Our tour through Argentina’s Southern Patagonia takes us on an amazing adventure through the southern portion of this incredible continent in search for the unique Magellanic Plover at Laguna Nimez, the rare White-bellied Seedsnipe on the wide-open grassy plains of northern Tierra del Fuego, and charismatic Magellanic Woodpecker. Our journey begins in the Los Glacieres National Park, famous in birding circles for its population of the impressive Andean Condors, the uncommon Bronze-winged Duck, Chilean Flicker and the strange Rufous-tailed Plantcutter. Crossing the border into Chile, we spend a few days at possibly the most scenically impressive site on a tour of grand vistas; Torres del Paine. Aside from being a staggeringly spectacular stretch of mountains, quite possibly the most attractive scenery of all the Andes; Torres del Paine National Park also happens to be one of the best places in the world to see the mighty Puma. Next we travel to the Punta Arenas, exploring the most southern continental locations for their plethora of rare and endemic species, both by road and by ferry. As the tour draw to a close, we will be searching for birds in the dramatic and fabled landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. Here a visit to the national park could produce Austral Pygmy Owl, White-throated Treerunner and the fantastic Magellanic Woodpecker. In the Beagle Channel we hope for Magellanic Diving Petrel, Fuegian Steamer Duck and White-throated Caracara, while in the Rio Grande area we search for the rare White-bellied Seedsnipe. This tour covers the most essential sites in the southern portion of Argentina and gives a splendid overview of the breath-taking scenery, mind-blowing birding and excellent mammal viewing that this exceptional part of the world has to offer.
Magellanic Plover, Austral Rail, Chilean Flicker, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Woodpecker, Fire-eyed Diucon, White-throated Treerunner, Magellanic Tapaculo, Flying and Fuegian Steamer Ducks, Upland, Kelp & Ashy-headed Geese, Austral Parakeet, Yellow-bridled Finch, Black-chinned Siskin, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Andean Duck, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Patagonian Sierra Finch, Patagonian Yellow Finch, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, White-bellied & Least Seedsnipe, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Lesser Rhea, White-throated Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Austral Canastero, Patagonian Mockingbird, Black-faced Ibis, Austral Pygmy Owl, Bar-winged and Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Dark-faced, Cinnamon-bellied & Ochre-naped Ground Tyrants, White-crested Elaenia, Austral Blackbird, Chilean Swallow.
Puma, Patagonian Huemul, Guanaco, Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk, Large Hairy Armadillo, Culpeo and South American Grey Fox
Patagonian steppe, Magellanic subpolar forests, Patagonian High Plateau, mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, Atlantic Ocean
cold to very cold, strong winds can be expected at times
spectacular scenery – Torres del Paine, Martial Glacier, Los Glaciares NP, Estancia Harberton, Beagle Channel, pristine & little-explored wilderness, great cuisine, super-friendly people