20 days/ 19 nights.

Subtropical Argentina Birding and Wildlife Tour: Ibera Marshes, Atlantic Forest (Paranaense Forest - with Iguazu Falls) and the best of the Northwest.

PBNAR1_20 days/ 19 nights.

This is a tour which comprises some of the best birding, wildlife and wine destinations of northeast, north and northwest Argentina. For practical reasons, the tour is divided into 3 stages, which are connected together as follows:

Stage 1: Ibera marshes

Ibera marshes constitute an enormous wetland located in northeast Argentina, in the center of Corrientes province, and 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 biodiverse 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 neotropic 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 its ecotone with the Campos Grassland in an ideal amount of time that includes a visit to the spectacular Iguazu Falls.

Stage 3: The Northwest

Northwest Argentina is famous for its diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures. In a relatively small area, it is possible to travel from the subtropical warm plains of the eastern lowlands to the high altitude cold Andean peaks, with a plethora of habitats and landscapes in between. This produces a very high bird diversity that goes from toucans and trogons to flamingoes and condors, just to mention a few iconic species. This trip comprises all major habitats of northwest Argentina into a fairly new birding route that we have designed to take the best advantage of a relatively short period of time.

Tour details

  • Length: 20 days
  • Species on the trip: 690 Number of bird species expected: 360 – 420
  • Tour Pace & Walking: Some long drives, mostly relaxed with some night drives and walks. In addition to your In / Out flight, keep in mind to reserve your air connection from Iguazu to Salta for the planned day.
  • Focus: Bird and Wildlife observation
  • Recommended season: From July to October.
  • Suggested extensions: Depending on the number of additional days you have of time and the species of your interest, we suggest you to observe our list of Paraguay and regional tours that are easy to connect.

Ecoregions visited in this tour

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Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Argentine endemic_© Jorge La Grotteria
Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Argentine endemic_© Jorge La Grotteria
Sickle-winged Nightjar_© Marcelo Gavensky
Sickle-winged Nightjar_© Marcelo Gavensky
Green-headed Tanager_© Antotang
Green-headed Tanager_© Antotang
Rusty-barred Owl_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Rusty-barred Owl_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Rufous-throated Dipper_© Jorge La Grotteria
Rufous-throated Dipper_© Jorge La Grotteria
Tawny-throated Dotterel_© Marcelo Gavensky
Tawny-throated Dotterel_© Marcelo Gavensky

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, TuftedTit-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, Andean Condors, King Vulture, Red-legged and Black-legged Seriemas, Chaco Puffbird, Chaco Chachalaca, Tucuman Parrot, Large-tailed Dove, Golden-olive Woodpecker and Black-backed Grosbeak,Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, White-browed Tapaculo, “santabarbaerae” subspecies,White-rumped Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Rufous-thighed Kite, Collared Forest-Falcon, Black-and-chestnut Eagle and Orange-breasted Falcon, Red-tailed Comet, Toco Toucan, Cream-backed Woodpecker and Golden-collared Macaw, Black-banded Owl, Spectacled Owl, Buff-fronted Owl and Hoy’s Screech-Owl.Huayco Tinamou, White-throated Antpitta, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch, Spot-breasted Thornbird, Yungas Manakin (species recently found in Argentina), Solitary Eagle, Amazonian Motmot, Blue-crowned Trogon,  Giant Antshrike (“cinerea”subspecies), Torrent Duck, Red-faced Guan, Rufous-throated Dipper, Lyre-tailedNightjar, Gray-hooded Parakeet, Creamy-breasted Canastero, Brown-backed Mockingbird, Greenish Yellow-Finch and Black-hooded Sierra-Finch, Chilean,Andean and James’s. Puna Rhea, Puna Tinamou, Andean Tinamou, Puna Ibis, PunaTeal, Andean Goose, Andean Coot, Andean Avocet, Andean Lapwing, Puna Plover,Andean Gull, Andean Hillstar, Andean Flicker, Puna Miner, Puna Canastero,Andean Negrito, Giant and Horned Coots, Wedge-tailed Hillstar, Citron-headed Yellow-Finch and Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Giant Hummingbird, Red-backed Sierra-Finch, Diademed Sandpiper-plover, Slender-billed Miner, Puna Tinamou.

Top species of Mammals

Marsh Deer, Capybaras, Neotropical River Otters, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater, Black Capuchin Monkey, South American Coati.Vicuñas, Culpeo Foxes and Mountain Viscachas.

Bird list of Top Hotspots

Tour Map

Program Summary

DAY 1: Arrival in Posadas airport and transfer to Colonia Carlos Pellegrini (with birding stops in search of Strange-tailed Tyrant, Yellow Cardinal and others). Check-in at the lodge, lunch and afternoon birding the trails around the Interpretation Centre of Ibera 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 a traditional Estancia. PM birding and night at Estancia.

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

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

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

DAY 7: Full day birding in special Birding lodge. Night at the Lodge.

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

DAY 9: Full day birding at lodge. Night in 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 flight connection to Salta airport. Transfer to a private reserve & lodge with birding stop in Dry Chaco forest area. Night at private reserve.

DAY 12: Full day birding in a private reserve and surroundings. Night at reserve.

DAY 13: Full day birding in the private reserve and surroundings. Night at reserve.

DAY 14: Birding transfer to Calilegua. Full day birding in higher part of Calilegua National Park and surroundings. Night in Calilegua (Hostel).

DAY 15: Half day birding in lower part of Calilegua National Park. Transfer to Yala. Nocturnal birding, and night in Villa Jardín de Reyes (Hostel).

DAY 16: Half day birding in Potrero de Yala Provincial Park. Afternoon transfer to Tilcara. Night in Tilcara (Hostel).

DAY 17: Full day birding in Tilcara and surroundings. Optional visit to “El Pucará” (pre-Columbian ruins). Transfer to Abra Pampa. Night in Abra Pampa (Hotel).

DAY 18: Full day birding in Abra Pampa and Laguna de los Pozuelos. Transfer to Yavi. Night in Yavi (Hostel).

DAY 19: Full day birding tour from Yavi to Abra del Lizoite. Night in Yavi (Hostel).

DAY 20:Transfer to Villa Jardín de Reyes, with birding stops along the way. Night at Villa Jardín de Reyes (Hostel). End of the tour (flight connection to Buenos Aires recommended on DAY 21 from Jujuy airport). 

*The itinerary may change due to force majeure.

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 (depending on the tour you are choosing);
  • 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 (not 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 alcoholic drinks;
  • Special gratuities; and
  • Telephone calls, laundry, 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 Jujuy 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.


In this tour the Posadas Airport is the first point. 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.