Argentina – Northern Patagonia, Pampas & Hooded Grebe 2019

December 01 - 15, 2019
Tour Length: 15 days Est. Spaces Left: Contact Us for info

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10 with Stephan Lorenz & local leaders
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Double Accommodation:
$ 7450
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+ $ 760
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One of the classic birdwatching destinations, Argentina’s Northern Patagonia and Pampas area 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 Bahia 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. Departing this expansive peninsula, we pay a visit to Punta Tombo. It is here that around half a million Magellanic Penguins gather every year to breed in the roughly 200,000 active nests! Finally, we travel to the newly created Patagonia National Park, home to the very attractive, but unfortunately critically endangered Hooded Grebe. With the main core of the breeding population found within the park boundaries, our chances of success are rather high! A fitting end to an absorbing tour. This tour is suitable for those who enjoy easy and accessible birding, awe inspiring landscapes, comfortable travel, fine cuisine and comfortable lodgings, and comes very highly recommended!

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