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Birdwatching Tour in the Andes Mountains of Northwest Argentina - 8 Days

Birdwatching Tour in the Andes Mountains of Northwest Argentina
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Birding Argentina Tour

An 8-day bird watching Argentina tour in Northwestern Argentina has some of the most spectacular landscape settings, ranging from humid forests to extremely arid lands, and from lowlands to mountains more than 4,000 m high. A host of localized and endemic birds are presently making this a prime birding trip.

We start in Tucuman province, where we’ll experience a diversity of climates and habitats. Deep in the valleys live the endemic Moreno’s Ground-Dove, Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Tucuman Mountain-Finch, and White-browed Tapaculo. The
Torrent Duck and Rufous-throated Dipper will have us scanning every stream. The humid Yungas cloud forests and montane forest are host to the Alder Amazon, Red-faced Guan, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch, Rusty browed Warbling-Finch, Fawn-breasted and Rust-and-Yellow Tanagers, among others.

Higher up, there are open grasslands and shrubby ravines inhabited by the rare Rufous-bellied Saltator, Maquis and Scribble-tailed Canasteros, Band-tailed and Plumbeous Sierra-Finch. In the arid valleys covered with “Monte” desert, an endemic biome of Argentina, we will look for the endemic Sandy Gallito, White-throated Cacholote and Steinbach’s Canastero. Then we enter the Humahuaca Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site with spectacular scenery, beautiful colonial villages and lots of wildlife. At the highest point of our trip, we will ascend to
the Altiplano, reaching the lakes of the barren Puna. This is the reign of
the Andean Condor, Giant Hummingbird and large concentrations of water birds.

Besides its rich birdlife, this journey is an opportunity to experience the authentic culture of the Andes and to enjoy magnificent scenery as well as superb malbec wines.

Alternative Name: Birding the Andes Mountains of Northwest Argentina
Day 1
Day 1 - Tucumán to Tafí del Valle

Arrive in Tucuman.

Meet guide and drive along Yungas Cloudforest habitats towards the village of Tafi del valle, ascending up to 2000 m.

(Lunch-Dinner)

Day 2
Day 2 - Aconquija Range - Tafí del Valle

Tafi del Valle is a quiet mountain retreat nestled in the Aconquija mountain range from where we'll explore Yungas Cloudforest and high altitude grasslands. We'll also have the chance to visit the standing stones of an archaeological site near town.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 3
Day 3 - Semi desert Valleys - Cafayate

Today we leave Tafi and drive up to the high pass of El Infiernillo (3042 m), descending into the semi desertic Calchaqui valleys, home of an endemic biome of Argentina, the "monte" scrub.

Vineyards and wineries are also part of this beautiful landscape, where the village of Cafayate will be our ideal base to explore the surroundings.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 4
Day 4 - Cafayate to Salta

After a morning birding the semi-desert habitats near Quilmes archaeological site, we continue our trip north driving along the scenic "Quebrada de las Conchas".

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 5
Day 5 - Cuesta del Obispo (road to Cachi)

Today we take a full day excursion to the "Cuesta del Obispo" (route of the Bishop), a scenic drive up to the mountains ideal for birding in forests, cacti fields and grasslands.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 6
Day 6 - Salta to Humahuaca Gorge

Morning departure driving the scenic "Camino de cornisa", a narrow road that winds through the mountain side allowing magnificent views of the forest betweel Salta and Jujuy.

An early afternoon arrival to Humahuaca Gorge, an UNESCO site, will allow us to walk the desert type habitats, and maybe take a stroll at some of the typical markets.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 7
Day 7 - High Andes - descend to Yala

Today we take a full day excursion to the Altiplano near Abra Pampa. Ascending gradually up to 4000 m, we'll find Puna grasslands and some high altitude lakes home of a varied wildlife.

On the way back we descend to Yala, an ideal base to explore the nearby Montane forest.

(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)

Day 8
Day 8 - Yala - end of tour

Morning birding montane forest habitats near Yala before proceeding to the airport, where the tour ends.

(Breakfast)

Yungas Cloudforest and semi-desert Valleys: Ornate Tinamou, Torrent Duck, Moreno’s Ground-Dove, Burrowing Parrot, Mitred Parakeet, Red-tailed Comet, White-throated Cacholote, Slender-billed Miner, Rock Earthcreeper, Brown-capped Tit-spinetail, Steinbach’s Canastero, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Sandy Gallito, White-browed Tapaculo, White-winged Black-Tyrant, Slaty Elaenia, White-throated Tyrannulet, Rufous-throated Dipper, Brown-capped Whitestart, Two-banded Warbler, Fawn-breasted Tanager, White-tipped Plantcutter, Greenish Yellow-Finch, Monte Yellow-Finch, Rufous-sided Warbing-Finch, Ringed Warbling-Finch, Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Tucuman Mountain-finch, Common Chlorospingus, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch.

High Andes, Puna Altiplano: Lesser (Puna) Rhea, Andean Goose, Andean Condor, Mountain Caracara, three species of flamingos (Chilean, Andean, James’s), Andean Coot (possible Giant and Horned), Puna Teal, Puna Ibis, Andean Avocet, Andean Lapwing, Puna Plover, Andean Hillstar, Giant Hummingbird, Andean Swift, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Golden-spotted Ground-Dove, Mountain Parakeet, Rufous banded and Puna Miners, Puna Canastero, Andean Swallow, Puna Yellow-Finch, Andean Negrito, Brown-backed Mockingbird, Black-hooded Sierra-finch, Black Siskin.

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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8 Days

Price & Availability

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USD2,122 / per person
Based on twin/double room
This tour is operated by: Seriema Nature Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Northwest Argentina
  • Birds
  • Maximum 8 pax
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • January to December
  • Moderate
  • English / Spanish
  • Tour starts in Tucumán city / airport
  • Tour ends in Jujuy city / airport