Birding Tour Argentina: Northwest from the Foothills to Puna 2018

Duration: 18 days

Where else can you go from arid scrub with huge cacti to Yungas cloudforest at 7 000 feet, to puna at 10000 feet, and to alto andino (high Andean) habitat at 13000 feet, within the space of days? You’ll see cloudforest wonders like the highly range-restricted Rufous-throated Dipper and Red-faced Guan. Four species of attractive Metriopelia ground doves, one of them endemic, can be seen in the arid pre-puna of the Humahuaca Valley. Spectacular rock formations greet you along the way up into the Andes. You’ll find high altitude alkaline lakes filled with three different flamingo species, including one of the world’s rarest, James’s Flamingo. Isolated pockets of finches, hummingbirds, and furnarids of all shapes and sizes abound. Marshes full of rails, herons, jacanas, limpkins, screamers, seriemas, and ibis plus the many splendors of Calilegua National Park fill you with wonder. One of the most charismatic targets on this trip is the stunning Rufous-throated Dipper. Torrent Duck, Andean Condor, and other classic Andean species are rather easy to find here. Both Black-legged and Red-legged Seriemas are usually found without too many problems, along with a host of other amazing Chaco birds that with some luck will include Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Chaco Owl, the sought-after Spot-winged Falconet, and so many others. All in all, this is a spectacular tour through Argentina’s famous wine-growing area for some of South America’s classic birds as we traverse varied, spectacular scenery. Need we say more? Join us for Birding Tour Argentina.

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