Birding in Far North Uruguay Tour
This itinerary runs across the far north of Uruguay, the wildest and pristine Uruguay, the genuine gaucho’s land that is made for a beautiful landscape of wet ravines and sierras-grassland.
The west banks of the Uruguay River is an interesting mixture of wet grassland, small lagoons, river forest and park-like forest called Algarrobal which is an extension of the Chaco sited inland of the continent.
Alternative Tour Name: North Ravines And The Banks Of The Uruguay River
You will be picked up (Montevideo or Airport) and we will drive for 6 hours (550 km) from Montevideo to the Department of Río Negro, in the banks of the River Uruguay, in the west of the country. Here it is found one of the largest wetland reserves, nearby the waters of river. The Esteros de Farrapos National Park protects a territory of 20,205 hectares that includes not only wetlands, but also different kind of forests and some islands of the Uruguay River. It is also an Important Bird Area because of the presence of several endangered bird species like the Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Black-and-white Monjita and the Chestnut Seedeater; and because of the large numbers of water bird species that occur here. Accommodation in a local Estancia-hotel.
We will spend all day around the area. Birding early in the morning, before breakfast, around the Estancia. After breakfast we will spend a full day birding in the National Park. We will back to the Estancia for having lunch. We will continue birding in the afternoon around the area. Dinner and overnight at the Estancia
After breakfast we will drive for 3 hours (260 km) to the north ravines, in the Department of Tacuarembó. We will be welcomed for a gauchos’ family at their home where we will spent 02 nights. The family has a great knowledge about the local flora and fauna and they will guide us through his property to show us the amazing landscape in where they live. We will arrive for lunch and after a short rest we will check the area around. Dinner and overnight at the Estancia.
We will spend all day in the area for birding and other optional activities (horseback riding and involvement in farm working). Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Estancia.
We will dedicate first lights for birding around the Estancia. After breakfast we will drive back to Montevideo. Birding on route. Arrival at afternoon.
Wet Lands: Lagoons, ponds and Reed-beds. Southern Screamer, Coscoroba Swan, Brazilian Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Yellow-biled Teal, Silver Teal, White-tufted Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Whistling Heron, Long-winged Harrier, Giant Wood-Rail, Plumbeous Rail, Roseate Spoonbill, White-winged Coot, Wattled Jacana, Spot-flanked Gallinule, South American Stilt, Spectacled Tyrant, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Great Pampa-Finch, Wren-like Rushbird, Sooty Tyrannulet, White-and black Monjita, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch, Masked Yellow-throat, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Yellow-rumped Marshbid,Prairies (and mixed environments): Greater Rhea, Spotted Tinamou, Red-winged Tinamou, Buff-necked Ibis, Whistling Heron, Yellow-headed Caracara, Red-legged Seriema, Savanna Hawk, Picui Ground-dove, Monk Parekeet, Guira Cuckoo, Burrowing Owl, Field Flicker, White Woodpecker, Picazuro Pigeon, Firewood-gatherer, Rusted-collared Seedeater, Vermillion Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, White-and black Monjita, Crested Black-tyrant, Cattle Tyrant, Short-billed Pipit, Correndera Pipit, Lesser Grass-finch, Grassland Sparrow, Grassland Yellow-finch, Double-collared Seedeater, Red-crested Cardinal, Native Forest: Ravine-Sierras forest and Park-like woodlands: Spot-winged Pigeon, White-eyed Parakeet, Mottled Piculed, White-spotted Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Striped Cuckoo, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Guira Cuckoo, Blue-tufted Starthroat, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Gilded Hummingbird, White-throated Hummingbird, Variable Antshrike, Narrow-billed Wood-creeper, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Striped-crowned Spinetail, Lark-like Brushrunner, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Brown Cachalote, Spix’s Spinetail, Tufteed Tit.spinetail, Shirt-billed Canastero, Firewood Gatherer, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Mottled-cheeked Tyrannulet, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Red-eyed Vireo, Masked Gnatcatcher, Golden-billed Saltator, Tropical Parula, Golden-crowned Warbler, Chestnut-backed Tanager, Diademed Tanager, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Glaucous-blue Grosbeak, White-rimmed Warbler.
What is included?
- Transportation, fuel, toll fare, Entrance ticket to National Parks and Protected Areas.
- Birding guide and driver (same person).
- Bird-watching guide, local bird book-guide, birding list and scope.
- Accommodation in 3-4* hotels and Estancia from day 01 to day 04.
- Breakfast included in all hotels and Estancias from day 02 to 05.
- Lunch and dinner is included in all hotels and Estancias from day 01 to 4.
- Some Snacks, fruit and mineral water are included.
What is not included?
- International Flights Tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Binoculars and scope are not included.
- Breakfast is not included on 1st day.
- Lunch and Dinner are not included on day 5th.
- Coffee, extra drink and food is not included.
- Alcoholic drinks are not included.
- Personal Travel Insurance is not included.
- Other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
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