Our Cordoba Endemics Extension targets some of the least-known birds and least-visited areas of Argentina. The geographically isolated Cordoba Hills are a haven of endemicity where we can expect to find the endemic Olrog’s and Cordoba Cinclodes. The nearby salt pans and lakes of Salinas Grande and Mar Chiquita offer up numerous flamingos and the highly localised Salinas Monjita. Visiting some highly accessible and largely unspoilt habitats, this short tour provides the perfect opportunity to clear up the region’s endemics and enjoy excellent sightings of otherwise difficult species.
Olrog’s & Cordoba Cinclodes; Salinas Monjita; Puna Canastero; Tataupa & Brushland Tinamous; Black-bodied Woodpecker; Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper; Spot-winged Falconet; Olive-crowned Crescentchest; Crested Hornero; Straneck’s Tyrannulet; White-banded Mockingbird; Rufous-banded Miner; Subtropical Doradito; Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant; Red-tailed Comet; Blue-tufted Starthroat; Andean Swift; Suiriri Flycatcher; Hellmayr’s Pipit; Band-tailed Sierra Finch; Black-crested Finch; Many-colored Chaco Finch. Habitats Covered
woodland, scrub, chaco, mountains, salt pans Expected Climate
moderate to cool, can be very hot during the day Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable Ease of Birding
mostly easy Other Attractions
Mar Chiquita Photographic Opportunities
Bobby Wilcox is an excellent guide in every way.
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.
Peter is an excellent guide! He’s very friendly and did an excellent job is solving an problem that came along. PLU, He knows the birds well and would help us key in on the differences. I will go with him again! Pablo was our local guide and did a phenomenal job as well.
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!
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.