11 days/ 10 nights.

North and Northeast Argentina Birding and Wildlife Tour: Ibera Marshes and Atlantic Forest (with Iguazu Falls).

PBNAR3_11 days/ 10 nights.

This is a tour which comprises some of the best birding destinations of north and northeast of Argentina. For practical reasons, the tour is divided into 2 stages, which are connected together as follows:

Stage 1: Iberá Marshes

Ibera Marshes constitute an enormous wetland located in northeast Argentina in the center of Corrientes province, and is one of the wildest areas in southern South America.The marshland habitat hosts a remarkable variety of birds, many of them mainly found in this part of the world, including a newly described species: Ibera Seedeater. But Ibera is not just about marshes; other important ecoregions are found in the surroundings. The subtropical grasslands are the marshes' main counterpart in the region, giving refuge to some of the most endangered bird species of the area, such as Strange-tailed Tyrant, Saffron-cowled Blackbird and Marsh Seedeater, threatened mainly by habitat loss. The Espinal Forest is found south of the marshes, adding a high diversity of furnarids (oven birds) and one of the most sought-after species: the endangered Yellow Cardinal. Finally, the Humid Chaco Forest to the west and the Atlantic Forest to the northeast of the Ibera Marshes add their strong influence to the area’s biodiversity in the scattered patches of forest naturally found in the region. The combination of all these ecoregions and their bird species makes Ibera Marshes an outstanding birding destination.

Stage 2: Iguazu Falls and Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest (subtropical forest of Amazon domain) is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in South America with about 60% of its vertebrate fauna being endemic. Several different forest assemblages are found within it, each one of them having its different bird repertoire, which makes it one of the world’s top birding destinations. Once covering most of southeast Brazil, east Paraguay and the northeast tip of Argentina, nowadays less than 10% of the original territory still remains as a forest. The Argentine province of Misiones has the world’s largest continuous area of Atlantic Forest, and most of it is formally protected as national and provincial parks (such as Iguazu National Park, Urugua-í and Cruce Caballero Provincial Parks). Most of its original fauna is still well-preserved, with over 500 species of birds (including toucans, puffbirds, antbirds, manakins, tanagers and more) and many of South America’s iconic neotropical mammals, such as jaguars, tapirs, peccaries, anteaters, monkeys, agoutis and many others.  

This stage comprises some of the best birding areas and the most beautiful landscapes within the Argentine Atlantic Forest and it’s ecotone with the Campos Grassland, and Humid Chaco in an ideal amount of time that includes a visit to the spectacular Iguazu Falls.

Tour details

  • Length: 11 days
  • Species on the trip: 600 Number of bird species expected: 260 – 320
  • Tour Pace & Walking: Some long drives, mostly relaxed with some night drives and walks.
  • Focus: Bird and wildlife observation
  • Recommended season: From July to October.
  • Suggested extensions: Depending on the number of additional days you have and the species of your interest, we suggest that you observe our list of Regional Tours that are easy to connect.

Ecoregions visited in this tour

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Strange-tailed Tyrant_© Jorge La Grotteria
Strange-tailed Tyrant_© Jorge La Grotteria
Sharp-tailed Tyrant_© Jorge La Grotteria
Sharp-tailed Tyrant_© Jorge La Grotteria
Ibera Seedeater_© Marcelo Gavensky
Ibera Seedeater_© Marcelo Gavensky
Canebrake Groundcreeper_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Canebrake Groundcreeper_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Rufous-breasted Leaftosser_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Rufous-breasted Leaftosser_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Short-tailed Antthrush_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Short-tailed Antthrush_© Marcelo Wioneczak

Top species of Birds

Strange-tailed Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Black-and-white Monjita, Jabiru, Marsh Seedeater (only in the summer), Crested Doradito, Southern Screamer, Rufescent Tiger-heron, Giant Woodrail, Black-capped Donacobius, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Yellow Cardinal, Brown Cacholote, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Little Thornbird, Tufted Tit-spinetail, Cream-backed Woodpecker, Wedge-tailed and Lesser Grassfinch,Great Pampa Finch, Long-tailed Reedfinch, Greater Rhea, Red-winged Tinamou and Bearded Tachuri, White-headed Marsh-tyrant, Great Black Hawk Ringed, Amazon and Green kingfishers, Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Sickle-winged Nightjar, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Vinaceous-breasted Parrot,Canebrake Groundcreeper, Araucaria Tit-spinetail, Stygian Owls, White-bearded Antshrike, Helmeted Woodpecker, Black-billed Scythebill, Planalto Tyrannulet, Long-trained Nightjar, Red-breasted Toucan, Swallow-tailed (or “Blue”) Manakin, Black-throated Grosbeak, Bay-ringed Tyrannulet, Planalto Tapaculo, Spotted Bamboowren, White-shouldered Fire-Eye, Bertoni’s Antbird, Dusky-tailed Antbird,Streak-capped Antwren, Tufted Antshrike, Giant Antshrike, King Vulture,Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Tawny-browed Owl, Rusty-barred Owl, Black-fronted Piping-Guan, White-bearded Manakin, Band-tailed Manakin,Surucua Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Robust Woodpecker, Ochre-collared Piculet, Green Ibis, Spot-backed Antshrike, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Rufous-capped Motmots, Common Potoos, Pauraques, Semicollared Nighthawks, Black-capped Screech Owls and Mottled Owls,  Planalto Hermit, Black Jacobin, Black-throated Mango, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Versicolored Emerald, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird.

