One of the classic birdwatching destinations, Argentina’s Northern Patagonia and Pampas areas not only offers superb birding, but also excellent cuisine, accommodation and transport. A vast country that possesses a large variety of habitats and climates, our tour introduces one to the famous Gaucho ridden Pampas, windswept steppes and endless barren Atlantic shores. Bird diversity thrives here, with almost half of Argentina’s endemics available. The southern Atlantic coasts will provide for some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
We start off with some relaxed city birding around Buenos Aires before heading south, birding the wetlands and tidal mudflats to Punta Rasa. We search for the rare and endangered Yellow Cardinal and range restricted Pampas Meadowlark around Bahía Blanca, while targeting two endemics - White-throated Cacholote and Sandy Gallito around Las Grutas. With a burgeoning list of impressive species, we head to what will surely be one of the tour highlights, the magnificent Valdés Peninsula, home of Sea Lion hunting Killer Whales as well as several immense bird and marine mammal breeding grounds.
2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.
Pampas Meadowlark, Yellow Cardinal, Olrog’s Gull, Darwin's Nothura, Patagonian & Red-winged Tinamous, Burrowing Parrot, Sandy Gallito, Carbonated Sierra Finch, White-throated Cacholote, Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, White-tipped Plantcutter, Elegant Crested Tinamou, Scaly-throated & Band-tailed Earthcreepers, Patagonian Canastero, Patagonian & Cordilleran Canasteros, Magellanic Penguin, Blackish Oystercatcher, Dolphin Gull, Patagonian Mockingbird, Andean Condor, Short-billed Miner, Austral Negrito, Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant, Coscoroba & Black-necked Swans, Masked Gnatcatcher, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Black-and-rufous Warbling Finch, Spectacled Tyrant, Pampa Finch, Greater & Lesser Rheas, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Brown Cacholote, Lark-like Brushrunner, Short-billed Canastero, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Diademed Tanager, Southern Screamer, Long-winged Harrier, Giant Wood Rail, White-tipped Dove, Checkered Woodpecker, Chotoy Spinetail, Warbling Doradito, Spotted Nothura, Chiloe Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Red Shoveler, Sulphur-bearded Spinetail, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, South American Painted-snipe, Hudson’s Canastero, Firewood-Gatherer, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Black-headed Duck, Dot-winged Crake, Speckled Rail, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Snowy-crowned Tern, White-winged Black Tyrant, Southern Giant Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill.
Pampas Deer, Guanaco, Patagonian Mara, South American Grey Fox, Culpeo, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk, Large Hairy Armadillo, South American Sea Lion, Southern Elephant Seal, Killer Whale, Patagonian Huemul, Patagonian Lesser Cavy, Lesser Grison, Geoffroy’s Cat
Patagonian steppe, wetlands, tidal mudflats, coastal steppe, Atlantic Patagonia, Patagonian plateau
moderate along the coast, moderate to cold in the higher steppe, strong winds can be expected at times
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
comfortable to very comfortable
moderate with some tricky species
spectacular scenery, pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people
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.
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.
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.
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