Córdoba - Tucumán - Salta - Jujuy
If we had to describe this itinerary in one word we would say "diverse". Nowhere in Argentina is the change of environments and their species so fast as in the Northwest. From the jungle of the Yungas, through the high Andes and end in the desert of Monte. This combination of environments in so few kilometers is dizzying for some, especially since the species that surround you change almost completely. This 11-day trip focuses on endemics and specialties of the southern Yungas, mountain jungles with astonishing landscapes. Without a doubt, this is a tour for anyone who wants to do an intense and entertaining itinerary.
1st day: Córdoba
Arrival at Córdoba airport - 2 hours drive to Pampa de Achala -birding during the morning - lunch - transfer to the lodge in Totoral - dinner and night at the lodge in Totoral.
2nd day: Ongamira (Córdoba)
Breakfast at the lodge - birding during the morning in the surrounding localities - lunch - birding at Ongamira, Córdoba -dinner and night at the lodge in Totoral.
3rd day: Miramar de Ansenuza (Córdoba)
Breakfast at the lodge - 4 hours drive to Miramar de Ansenuza - full day birding - dinner and night at the lodge in Totoral.
Specialties: Salinas Monjita, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Green-barred Woodpecker, Lark-like Brushrunner, Red-tailed Comet, Olive-crowned Crescent-chest, Andean Flamingo, James's Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo.
4th day: From Totoral (Córdoba) to Tafi del Valle (Tucumán)
Breakfast at the lodge - 5 hours drive to Tafi del Valle (Tucumán) - lunch on the road - dinner - night in Tafi del Valle.
5th day: From Tafí del Valle (Tucuman) to Cafayate (Salta)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive to Infiernillo and birdwatching during the morning - lunch in the desert of Amaicha - dinner and night in Cafayate, Salta.
Specialties: Sandy Gallito, White-throated Cacholote, Chaco Eagle (highly difficult), Scribble-tailed Canastero, Huayco Tinamou.
6th day: From Cafayate (Salta) to Coronel Moldes (Salta)
Breakfast at the lodge - morning birdwatching at Dique San Carlos - luch at the lodge - afternoon birdwatching at Dique Cabra Corral - dinner and night in Coronel Moldes.
7th day: Coronel Moldes (Salta)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive to Cuesta del Obispo (Puna húmeda) - full day birding - dinner and night in Coronel Moldes.
Specialties: Rufous-bellied Mountain Tanager - Maquis Canastero - Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant - Rusty Flowerpiercer - Rothschild's Swift - Slaty Elaenia - Slender-billed Miner - Buff-breasted Earthcreeper - Scribble-tailed Canastero - Paramo Pipit - Boulder Finch.
8th day: From Coronel Moldes (Salta) to Humahuaca (Jujuy)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive along Cornisa road - short birdwatching in Yala for Rufous-throated dipper - transfer to Humahuaca, Jujuy - dinner and night at the lodge.
9th day: Humahuaca (Jujuy)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive to Laguna de Leandro - full day birding - dinner and night in Humahuaca, Jujuy.
10th day: Humahuaca (Jujuy)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive to Yavi - Lizoite - Lagunas Abra Pampa - lunch on the road - dinner and night at the lodge.
Specialties: Tawny tit-spinetail, Red-backed Sierran Finch, Citron-headed Yellow Finch, Bare-faced Ground Dove, Andean Avocet, Diademed Sandpiper-plover, Ornate Tinamou, Andean Negrito.
11th day: From Humahuaca (Jujuy) to Ledesma (Jujuy)
Breakfast at the lodge - transfer to Ledesma, Jujuy - short birdwatching in Yala for another chance to see Rufous-throated dipper birding at Santa Barbara - dinner and night in Ledesma, Jujuy.
12th day: Ledesma (Jujuy)
Breakfast at the lodge - birding at Parque Nacional Calilegua - dinner at night in Ledesma.
Specialties: Blue-capped Puffleg, White-throated Antpitta, Fulvous-headed Brushfinch, Yungas Sparrow, Glossy-black Thrush, Speckled Nightingale-Thrush, Plumbeous Black-Tyrant.
13th day: From Ledesma (Jujuy) to Joaquín V. González (Salta)
Breakfast at the lodge - drive to Joaquin V. González (dry Chaco forest) - bird along the road - lunch at the lodge - birding during the afternoon - dinner and night in Joaquin V. González, Salta.
14th day: Joaquín V. González (Salta)
Breakfast at the lodge - full birding day at quebracho forest - dinner and night in Joaquin V. González, Salta.
Specialties: Stripe-backed Antbird, Rufous Casiornis, Quebracho Crested-tinamou.
15th and 16th day: Salta
Breakfast at the lodge - transfer to Salta City - short birdwatchin in the surrounding area - dinner and night at Salta City - transfer to the airport and end of the trip.
Specialties: Yungas Pygmy Owl, Buff-fronted Owl, Torrent Duck.
*This is a customizable tour. Contact us for more information
*Season: September - November & March - April
Yungas Guan - Bare-eyed Ground Dove - Montane Forest Screech-Owl - Yungas Pygmy-Owl - Tucuman Parrot - White-browed Tapaculo - Steinbach's Canastero - Yellow-striped Brushfinch - Monte Yellow-Finch - Yungas Sparrow
Huayco Tinamou - Ornate Tinamou - Andean Goose - Yungas Guan - Andean Flamingo - Bare-eyed Ground Dove - Andean Avocet - Andean Lapwing - Diademed Sandpiper-Plover - Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe - Montane Forest Screech-Owl - Yungas Pygmy-Owl - Andean Flicker
Enjoy the comfort of these accommodations where you can relax and unwind.
You will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the birding areas. Our professional guides will make sure you have the best experience birding and getting to know our appreciated culture.
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Birds are very sensitive to colors like: white, red, yellow, pink and bright colors. For that reason, we suggest to bring khaki colors like green and brown. Don't forget your sunglasses for the salinas birding!
If you are a birdwatcher you should bring your binoculars. Your tour guide will have a scope for long distances, mainly in Miramar de Ansenuza and Pampa de Achala. If you are a bird photographer, bring your camera.
Accommodations on a twin/double room basis - Transfers to and from de birding areas - Birding tours - Breakfast at the lodge - Lunch at the birding tour - Dinner at the lodge - Guided tours in English including entrance fees (if needed)
International and domestic airfares - Anything not stated on Included Services - Gratuities - Early/late check-out - Room service - Visa fees/services - Other personal items or services not mentioned.
Breakfast before check in - Lunch after check out - Transfer to and from the airport - Additional tours, extra activities or excursions.