Scheduled Tour: July 13, 2020 - 7 days/ 6 nights.

The Magnificent Iguazu Falls and the Super Biodiverse Atlantic Forest (Paranaense Forest).

PBNAR4_7 days/ 6 nights.

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.

Tour details

  • Length: 7 days
  • Species on the trip: 500 Number of bird species expected: 200 – 250
  • Tour Pace & Walking: Some long drives, mostly relaxed with some night drives and walks.
  • Focus: Bird and wildlife observation
  • Recommended season: All year.
  • 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 Paraguay and regional tours that are easy to connect.

Ecoregions visited in this tour

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Scale-throated Hermit_© Antotang
Scale-throated Hermit_© Antotang
Rufous-capped Motmot_© Antotang
Rufous-capped Motmot_© Antotang
Black-fronted Piping-guan_© John Sterling
Black-fronted Piping-guan_© John Sterling
Violet-capped Woodnymph_© John Sterling
Violet-capped Woodnymph_© John Sterling
Great Dusky Swift_© John Sterling
Great Dusky Swift_© John Sterling
Giant Antshrike_© Marcelo Wioneczak
Giant Antshrike_© Marcelo Wioneczak

Top species of Birds

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, Agouti, etc.

Bird list of Top Hotspots

Tour Map

Program Summary

DAY 1: If we start in Posadas: early breakfast and birding stop in Candelaria Reserve, then transfer to San Pedro (Misiones). Birding in La Araucaria Provincial Park. Night in San Pedro.

DAY 2: Early morning transfer to Cruce Caballero Provincial Park (birding here until the afternoon). Transfer to a birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 3: Full day birding in a birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 4: Morning tour to Urugua-i Provincial Park. Afternoon transfer to another birding lodge with other specialties. PM birding in the birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 5: Full day birding in the birding lodge. Night at the lodge.

DAY 6: AM transfer to Puerto Iguazú, birding along route 101, cross Iguazu National Park. PM visit to Iguazu falls. Night in Puerto Iguazú.

DAY 7: AM visit to the Hummingbirds Garden (in Puerto Iguazú). PM start extension tour 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.

Flights

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.

Special Notes

  • This tour involves very little arduous walking. We will however spend large amounts of time-bound while traversing the vast plains of Paraguay. If you have any physical limitations or medical conditions of any kind please let us know in advance of the tour.
  • We will be birding in some remote areas well away from modern medical facilities. We recommend contracting passenger insurance.
  • The hotels fluctuate from a very good standard to remove basic in more remote locations.
  • Transport is by small coach or minibus, and 4x4 vehicles where required. Road conditions fluctuate from good to poor. Some areas are prone to flooding, and may interfere with our trip, although we have minimized this risk by undertaking the tour during the driest part of the season.
  • Between September and March we expect the weather to be sunny and very hot in most areas. Broad hats, sunscreen and sunglasses will certainly be required. The rainy season used to be from the end of November to March, but due to the climate change, the forecasts are unpredictable and very variable, as in the whole world, we recommend to have an equipped for rain (Layers and Rain Boots, in addition to bags hermetics for your electronic equipment). A light coat is always recommended.
  • Please let us know if you have any disease or physical limitation (which we should take into account), allergy, food limitation or requires special diets so that we are prepared to serve you in the best way.

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.

Flights

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.