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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Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

Our tour was really exceptional, and our guide, Glen Valentine, was fabulous!!! Being in the jungle meant our views were narrowed, but Glen went out of his way to make sure everyone had a chance to see these exceptional birds.

I would recommend Rockjumper to my birding colleagues back in Cape May, New Jersey. Cuan and Rockjumper did an outstanding job in helping us plan our trip.

Glen and Dennis did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn't much that we didn't find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.

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