BIRDING TOURS

Birds of Steppe & Forest

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LENGTH
4 days
SEASON
October to May
START
Bariloche
END
Bariloche
HABITATS
Forest, Steppe, Wetlands

ITINERARY & TARGET SPECIES

DAY 1. BARILOCHE – SEVEN LAKES ROUTE TO SAN MARTÍN DE LOS ANDES

Reception in the morning in Bariloche airport or city centre. From Bariloche we will go birding by the famous Seven Lakes Route to Villa La Angostura and San Martín de los Andes, doing several stops along the way looking for Patagonian forest endemics like Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-throated Treerunner, Ashy-headed Goose and Chilean Pigeon. In the afternoon we will go to Laguna Rosales, in Lanin National Park, just a few minutes away from San Martín de los Andes. There we can find several Patagonia endemics, such as Black-faced Ibis, Chilean Flicker, Chucao Tapaculo, Black-throated Huet-Huet, White-crested Elaenia, Patagonian Sierra-Finch, Fire-eyed Diucon, Patagonian Tyrant and Des Mur's Wiretail. Overnight in San Martin de los Andes.

Chucao Tapaculo
Chucao Tapaculo

DAY 2. LANIN VOLCANO BASE

We will leave early in the morning by Route 40 direction north. Along the way we will enjoy the great landscapes of the Patagonian steppe and look for raptors like Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Red-backed Hawk and American Kestrel. After passing by Junin de los Andes we will take route 23 to Malleo River and then route 60 towards the Chilean border. Driving by Malleo River we will have great views of the east slope of Lanin volcano. After 25 km we will enter Lanin National Park, going through a pure Monkey-puzzle tree forest and with the impressive presence of the volcano on the background. We will leave the vehicle at the park ranger’s office and from there take two short hikes: one to a mature forest of southern beeches, where we will look for the Magellanic Woodpecker and another one to the Tromen Lake, looking for Patagonian forest endemics such us Austral Parakeet, Chucao tapaculo, Black-throated Huet-Huet and Magellanic tapaculo. Overnight in San Martin de los Andes.

DAY 3. CERRO CHAPELCO

Early in the morning, we will head to Chapelco, a rocky mountain mass stretching for more than 20 km from San Martin de los Andes to Meliquina Lake. We will hike through the high Southern Beech forest up over the timberline towards the high-Andean grasslands, searching for altitude species like Yellow-bridled Finch, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, White-throated Caracara and several Ground Tyrants and Miners. After a picnic on the grasslands, we will go down to where we left the vehicle and go back to San Martin de los Andes.

Chapelco
Chapelco

DAY 4. COLLON CURA VALLEY

We will leave early in the morning to drive along the Collon Cura River, probably the most important birding hotspot in northern Patagonia. We will stop at several small lagoons on the side of the road, looking for Grass Wren, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and Bay-winged Cowbird. On the road down to the river we can see Guanacos, one of the South American camelids. Once we cross Collón Cura River we will drive along its course for almost 40 km, stopping at some key spots where we can find Yellow-winged Cowbird, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Warbling Doradito, Spectacled Tyrant, Sooty Tyrannulet, Grey-hooded Sierra Finch and Plumbeous Rail, among others. Lastly, we will take a dirt road over a plateau looking for specific steppe birds such us Lesser Rhea, Patagonian Mockingbird, Rusty-backed Monjita, Great-Shike Tyrant, Patagonia Canastero, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Rufous-banded Miner and Least Seedsnipe. From Collon Cura we will drive back to Bariloche, where we will end our tour.

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter
Rufous-tailed Plantcutter

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