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Birding Tour in Northeast Argentina: Iberá Wetlands & Iguazú Rainforest - 8 Days

Birding Tour in Northeast Argentina: Iberá Wetlands & Iguazú Rainforest
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Birdwatching in Argentina

A number of sites in birding in Argentina in Northeastern combine a pleasant escape with the very best wildlife and scenery. There is no doubt that Iguazú and Iberá are the regional highlights.

Iberá, meaning "brilliant waters" in the local Guaraní tongue, is one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world, spreading over 1,2 million hectares of which nearly half are protected by the combined surfaces of a provincial reserve and the recently proclaimed national park. Marshes, grasslands and woodlands are part of this huge natural paradise full of wildlife watching and photographing opportunities. Water lilies, water hyacinths, papyrus and cattails host an extraordinary variety of birds, including Jabirus, Herons, Jacanas, Screamers and numerous passerines.

Immediately North from there is Misiones province, named after the Jesuit missions established there in the 17th century. In contrast with the above mentioned open landscapes, here we'll find the Atlantic Forest, one of the richest biomes of South America. Iguazú National Park and its mighty waterfalls, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the undisputed gem of the area. Its name also derives from the Guaraní, meaning “big water” and it is easy to understand why. The roar and the steam columns produced by the splashing waters are heard and seven kilometres away. Here, a network of catwalks takes you along the very edge of the different falls, through the lush vegetation. Everything is thickly laden with orchids and bromeliads, and wildlife includes all you can imagine for this tropical paradise: Toucans, Parakeets, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Antbirds, Manakins... Over 400 species of birds were recorded in the area. This added to nearly 500 species of other vertebrates, including 120 mammals makes the area one of the world's top wildlife destinations.

This tour can be taken in a reversed sequence, starting in Iguazú and finishing in Iberá.

Alternative Name: Birding Northeast Argentina: Iberá Wetlands & Iguazú rainforest
Day 1
Day 1 - Posadas to Iberá Wetlands

Arrive in Posadas airport. Meet guide and drive to Iberá wetlands, a spectacular site home of 350 species of birds and 300 other vertebrates, including 66 mammals species.

(Lunch-Dinner)

Day 2
Day 2 - Iberá Wetlands

The Iberá wetlands are one of the largest wetlands in the world and our base is located at the very heart of it. We will go birding in the morning and afternoon in subtropical grasslands, woods, and of course the wetlands themselves, which we'l also explore on a boat ride.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3
Day 3 - Iberá Wetlands

Having three days in the area will allow us to make the most of our time looking for the bird specialities, which includes Strange-tailed Tyrant, Black-and-white Monjita, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant and numerous species of Seedeaters (chances for the newly described Iberá Seedeater!)

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4
Day 4 - Iberá Wetlands to San Ignacio

Another morning birding in Iberá before moving North into the province of Misiones. Birding will become more exciting as we immerse ourselves in the diversity of Argentina's richest ecosystem, the Atlantic Forest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5
Day 5 - San Ignacio to Iguazú

Early morning birding in Atlantic Forest reserve before continuing our way to the extreme Northeast corner of the country, Puerto Iguazú. In the afternoon, we'll go birding near the hotel.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6
Day 6 - Iguazú National Park

Today we will visit Iguazú National Park and its mighty falls on a full day trip. A well designed net of walkways will let us approach the falls for enjoying magnificent views of the river and forest.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7
Day 7 - Puerto Iguazú

This additional day in Puerto Iguazú will be dedicated for birding other forest trails near our hotel and to pay a visit to the famous hummingbird gardens in town.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8
Day 8 - Puerto Iguazú - End of tour

After our last morning birding in Puerto Iguazú, we check-out and transfer to the airport where the tour ends.

(Breakfast)

Iberá Wetlands: Greater Rhea, Red-winged Tinamou, Jabiru Stork, Plumbeous Ibis, Rufescent Tiger-heron, Pinnated Bittern, Stripe-backed Bittern, Azure Gallinule, Rufous-sided Crake, Large-billed Tern, Savanna Hawk, Little Nightjar, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Striped Cuckoo, Black-and-white Monjita, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Crested Doradito, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Donacobius, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Purple-throated Euphonia, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Green-winged Saltator, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, Lesser Grass-Finch, up to seven Seedeater species, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Chopi Blackbird, Scarlet-headed Blackbird.

Atlantic Forest / Iguazú: Solitary Tinamou, Black-Fronted Piping-Guan, Rusty-margined Guan, Slaty-Breasted Wood-Rail, Reddish-Bellied Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Great Dusky Swift; Black-faced and Surucua Trogons; five species of Toucans, twelve species of Woodpeckers; Blue, White-bearded and Band-tailed Manakins; Long-tailed Tyrant, White-winged Swallow, Blue Dacnis; Violaceus and Chestnut-bellied Euphonias; Blue-naped Chlorophonia; Guira, Green headed, Magpie and Chestnut-headed Tanagers; Golden-winged Cacique.

What is included?

  • Private surface transportation.
  • Professional birding guide fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Birding equipment (telescope, torches, MP3, etc)
  • Bird Checklist
  • 7 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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USD2,246 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Seriema Nature Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Northeast Argentina
  • Birds
  • Maximum 8 pax
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • January to December
  • Moderate
  • English / Spanish
  • Tour starts in Posadas city / airport
  • Tour ends in Puerto Iguazú city / airport