Our tour of northeast 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)! The beautiful Atlantic forests in the area still hold specials like Black-fronted Piping Guan, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail and Vinaceous-breasted Amazon. We then move across to the extensive Esteros del Iberá for some remarkable wetland birding at one of the largest marshland ecosystems in the country. Seedeaters are among the most special and well represented families here and headline species include the recently described Iberá Seedeater and others such as Marsh, Chestnut and Dark-throated while additional specials such as Strange-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit and Black-and-white Monjita are highly localised targets. Our tour concludes with visits to El Palmar National Park and Ceibas where we will be on the careful lookout for the scarce Glaucous-blue Grosbeak, South American Painted-snipe, Curve-billed and Straight-billed Reedhaunters, Ash-colored Cuckoo and Saffron-cowled Blackbird.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
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; Ibera, Marsh, Tawny-bellied, Dark-throated, Rufous-rumped, Rusty-collared, Double-collared & Chestnut Seedeaters; Warbling & Crested Doraditos; Chicli Spinetail; Grey & Black-and-white Monjitas; Short-billed Canastero; Straight-billed & Curve-billed Reedhaunters; Diademed & Guira Tanagers; 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; Ochre-breasted Pipit; Glaucous-blue Grosbeak; South American Painted-snipe; Ash-colored Cuckoo.
Top Mammals
Azara's Capuchin; Black-and-gold Howler Monkey; Grey Brocket; Marsh Deer; Capybara; Southern River Otter; Jaguarundi; South American Coati; Azara's Agouti; Argentine Plains Viscacha; Coypu.
Habitats Covered
araucaria forest, interior atlantic forest, rainforest, woodland, lagoons, wetlands, marshlands, rivers, streams
Expected Climate
hot and humid in the lower lying regions, moderate to cold when exposed at Ibera, strong winds can be expected at times
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
spectacular scenery, incredible Iguazú falls, pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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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.

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.

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.

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