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Birding in Central Argentina: Endemics and Specialities of Córdoba Central Hills Tour - 4 Days

Birding in Central Argentina: Endemics and Specialities of Córdoba Central Hills Tour
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Birdwatching Argentina

A 4-day birding Argentina tour in the geographic centre of the country rise the Cordoba Hills, a granite massif of 2800 m on its highest point. Separated from the Andes by some 320 Km, the region has acted as a true island for speciation and is home to several endemic birds, both at the higher elevations and in the adjacent lowlands and salt flats. Such is the case of the Cordoba Cinclodes, Olrog's Cinclodes and Salinas Monjita, three of the most sought-after birds in Argentina. Several subspecies -some of them potential splits- occur only here, such as Puna ("Córdoba") Canastero, Rufous-banded Miner, Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant, Long-tailedd Meadowlark, to name just a few.

Dense stands of Chaco vegetation support an amazingly rich assortment of birds which includes specialties such as Brushland Tinamou, Spot-winged Falconet, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Chaco Owl, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper and Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finch. Here too Andean Condors and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle patrol the skies; and small jewels like the Red-tailed Comet and the Olive-crowned Crescentchest are but a few examples of what can be found.

Alternative Name: Birding Central Argentina: Endemics and specialities of Córdoba Central Hills
Day 1
Day 1 - Cordoba airport - Highlands

Arrive in Cordoba and drive to Pampa de Achala to look for the

highlands endemics. Descend to the valley for afternoon birding at

the Chaco woods.

(Lunch-Dinner)

Day 2
Day 2 - Sierran Chaco woodlands

Full day birding the Sierran Chaco habitats around the hotel.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 3
Day 3 - Lowlands and Saltflats

Morning departure to the northern lowlands, birding chaco woods and afternoon birding at the Salinas Grandes saltflats.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 4
Day 4 - Lowland Chaco woods - end of tour

Morning birding lowland chaco woods, return to Cordoba where the tour ends in the afternoon.

(Breakfast-Lunch)

Brushland Tinamou, Andean Tinamou, Andean Condor, Spot-winged Falconet, Chaco Owl, Red-tailed Comet, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Chaco Earthcreeper, Rufous-banded Miner, Olrog’s Cinclodes, Cordoba Cinclodes, Puna “Cordoba” Canastero, White-winged Cinclodes, Crested Hornero, Lesser Canastero, Lark-like Brushrunner, Little thornbird, Great Antshrike, Least Shrike-tyrant, Salinas Monjita, Grey-crowned Tyrannulet, Chiguanco Thrush, Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finch, Crested Gallito, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, Chaco Puffbird, Black-crested Finch, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Many-coloured Chaco-Finch, Golden-billed Saltator, Band-tailed, Plumbeous and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches.

What is included?

  • Private surface transportation.
  • Professional birding guide fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Birding equipment (telescope, torches, MP3, etc)
  • Bird Checklist
  • 3 nights accommodation on a double basis (single available upon request at an additional charge).
  • Meals as per program.
  • Bottled water for meals and excursions.
  • Admission fees to National Parks, Fauna Reserves, and Private Properties.

What is not included?

  • Tips of any kind.
  • Medical, travel and luggage insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, internet connection, laundry service, á la carte dishes, etc.
  • Other unspecified costs in the itinerary

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4 Days

Price & Availability

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USD814 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Seriema Nature Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Córdoba Province
  • Birds
  • Maximum 8 pax
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • January to December
  • Moderate
  • English / Spanish
  • Tour starts in Córdoba airport
  • Tour ends in Córdoba airport