Overview

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.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
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
Habitats Covered
Patagonian steppe, wetlands, tidal mudflats, coastal steppe, Atlantic Patagonia, Patagonian plateau
Expected Climate
moderate along the coast, moderate to cold in the higher steppe, strong winds can be expected at times
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable to very 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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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.

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.

I was really pleasantly surprised about every aspect of the Oman & UAE tour. Forrest Rowland did an outstanding job in every way and he has a great sense of humour. This tour exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right, accommodations and meals were of high quality, and Forrest did a great job of organizing details and making sure everything ran smoothly. He found the species that were sought and had expert knowledge of where the birds were likely to be found and when was the best time to try for them.

M

I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

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