"Upon returning we knew that we were facing one of the best kept secrets in South America: "Paraguay!!!".
“Trip Report of the trip to Paraguay – Group of Buenos dias Birding
In July 2017 we made a 9-day trip through the wild interior of the heart of the continent: Paraguay, surprised by its nature and diversity! We toured 3 natural regions and photographed some 300 species of birds, some of great conservation value, in addition, mammals, landscapes and nature reserves.
Upon returning we knew that we were facing one of the best kept secrets in South America: "Paraguay !!!"
From Asunción, we began our journey towards the north-east of the country, crossing pastures and wetlands of great wealth and starting a first list that exceeded 100 species on the first day!
One of the successes of this tour was perhaps to have someone who could be the best guide in the country: Oscar Rodriguez.
We started our adventure between Mate and Chipas, in 4x4 vehicles to visit rugged sites in the country. Arriving at the reserve of Mbaracayú, we find ourselves with the jungle in the Atlantic forest region. A great change in just 200 km, from open environments to a closed forest and very well preserved. Large amount of endemism, but above all, the opportunity for good observations to species such as Sharpbill, Scale Pigeon, Bared-Throated Bellbird, American Pygmy Kingfisher, many species of Tucans, Woodpeckers and many more!
In the rivers, the riverside jungle presents other species, such as small tyránids and numerous forest animals. Thanks to Oscar and his ability to call them we could see many of them
In the jungle margins of the Aquidaban River, the feast of their birds was an uncontainable joy, after observing more than 50 species in less than 2 hours! At night the opportunity to look for Owls and Nightjars, as the exciting experience of being in front of the White-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus candidans) a white spirit in the night flying in the closed just a few meters !. Sadly, it is an endangered species, perhaps critical, there are less than 600 individuals on the planet, and its population decreases in the only 4 points where it still survives.
The north of Paraguay, the wonderful Apá river, border with Brazil. one of the best places on the route. In some places, the natural vegetation is the "Cerrado", a dry forest that grows until its canopy closes and a different forest forms. This time of pink lapachos in bloom was a spectacle, and in it the hyacinth macaws, spectacular, left us again detained in emotion.
The Humid Chaco in western Paraguay, east of the Paraguay River, is even wilder than the cerrado and the Atlantic forest. Its diversity also allows to add mammals, and countless species of interest.
To make this trip we had to combine rustic inns, shelters, and many rooms, where we were welcomed and entertained! The local culture is wonderful with delicious meals: lots of cassava, roasts, Paraguayan soup, incredible fruits and exquisite vegetables from the tropics, chipa and much tereré. We enjoy innumerable local foods, one richer than the other !!! thanks to the cooks of the country who honored and entertained us at every step
The afternoons were every day the time to review the list (sometimes with a beer, tereré or juices), while waiting for the homemade dinner.
Happy ... There is not another word enough to describe what was our experience of birding in Paraguay. We already dream of returning.”
Other Customer Testimonials
"He has all the logistics perfectly organized, fully equiped with great vehicle and birding gear and the knowledge that only an experienced local guide can provide".
"We would recommend him without a second thought, the trip far exceeded our expectations of this little known country."
"I thought the variety of birdlife was exceptional and the guides were outstanding in their friendly attitude and level of expertise. They were very generous with their time and knowledge and everyone appreciated this".
Isabelle & Peter Meier
"It is not easy to describe with how much love you explain to us every little tree and flower and whatever spot in this awesome landscape. You did not miss one bird alongside the road and wherever we walked it seems to us as also the birds knew you so well as much as you knew every one of them!".
"Oscar was a fantastic leader and guide and got us to the birds and on the birds without fail. He willingly shared his knowledge of his country and its flora and fauna. It was a complete experience".
Lucas A. Kaminski
"Our trip had the objective of finding interactions of symbiosis between caterpillars of butterflies and ants, a project funded by the National Geographic Society. Surely our trip was successful thanks to the help of our guide Oscar Rodriguez".
"His personal research and knowledge of the areas gave us an insiders view. The photography opportunities were great, plenty of close views of the species that were hard to get".
"Oscar was very knowledgeable about the natural history of Paraguay, demonstrating expertise in identifying the plants, reptiles, birds and mammals that we encountered and discussing aspects of their biology".
"One of the most difficult skills to acquire in birding is learning the slight differences in bird sounds, and Andrew did learn much from you".
Dr. Luke Ward
"Oscar himself is an expert guide. His skill as an interpreter enhanced the groups’ understanding of local flora and fauna as well as land management practices on and around estancias".
"Oscar: Very much enjoyed birding with you! You are incredibly knowledgeable about the birds, and other fauna and flora of Paraguay. Your ability to hear and identify the birds with just a few notes is amazing and very much appreciated".
Ph.D. R. J. Gutiérrez
"What I especially liked about Oscar was his judicious use of tape playback. He only used a tape when it was clear that we might not be able to see a particular species; this approach minimizes disturbance of species".
" In this sense it has been a great experience, this trip through Paraguay, worthy of being repeated one day, taking into account that this country is a great destination for Birdwatchers".
Tui Couch & Colleen Boreham
"Oscar was a superb bird spotter, very easy going, always ready to smile & a wealth of information".
"He has comprehensive knowledge of both the wildlife and ecology as well as a clear affection and enthusiasm for sharing it with visitors".
"Our guide Oscar Rodriguez is not only an incredible ornithologist, but a conservationist as well, and has an uncanny ability to find target birds. He makes birding fun".
"Oscar has a special skill in adapting the tour to the person. I am a birder, my sister is not, yet we were both equally happy with the experience".
Gerald L. Zuercher, Ph.D.
"Oscar has organized class travel experiences for my students for years and each time has been special!".
Kicab & Marta
"Oscar’s knowledge about wildlife (especially birds) was immense and his abilities made our photography trip a great success".
"Highlights for me were his knowledge of both, birds and the history of the area; and his obvious passion for nature. I would highly recommend this tour for bird enthusiasts".
"His knowledge of bird identification, habitat, distribution in Paraguay and bird calls were extraordinary".
"I thank Oscar Rodríguez, a guide who is passionate about his work, for gathering the love and knowledge of the birds, thus achieving a spectacular bird watching that this place offers (115 species in 5 hours) through Paraguay Birding & Nature".
"A beautiful cultural experience surrounded by nature, with an attentive guide who speaks perfect English".
Prof. Julian Higgins
“I has a wonderful trip with Oscar in October 2019. We saw over 100 species of bird in a single afternoon. Oscar is friendly, extremely knowledgable, obliging and enthusiastic. I thoroughly recommend his tours".
"What was also very helpful was that you were able to gauge my style of birding and adapted your skills as a guide to my needs".
"I was impressed by Oscar's experience and professionalism, Before I met Oscar, I didn't know much about birdwatching. In a few days, I discovered everything in the universe! Oscar knew how to transmit his passion to me".
"I also highlight the great deal of professionalism in logistics, timetables and knowledge of routes and roads, which greatly contributed to the success of the campaign. Thanks Oscar!".
Dr. Günther Eichhorn
"Bird watching was very nice in the Chaco. I saw a lot of interesting new ones, like the Strange-tailed Tyrant, the Giant Rail and the Greater Rhea".