Top species of Mammals

Black Capuchin Monkey, South American Coati, Deer, Capybaras, Neotropic River Otters, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater.

Bird list of Top Hotspots

Tour Map

Program Summary

DAY 1: Arrival in Posadas airport and transfer to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini (with birding stop in search of Strange-tailed Tyrant, Yellow Cardinal and others). Check-in at the lodge, lunch and afternoon birding on the trails around the Interpretation Centre of Iberá Provincial Park. Dinner and night at the lodge.

DAY 2: Early breakfast and boat tour in Laguna Ibera in search of wetland specialties. Lunch at the hotel and PM birding in southern access to Ibera Marshes in search of grassland specialties. Dinner and night at the lodge.

DAY 3: Early breakfast and birding tour to Camba Trapo in search of Yellow Cardinal, Jabiru and Black-and-white Monjita. Transfer to Estancia. PM birding and night in Estancia .

DAY 4: Full day birding at Estancia. Night in Estancia.

DAY 5:Early breakfast and transfer to San Pedro (Misiones). Birding in La Araucaria Provincial Park. Night in San Pedro (Der Wald).

DAY 6: Early morning transfer to Cruce Caballero Provincial Park (birding here until the afternoon). Transfer to a birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 7: Full day birding at a birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 8: Morning tour to Urugua-i Provincial Park. Afternoon transfer to another birding lodge that has other specialties. PM birding in the birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 9: Full day birding in the birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 10: AM transfer to Puerto Iguazú, birding along route 101, cross Iguazu National Park. PM visit to Iguazu falls. Night in Puerto Iguazú.

DAY 11: AM visit to the Hummingbird Garden (in Puerto Iguazú). PM start tour extensions or flight connection.

More information of the tour, contact us!

If you are interested in the tour and want more details, write to our e-mail and we will gladly help you build your ideal tour. Do not forget that all our tours are ready to be adapted to your needs (Examples: more or less tour days, special species that you want to observe, emphasis on the group of animals or plants of your preference, add cultural and / or anthropological content, type of lodgings, level of meals, etc.).

Important Notes

This tour fee includes*:

  • All meals from lunch on second day to breakfast on the penultimate day of the program (depend the tour you are choice;.
  • Bottled drinking water;
  • All lodgings, from the second night of second day  until the penultimate  night of the tour mentioned in the program;
  • Ground transportation;
  • Reserve entrance fees; and
  • All guiding services (no including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:

  • Visa fees;
  • ANY flights (see above);
  • Passenger insurance We recommend taking passenger insurance for trips to Paraguay and the region;
  • Any alcohol drinks;
  • Special gratuities; and
  • Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature. And other items not mentioned as expressly included.

*: Likewise all services included and not included will be clearly stipulated in our travel agreement according to the characteristics of the tour and your needs.

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Arrival & Departure Details

This tour does not include ANY airfares. Normally the tour will depart from Posadas on day 1 (depending of the tour), you are expected to be in the country before the tour begins (day 1 of the program). Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. IF you have not taken one of our extensions, Depending on the time of your flight, the tour will conclude in the Iguazu Airport on the last day mentioned in your program. If you wish to arrive early and / or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact us and we will coordinate it with pleasure.

We have excellent tour extensions, depending where you started or finish the tour. Please consult.


If this were your first selected tour, we would start looking for you from the Posadas Airport (please arrive one day before or in the morning of the first day) or at your Hotel in the same city.

If it were a tour extension from Paraguay, we would be entering this day from Paraguay to Posadas, taking into account the important flow of vehicles, we recommend sleeping the night before in Encarnacion and entering Argentina in the early hours of the morning, 4:30 a.m.

We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. IMPORTANT for scheduled group departures: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the  Tour Operator office for confirmation on the status of the tour.