Iguazu Argentina Birding Tour

Northern Argentina Birding Tour

If you are interested in the Northern Argentina Birding Tour, come and join us at Kaiyote Tours!

Buenos Aires, Uruguay, Iguazu Falls, and Misiones

Our trip to Northern Argentina, Uruguay, and Iguazu Falls is one of our most mellow and relaxing trips, but we see a ton of birds, butterflies, amazing plants and animals. This trip focuses on birds, insects and wildlife, and the places we visit are very dense with wildlife and beauty.  We expect to see over 250 different species of birds. Argentina is a wonderful country to visit. Iguazu Falls and the surrounding jungle is an amazing paradise for birds, wildlife, butterflies and flowering plants. 

The name Argentina means "made of silver" in Italian. Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500's and Buenos Aires was initially founded in 1536 by Pedro de Mendoza. Argentina has a population of 36.2 million and the capital city of Buenos Aires with 15.6 million in the metro area is nearly half of the total population. Buenos Aires means “good air” or “fair winds” in Spanish.

Argentina is a country of extreme and abundant diversity. Argentina's highest mountain is Aconcagua 22,831 feet and is the highest peak in the western hemisphere. The lowest point is Laguna del Carbón at -344 feet and is the lowest point in the western hemispheres. The north–south distance is 2,300 miles and the climate varies greatly; ranging from subtropical in the north to polar in the south.  The weather is affected by the extreme changes in elevation, longitude and the warm Brazil ocean current and the cold Falklands current.  Iguazu Falls includes 275 individual falls, making it the largest waterfall grouping in the world. It is a must see for everyone.

Argentina belongs to one of the largest ecosystems in the world with the greatest bio-diversity. Here are the stats: 15 continental life zones, 3 oceanic life zones including the Antarctic region, 9,372 vascular plant species, 1,052 bird species, 375 mammal species, 338 reptile species and 162 amphibian species. Argentina has 30 national parks helping to protect and preserve these habits and ecosystems for all life.

Buenos Aires is famous for the Tango, a musical genre and accompanying dance. The golden age of the Tango was from 1930 to mid-1950s and still today it is one of Argentina's international cultural symbols. Our last evening event in Buenos Aires will be to visit a Tango show.

Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of the birds that we have seen on this trip)

  • Travel Dates:  January 12 - 21, 2023 (annual January trip)
  • Group Size:  6 travelers
  • Trip Length: 10 days
  • Rates: Rate per person = $4,740 (based on double occupancy, $1,800 extra for solo traveler)
  • Rates include: Domestic transfers, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, scheduled group tours, park entrance fees and basic travel insurance.
  • Not included: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, trip cancellation insurance.
  • Adventure level:  Moderate, please check the “Welcome” page for definition

Special offer:  Included with your trip (one per room) is a copy of the field guide “Birds of Argentina and the South-west Atlantic" by Mark Pearman and Juan Ignacio Areta.  You will receive this when you reserve your trip so you will have time to study and know the beautiful birds of Argentina.

To view a photo album from a photographer who was on this tour, click here:  Ersten Imaoka’s Photo Album (opens new page)

Map of the travel route here:  Argentina Map  (this map will enlarge when clicked on, opens a new page)

More photos can be found here:  Photo Gallery (opens new page)

Basic Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival in Buenos Aires
Most flights from the United States are over-nights flights and you should schedule your flight for arrival on “Day 1”.  We will meet you at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) with a shuttle to the hotel in downtown Buenos Aires. Activities for the day will depend on the time of your arrival.  

Day 2:  Buenos Aires
We will be staying close to the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, which is a large nature reserve for birding and walking along the waterfront.  Over 300 different species of birds have been seen on the park. We will spend the day birding the park where we usually see about 70 different species of birds.

Day 3: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Buenos Aires is located along a largefresh water bay that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean.  The waterway is called the Rio de La Plata and just across the water is Uruguay. It is a 1-hour ferry ride to the historic city of Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. We will take the early morning ferry and spend 2-nights in Colonia for birding and visiting the historic village of Colonia. This is a good location to view:  Brazilian Teal/Duck, Picui Ground Dove, Spot-winged Pigeon, Plumbeous Rail, Giant Wood-Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Whistling Heron, Green-barred Woodpecker, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Chalked-browed Mockingbird, Hooded Siskin, Diademed Tanager and Great Pampa-Finch, just to name a few.

Day 4: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
A second day of birding the Colonia area. 

Day 5: Buenos Aires
Morning birding in the Colonia area and then we will take the afternoon ferry back to our hotel in Buenos Aires. In the evening we will have very special dinner and see a tango show.

Day 6: Fly to Iguazu
From Buenos Aires it is a 2-hour flight to Iguazu Falls. We will be staying at lodge at the edge of the park where there are many opportunities for birding and viewing wildlife. The place of lodging has walking paths and a nearby animal reserve for viewing flora and fauna. The hotel itself is a great location for nature and birding; there are nice gardens and a swimming pool.  

Day 7: Iguazu
In the morning we will head to the heart of Iguazu National Park to view the biggest waterfalls at the “Devil’s Throat”.  There are numerous trails for viewing butterflies, monkeys, critters and birds. We will have lunch in the park and in the afternoon a visit to the hummingbird garden at “Jardin de los Picaflores” and visit other birding location near Iguazu. The Plush-crested Jay is friendly and abundant in the Iguazu National Park. Depending on the season, the Great-dusky Swift can be seen flying in and out of the falls, where it nests on the cliffs behind the water. 

Day 8: Iguazu 
Iguazu National Park created in 1934 and protects 260 sq. miles, (166,400 acres) of subtropical rainforest.  Iguazu has an extensive trail and boardwalk system, to view the waterfalls and forest.  We will spend a second day at Iguazu and birding locations in the Puerto Iguazu area.

Day 9: Buenos Aires,
In the morning, birding the Iguazu area to view Toucans, Aracari, Tanagers and many other birds.  In the afternoon, a 2-hour flight back to Buenos Aires.

Day 10: Fly home day
Shuttle to the airport for your trip home. Depending on when your flight departs, there will be free time for your last day in Buenos Aires. Often flights back the States leave very late in the evening. You will have an option for a historic tour of Argentina.