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Birding adventures in Otamendi and Ceiba

Discover the Pampas of Argentina

Visit the Yatay Palms of El Palmar National Park

Visit old, historic haciendas

Explore the diversity of the Ibarra Marshes

Visit the Ruins of San Ignacio Miní

Tour the breathtaking Iguazu Falls

Excellent Birding opportunities

Day 1: Arrive at Buenos Aires and Transfer to Escobar

 

Meet your guide at the airport, where your adventure begins. Your holiday will start by visiting Costanera Sur Nature Reserve within Buenos Aires. It will give you a chance to explore the riverine habitats of the Pampas. After visiting the Reserve, you will be transferred to Escobar to stay for the next two nights. It is a perfect place to be based and explore the best birding areas in the Pampas, North of the capital. (Otamdeni & Ceibas)

Overnight in Escobar.

Meals included: Lunch

Streaked Xenops in Northern Peru

Day 2: Explore Otamendi and Ceibas

 

Rise early and depart for a birding adventure to Otamendi National Park. The park is located on the shores of the Parana River; it provides three different habitats: the Grassland, Thorny Woodland and the River Delta. In mid-morning, you will depart to Ceibas, another wildlife area located across the Prana River. It is an excellent birding destination; its thorny forest and marshlands are home to many species. (greater Thea, Red-winged Tinamou, Savanna Hawk, Brown Cacholote, etc.). Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Escobar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

White-necked Jacobin from Tarapoto, Peru

Day 3: Escobar to Colon

 

Leave Escobar early in the morning and continue your way along the Uruguay River. You will have the chance to do some birding along the way. In addition, the journey will provide an opportunity to see a significant sample of the Argentine Pampas plains. This area is home to many traditional Estancias. Finally, you will visit a historical estancia, called Palacio San Jose, before arriving at your next stop, Colon.

Overnight in Colon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rufous-crested Coquette in Waqanki, Peru

Day 4: El Palmar National Park

 

Today you will have the whole day to explore El Palmar National Park. The park covers an area of 8,500 hectares. It was created to protect Argentina’s Mesopotamia Savannah’s flora and fauna and save the last Yatay palms on the Earth. The Reserve provides different habitats, like the Palm savannahs, the small lagoons, gallery forests, and the Uruguay River banks. These habitats are home to a great number of birds and around 35 species of mammals, including capybaras, jaguarundis, and armadillos.

Overnight in Colon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sparkling Violetear in Moyobamba

Day 5: Colon to Ibera Marshes

 

You will leave the Pampas behind and travel towards the Ibera Marshes. It will be a very long drive, but there will be some great places to bird on the way, especially in the last section of the route. The next three nights will be spent in a village near the Esteros del Ibera Reserve.

Overnight in Colonia Pellegrini.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yellow-scarfed tanager in North Peru

Day 6 – 7: Discover the Ibera Marshes

 

Ibera Wetlands are among the largest marshes in Argentina.  It is covering around one-fourth of Mesopotamia province. However, due to the lack of infrastructure, some parts of the wetlands are inaccessible. Therefore, it is a critical area for wildlife. It is an excellent place to see many species of the spectacular avifauna like the Yellow-headed Caracara, the Long-tailed Reed-Finch, and eight species of herons that can also be found. Mammals also inhabit the swamps; common species are Marsh deer, Capybaras and Southern River Otters. Along with mammals, reptiles can also be found here (Yellow anacondas, Spectacled Caimans). In the afternoon, walk through the forest, where there will be an excellent chance to see Howler monkeys, Striped cuckoos, and one of Argentina’s rarest birds, the Yellow Cardinal.

Overnight in Colonia Pellegrini.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Ochre-fronted Antpitta birding in North Peru

Day 8: Ibera Marshes to Posadas

 

Leave the Ibera Marshes today and head towards Posadas. During the long drive, you will have opportunities to observe more birds and mammal. Then, arrive at Posadas for the overnight.

