H

Marius Coetzee is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced safari (field) guides I have met on my more than 30 trips to Africa. His knowledge of the bush and ability to work with his tracker to find animals is unique and appreciated. As an accomplished photographer, Marius knows how to position his vehicle to get the best photograph and has the patience to make sure that his guests see what they need.

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