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Birding Iguazú National Park - 4 Days

Birding Iguazú National Park
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The most important forest south of the Amazon is formed by a set of subtropical rainforests including the Brazilian “Mata Atlántica” and the Interior Atlantic Forest in the Argentine province of Misiones. These forests host dozens of unique species of orchids, small primates, bats of rare habits and endemic birds. The most remarkable natural wonder of Misiones is Iguazú National Park, with its unparalleled falls. Here, the Iguazú River falls 70 meters down, forming a fan of cascades with more than 250 individual falls.

Around one million hectares of the highly endangered Interior Atlantic Forest still stand in patches spread throughout the Argentine province of Misiones. Thanks to the efforts made by several local conservation organizations and individuals, most of them have been declared provincial reserves, and at the present they are linked to each other and to Iguazú National Park, forming a big, single conservation unit, known as the Green Corridor. This continuous forest cover supports healthy populations of big mammals, such as Jaguar, South American Tapir and Giant Anteater among others. There are areas of the Green Corridor where the forest canopy is dominated by giant Monkey-puzzle Trees (Araucaria angustifolia). This Araucaria forest cherishes some true forest jewels, such as Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, Red Howler Monkey and the rare Vinaceous-breasted Parrot.

Iguazú Falls can be enjoyed to their fullest by walking along the different walkways of the park and stopping at their many lookouts to behold the most spectacular views of them all. These trails have been built in different levels, and visitors have the chance to see the falls from above and below. A narrow gauge train takes you from the entrance gate of the park to the trails’ entrance, and on to the most spectacular fall of them all: Devil’s Throat. A myriad of colorful birds live in Iguazú. Surucua Trogon, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Blue Manakin, five species of Euphonias and several species of Tanagers are all commonly found inside the park. Thousands of Great Dusky Swifts and several species of forest raptors master the skies here as well. The forest canopy is home to noisy flocks of Parrots, Parakeets, Antwrens and five species of Toucans. Birds like Black-Fronted Piping-Guan, Spot-backed Antshrike, Black-Billed Scythebill and twelve species of Woodpeckers, including the rare Helmeted, inhabit the lower layers of the rainforest. One can also enjoy the magic of this forest by listening to the distinctive calls of birds like Solitary Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Tufted Antshrike and Southern Antpipit.

Thanks to the efforts put throughout the years to preserve the falls and their surrounding habitat as wild as possible, it can be said the nowadays the area looks almost as pristine as it did when the Spanish “Conquistador” Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca first saw them in 1542. The unique conditions of the forest in Iguazú made it possible for the producers of the famous film “The Mission” (starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons) to recreate the conditions under which the Jesuit missionaries lived in the region more than two centuries ago.

Day 1
Day 1- Puerto Iguazú

Rendezvous with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Puerto Iguazú International Airport (Argentina) or Foz do Iguaçú (Brazil). Transfer to our selected Hotel in Puerto Iguazú (Argentina), or inside Iguazú National Park (Argentina), and check in for the following three nights. Time permitting; we will do some birding in the surroundings of our lodge. Time permitting; we will do some birding in the surroundings of our lodge, and go visiting the hummingbird feeders in town, where up to 9 species of these wonderful birds can be seen: Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Scale-throated and Planalto Hermits, Clack Jacobin, Black-throated Mango, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Gilded Sappphire, White-throated Hummingbird and Versicolored Emerald.

Day 2
Day 2 - Iguazú National Park

Full day visiting Iguazú National Park, with its magnificent falls. We will spend the day exploring the walkways of the falls area and other trails -some of them only accessible with a special permission- for increasing our chances to watch the most secretive bird species of the canopy and the shady interior of the forest. Some of the birds that can be found inside the park are Southern Antpipit, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Swallow Tanager, Toco Toucan, Red-rumped Cacique, Solitary Tinamou, Green-winged Saltator and many more. In the early evening we will go visiting the most impressive fall of them all: Devil’s Throat. It is here where Dusky Swifts dive through the foaming falls by the thousands!

Day 3
Day 3 - Urugua-í Provincial Park

We will start early this morning and drive 60 kilometres south of Iguazú, to go exploring Urugua-í Provincial Park. The forest here settles at a higher altitude, and its birds are different to the ones found in Iguazú. This reserve was created to protect an 84,000 hectares relict of Misiones Mountain Forest; a very particular habitat situated 600 meters above sea level, higher than the remaining forests of Misiones. This distinct ecosystem with a dense bamboo understorey is favoured by several bird species randomly seen in Iguazú or any of the other lowland forests. The riverine forest along the Uruzú River is excellent for birds like Black-fronted Piping Guan, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper and Streamside Warbler. The bamboo stocks host Spotted Bamboo-Wren, Planalto Tapaculo, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Bertoni Antbird and Speckle-breasted Antpitta among others. Green-chinned Euphonia is also possible here, as well as Black Hawk-Eagle. The very rare Greenish Tyrannulet is a resident in Urugua-í, and chances to see it are very high. We will return to Iguazú to spend the night there. Day 4: Iguazú National Park and departure

Day 4
Day 4 - Iguazú National Park and Departure

We will spend our last morning in Iguazú, walking along some of the trails and taking our time to photograph wildlife. This day we have the chance to find the pretty Blue Manakin, Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher, Slaty-breasted WoodRail, Blond-crested and Robust Woodpecker, Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner and Black-throated Trogon tomention but a few. Late morning transfer to the local airport where the tour ends.

What is included?

  • Private transportation for all transfers and excursions.
  • Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request.
  • Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Iguazú or Iguaçú airport to day 4 on departure from that same airport. Local guides where required by law.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4 of the tour.
  • No drinks included.
  • Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What is not included?

  • International and domestic airfares and airport taxes.
  • Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.

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Why book with Trogon Tours?

Trogon Tours is the official tour company of Birding Argentina. We started trading in 2000, running only birding tours in Argentina and Patagonia. Regardless, it didn’t take long for the company to start expanding towards other Latin American countries, catering not just for birders but also for general nature travelers. Trogon Tours’ journeys are designed for English speaking naturalists looking for personalized travel adventures. Our goal is to help our clients exploring the most spectacular birding and wildlife destinations in the Neotropics and Antarctica, like the Argentine Pampas, mighty Patagonia, the Brazilian Pantanal, Iguazú Falls, the mighty Andes, South Georgia and many others. We know that in a world of many choices, modern travellers can now select from a wide variety of tour options. If you are a free independent traveller, Trogon Tours will be pleased to design and operate the perfect travel adventure for you to enjoy the Neotropics and Antarctica. On the other hand, if you prefer travelling with tour companies based in your own country, please contact us for advise on suitable travel options for your next nature travel adventure.

Best Time To Go?

This tour is possible year round. Regardless, please bear in mind that November through March are very hot and humid months. Iguazú is a very popular destination for Argentines so if possible, try avoiding school holidays (Christmas to late February and July) and also Easter holidays.

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4 Days

Price & Availability

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USD798 / per person
This tour is operated by: Trogon Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Puerto Iguazú
  • On-Request
  • Multi-Day-Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 4 Days
  • Year-round
  • +13 years
  • Leisurely
  • English & Spanish
  • Iguazú International Airport (Argentina)
  • Iguazú International Airport (Argentina)