Tucumán - Salta - Jujuy
If we had to describe this itinerary in one word we would say "diverse". Nowhere in Argentina is the change of environments and their species so fast as in the Northwest. We wake up in the jungle of the Yungas, we will pass through the high Andes and end in the desert of Monte. This combination of environments in so few kilometers is dizzying for some, especially since the species that surround you change almost completely. This 11-day trip focuses on endemics and specialties of the southern Yungas, mountain jungles with astonishing landscapes. We will also visit La Puna, home to 3 species of Flamingos. Without a doubt, this is a tour for anyone who wants to do an intense and entertaining itinerary.
1st day: Buenos Aires
Morning arrival at Buenos Aires city - an hour drive to the Bel Air hotel - Lunch - Evening birdwatching in Costanera Sur - Typical Argentinian Dinner - Night in Buenos Aires.
Specialties: Red-and-white Crake -Diademed Tanager - Gray-throated Warbling Finch.
2nd day: From Buenos Aires to Totoral (Córdoba)
Morning arrival at Córdoba airport, 2 hours drive to Pampa de Achala - birding during the morning- Lunch - Travel for 3 hours for your transfer to Casa Blanca lodge in Totoral - Dinner and night in Casa Blanca Lodge.
Specialties: Black-bodied Woodpecker - Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper - Green-barred Woodpecker - Lark-like Brushrunner - Red-tailed Comet - Olive-crowned Crescent-chest.
3rd day: From Totoral to Tafi del Valle (Tucumán)
Birding in Salinas (7 am till 10 am) - Lunch on the road - 5 hours drive to Tafi del Valle (Tucumán)- night in Tafi del Valle.
Specialties: Salinas Monjita - Red Tailed Comet - Black-bodied Woodpecker - Olive-crowned Crescentchest - Straneck's Tyrannulet - Chaco Eagle.
4th day: From Tafi del Valle to Monteros and back to Tafí del Valle (Tucumán)
Full day Birding in Rio Los Sosa and Dique Los Molles - Lunch - Night in Tafí del Valle.
Specialties: Rufous-throated Dipper - White-browed tapaculo - Torrent Duck.
5th day: From Tafí del Valle (Tucumán) to Chicoana (Salta)
Full day birding in Valles Calchaquíes - 3 hours drive- Transfer to Chicoana.
Specialties: Steinbach´s Canastero - Sandy Gallito - White-throated Cacholote.
6th day: From Chicoana to Cuesta del Obispo (Salta)
Full day birding in Cuesta del Obispo - lunch in Cuesta del Obispo - 2 hours drive to San Lorenzo - Night in San Lorenzo.
Specialties: Rufous-bellied Mountain Tanager - Maquis Canastero - Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant - Rusty Flowerpiercer - Rothschild's Swift - Slaty Elaenia - Slender-billed Miner - Buff-breasted Earthcreeper - Scribble-tailed Canastero - Paramo Pipit - Boulder Finch.
7th day: From Chicoana (Salta) to Purmamarca (Jujuy)
Transfer to Jujuy by La Cornisa on a 3 hours drive - birding in between - Dinner in Purmamarca - Night in Purmamarca.
Specialties: Andean Hillstar - Giant Hummingbird -Creamy-breasted Canastero- Black-hooded Sierra Finch.
8th day: From Purmamarca (Jujuy) to La Quiaca (Jujuy)
Birding day in Humahuaca Valley - lunch in Humahuaca - 2 hours drive to La Quiaca - Night in La Quiaca.
Specialties: Sparkling Violetear - Mountain Caracara - d'Orbigny's Chat-Tyrant.
9th day: La Quiaca (Jujuy)
Full birding day in Los Pozuelo - 2 hours drive back to the lodge - Dinner in La Quiaca - Night in La Quiaca.
Specialties: Puna Tinamou - Andean Goose - Puna Teal - Andean Flamingo - James's Flamingo - Horned Coot - Giant Coot - Slate-colored Coot - Andean Avocet - Puna Plover - Puna Snipe - Puna Ibis - Mountain Parakeet - Puna Miner - Andean Negrito.
10th day: La Quiaca (Jujuy)
Full birding day in Yavi and Santa Victoria - Dinner in La Quiaca - Night in La Quiaca.
Specialties: Bare-faced Ground Dove - Black-winged Ground Dove - Golden-spotted Ground Dove - Wedge-tailed Hillstar - Tawny Tit-Spinetail - Puna Ground-Tyrant - Andean Swallow - Brown-backed Mockingbird - Bolivian Warbling Finch.
11th day: From La Quiaca (Jujuy) to Buenos Aires
Transfer to Jujuy on a 3 hours drive - Brief birding stop in Yala - Airplane to Buenos Aires.
Specialties: Yungas Guan - Lyre-tailed Nightjar - Speckled Hummingbird - Slender-tailed Woodstar - Black-and-chestnut Eagle - Montane Forest Screech-Owl - Fulvous-headed Brushfinch.
*This is a customizable tour. Contact us for more information
*Season: March 15th - November 15th
Yungas Guan - Bare-eyed Ground Dove - Montane Forest Screech-Owl - Yungas Pygmy-Owl - Tucuman Parrot - White-browed Tapaculo - Steinbach's Canastero - Yellow-striped Brushfinch - Monte Yellow-Finch - Yungas Sparrow
Huayco Tinamou - Ornate Tinamou - Andean Goose - Yungas Guan - Andean Flamingo - Bare-eyed Ground Dove - Andean Avocet - Andean Lapwing - Diademed Sandpiper-Plover - Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe - Montane Forest Screech-Owl - Yungas Pygmy-Owl - Andean Flicker - Tucuman Parrot - White-browed Tapaculo - Scribble-tailed Canastero - Steinbach's Canastero - Buff-banded Tyrannulet - Highland Elaenia - Rough-legged Tyrannulet - Rufous-throated Dipper - Paramo Pipit - Yungas Sparrow - Yellow-striped Brushfinch - Red-backed Sierra Finch - Boulder Finch - Monte Yellow-Finch
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You will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the birding areas. Our professional guides will make sure you have the best experience birding and getting to know our appreciated culture.
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Birds are very sensitive to colors like: white, red, yellow, pink and bright colors. For that reason, we suggest to bring khaki colors like green and brown. Don't forget your sunglasses for the salinas birding!
If you are a birdwatcher you should bring your binoculars. Your tour guide will have a monocular for long distances, mainly in Miramar de Ansenuza and Pampa de Achala. If you are a bird photographer, bring your camera.
Accommodations on a twin/double room basis - Transfers to and from de birding areas - Birding tours - Breakfast at the lodge - Lunch at the birding tour - Dinner at the lodge - Guided tours in English including entrance fees (if needed)
International and domestic airfares - Anything not stated on Included Services - Gratuities - Early/late check-out - Room service - Visa fees/services - Other personal items or services not mentioned.
Breakfast before check in - Lunch after check out - Transfer to and from the airport - Additional tours, extra activities or excursions.