 Overnight in Posadas

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Marvelous Spatule in North Peru

Day 9: Posadas to Puerto Iguazu

 

Today you are going to travel to Puerto Iguazu, your final destination on this holiday. Your driver will take you through Misiones province. Your first stop will be at the Campos of Misiones. This is a restricted savannah with some forest,  a home to a vast number of finches, tyrants, storks and ducks. In addition, you might have the chance to spot the endangered Saffron-cowled Blackbird. Your next stop will be at the Ruins of San Ignacio Miní, one of the Missions founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century. After visiting this historic monument, you will travel to Urugua-í Provincial Park. The park was created to protect 84,000 hectares of Mountain Forest, an exceptional habitat 600m over sea level. This is another birding hotspot. After visiting the Provincial Park, your driver will take you to Puerto Iguazu.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazu.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Antpitta in North Peru

Day 10: Iguazu National Park

 

Enjoy a full-day excursion to northeastern Argentina’s most remarkable natural wonder, to Iguazu National Park. The National Park protects one of the most important forests, the Atlantic Forest. The forest is home to unique orchids, primates, bats and endemic birds. However, one of the main highlights is the Falls themselves. Here the Iguazu River falls 70 metres and forms over 250 individual waterfalls. You will have the chance to discover the different trails and see the falls from above or below. Enjoy the view of colourful birds of the forest (parrots, parakeets, trogons, toucans etc.) and visit Devil’s Throat in the afternoon. Then return to the hotel.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazu.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Antpitta in North Peru

Day 11: Iguazu National Park

 

Today you will have the chance to return to the park and explore it throughout the day. First, discover the lesser-visited Macuco trail that runs through a patch of forest. The path is further from the falls, making it quieter and very rewarding to spot birds and mammals.

Overnight in Puerto Iguazu.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Antpitta in North Peru

Day 12: Departure Day

 

After breakfast, you will visit the hummingbird garden. You might be able to see seven different species of these flying jewels. After lunch, your driver will take you to the airport, where the holiday ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Antpitta in North Peru

Escobar

Howard Johnson Resort & Spa (Premium)

J. Resort & Spa Escobar is a nice 4-star hotel near the centre of Escobar. It has a big garden, an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. It offers clean, spacious rooms and a buffet breakfast.

Colon

Hotel Plaza (Classic)

The hotel is located next to the Uruguay River. It has comfortable rooms, an indoor spa department and an outdoor swimming pool. It is a great place to stay while discovering the natural wonders near Colon.

Colonia Pellegrini

Rancho de los Esteros (Classic)

Esteros is a traditional ranch in Colonia Pellegrini. It has four spacious suites, a restaurant and a swimming pool. It is the perfect place to discover the Ibera Marshes.

Rincón del Socorro (Luxury) – Optional Upgrade

The lodge was built on a farm that was initially constructed at the end of the 19th century. The building was built in a classic European style. It has 11 rooms and offers full board services.

Posadas

Hotel Urbano Posadas (Classic)

The Hotel Urbano Posadas is a modern hotel in the heart of the city of Posadas. It has spacious rooms, a gym, a small spa department and an outdoor swimming pool.

Puerto Iguazu

La Cantera Lodge de Selva (Premium)

La Canntera Lodge is nice hotel on the outskirt of Puerto Iguazu. It was carefully built to preserve the environment and to have the most negligible impact. Its 3-hectare garden has 400-year-old trees. It is a perfect place to discover the National Park and to relax.

Gran Melia Iguazu (Luxury)- Optional Upgrade

The Gran Melia is a beautiful 5-star hotel. It is the only hotel inside Iguazu National Park. It has a large outdoor pool, and some of its rooms are facing the falls. The hotel also has three restaurants and four bars with excellent views.

Prices & Inclusions

Luxury

Travel Period

Holiday Price

Single Supplement

15th January 2021 – 30th April 2021

01st May – 30th June 2021

1st July – 31st August 2021

1st September 2021 – 31st October 2021

Premium

Travel Period

Holiday Price

Single Supplement

15th January 2021 – 30th April 2021

01st May – 30th June 2021

1st July – 31st August 2021

1st September 2021 – 31st October 2021

Inclusions

  • Private arrival transfer from San Jose Airport
  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels or similar for 11 nights
  • Programme based on the Meal Plan (11 breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners)
  • Transfers as per the itinerary (Shared & Private)
  • Shared boat excursion in Tortuguero
  • Shared guided visit of the village of Tortuguero and the Sea Turtle
  • Information Centre
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge boat excursion
  • Arenal wildlife tour and volunteering at the Proyecto Asis Wildlife Refuge
  • Private guided Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
  • Optional included activities at the Osa Peninsula
  • Internal flight from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose

 

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
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Volcanoes, heigh mountain ranges, and lush tropical forests are dominating the landscapes. It also provides beautiful golden beaches for some who want to relax at the end of their holiday.

 

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